Trip Start Sep 23, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Edward and Mary's

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Friday, January 11, 2008

I met Rick by the London Eye. It was a drizzly, damp, gloomy day. Normal London weather, I suppose, but not exactly promising sweeping vistas of the skyline. Ah well, we boarded our capsule and were bourne up towards the sky. Water droplets stuck to the windows, but we could see across the river to Parliament, St Pauls, Buckingham Palace. It was a great way to see familiar landmarks. Red buses added splashes of colour. I took lots of photos despite the weather.

Returning to earth, we went for lunch at Wagamama's, emerging to clear skies. Ah, the fickle English weather. Cross Waterloo Bridge, through the city to the British Museum. We visited an exhibition on the Egyptians, and wandered round the Asia gallery- Nepal, Tibet, Thailand. Viewing the terrcotta warriors was tempting, but expensive, and Rick was museumed out. A coffee then on to Covent Garden, which had changed from my old slightly bohemian haunt to a funkier, trendier and more soulless incarnation, with my favourite shops and cafes closed and turned to Italian fashion stores. We soon reached Oxford Street; busy chaos, and I was honestly beginning to think that London wa slosing its magic for me. The Intrepid Fox, site of much drinking, was gone, although the eclectic late night bookshop in Soho was still there, along with the area's less salubrious night spots.

We found the restaurant on the South Bank where we were meeting the others; Meesh, Jim, Alessandro and some more friends of Rick's. Food was good and chat was fun; we crossed back over the bridge and discovered a wine bar in an undercroft where we drank Bordeaux, and then to Waterloo Station for final drinks at Reef before getting the tube to Rick's Aunt Mary and Uncle Edward's.

After a comfy night and lovely breakfast, we went back into town to meet Vi and Amanda for lunch. Dim sum was delicious, and something not really done in New Zealand. I also had a cup of tea flavoured with a flower which grew like magic when the hot water was added to my glass. We followed it up with wine at the South Bank Centre, explored the Tate Modern where I got told off for laughing at Rothko's too loudly and for taking photos of pieces of glass (?????????), wandered past Bridget Jones' house and the replica Golden Hind, and found a beautiful timber frame pub where we sat outside undre a heater. And I'd remembered what I loved about London. The dark, the fun, the atmosphere, the history. My friends. We bid Vi goobye and ate pizza before getting late trains home.
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polly520 on

I love London
The country is a nice place to travel! I love the weather, the sun and the building. Although I never go to London, I still can imagine how beautiful and interesting there are. Your travel pod is great! I like it very much

christein on

I too believe London must be quite nice place to explore.

Kelly Mitchell on

Sounds like you had a wonderful time, am very jealous! We have our own Blog too, if you want to take a look, or our website which is which has hundreds of self-catering properties all over the UK and Ireland for your next trip!

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