The last couple days have been ones of encounters with an odd collection of familiar faces.
Saturday night we went to the Lion King (as I mentioned we had tix) and wound up sitting in the box seats. To start the second act we had a member of the cast in the box with us, singing, dancing and waving a bird on a stick through the air.
Sunday afternoon we managed to contact (and eventually meet up at Baker Street Station) with Doug (who is doing his post-doc here, by the way). He took us on a stroll down along and then south of Oxford Street and ultimately to China Town to eat.
This morning, avoiding rush hour, we slept in a bit before heading off to the Tower of London. Thirty two pounds lighter, we took a Beefeater tour from the gate. As the guy was getting interactive, he asked where people were from. A little while on he pulls us out of the crowd to chat: turns out the guy is moving his family to Edmonton in the fall and wanted to ask us a few questions.
The kicker came a couple hours later after lunch. We had been wandering along the south bank of the Thames and were ducking into the city a bit right around the London Bridge when we saw something of a commotion near a church: police, slick cars, a crowd gathering — so we stood by for a moment. Sure enough, a few minutes later the church bells ring and out comes a large group of very well dressed people — Charles and Camilla in the lead. Lucky I had my telephoto lens on so I got off a couple nice pics, but you’ll need to wait until I’m home to see the photos.
Also, we switched hotels yesterday. We moved from the classic ‘fawlty towers’ bed and breakfast, to a trendy kitchenette suite near Baker Street (‘elementary, dear Watson’) with about ten times as much room, a fridge, stove, and a separate bedroom.
Photo count, for those wondering, is hovering near five hundred. I would have snapped a lot more today — around the tower and the tower bridge — but my battery was fading, so not to be. In the coming days? We’re thinking Greenwich, definitely Oxford (as we have two night booked there) — and on our last night we have tickets for Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.