Day 7 in London: Savile Row, Wicked, and Museums

Trip Start Jan 05, 2010
Trip End Jan 27, 2010

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Today was our last full day in London. The original plan was to travel at a group to Bletchley Park, the cryptology establishment of the UK during WW2. However, since it snowed pretty heavily the night before, it has closed. Luckily we found this out before we drove too far. Our bus driver was kind enough to take us to a place in London where he knew there were a lot of cool museums that were free of charge. At first I was pretty bummed, but the museums turned out to be really cool, as you can see from the pictures I was able to take.

The first museum we went to was the National Museum of History. The building itself is absolutely stunning. Inside they had a ton of cool fossils and a great dinosaur exhibit. I'm going to attach a cool video of a robotic T-Rex to this entry, so I hope that Max (my 3 year old nephew) will get to watch it from the states! Mom or Nicole, if you read this (which hopefully you do!) please show the video to Max, he would have LOVED the dinosaur part of the museum. It was really fun. 

The second museum we were able to go to was the Science Museum. It reminded me a lot of OMSI, it had an IMAX theater and everything. That was a really cool place too. It was weird seeing stuff from the 90's that I used to play with (like game boys and Nintendo 64s) in the museum as a piece of technological history. I felt kind of old, haha. 

It was around 1PM when we left the museums. Aaron and I headed back to the hotel, then took the tube down to Savile Row, which is where they have a lot of really nice suit shops where you can purchase custom tailored suits. Aaron was able to get fitted for a suit, and we were able to pick out all of the details, like the fabric, the lining, the width of the collar, and a bunch of other tiny detailed stuff that I have never even noticed on a suit before. The man that owned the store was really nice, his name was Joe. He just emitted an air of confidence and knowledge about fashion. Maybe it was just his accent, but I want to take him home with me so that he can take me shopping. 

On our way home from Sevile Row we stopped at a 2 story Starbucks, it was fantastic. Then after the wonderful Starbucks of my dreams, we went into a 5 story bookstore, which was even more fantastic. My 2 ultimate obsessions, Starbucks and books. And both were multiple stories! Words cannot describe how brilliant it was. 

Bryce, Aaron, and I bought tickets to Wicked for tonight. The show at the Apollo Victoria theater. I had never been to a broadway show before. I had so much fun, I love musicals. I've never seen one that I haven't enjoyed. We were able to get tickets at a pretty good price too, which made the experience that much more enjoyable! Tomorrow we leave the hotel at 9AM and make our way to Caen, France. We will be driving to Portsmouth and we will take an overnight ferry across the channel. The ferry is 10PM-7AM, so tomorrow will be a long day and night. Hopefully I can get some sleep, wish me luck! 
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Mindy on

Nice pictures from the museum...way cool artifacts! Oh my gosh can't wait for the next updates...!

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