Take No Prisoners

Trip Start Apr 12, 2012
Trip End Apr 30, 2012

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Where I stayed
Ibis Styles London Southwark Rose
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Tower of London
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

And now for something completely different - we're off to London! Julie and Noah took a week off and we headed to the UK. We flew on Easy Jet, which is several steps below where Southwest was when they first started - not even the sodas are free. But hey, cheap is cheap and it was a short flight so all was good. And who can't relax and enjoy themselves when people are talking to you in British.  In fact Noah suggested that if anyone wanted to complain we had to do it with a British accent - I liked that idea!

Since the rest of us had been to London before we let Gary pick which attraction we would go see and his choice was the Tower of London - no surprise there. Our hotel was located close to the Tower Bridge which is where we headed looking for food. We decided on The Anchor because we liked the way it looked - like a pub - and it was starting to rain pretty hard right when we got there.  After a delicious lunch of fish and chips we walked to the Tower. It's been over 35 years since I was there with my mother, so for the most part it was like seeing everything for the first time. One thing that did seem different was the Crown Jewels. I remember there was an additional fee to see that, and it seemed there were a whole lot more jewels to see. Now there is no fee and I really don't think there was as much on display. 

We toured around the grounds, saw a lot of weapons and suit of arms in all shapes and sizes. It was all very interesting, and though there were crowds, they weren't too bad.  That is except for the giggly junior high kids - we could have done without them.  Overall the Tower was great to see and really makes one think about all the history those walls have seen.

We stopped for dinner on our way back to the hotel at an Italian restaurant called SPQR. It was really good and seemed very authentic - guess I can see if I still think that in a couple of months. The waiters were Italian and didn't always understand us; luckily the menu had large pictures of the food which made it easy to know what to order.

Interesting note about our hotel. I was our first experience using the key card to turn on the lights and work the elevator. We had not thought about asking for 2 cards, so when Gary went down to breakfast without me I couldn't dry my hair and had to brush my teeth in the dark. After that we made sure to always ask for 2 cards. This was also the beginning with our hate affair with duvets. I can honestly say we are not fans of the no top sheet bed. The duvets are great when it's cold, as was our experience in Bavaria, but when you just want a light cover you're out of luck. It was an all or nothing situation which finally ended in the gutting of the duvet, especially as our trip continued and temperatures started to climb.
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