May 11, 2013 – London Is Amazing

Oh my goodness,,.what a wonderful time. British keypads are a bit different when you are trying to type. LOL. Yesterday was wonderful. Walk through Hide Park, went off to watch the changing of the guards. …which they really should call ‘how many people can you fit into one square meter’. 

Jody Lee Guillaume Smith

May we come in?
Fun at Buckingham Palace.

Jody Lee Guillaume Smith

Having fun with the Constables at Buckingham Palace

I met some Constables. I offered one of them a patch for a patch but he didn’t have a police patch…so he gave me his name tape in exchange, then I asked if I could wear his cover …and he let me and laughed. 🙂 We saw the London Tower Bridge, and London Bridge is Falling Down kept repeating in my head. LOL.  We walked to Westminster Abbey and it was magnificent. Big Ben is much bigger and even more beautiful and grand than you can imagine. We took a ride on the London Eye. They may try to sell you tickets for the fast track but don’t do it. Regular tickets are much cheaper and even though the line was incredibly long…I barely had time to jump out of line to snap a group photo and jump back in before we were almost at our turn. The cars hold approx 25 people at a time. We spent quite a bit of time on the Underground. I have been on the Metro in New York and this is far more crowded. But everyone in London was very respectful. In fact, London was one of the most respectful places I have been. (I realized how quiet it was when we got to Rome.)  

Jody Lee Guillaume Smith

Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace

Jody Lee Guillaume Smith

 

 
View from the London Eye

Al and Mark went to watch Wigan play a “football” game at the pub while Pam and I went shopping. One of my very favorite places was Camden Lock Village markets. So much to see, you can’t begin to drink it all in. I bought Al his favorite team ‘Manchester United’ jersey in LONDON! We met the boys at a pub and had some pints. What a brilliant day.  We ended out night on Brick street where we had some wonderful Curry. Then we were out on the town for more fun in Piccadilly Circus.

Jody Lee Guillaume Smith

London Fun

May 9th, 2013…We Arrive in London :)

After a Very long trip we arrived in England.Jody Lee Guillaume Smith

Al and Jody at Stonehenge. 🙂

We visited Stonehenge. I was hoping to find some magical, emotional connection to the stars..but realized that it was beautifully situated in the rolling hills surrounded by a calm beauty. It does cost you a few pounds to enter the site but there are free audiotour (not guided – a audio player that you use at your own pace). It was very wonderful.

Jody Lee Guillaume Smith

The wonderful lavenham, England.

We later visited Lavenham, a small country side town with tons of swaying buildings…it was hard to believe they were still standing. I hear that Lavenham is quite a tourist attraction during the tourist season but I chose the month of May because we miss that season in both England and Italy by just a little bit. We had a pint at a very nice pub, “The Swan”. It was old and elegant. Quite a proper pub..and always, the girl’s room is in the basement.  Jody Lee Guillaume Smith

Me and the Queen? LOL

 We visited Windsor. I saw the Windsor Castle ..and the Queen was in! She didn’t pop out to say hello or anything…but they were flying the flag for her. The food is AMAZING. My Irish friend Pam made us roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for our first proper English dinner. Why didn’t someone ever tell me that 1) it is not actually pudding & 2) it is amazing!! I had beans on toast for breakfast and it was just wonderful.

Tomorrow we are off to London to stay in a fabulous hotel and enjoy the sights.