World Cities Tour 2014 Summer Edition - Day 5

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June 21st 2014
Published: June 21st 2014
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Look at what we found...Look at what we found...Look at what we found...

at Paddington Station!
Day 5 - London Calling

We are finally caught up to local time. A early start, before many of the restaurants were open, saw us into London at Paddington Station before 9AM. Our first stop was King's Cross station, Platform 9 3/4. We all tried our hand at getting onto the platform. From there, we jumped on the tour Bus to Trafalgar Square, wandered over the Thames a few times, and stopped for a meat pie lunch at the Red Lion across from Downing Street. Afterwards we headed to see the Cabinet War Rooms from WWII. The line was so long we decided to wait until another time. We walked through St. James Park and saw a great variety of bird life. From there we climbed aboard the tour bus at Piccadilly Circus. The bus was diverted off of its route because of an anti-austerity protest march. Mixed in there seemed to be all manner of other protesters taking advantage of the event. The parade of marchers was at least 10 city blocks long. After many detours we ended up by the Tower of London. We took the Yeoman Tour, saw the Crown Jewels, and walked along the top of
Muggles are so oblivious to the magic all around them.Muggles are so oblivious to the magic all around them.Muggles are so oblivious to the magic all around them.

That wizard just slipped right in there heading to the summer session at Hogwarts.
the inner wall. Afterwards we headed to Baker Street to visit the home of London's most famous, and only, consulting detective. At this point the museum there was closed but we still enjoyed seeing the location. Afterwards we took the tube to Paddington station and then the train back to Windsor. There was so much to see and do in London that we are glad we have a few days at the end of our trip to catch what we missed. Tomorrow we leave Windsor and head to Needwood-under-Barton in the Midlands.

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No Death Eaters in sightNo Death Eaters in sight
No Death Eaters in sight

Michelle scans the skies above the Thames for signs of the Dark Lord's rising.
Big Ben...Big Ben...
Big Ben...

little Michelle
Meat Pies at the Red LionMeat Pies at the Red Lion
Meat Pies at the Red Lion

Tony and I each gave Michelle half our meat pies. Somehow that didn't work out the way we expected.
But First...But First...
But First...

Tony fills some time while waiting for Anne and Michelle after lunch.
Londoners sure know how to throw a protest.Londoners sure know how to throw a protest.
Londoners sure know how to throw a protest.

It seems every group and every cause was represented except those protesting the traffic in Central London.
Ice Cream breakIce Cream break
Ice Cream break

Three number 9s, a single with a chocolate flake. The whip, as they called it, was very rich and tasted almost like butter.
Trebuchet on the LawnTrebuchet on the Lawn
Trebuchet on the Lawn

The moat around the outer wall was the sight for some period reenactments. We were in line to see the Crown Jewels when they fired the muskets and cannons. we'll have to go back to see that.
The White TowerThe White Tower
The White Tower

The White Tower is the original 4 story structure built by William the Conqueror. The inner and outer walls, the moat and other buildings were added over the centuries.
It's 2 Against 1It's 2 Against 1
It's 2 Against 1

Don't worry, Michelle is fickle and turned the tables on Tony in the next shot.

The Sherlock Holmes museum can be found at 221B Baker Street. Michelle wondered if anyone actually lives there.

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