The week we saw practically EVERYTHING

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
Trip End Feb 21, 2014

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Dec 16 - 22

Monday: It is still dark outside and I am hopping on a train to get from east to west in time for Annabelle's 8:30 presentation. The 2nd grade class is practicing their public speaking and performance skills with a book reading. Ms. Annabelle was the lead playing "Verdi" the snake. She did a great job and celebrated in style at the wrap party with a plate full of food. 

Tuesday: Jim & Grace have a glam event at St. James Palace tonight; suited and booted they headed out while we stayed to hang with the kids. Claude practiced his face licking and barking skills and Annabelle showed me her egg scrambling skills (by making and eating 5 eggs, hours after eating pizza for dinner). Tomorrow the fam is off to California for xmas so later we said our farewells and grabbed the last train back home

Wednesday: At the end of today Chris made me guess how far we had walked...I guessed 4 miles, Google maps says it was 8.3. Well that explains why I wanted to lie down on the street and just cry towards the end of the day. Needless to say, we covered a lot of ground passing many London highlights - Marble Arch, quick walk through Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, checked out the birds around the pond, Serpentine Gallery (Jake & Dino's Chapman Exhibit and another one). Next the Science Museum (saw a brain in a jar, electrocuted ourselves, and saw a cool exhibit on 3D printing - I did not realize how much stuff is already made this way) After sunset we went to Harrods and saw the xmas windows and wandered the floors imagining all the things we would buy if we were not jobless and homeless. Back out on the streets and heading east we saw: Battersea Power station, Chelsea Bridge, Westminster Cathedral/Abbey, Parliament and St. Paul's. (Towards the second half of the night we integrated a pub crawl into our excessive walking trail)

Thursday: Chris' Aunt Pauline had us over to see their new place and later grabbed dinner at the local Indian restaurant with Uncle Barry and cousin Joanne. 

Friday: Tonight we have priority tickets to something called "Text Santa." This is a fairly new charity event hosted by Ant & Dec which I am pretty excited about (better than any presenters back home in my opinion). "Priority" pretty much just meant we were guaranteed to get in. We entered ITV studios near Waterloo and donned our free festive Santa hats and waited for the star studded adventure to begin. Well it was pretty cool but very...long. We learned that "Live" was not exactly the truth. Though we did see Olly Murs, Garry Barlow, McFly and the Big Reunion band - we did not see all the other 'live" acts that they play in between...oh well. All the stars are pretty big here but probably have never been heard of in the US. 

Saturday: Hit the gym for the 4th time this week and then headed east for a night at Romford Dogs to see those greyhounds on the track. Chris' best friend Greg is in town for xmas - perhaps a lucky charm for all those bets we'll make tonight? Had a good time with the Sach clan but no winning bets for us. 

Sunday: Spent the day strolling Greenwich with Marc & Louise. Watched some football at the Mitre, then drinks at the Union, at our 3rd stop Louise may or may not have lifted a pint glass for Marc at Richard I pub. Later we ended the night with Alan at the Great Eastern.  



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