We'd turned our car into Hertz and had arranged for a car service to take us into London. In the past we'd always dragged our bags to the tube and gone in, but decided we were old enough to deserve a better way to travel.
After checking into our hotel we walked down to the Thames, pass the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern to catch a boat going to Greenwich. Beautiful day for a boat ride, got to go under Tower Bridge (in the past we'd been driven across it and had walked across it, but this was the first time going under it), passed Canary Wharf the new financial center of London and finally arriving at Greenwich. Had lunch at a pub, the Adrmiral Nelson if I remember correctly, walked through the covered market and made our way up the hill to the Observatory to see the Prime Meridian. Enjoyed the museum there, but as everywhere else it was heaving with tourists (and just what did I think we were?).
So back down the hill, back onto a boat who instead of taking us to where we'd originally gotten on dropped us at the Tower of London and we had to make our way back home on foot.
|The Tower where they're putting in a poppy a day until Nov. 11|
|Observatory at Greenwich|
|Me on the Prime Meridian 0º Longitude|
|Lunch at the Admiral Nelson|
|Imperial War Museum|
The next morning we were up bright and early to visit the Imperial War Museum, we both wanted to visit the World War I exhibits. The museum was free, you were asked to make a donation, and you were handed a timed ticket for the WWI rooms. We had a bit over an hour to wait so we enjoyed the rest of the exhibits.
|Main Exhibit Hall|
|Trench with tank|
The WWI exhibits were really well done, had it not been packed we could have spent the rest of the day there. Particularly liked the trench exhibit and I finally got to see a Sopwith Camel.
From this museum we made our way to the Victoria and Albert Museum, again very crowded, but upstairs we found a section on the theatre that was very interesting. Also liked the fashion from the Regency to Modern exhibit.
|Regency Theatre at the Victoria and Albert|
On Sunday we went to the British Museum. As we came up out of the tube station at Russell Square we were approached by 3 young Chinese men as we studied the street map. They asked if we were going to the British Museum and when we said yes they asked if the could follow us, and of course we told them they were more than welcome to get lost with us. As we walked one asked if I spoke Chinese, I offered up Spanish and German and Mac Turkish, but no Chinese. He told me they were from China, but students in Manchester. I told him that our daughter was flying to Beijing the next day on business. She's there now in fact.
|Copy of the Sutton Hoo Helmet|
Saw parts of the Sutton Hoo find and the Battersea Shield.
After the museum we made our way to 221 Baker Street to pay homage to Sherlock Holmes, no desire to stand in line to visit, but it was fun seeing the outside. Then it was off to Harrods to visit the food halls, OMG! if I were rich I'd order all my food from there.
|221B Baker Street|
On Monday we had the first rain we'd had the whole trip, but that was ok, we had tickets for Churchill's Underground War Rooms which were spectacular and I'll blog about them tomorrow.
After that we decided to do one more museum and we chose
The National Gallery, looking at mostly 17th-19th century paintings. Talked to a guard who said he'd visited the States and did it by Greyhound bus, I told him I bet he'd met some interesting folks on that trip.
That night we went to our play and loved it. There were 3 actors playing all the parts and it was hilarious. We've both been going around saying, "Jello", in Roderick Spode's voice since seeing it.
|Boat in a bottle Greenwich|
|View From Greenwich|
|Breakfast in the Lounge|