Day 23 – London Calling

Trip Start Jun 26, 2009
Trip End Jul 16, 2009

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

We were sad to leave Egypt, but were looking forward to getting home. We have been traveling for over three weeks.  We have seen so many things, that there is not much else to see!

London was a shock to the body.  After 45C or higher temperatures of Egypt, the 20C temperatures of London seemed like the middle of winter.  We even saw some rain.  We have not seen rain in weeks!

We arrive in London after a long plane ride.  We had booked a B&B several Tube (subway) stops towards town.  We had a ten minute walk to the B&B.  There were no signs out front.  They had put a note on the door to call them if they didn't answer the doorbell.  We did not have a phone, so we had to go door to door to find someone who had a phone.  I finally found a lady who would let me use her phone.  When I entered the house, the same odor we smelled in the Red Pyramid greeted me (ammonia).  There must have been thousands of cats peeing in that house or she must have had a severe bladder control issue.

After we checked-in, we went downtown.  We had planned everything in Egypt, but didn’t really plan anything here.  We knew we were getting in late and the sites would be closed or almost closed by the time we got there.  We walked around Big Ben and Parliament.  We found an old pub for dinner and drinks.  They had four ales on pump-engines.  I was able to get the two best before we left.  They were very good.  Kim was amazed to see the big smile on my face after each sip.

We had read about the walking tour for Jack the Ripper from London Walks.  Jack the Ripper killed five women in just several months.  Each new murder was more gruesome than the last.  He usually took some part of the victim home as a trophy.  Just as we got there, it started to rain.  Luckily, it stopped right before the tour started.  Our guide would take us to a sight that had something to do with a murder.  As we walked through this part of London, we could see several other Jack the Ripper tours.  Most sites, we had to wait or take a different spot because another group beat us to the site.  He went through each murder as we walked through London.  At the last site, he wanted to talk in a covered narrow alley.  However, a homeless guy was sleeping in this spot.  When we assembled in another spot, I asked if the homeless guy was victim six.
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