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Published: December 28th 2007
The flight from Brisbane to Seoul was boring as there was only one tv at the end of the plain. The seats were not that comfortable but we made do. When we got to Seoul we got lost in the airport as not very many people spoke English. We ended up at the transfer level when we should have gone through immigration and customs to the hotel. With a little bit of sign language we managed to get to the hotel which was five star. We had dinner which was salad for starters, chicken bolognaise with pasta for main and some type of cake for desert. The next morning we were down having an all you can eat breakfast with bacon which tasted like cardboard when it started to snow. Rhiannon made me go outside even though we were only wearing jeans and a t-shirt. The flight from Seoul to London was much better with each seat having its own TV and a wide variety of movies to choose from. All they seem to do while we were on the plain was feed us. This made our trip a little more interesting. We were on the plain for
11 12 hours but only moved forward 2 hours time wise. When we got to London the weather was 4 degrees and dark at 1630 and Aunty Chrissy was waiting with a huge smile and massive cuddles. Chrissy drove us about 30mins to Watford in her dodgy hyundai and crazy Pommy drivers....we did make it in one piece!
Caught the train from Watford Junction to Euston, and then caught the Underground to Charing Cross. From there walked out onto the Strand and then Trafalgar Square, which was under some serious construction. Caught the Big Bus Company Tour through London which stops off at various places in London the first stop was outside the Admiralty Arch where the Queens Guards were on horse back in their little huts, then we went on to Big Ben which is really quite big and kinda attached to parliament house. Jumped back on the bus and went for a drive over the waterloo bridge and down along side the River Thames. Took lots of photos from the Top level of the bus (which was freezing and turned out we were very underdressed in terms of warmth). We passed the Royal Courts of
Justice and St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Australia House (which was the scene for Greengott’s Bank in the first Harry Potter movie). We drove over the Tower Bridge at about 2.30pm and the sun had started setting so we got lots of pictures of silhouettes of the town. Jumped on a city cruiser and cruised down the River Thames back towards Westminster. Saw the London Eye (-saw) which was massive. By this stage it was getting dark and getting very very cold, so we headed up towards Buckingham Palace which is very deceiving and not as big as you would expect for a Queens’ house, and you would expect a huge amount of security but there were only a few guards and she was home because her flag was out. Got back on the bus and went back to Trafalgar Square in a round about sort of way via Hyde Park. The underground and buses are so easy to use everything and is really well signed and the trains are running every 15 minutes. Got home and it was pitch black at 6pm. We thought we were so clever we didn’t get lost at all, got all the way to
Artilary Arch?? I think
the front door knocking and knocking to let us in only to find out we were at the wrong door ….not so clever after all.
Today was rest day. The jetlag was catching up with us both. We stayed at home and watched movies. It was so cold that the ice on the cars had not melted at 1200 hrs. No snow as yet though.
We caught the train into London again today. We went and had a look at madam torsades (the wax museum). Rhiannon had some photos with lots of famous people. Again it was very busy with lots of people around. You had to watch who you were looking at as the wax people looked very real and there were some wax people amongst everyone. We also got to see the Queen even thought she was made of wax. We then went to the British museum to up date our history. There was way too much information to take in and we didn’t manage to see the whole thing. Rhiannon liked the Egypt section with all the statues of the pharaohs but she was a little disappointed not being able to
see a mummy. I enjoyed the African part with some of the different hunting and fighting tools. After meeting up with Aunty Chrissy we headed off to Hyde Park to the Christmas wounder land. The time was 1600 and it was as dark as night time. There were plenty of lights and Addy loved it. Again it was bloody cold. I was wearing a singlet, shirt, jumper and a snow jacket with beanie and gloves and I was still feeling the cold. We had pork on a stick for dinner witch Rhiannon said “was the bomb” but we did skip lunch due to business. We then caught the train back home where we defrosted in the nice warmth of the house.
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