lept in today for preparation of going back home. Made my way north on the Northern line to get off at the Archway stop to go to London's most famous graveyard, Highgate Cemetery. Its a bit of a walking distance, with a nice walk through Waterlow park with the most green I have seen all week. Highgate Cemetery is split into two parts, the West and East. The West Cemetery during the week is open by tour only at 2pm. I went to the gates at 10 am to find out it was booked full. I was a bit disappointed, but went across the street to the East one. You pay 4 pounds and get a map of famous people who are buried there such as Karl Marx (1818-1883) and the writer of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,Read More
I just walked back to my hotel drunk, no problem. My inner London compass is working nicely, too bad tomorrow is my last day.
This morning I went to Westminster Abbey first thing. Westminster has a lot of history, every King and Queen of England's coronation has been here, as well as many royal weddings including Prince William to Kate Middleton. There are many tombs of previous kings and queens as well as a notable explorer, Charles Darwin. The tour takes about half an hour when there are no crowds. The path is set out, and you follow it to the end. Standing at the altar and realizing i'm standing in front of where Princess Diana's coffin was for her funeral was a moment for me.Read More
Another early start, walking through the banking district where my hotel is, in a sea of Christian Grey's in business suits on their way to work in the morning. I have not seen so many handsome men in my life. I took the Circle line east and got off at Tower Hill around 830 am to find that when I walked the short distance to the admission gates, that there was already a line up to buy tickets when they opened at 9 am. I was smart to come early though, As the first Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) tour didin't start till 10 am at the front gates. I explored around a bit, and walked first to the Crown Jewels,Read More
Bit of a rough day for me. I found out last night my beautiful Hedgehog passed away. I picked up my breakfast along the way to The British Museum. Seems like there is a sandwich, drink and fruit cup shop on every corner. I like the fancy little bag they put your purchase in. We need some in Vancouver.
I arrived at the British Museum early before they opened, and checked out the gift shop and made my game plan to go to the top floor where the Egyptian Mummies and artifacts are.
This was the day I looked for treasure on the Thames. My alarm went off at 830 am and I got dressed and packed my backpack for a day of exploring. Breakfast is served in the common room and is included with your stay. Cereal, toast, yogurt, and juice. Nothing fancy, but they also have a little bar there where I bought a coke and they filled my water bottle up with cold water. I made my way to Temple station to take the circle line east to Blackfriars. A short walk to the Millennium bridge and I found that I was too early. The steps leading down to shore were still under water. Low tide is 230 pm and I was told if you subtract 3 hours from that you will have lots of time to explore. I would have to come back around 1130 am.Read More
I started my day catching a flight with Air Transat leaving from Vancouver at 230 pm today (saturday). As I got on the plane I noticed how nice the staff was and how roomy the seats were. A good start. A nine hour flight on a Airbus 330 with dinner and breakfast meals served for free which was a nice surprise for me. It never got dark and at 11pm the pilot said "goodmorning" to everyone. I didnt sleep a wink.
After landing in Gatwick at 730 am England time, my heatbeat upped a notch as I had to now navigate my way to take the Gatwick express train and the Underground to get to my hotel. I bought return tickets (can be used anytime within a month) for the Gatwick Express which takes 3o minutes non-stop to the London Victoria stop right in the heart of London.Read More