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... the way back to Earls Court we diverted a little so Mumsie could visit the Queen - well Buckingham Palace anyway - where we crossed Green Park and the thousands of Poms lying on the grass enjoying the sunshine (mostly getting sunburnt) - to get to the Palace where Mumsie got her photos and then we headed (both sneezing fit to kill AGAIN) back to our hotel.
MONDAY 8th JUNE
Today we caught the Metro northeast to Stratford and the site of the 2012 Olympic Games! We ...
... and Cam had climbed to the whispering gallery right up in the top of the dome. Imagine our surprise this time to find that there is now an entrance fee to enter the cathedral where previously it was free. We might be tight but we thought the £18 charge per person was too much for a return visit. The rain had started again so we boarded a bus to take us to Petticoat Lane. This was a famous market again often mentioned by Peter's ...
... I guess it's a good thing I spent time in the graveyard today, it maybe prepared me to square up with god when I die
At that point I decided I was too tired to continue being a drama queen and cautiously got into my bed, trying to avoid the stains on the sheet and duvet. I was kept awake for a while, however, because other hostel inhabitants chose that precise moment to start a party below me. The thumping ...
... of everything due to the Australian dollar weakness!). After this we caught
the train out to Stratford to visit my oldest (by length of time we have known
each other) friend Katie who is teaching in London. We had dinner and were
going to go over to the Olympic Park/Stadium but the wind was so ridiculous and
icy that we looked from across the road and then went and looked through the
massive Westfield instead.
The next day we went on the ...
... off to the Tower.
The Tower of London was great - first time for Grandpa, even though he lived in London for some 20 years! We did the main sights and saw the Crown Jewels. The entry doors to the vault where the jewels are kept were very impressive. Not sure whether the jewels were replicas or not - impressive either way.
After lunch we went to the Tower Bridge Experience. It was great, a ...