You should figure out from the images below that I am in London, and I am with David, Mari, Lisa and Alex. I am here to tour the kids around London while David and Mari are involved with a conference. I did not realize that they will be busiest on Saturday and Sunday since I thought their time was filled with the conference Thursday through Monday when they head home. But today was an open day, and tomorrow afternoon David has some free time and on Friday when David officially opens the conference giving the keynote address Mari will have some time.
We left Boston Tuesday evening (the 23rd) arriving at Heathrow at 9 Wednesday morning (4 AM back on the East Coast). We got our Oyster Cards and got onto the Piccadilly Line exiting at Russell Square near our hotel and into our rooms at about 11:30. I unpacked and was ready to run hard, but David decided to nap for an hour, and I actually put my head down for 45 minutes. By1 PM we were all out and did not arrive back until past 8:30 – 7 and ½ hours running, and amazing with a very tired 7 year old. I realize that I may not get to show the kids as much as I hoped, but we will see a great deal.
Today was a big bonus. We took the tube back to Covent Gardens and walked around watching a number of the street performers. From there we walked down to the Thames River and crossed the footbridge to the south side of the river to the London Eye. I had read about horrible waits, but this was an off time and misty – we went and I am glad that we did. We then walked over the Westminster Bridge past Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral before heading back up through Chinatown to get dinner at Leicester Square.
It was a full day, running hard, especially for a day of arrival after a night flight and with Alex.
Thursday the 25th was such a full day I could not even post this, and my connection was bad. But, it was even a fuller day and we did not get back to the hotel until 11PM. I will work on those images and a quick tale, but I am waiting for the kids to get up, take them to breakfast, and off we go again. In 2010 before my travel blog I had sent email to family and some friends of my adventures, and my 2010 emails from Iceland and London I recently post here. Go to the menu and hover over ABOUT – and you will get a drop down link to that adventure.
I reviewed them in preparation for this excursion, and now cannot wait for even the next trips here to London. BC (before Cathy) I would find British Airways packages and fly over for 3-4 days for theater, etc. I have to find some deals like that in 2013. So, I will catch you when I can, just wanted to give some update, yours, RAY