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It was a Bond, James Bond Day

Friday, Sept 16, 2016 – Day 3 of London

<– Previously, we’d been bussed all around Southern England!

This was a fun day.  We were able to sleep in a little bit (not much), as we had tickets to the London Film Museum’s exhibit “Bond in Motion” – a collection of Bond cars and vehicles from throughout the movies.  Started at 10am, which was our window (although from having visited there now, I don’t think it was quite necessary to buy the tickets in advance; better safe than sorry).  So we got a quick breakfast in at the nearby Starbucks, then walked over to the museum.  Yeah, walked, as our hotel is so centrally located.  Walked through the West End, seeing the theaters for Aladdin and Harry Potter on the way there.  It was also raining slightly, which was about time as London is supposed to have some rain! It also was nice for it to be cool a little as it’s been pretty damn hot/warm here and in Paris!

Anyway, we got to the exhibit and it was absolutely amazing.  Everything was laid out in a great fashion and there were so many important cars to the series present, from the Aston Martins, the Rolls Royces, Jaguars, etc.  Quite amazing, and I took lots of pictures.  Larry bought lots of cool things too, including the guide book.  We also got a few shots with the life size Connery mannequin up front.  Just spectacular the whole thing.  Well worth coming to London for!!!! 

So….let’s try to break these pictures down in some kind of order…first, getting to the London Film Museum via the route shown above:

The Foyer of the Exhibit:

MI:6 Mock-up from The World Is Not Enough:

You Only Live Twice:

Heading down into the main exhibit…

Heading down into the main floor of the exhibit

The main floor of what was shown was simply spectacular.  Almost every vehicle you’d expect to see was there, seriously.

A View To A Kill:

Goldeneye / Goldfinger:

The Aston Martin DB5s shown here had a model version based off of the Goldfinger one, as well as a real car that was used in Goldeneye.

Die Another Day:

Octopussy:

The Living Daylights:

The World Is Not Enough:

Quantum of Solace:

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service:

Diamonds Are Forever:

The Spy Who Loved Me:

Spectre:

For Your Eyes Only:

The Man With the Golden Gun:

Casino Royale:

Various Odds & Ends:

Just saying – this was the best collection of James Bond cars you could ever hope to see.

The James Bond Walking Tour

But that wasn’t the end of our James Bond adventures today.  So after the London Film Museum exhibition, we came back to the hotel to drop off the new goodies we’d just bought, then headed back out to Charing Cross Station as at 2pm, we were joining up for a James Bond Walking Tour!!!  Holy crap, this is quite an amazing and somewhat grueling walk, as you walk a LOT.  Starting at Charing Cross, you get some insight into how the underground sections were used quite frequently, especially for the chase scenes in Skyfall. 

We then meandered through London to various locales that were used in Spectre and Skyfall before heading to the National Gallery Museum right near Trafalgar Square.  Got a lot of backstory on the filming there as well as the use of art, especially in Skyfall.  The use of the various paintings, combined with the accounts of Admiral Nelson in the battle of Trafalgar and how those were analogous to James Bond and M’s demise….holy shit, it was amazing.  Then when in the National Gallery (didn’t know we’d be going in there!), we saw not only where Q and James Bond meet for the first time in Skyfall, but also the painting that James Bond notices in Dr. No, which at the time in the 60s had just been stolen.   AWESome.

Heading to Charing Cross for our James Bond Walking Tour

In Charing Cross’ Tube Station & Outside Rules

Off to Trafalgar Square

And Inside the National Portrait Gallery

After leaving the museum, we walked through Trafalgar Square and over to the Admiralty Gate which faces Buckingham Palace.   These were the scenes of other M:I6 locations in the movies, which was a lot of fun.  The guide was just such a great source of knowledge and energy!   

We then walked over through the Whitehall street area which is a huge place for Skyfall, passing 10 Downing Street too.  After getting a great shot in the middle of the street that matches Bond’s chase of Silva down the street, we all then hopped on a red London Bus (which I’d been wanting to do!!! Score!) and rode the route down to a station right across the Thames from where the MI:6 building actually is and what you see in the movies.  That was where the tour ended, and it was just a blast to have gone on it.  Seriously.  Amazing!!!   

Through Trafalgar Square to the Admiralty Gate

Walking Around the Whitehall Area:

And then near 10 Downing Street, with some Action Shots:

The double-decker red bus took us down the Thames so we could get the across-the-river view of MI:6.  It was awesome.

MI6 along the Thames

The day wasn’t over yet!

We walked across the Vauxhall Bridge to the Tube station there, taking it back to the Westminster area as we had a Champagne Experience on the London Eye at 7.  But that wasn’t for a few hours, so we ended up finding a place called Slug & Lettuce to eat at, which was a bit of a more corporate looking place to eat.  It worked for us, although the food wasn’t anything special to write home about.  After that, we got checked in at the London Eye for the Champagne Experience, which was okay.  The time was good as the twilight was ending and the lights were coming on, and we got a glass of champagne and the host was very helpful with taking pictures of us.  It was a good time but we were definitely getting tired.  

Heading Back to the London Eye Area

The Champagne Experience on the London Eye at Sunset

We’d been on our feet most of the day, but that didn’t stop us from walking back to see what’s what.  We crossed the Golden Jubilee Bridge and then meandered through the West End and SoHo again, finding Chinatown this time as well as the gay bar area.  

Oh yeah, also found a gelato place that made the coolest rose formation of ice cream in a cone for you.  It was delightful, and Delicious.

Nighttime

That was an action-packed day, to say the least.

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Touring the English Countryside (Stonehenge!)

Thursday, Sept 15, 2016 – Day 2 of London

<– Previously, we chunnel’d from Paris to jolly ol’ England

We had scheduled to go on a day-trip of visiting Windsor Castle, Bath, and Stonehenge. These aren’t near each other, so there’s a lot of driving between each location. The fun started immediately in just getting to the departure point. When I’d done this with Susan and Jeff before, we went over to a nearby hotel for a pickup and got dropped off at the Victoria Coach Station.  This time, we got our selves there, which involves going to Victoria Underground Station at Victoria Train Station, but then having to walk outside that Train Station in order to go to the Coach Station. And once you’re outside, the signs get a bit confusing. Anyway, we chose luckily and got to the Coach station in time….to see everyone and their mother was also going on tours. Whatever, we got there, got on a coach, and were on our way eventually.

Departure from Victoria Coach Station:

The first stop, after an hour or so of driving and listening to our charming English tour guide (who looked a little like David Attenborough) tell us about London and the upcoming Windsor Castle, was the city of Windsor. 

Captured where we were on Google Maps

There was a nice walk from the bus parking to the gates of the castle, after which we were on our own.  Alas, they ran out of audio guides a few people before us, so we were on our own for that, which was okay.  We did first wander around and then caught the Changing of the Guard, which is a lot like the big one by Buckingham.  Although that’s quite a bit bigger methinks.  After some time in the sun, and listening to the band play some of Adele’s greatest hits (no joke), we walked into the St. George Chapel, which has a couple of cool burials within, including Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, along with Queen Elizabeth II’s mother and father.   Continue reading Touring the English Countryside (Stonehenge!)

Taking the Chunnel to London

Wednesday, Sept 14, 2016 – Day 4 of Paris, Day 1 of London

<–Previously, we had our fill of Parisian sights both royal and river

And now was when we had to leave Paris.  :-(. We got up comfortably and first packed our bags, which was wise.  We then went and grabbed breakfast at the St Regis cafe down the street from our hotel, which was probably where we should have been going from the get go.  Very nice. 

Last Breakfast in Paris

We then checked out and got an Uber (yay, technology) to Gare du Nord as that’s where the Eurostar train leaves from.  I was a bit nervous as to how that whole process works, and while it is a bit of security, it’s fairly painless.  You do have to go through UK Customs there, which was somewhat overwhelming as there’s a form and everything.  A Form!!!  🙂  Whatever, we got through, and then it was time to board.  I had purchased tickets for Comfort Economy which was a nice way to do it, as the seats are comfy and you get served a meal and plenty of beverages.  And that’s what we’ve been on while I’ve been typing this recap up of the Paris journey.  We actually just emerged from the Chunnel which seemed to fly by.  We’re in England! Continue reading Taking the Chunnel to London

Off to the Continent!

I’ve been slacking on posting here and it’s all for good reasons, I swear!  Big Brother stopped interesting me, that’s for sure.  Getting over Jeopardy! was another.  Plus, I just didn’t have much to write about.  EXCEPT OF COURSE THAT LARRY & I ARE FINALLY GOING ON OUR HONEYMOON!  Off to Paris & London first thing tomorrow morning!!!  Stay tuned for more pictures as we progress through, obviously.

Day 1: London

(2014 Note:  These pages are transfers from my original site so I can better view the many pictures I have from that trip and so it’s searchable within WordPress Search.  Here’s a link to the original page!)

Day1

Before we jump right into Day 1, I have a little secret to tell you. There was actually a Day BEFORE Day 1, which was the day we spent traveling to London from Denver International Airport. It takes quite a bit of time to go overseas, as anyone who has crossed the Atlantic can attest to (don’t you love how it sounds like we’re taking an ocean voyage or something?).

But anyways, on Monday, 26 March, Jeff, Susan and I embarked upon this awesome adventure herewith known as the London Paris 2007 Escapade….or you can just say we went to Europe. However you call it, we went on this trip initially to accompany Jeff as he was going to re-enlist one of his best friends out at Normandy in France. Well, from the time that plan came into being and when we got on a plane, the plan changed dramatically. At first, we had a very (VERY) ambitious travel schedule, with us first hitting London for a few days, then flying to Paris for a night, a train overnighter to Bayeux/Normandy, then back to Paris for a few more days, and THEN flying to Rome for about two days. It would have been ridiculously crazy. So, the first change was that when we finally actually sat down to plan the finances and itinerary, it quickly became apparent that we were trying to do too much. Rome was dropped. Italy in itself is its own trip, and to try to rush London and Paris in order to accommodate Rome is doing us a disservice. A few weeks before we went on the trip, we then found out that Jeff’s friend, Brian, was going to be unable to be reenlisted at the beaches of Normandy due to bureaucratic policies and an unwillingness to waiver it. So that part of the trip was dropped as well – so it became the London-Paris 2007 Escapade! Which ultimately worked out great, as you’ll see we were quite able to fill the time in with LOTS of sightseeing, laughter, fun, and good times.

So now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the trip journal!

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So on Monday the 26th, we drove up to Denver International and began the epic journey flying to London Gatwick (didn’t go through Heathrow this time). Our flight left at around 2pm, which got us to Cincinnati. There was an hour layover there before we then flew direct to London for about 7 hours. I had bought some Anti-JetLag pills (all natural, of course!) and so I used those. Amazingly, I was able to sleep pretty decently. That flight was not full at all, so we were all able to spread out and get our own row, if we so desired. I was able to move from the central seating section to my own row by a window, which was awesome. Dreamgirls was the only movie that I stayed up to watch, and then it was sleepy-sleep time. As you’ll see below, we eventually arrived at Gatwick, with it being sunny and surprisingly warm (~50-60s! Sweet).

March 26, 2007: Denver to Cincinnati to London Gatwick

26-Mar-2007 18:25, EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY KODAK CX7430 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA, 2.7, 5.6mm, 0.017 sec
Me and my suitcase were ready to go!
Me and my suitcase were ready to go!08-Mar-2010 08:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.4 sec, ISO 141
08-Mar-2010 10:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Catherine was parked at CC2.  A good thing to remember when coming back.
Catherine was parked at CC2. A good thing to remember when coming back.08-Mar-2010 11:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Me and Jeff patiently waiting at the long term parking shuttle stop
Me and Jeff patiently waiting at the long term parking shuttle stop08-Mar-2010 11:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Reflected in Jeff's glasses
Reflected in Jeff's glasses08-Mar-2010 11:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.002 sec
 
08-Mar-2010 11:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
08-Mar-2010 13:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Me at Denver, ready to go!
Me at Denver, ready to go!08-Mar-2010 13:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Susan and I in a patented self-shot picture
Susan and I in a patented self-shot picture08-Mar-2010 14:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Adding Jeff to the mix
Adding Jeff to the mix08-Mar-2010 14:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 122
There's my view out the window on the flight from Cincinnati to London
There's my view out the window on the flight from Cincinnati to London08-Mar-2010 17:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 141
 
View from my row on the plane to London
View from my row on the plane to London08-Mar-2010 01:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 

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And 7 hours later, we were there! I had a fair amount of sleep (not exactly a lot, but a lot more than Jeff or Susan I learned) but still it is exhausting to fly that much. We got to England right at the beginning of the morning, so there really wasn’t much in the way of time to recuperate – once we got to our hotel and settled a little, it was time to go see London!

We took the Gatwick Express train from Gatwick Airport into downtown London at Victoria Station. From there we took our first of MANY Underground/Tube trips around the city over towards Paddington Station, which is sorta near where our hotel was. We stayed at the London Guards Hotel in the Bayswater/Kensington Park area, and for the price, we got a great deal with our triple room and a nice, quiet location. But I jump ahead, as it was kind of an early adventure just finding the Hotel. While we did have a few maps from Venere.com and the hotel website on how to get to the hotel, the maps that they provide are highly stylized and don’t exactly leave in all the little streets and such. So about a half-hour walk ensued from the Paddington Tube Station as we walked around the area. In hindsight, I think walking around like that gave us a little bit better of an idea of our environs, as well as letting us walk by a much closer Tube stop (Lancaster Gate) to our hotel. I know that at that point, Susan has said that she was getting annoyed, but we made it!

We arrived at the hotel around 11am or so, and understandably they said our room wasn’t ready yet. So we prepared to leave our luggage there and get ready to find something to eat until we could come back when it would be ready. While we were splayed out on the reception area’s couches, the heavenly voice of the desk clerk piped up to let us know our room just became available. Thank God. While I wasn’t as bad off for sleep as Jeff or Susan, I certainly wanted to take a shower to get refreshed. So we spent some time getting cleaned up and THEN embarked out into London. Our first goal was to find the ITT (Information, Tickets and Tours) office – which we knew the location of but really not where it was. So we made it out to the Oxford Circus area where it was supposed to be – this is a pretty busy area of town with lots of businessfolk and tourists – I think it may be a 5th Avenue of sorts. As we got to the location where it was supposed to be, our confusion was self-evident, as a friendly Brit informed us that the Navy Building no longer was inhabited; which also meant the ITT office was not there. Damn. Funny enough though, we were right near the American Embassy, so we headed over to check it out. It was a proposal to see if we could actually go inside and ‘check-in’, but as we rounded the building to the entrance, we saw the ridiculous line to get in. I don’t know what they all wanted, but I certainly didn’t feel the need to check in anymore. So it was definitely time for food, and we went to the closest pub we had walked by, which turned out to be pretty damn cool. It was very gothic inside and the bathroom in the basement was hidden behind a fake bookcase. Cool. After that much-needed pub stop (got authentic English fish and chips…and peas. Not sure who came up with that melding of foods.) we then went on to the Baker St area (I dug deep in my mind to try to remember where the Bus Tour was when I came here in ’02 – and I was amazingly right) to find the Big Red Bus Tour – ended up finding the Original Bus Tour instead, but honestly, it’s six in one hand, half a dozen in the other.

March 27, 2007: Getting into London; finding our hotel; eating at our first pub

On our way to England
On our way to England08-Mar-2010 01:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Gatwick Airport's innards
Gatwick Airport's innards08-Mar-2010 02:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
Everyone was a bit jet-lagged
Everyone was a bit jet-lagged08-Mar-2010 02:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.013 sec
 
08-Mar-2010 02:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.013 sec
08-Mar-2010 02:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 400
08-Mar-2010 03:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Jeff and Susan at Victoria Station
Jeff and Susan at Victoria Station08-Mar-2010 03:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.013 sec
Susan and me amid the hustle and bustle at Victoria Station
Susan and me amid the hustle and bustle at Victoria Station08-Mar-2010 03:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Victoria Station - craziness
Victoria Station - craziness08-Mar-2010 03:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
 
Looking outside Victoria Station
Looking outside Victoria Station08-Mar-2010 03:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Double decker buses!
Double decker buses!08-Mar-2010 03:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
08-Mar-2010 03:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
08-Mar-2010 03:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 141
08-Mar-2010 03:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
08-Mar-2010 03:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 

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Now if you’ve been reading this site for a long time, and by long, I mean since 2002, you’ll probably have seen these pics before. They’re obviously not exactly the same, but I did the exact same thing my first day in London when I got here back in ’02. I must say though that it is a great way to see the city and to get an overview of just where everything is. Plus, you get a chance to just sit back and take everything in without having to worry about which Tube stop to go to or how hurt your aching feet are.

Anyways, we jumped on the Original Bus Tour at the Baker St area, which is right next to Madame Tussauds wax museum. Again, I didn’t go to it as it costs nearly $50 to go to and the line to get in is ridiculous. For wax people? I’ll pass, thanks. The bus tour from this point winds its way around central London, taking you by Regent Street (a very fancy and hoity-toity shopping street) and many of the more esteemed playhouses first. You then head over through Picadilly Circus (London’s Times Square) and over to Trafalgar Square (where they built the monument to Wellington who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo – it’s also got those really crazy-big lions and a ton of freakin’ birds on the ground). Then you head over to Parliament and Big Ben in the Westminster area, cross the Thames and drive by the London Eye, see St. Paul’s Cathedral, and then drive over to the Tower Bridge area, drive over Tower Bridge (such a cool bridge), pass the Tower of London, and then head through the business part of London and finally over to the Embankment area and back near Westminster. We got off the bus at this point as it was getting late and we wanted to go on the ‘free’ river cruise that comes with your bus fare. If you continue on the bus, you eventually drive by Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St James Palace, and Kensington Park, among other things.

It was recommended to us that you could use your bus fare as a means of getting around London – and while that’s a decent idea, in practice I think it would try your patience, as at every stop, it seemed there were tons of people getting on and off. And with it seeming to be France’s week to send all its bratty children to England, it took FOREVER sometimes for the bus to leave a stop. I’d much rather take the Tube, and Jeff and Susan readily agreed with that sentiment as well.

The Thames circular cruise is another great and relaxing way to see the parts of London from the Thames perspective. You get to see Parliament from a dramatic angle, and with the sun heading down, it was a beautiful way to see those buildings illuminated with the golden sun. You then turn around continue up the Thames past the London Eye and then under all the many bridges that cross the River. With the weather we had, it was pretty perfect timing as it was very comfortable being out on the river at that time. You go under Tower Bridge and then head back to where you started. Our river guide was a great guide, and unexpected, as he said that normally the tour is automated. But he had one of those amazingly cool British accents so it made the excursion very nice. Unfortunately, he mentioned and pointed out to us that there was a Coat of Arms place that contains all the Coat of Arms from the world. He also implied that one could visit this place – and perhaps get your own coat of arms? At that time Jeff knew he had a mission – that mission was to find that place. More on that much much later. On the boat ride, we passed many of the river restaurants contained in ships, and we saw the Queen Mary one and decided that would be a good place to walk to for dinner afterwards.

Picture Note: Jeff, Susan and I took MANY pictures. Combined, there were nearly 1000. Because I am not a masochist, I am not putting up every..single..picture. Mainly I’m putting those up that contain pictures of us or good pics of scenery and landmarks. But not every single one. I do have a limit to my patience and I think so do you. So consider what you see on these pages those that I thought were the best. Some more may go up in a few months if I feel they deserve inclusion. (2014 Note:  Since it’s much easier to use Shashin and Picasa together, I’m putting up pretty much all my pictures; even those of Jeff and Susan together, which at the time I did this site, things were a lot more delicate)

March 27, 2007: Taking the Original Bus Tour and the River Thames Circular Cruise

Susan and Jeff on the top of the double decker bus
Susan and Jeff on the top of the double decker bus08-Mar-2010 07:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
View of Madame Tussaud's as we waited to depart
View of Madame Tussaud's as we waited to depart08-Mar-2010 07:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Keeping it real, yo
Keeping it real, yo08-Mar-2010 07:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 
A great pic of the 3 of us
A great pic of the 3 of us27-Mar-2007 03:41, EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY KODAK CX7430 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA, 5.6, 5.6mm, 0.004 sec
27-Mar-2007 04:13, EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY KODAK CX7430 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA, 5.6, 5.6mm, 0.003 sec
08-Mar-2010 08:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
08-Mar-2010 08:10, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 125
08-Mar-2010 08:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
08-Mar-2010 08:11, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
08-Mar-2010 08:11, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
Near Picadilly Circus
Near Picadilly Circus08-Mar-2010 08:14, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
08-Mar-2010 08:18, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 125
 
The big boards at Picadilly Circus
The big boards at Picadilly Circus08-Mar-2010 08:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
08-Mar-2010 08:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square08-Mar-2010 08:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 

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To conclude this VERY busy sightseeing day, we wandered over to the Queen Mary for a great dinner, and then we walked back over to the London Eye area, crossing the Thames and strolling up to the London Eye, as it’s not a visit to London without taking this breathtaking ride. It wasn’t very crowded by this time of the evening, but unfortunately we did find that there were, alas, more masses of schoolkids there. I think these were English, but still, more kids. My only hope was that we wouldn’t be trapped in one of the Eye’s pods with them, as that is a LONG time to be subjected to that. Of course, what happens? In line, we are surrounded by legions of schoolchildren. What we didn’t know at that time was that these kids had been grouped together into groups of 25, which is the max each pod is supposed to carry. So us being right in between these groups meant that as we stepped into the pod, that was it – the school kids had to wait for the next one. Hallelujah. And even more cool – we had our OWN DAMN POD. That is not something that happens very often. So we totally got lucky in that regards. And our timing was pretty cool – it was hitting maximum twilight time and all the pretty lights of the city were on or coming on. London truly is a beautiful city at night, and the pictures below confirm that. After a very enjoyable time aboard the Eye, we finally headed back to the hotel – the long way…as once we got out of the Lancaster Gate tube station (which only has an elevator up and down to the tracks – no stairs), we looked for the hotel we’d have to go to tomorrow for our Day trip, and after finding that, I thought I knew where I was walking to. Nope. Shortcuts and me are bad news. But we found our way and eventually got back, and promptly passed the hell out. Which was a common theme for most of the trip!

March 27, 2007: London Eye Awesomeness

Crossing the Thames by Charing Cross
Crossing the Thames by Charing Cross08-Mar-2010 12:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Parliament in the background
Parliament in the background08-Mar-2010 12:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 400
Strolling towards the London Eye
Strolling towards the London Eye08-Mar-2010 12:12, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 400
 
KD's Blue Trees?
KD's Blue Trees?08-Mar-2010 12:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 400
Looking at the Eye's loading station
Looking at the Eye's loading station08-Mar-2010 12:32, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 200
08-Mar-2010 12:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 
Me and Jeff - in our pod!
Me and Jeff - in our pod!08-Mar-2010 12:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
Looking at our neighbors ahead of us
Looking at our neighbors ahead of us08-Mar-2010 12:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 644
08-Mar-2010 12:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 542
 
There's the amazingly stylish Charing Cross train station
There's the amazingly stylish Charing Cross train station08-Mar-2010 12:34, SONY DSC-W100, 5.2, 23.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 400
08-Mar-2010 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 630
Me and Susan in our pod
Me and Susan in our pod08-Mar-2010 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
 
08-Mar-2010 12:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
08-Mar-2010 12:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
Looking up
Looking up08-Mar-2010 12:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800