A perfect day here. We woke up this morning to gorgeous blue sky and a comfortable jacket-free temperature.
Stop 1: The London Eye, that big ol’ millenium ferris wheel thing. At a hefty £29 for the two of us to ride, it had high expectations. Other than being a little greenhouse-pod, the views were fantastic and we could see all across the city. I got some great photos.
Stop 2: In front of Westminster Abby, to take a rest and people watch. We didn’t go inside because it was £10 each.
Stop 3: Buckingham Palace, again. This time we caught a bit of the changing of the guards, though by the time we got there we had terrible spots and only got to see the parade as it went by and around the corner. We sat on the grass nearby for a while in the sun.
Stop 4: Traffalgar Square for lunch, right across the road from the Canadian embassy. We ate at a little chain called Pret A Manger which sells sandwhiches and soup.
Stop 5: The National Gallery, where we wandered looking at some famous paintings. Karin’s art history knowledge is apparently a product of playing the board game Masterpiece, I quickly discovered. We did get to see some Da Vinci, Monet, Picasso, etc.
Stop 6: Ice cream in Leicester Square.
Stop 7: The Lyceum Theatre to pick up our BOX SEAT tickets for the Lion King tonight. I’m going to need to remortgage the house (the half-price ticket office apparently doesn’t sell for that show, or something) but Karin is sure happy this afternoon.
Now we’re back at the hotel for another brief siesta before we dress for dinner and our show. Photo count: Around three-hundred. And no, they wouldn’t let me take pictures in the Gallery.