Lake Maggiore and London
Trip Start Sep 13, 2007
2Trip End Sep 22, 2007
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Cynthia and I sadly said good bye following our flight from Milan to London - she met her cousin at Heathrow and was off to see the Rugby World Cup in France and I was greeted by Marie and escorted to her wonderful apartment just of Kensington High Street. I had been to London several times so Marie suggested some great alternative things to do that I would not have known about. We experience the very crowded Camden Markets following a walk through Hamstead Heath. A real find was Linley Sandbourne House in Kensington. Mr Sandbourne was the famous illustrator for Punch Magazine and his house is a perfect example of a Victorian home exactly as it was at the turn of the century. Luckily his ancestors kept it as it was during his time and it is now maintained by the National Trust. I think perhaps my favourite place was the Churchill War Cabinet Rooms, opened to the public in 2005. They are deep underneath the parliamentary buildings and were the nerve centre for Churchill's second world war campaign. Again these rooms are preserved just as they were in 1945 which some changes only to accommodate a Churchill museum. Visitors see the map rooms, cabinet meeting rooms, sleeping areas and offices, dining rooms, kitchens etc. You could spend a full day here and I highly recommend a visit to anyone going to London
My trip ended far too quickly though it does seem a long time ago that I flew out of Sydney. It was the most perfect holiday and travelling with Cynthia a real bonus. Being looked after so wonderfully by Marie in London helped me come to terms with the fact I was heading home.
Her advice - to start planning next years trip!