Oh man, it had to be a bus tour
Trip Start Sep 23, 2009
12Trip End Oct 04, 2009
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Up at 6:30 and out the door at 7am. Went across the street to the main building's basement for breakfast. Mike had a full English breakfast of a sunny side up egg, sausage, ham that tastes just like bacon, baked beans, and toast. I minused the beans! We then made our walk to the King’s Cross Holiday Inn for our 7:45am bus pickup. The bus then took us to Victoria Coach station, a major hub for tour buses. We had to use the restroom so down we went to the basement. At the entrance was a turnstile like in a subway and it cost 20 pence to go for a pee!!! You can only imagine the confusing state of tourists deciding if there was really a charge for using the toilet. Mike paid the 20 pence and in he went while I turned around and marched back upstairs.
The bus took us to our first destination, Windsor Castle about an hour outside of London
Our next stop was the city of Bath after a quick snooze for me on the bus. The drive took almost 2 hours and the scenery was of picturesque English countryside. As we drove into Bath we passed may rich homes and apartments one of which Nicolas Cage lives. Bath was a beautifully quaint town. The buildings and cobblestone streets tell a story of a much simpler less hectic time. The Roman Baths were the focal point of the stop but strolling the streets with Mike were my highlight.
Last stop Stonehenge after an hour drive. Wow! So much more impressive in person. Smack dab in the middle of pastures stands an awesome display of what man was capable of far before modern day inventions we now deem as necessities. What’s most amazing is that the mystery has not been solved yet so it draws quite a crowd from scientists, holy rollers, hippies, gypsies, wickens, and even Merlin the Magician himself. Good times.
Then we took the 2 hour drive back to town and decided to head to Harrod’s since it was open for another hour. Harmony was in heaven. We even got her some decadent truffles that she loved!
Afterwards we took our first trip on the tube from Harrod’s to an area near the hotel. The tube is clean, organized, efficient, and very easy to use. NY subways could learn a lot from these Brits. We ate at the Tortoise and the Hare which is an oriental noodle bar. The food was outstanding and cheap for London standards at only ~15 pounds including beer.
Strolled back to the room eating truffles and to prepare for a full day of finally touring London itself!
-Mike and Harmony