Landed in London

Trip Start Nov 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 10, 2007

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Touch down in London! We exited the plane and boarded a shuttle bus to the terminal. We made our way to a restroom that seemed to be abandoned. There was no one around which was kind of nice. We refreshed ourselves and then headed for customs. The woman checking my passport asked if this was my first trip and I said yes. She could tell by my passport that it was my first trip outside of the US. We made our way to the Left Luggage stand and checked our bags so that we wouldn't have to carry them around London. Then it was off to the Underground. The Man behind the counter could tell we weren't exactly sure of ourselves because he asked (in his London accent) "Are you scared, it's okay I won't bite!" We laughed and said no we were just a bit confused. He helped us out and we purchased our 1 day, all line tube pass for 6.50 pounds which is roughly 13 US dollars. We then caught the next train out of Heathrow, terminal 4 to the Green Park stop which is for Buckingham Palace. We got off and walked to the London Hard Rock Cafe. The weather was perfect! Partly cloudy, a bit breezy but overall warm. We were going to have lunch there, but they were packed! We headed back towards the park and stopped at a street vendor and bought a tea and bratwurst. We ate it as we walked through the park towards Buckingham Palace. We took pictures of the guards and police. We also took pictures of the gorgeous gates that surround it as well as a statue of Queen Victoria. We spotted the London eye ( a large ferris wheel) which didn't look like it was moving, and Big Ben off in the distance and decided it was a bit far to walk. We hopped back on the tube and took it to the Westminster exit and took more pictures of Big Ben, the Parliament, the River Thames, Museum and Westminster Abby. We also took pictures of the eye and realized that it was indeed moving, just really slowly. We got back on the tube and went to Picadilly square (so named for the man that invented the ruffled collar). Apparently the "old money" in London thought it was a joke that this man made all his money on a ruffled collar and thought of it as some sort of circus wear. We stopped and had a cup of coffee and a doughnut before we headed out. It really reminded me of Times square as there are large screen displays and 5 streets come together at a point. There was a street festival in progress and they had all the streets blocked off. We walked along looking at the street performers and the Christmas decorations. We headed back for the Underground and headed for the Knightsbridge exit to see the world famous Harrod's department store (5 stories of shopping), it was so crowded! Saturday, before Christmas and I think all of London was out doing their Christmas shopping! We walked in and through the store and decided it was time to head back to Heathrow to catch our next flight. We went to the Underground entrance and they had shut it down because of the crowds. It started to rain/snow mix and we were trying to figure out what to do. We walked around the entire building before stopping to ask a doorman about either catching the Heathrow Express or a cab. We ended up walking to the next Tube station and getting on the Picadilly Line Westbound to Heathrow. Made it back in plenty of time and picked up our baggage and checked it through to Nairobi. We walked around the terminal and sampled some Baileys Irish Cream at the Duty Free Liquor store. We ate some sandwiches and had a soda, then caught our flight out. What a great day in London! =O)  
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tklinken on

Very Cool

What fun London must have been. I've really enjoyed your blogs so far, and can't wait to read the rest of them and see the pictures.


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