UK – Day 5 – Please Sir can I have some more?

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More of London that is. I can’t believe it’s our last day. Time has gone so fast and we’ve seen and done so much.

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The day started out like every other – waking around 5am, playing on laptops, getting ready for the day, breakfast watching the kitties play and catching the tube.

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First stop today was the London Eye. It was such a beautiful and a whole lot quieter than I’m glad we skipped going the other day. The 3D experience was enjoyable but only because there was no waiting for it. Luckily there was only a few minutes wait to get on the Eye as well and we had a fantastic view. It was certainly something to do once but the kids were a little bored.

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We then walked over the bridge to Westminster Abbey – eating an ice cream as we went.

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We were also lucky enough to be passing Big Ben right at 11am and got to hear it chime.

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Westminster Abbey is amazing. Unfortunately we had just missed the last verger guided tour (at 11am) so had to make do with the audio one. We encountered our first unhelpful Londoner who wouldn’t let Christy do the audio tour. Apparantly all under 10s get bored and start swinging their audio players around! We just sent Amy over to another guide to collect one. And of course, she listened and didn’t swirl her player around even once :-). No photos inside but I got plenty of the outside.

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Kevin was excited to find the graves of Issac Newton and Charles Darwin. I was amazed that Elizabeth I is buried over the top of Mary I. Just an amazing place. So full of history. We had lunch in the courtyard cafe.

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We then walked to the nearest tube station and went to Baker Street – home not only of Sherlock Holmes but Madame Trussards.

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Some of the celebrities we met…

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Charles Darwin in case you didn’t know.

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And we even got to meet the Queen of England.

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Christy loved doing the little ride at the end. We also did the Marvel Superhero 4D ride which was fun. Since it was only 2pm we decided to go to visit Buckingham Palace so Christy could see the gates that my Poppa painted.

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Both girls were suffering with blisters so we decided to catch a black cab to Covent Garden.

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Upon arrival in Covent Garden we went in search of somewhere to sit and rest our weary feet. We eventually found a Marks and Spencer and shared some ice cream sundaes.

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We then wandered around for a bit, bought Christy a handbag, watched some of the entertainment. After another wander around we sat and the girls waited, in vain, for some street entertainers.

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And Kevin & I enjoyed some fresh raspberries.

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Christy also played with the video camera. We now have some very riveting footage of the local pigeons.

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We then walked over to the Royal Theatre where we were to meet my old school friend, Sue, for dinner before the show.

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It was so good catching up after reconnecting on facebook. I haven’t seen her for 25 years and she was THE BEST company.

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Dinner was yummy.

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The girls loved this puffy bread.

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All too soon we had to say farewell to Sue and head across the road to the theatre to see the musical Oliver.

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The show was great. Amy fell asleep and missed half the show. I must say I was that tired my eyes closed a few times as well. The show was fantastic though. Christy loved it – esp. all the kids. I couldn’t believe how many were in the cast.

After the show we staggered back to the tube station and went home to Southgate for the last time. Because we were all so tired and the girls had blisters we caught another black cab. Then it was straight to bed. It was 11pm but boy it had been a busy, long, day. We’ve loved London but are looking forward to two more relaxing days.

 

2 comments

  1. Ninny says:

    Again, such a great post! I loved all the pictures, especially the close up of Big Ben…didn’t realize it was so intricate!

    Liz

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