Friday, May 17, 2013

Day 2- the long day Friday March 22, 2013

So I'm a horrible blogger, I know.... it's been almost 2 months and I'm just now getting to the 2nd day of a week.

Day 2
Today was our long day (in London at least).

We started off eating breakfast at Garfunkels- I think I was more excited than he have delicious eggs instead of what is served at LPH, I didn't want to subject him to that!  And even though it's just down the street, it's always nice to have someone to eat breakfast with rather than just by yourself. In a restaurant, there's always people at LPH)

From there it was off to Buckingham Palace- just to see it, as it's only open to visitors in the summer for a month or so.  We got lucky while there because there weren't very many tourists so there ere some good shots of the Palace.  We also got to see the Horse Guards returning from practicing for the Trooping of the Colors, which goes on in June, there were probably 1-200 guards on horses coming down the road- it was pretty cool!

 From there, we walked straight down to Westminster Abbey, stopping at 10 Downing Street to take a picture along the way.  Also- Devin had to stop and get a picture with a phone booth- as everyone does when visiting London for the first time!  It was a nice walk, cold and windy, but no rain!

I haven't been to Westminster in almost 5 years, so it was pretty cool to see it again!  And it is still as magnificent as always!  The tombs of Elizabeth 1 and Queen Mary 1, Poets' Corner- Burials include: Robert Browning, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, George Frideric Handel, Alfred Tennyson, Rudyard Kipling.  and memorials include: John Milton, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Robert Burns, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, T.S. Eliot,  Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, and Shakespeare.  Something I didn't know before I went to the Westminster website to make sure of the names- Laurence Olivier is buried there!  I may have to go back and find it, although I'm sure I've seen it- i just never paid attention to it.... sadly.

 By then it was lunch time (Westminster can take a while to go through!)  Out stop for lunch was a pub called The Red Lion that Devin had read about in a guide book.  It was tiny, and only like 2 blocks from Westminster but delicious!  Devin had the fish and chips he'd been craving, and I had Sausage and Mashed Potatoes.  A lot of British food may suck- but they do comfort food just fine!  I believe he ate his food in literally 5 minutes, maybe more, but definitely less than 10 minutes- apparently it was good.

From there we hopped on the tube to go to my favorite attraction in London, if not the whole world- The Tower of London!  I got to play tour guide here, for the most part- I don't know everything...   We spent a good 2-3 hours there and left as they were starting to throw out the de-icing stuff which seemed like a good point to leave.

We ate dinner at LPH that night, (gourmet, I know...) not the best meal to show a guest, but not the worst I've had here either- I think it was lamb meatballs, among other things (I did not have the lamb).  And afterwards we went out to the Victoria pub with some of my friends from here for a couple of hours.  It was fun and everyone liked each others so that is always a plus!

End of day 2.

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