28.10.2012 - 28.10.2012
It is a cold gray day here in London but we are hoping the clouds go away as they are possibly supposed to do. Just to screw us up a little more Europe went off day light savings time last night so now we are 5 hours off instead of 6 from the US. And of course we will get home just in time to do it all again next week end. Anyway, we slept well and were able to sleep in fairly appropriate hours. We both had weird dreams but nothing too bad. The shower felt good and it was so nice to be able to brush my teeth from the tap water! It is truly the little things!
Had a yummy breakfast with lots of coffee to get us started and hopefully keep us going! We are getting ready to hit the site seeing trail. Of course that means more pictures posted on Facebook later! It is chilly out but at least the wind isn't as strong so it should be better today.
As we were heading out Glenn talked with the concierge about a trip to Stonehenge and such for Tuesday. The concierge recommended just renting a car and doing a driving trip ourselves and gave us some other places to go to too. He is going to give us a list of the places and one includes another rock place similar to Stonehenge but you can get up in the rocks where you can't at Stonehenge anymore. So we have a car lined up for Tuesday. Then we set off walking.
We walked and walked and walked and walked..... I could go on for pages. We walked for 6 1/2 hours with a short break for lunch and one for coffee. We walked back to the Thames and over to get a picture with Big Ben in the background. While we were standing there we heard Big Ben chime for 12 noon and Glenn recorded it. We stopped at a street side souvenir shop and got a few things and then walked down the river all the way to the Tower of London bridge. We passed the Eye which is the giant Ferris wheel and the Globe theatre where Shakespeare had his plays performed. We saw lots of street performers and lots of very interesting people. Why anyone would wear stiletto heels to walk the cobblestone streets of London is beyond me! We saw the Millennium bridge and the London bridge. We had lunch at a gourmet pizza place and it was very good. We crossed on the Tower bridge and of course Glenn took lots of pictures. We stopped and had coffee outside of the Tower of London complex and got to see a parade of people from the complex pass by. We saw St. Paul's Cathedral and Glenn kept singing, "Feed the birds, tuppence a bag." We passed the New Scotland Yard building and No. 10 Downing Street. We saw many other cool buildings too. We walked all the way back to the Royal Horseman place and on to the Queen's Garden. We went to Buckingham Palace as it was turning dark but got pictures of the palace and the guards and the gates. By the time we got back to our hotel with very tired legs we had walked 10 miles. It was a great day but I am pooped! I am thinking dinner will just be here at the hotel tonight.
Glenn still wasn't hungry from lunch but I was starving so I ordered a hamburger and fries from room service. Too pooped to even go down to the restaurant. It was a very yummy burger and very crispy fries. I ate it all and now am stuffed. Glenn worked on pics and finalizing our stuff for our trip to Paris tomorrow. He went down stairs to the business office to print our information out and also to talk to our concierge friend and get the list of places for Tuesday. We are all set now. I finished my current book, I have read 9 different books over this trip and decided I was too tired to start a new one. I think I shall post this, brush my teeth and hit the sack. Tomorrow is going to be another busy and exciting day!