July 2, 2013
Eugene and I flew United from SFO to London on July 1st, arriving in London on July 2nd at 7am.
One funny - as we were waiting in line for SFO security Eugene was joking about how funny it would be to make a Facebook page for our baby - same banter as we usually have. A crabby 30 something woman immediately turned around to us with an extremely disgusted face and said "you have got to be kidding me, I'm back in the States for an hour and already hearing this rediculous s#&$" hahaha, so funny. The jury is still out on ethics concerning social media for babies....
The Heathrow train took us to Paddington Underground station and we took the Underground from Paddington to the nearest station to our hotel, Victoria.
The hotel, Luna Simone was recommended by Rick Steves. Overall great experience - clean, well appointed and friendly owners and staff. Complimentary breakfast in the morning with everything from eggs to yogurt and great coffee and tea. Reasonably priced at 110 GBP per night with the Rick Steves discount.
Eugene VERY tired outside the Tower =)
Guard doing his routine walk
Artwork made from military gear - White Tower
Cannons and swords used to protect the Tower.
We took the London Cruise boat from Tower Pier back to Westminster Pier. Had the opportunity to see all of the sights along the Thames River, including Big Ben, London Eye and The Houses of Parliament.
We were super tired from traveling, so we grabbed dinner at a great recommendation by none other than Rick Steves - Grumbles in Pimlico at Belgrave and Churton. We both had excellent fish dishes with plenty of olives, salad and bread with butter. Num Num.
Trains - Are SOOO crowded in London and so busy. You literally get sucked into the crowd and pushed along. Eugene was particularly disgusted with all of the coughing and sneezing on the trains - we thought he was a city boy!?
July 3, 2013
Today we took a bus tour to Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor Castle through International Friends tours.
Stonehenge was an incredible experience, truly awe inspiring and provided some closure to all of the Discovery Channel shows Dad and I have watched with everything from history of the area to alien conspiracy theories.
Bath is a town made primarily of Limestone, where the oldest Roman Baths remain intact in Western Europe.
July 4, 2013 - Touring the heart of London on the Independence day of our country.
Views from the Thames & Westminster Bridge
From the "Winston Churchill Square"
To Buckingham Palace & Changing of the Horse Guards
Piccadilly Circus Infiniti Dealership