London Day Two
Trip Start Sep 26, 2007
4Trip End Oct 09, 2007
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Ok, so here is what we have been up to:
Friday, we went to the British Museum...I mean, Anthony drug me through the museum...a museum that should be done in 3 days (according to the professionals). Anthony's British Museum notes - This place is crazy full of cool stuff. We saw Cleopatra's mummy, the Rosetta stone, and they even have a bunch of stonework and statues from the Parthenon in Greece that are housed in the museum. It is pretty crazy how much stuff the English have "collected" in this museum, but sad that it is here and not where it came from. The good thing is a lot of the stuff is well preserved when it would have been destroyed in its former location.
So...just when you think the drama is over....we slept through the alarm on Saturday morning, waking up at 9:30. Bummer! We ate something, then jumped on the subway (a 30 min ride) to the Tower of London (later than expected, of course). Since we were late to the Tower, we called the rental car company to let them know we needed to pick up the car later. WELL...they stated they were closing in 1/2 hour (what's up with that...closing at 1:00 on a Saturday!?!?). SO, we had to catch a cab to the rental car company across town ($50!), but oh so close to our hotel! Long story short...it took us 2 hours to get back to the hotel (maybe 1-2 miles apart) because of London traffic. We both were tempted to ditch the car a million times during the trek...it was terrible. You think Albuquerque traffic can be bad.....think again!! OK, so after parking at the hotel & jumping back on the subway, we arrived at the Tower for the 2nd time!
Sunday we had breakfast with an Canadian couple who are originally from England at our B&B, then headed to Windsor castle...awesome!!!!! This was the most lavish place yet, definately the best castle we have seen as far as how nice it is inside.
So, we decided to kind of blow off Nottingham (after numerous English people said "Oh, you are going to Nottingham?!?!?) and head out first thing in the AM (Monday) to York because we had heard so many cool things about it. And they were all true! We checked into our B&B early and met the owner. Bruce is so awesome!! He gave us numerous tips & recommendations for sight-seeing and dining. York is a beautiful place by the river with lots of old buildings and tons of fancy shops and nice restaurants.
We visited the York Castle which is not really a castle anymore. The tour was pretty lame and the only highlight was a recreation of what a street in York would look like in the past. Bruce recommended that we have afternoon tea at Betty's and we decided to take his advice.
Next, we went to Jorvik which is a museum about the Viking influence on York. The museum was okay, Kaylyn didn't like it because in one part the recreate the smell of the old Viking settlement! The highlight for me was the skeletal remains that they found with wounds from swords, arrows, and other weapons. They even have a preserved Viking Turd from which they can tell what they ate.
For the rest of the afternoon we walked around the city, what a place.
Tomorrow we are going to see the Minster here in York and head for Edinburgh, Scotland.
Note about driving - The highways out here have been great, although the English drive very fast. The speedlimit is 70, but it seems that if you are in the fast lane you have to go 90-100mph (the still use mph, but distances can be found both in miles and kilometers, confusing). The hard part is at all the junctions for different highways, you have to use roundabouts and decide which of 5 directions to go in about 2 seconds. Again, whoever invented roundabouts should be shot. Also, we got gas today and it cost $62 and we only needed half a tank!!!
Hope everyone is doing well.
Kaylyn & Anthony