Published: July 31st 2012July 30th 2012
Our flight across the Atlantic has seen the temperature plunge 10 degrees Celcius and, to date, our English summer temperature is roughly the same as the Australian winter!
But landing in Heathrow was a breeze. We were out of the airport, on the Heathrow Express train and ensconced in our hotel approximately an hour after we'd landed.
Our first full day in London saw us doing lots of touristy things some of which we've done before such as watching the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. But as the Brits do pomp and ceremony so well it seems a shame not to watch it again. Before that we spend quite a bit of time walking through Hyde Park on a cool but fairly sunny day. Then it was off to see the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. As in NYC we did lots of walking; visited Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and walked across Westminster Bridge by which time Kev was pooped so he headed back to the Victory Services Club, where we are staying, and I stayed on to do a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament, something I've never done before but always
wanted to. We had an excellent tour guide who was extremely knowledgable on top of which she had a great personality which all added to the enjoyment.
I only got back to the VSC in time to have a quick shower and change before we headed out again, this time to the Fortune Theatre on Russell Street to see "The Woman in Black" which was a ghost story; quite enjoyable and a bit scary. Then it was a wander through very crowded city streets before finally catching a bus back to Marble Arch just around the corner for our hotel.
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