Hallowed Ground

Trip Start Jul 29, 2010
Trip End Sep 04, 2010

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Lat full day in London and we will be travelling most of Sunday so we decide that today is for Hallowed Ground.  First a visit to Westminster Cathedral (the catholic one, three blocks from where we were staying, girls asked to help washing a car on the way) and then splitting up at Victoria Station so more sacred sites can be coverred.

Amanda and Nanna took to the imposing challenge of Oxford St shopping on a Saturday and Sophie and Isabelle came with me.

"Shopping in Oxford Street - by Amanda and Sue.
Caught a bus to Marble Arch all by ourselves. Amazing what you can do when you need to!!!!
So many department stores, preferred Selfridges. Xmas decorations already out - incredible (obviiously had to buy one, choice limited due to travel, ooohhhh).
Both had a stop at the Clarins and Clinique counters, hard to resist.
Our main aim was to reach Topshop, unfortunately, bus dropped us off at wrong end.
Many, many shops to pass. Kept wallet relatively closed, still scarred by airport making us reduce weight of luggage at check in. Not willing to go through that again.
Hope memory fades quickly..........still got Paris, Rome, Honkers!!!"

The girls and I head off to Southfield and walk to Wimbledon (nice little golf course over the road also).  Quick look through the Museum and then on the tour. Court 1, Henman hill (soon to Murray;s mound?), Court 18 (where we spent a bit less time than Inser & Mahout), the Press conference room, Member's terrace and Center Court.
A feww souvenirss then the bus back to the station.

Tube back to Fulham Broadway then a quick run through the rain to Stamford Bridge.  Chelsea won the double last year but must be struggling for cash as they charge 15 squid for a photo of the cups.  Took one of the cup they won a few years ago instead.  Not like we were at Old Trafford or anything.  Charity Shield tomorrow (Chelsea v Man Utd) and one of the guys at the CHelsea Museum says "How great to get to watch my team against the 2nd best?" and I reply :Are you a United fan as well?"  We left shortly after.  Sushi station for a late lunch then tube to Paddington.

First transfort issues of the trip as line outages meant fewer trains from Paddington to Baker St 915 min wait!! Outrageous!  Then find out Jubilee line out of action all weekend so have to walk from Baker St to St John's Wood (past the Sherlock Holmes museum).  Lords has just shut when we get there and won't let us in.  Have seen before but new stands look impressive.  We splpurge on a cab round a few corners to the Zoo, also just closing but we see the girafes and boars.

Onto Regent's Park were we played ping pong next to a Table Tennis Paralympian and then got caught in the boathouse cafe for a hot chocolate during a short downpour.  Then sun came out and we still had time for a paddle boat trip on the pond.  Bus home to Victoria and picked up some KFC on way back to hotel and find Amanda and Nanna finishing of some Italian takeaway from next door.  Harrogate tomorrow.
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