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... Primary School, and her childhood home, Chiswick Village. The memories she has hold her in a warm embrace as we pass. Our ride into central London is uneventful; traffic is light at 10:00am.
We're housed at the London Marriott County Hall Hotel at Westminster Bridge which is immediately adjacent to the "London Eye" the giant observation wheel across the Thames River from Big Ben. Nearly 500 feet tall, the Eye looks like a ...
... plenty to make me chuckle; examples: a floor option in the lift (read elevator) of -1, the multi-denominational prayer areas that are everywhere, and the rather fanciful (at least in comparison to US) women's icons on the toilets ( they have cute poofy skirts). I'm definitely not in the states anymore, but I couldn't happier! It is a miraculous sense of freedom to be a face in the crowd....just a solo, young, American woman traveling. I'm beginning to think I'm ...
... but of all the small things that I didn't miss out on much of today, they all add up to feeling slightly robbed of my London experience. That said, if I had been here at an earlier date, or after the Olympics, I would not be getting the air of excitement that seems to linger. I can only imagine what this place will be like come the 27th. From what I saw, Lord's will be home to the Archery. From Lord's it was only a small walk to Regent's Park, and the Queen Mary's Gardens ...
Said our goodbyes to members of the group and checked out the hotel at 08.00. By coach, through the early morning Beijing traffic to the airport.
Check in and security completed pretty quickly so left with a couple of hours to enjoy this modern airport. Naturally, I spent the majority of my time in the shops looking for pink gifts for my Granddaughter. Settled on a pink T shirt and a pink bag both of which had a Chinese Design and were ...
... up to Westminster. Mac grabbed a quick
espresso and we had JUST enough time to catch the boat as the weather was
subsiding. By the time we arrived at the houses of parliament down the river
the clouds had parted and the sun came back out. We got some great photos
around the parliament building, Big Ben (even heard it chime) and Westminster
Abbey. The streets were littered with trash and water bottles from the
aftermath of the marathon. Even though ...