Buckingham Place

Trip Start Jun 12, 2010
Trip End Jul 18, 2010

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Today, we continued to explore London.  We headed for the bus but wound up taking the subway to London's "Times Square", Piccadilly Circus.  Not much there, really.  A lot of construction, we speculated, getting ready for the 2012 Olympics.  So, we headed for Buckingham Place.  On our way there, we ran into a small crowd near a blocked off area with several police and military.  We realized it was for the ceremony for the 70th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's radio speech inspiring French resistance to Nazi occupation made from London.  After watching the French president lay a wreath at a statue of de Gaulle, we headed for Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard.  We heard a policeman say that people would be disappointed.  We figured that ceremony would be diminished due to the earlier one, but if it was, we couldn't say.  There was plenty of pomp and tons of circumstance, not to mention quite a few people.  The marching band played some tunes we didn't expect, like the Theme from ET, Louie Armstrong's Wonderful World, a Beatles tune, a Disney's Little Mermaid song and more!

After that, we left for Harrods department store, stopping at Wellington's Arch.  You can go to the top, look out and take some pictures, so we did.  Harrods was an "Oh. My. God." experience.  It has everything from a music section with a huge selection of guitars to kitchens, appliances, lawn furniture, several restaurants, a 100,000 chandelier that would go nicely in our house if our house was a $10 million mansion.  We had lunch at their Lebanese restaurant.  It was terrific.

We moved on to the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum based on our friend, Richard Yeager's suggestion.  This museum would easily take a week to explore.  We focused on English antiquities and quickly reached exhibit overload.  So much stuff.  So many exhibits.  We left after seeing a piece of art called the Beetle House, a fine example of an artist making you jealous for creating something so goofy and getting it exhibited in a major museum.

When we left, it was misting.  We made our way to Hyde Park.  Misting turn to rain, so we made our way through the park back to the hotel.  Basically, we walked all the way home in the rain and Heidi gave me the poncho to wear.  I had the pack to keep dry, but as we left, Heidi said, "I only found one poncho.  Do you want me to find the other?"  And I said, "No.  It won't rain."  Are you seeing a pattern here?

Tomorrow:  Target = Westminster
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