OK, the blog is fixed. No worries. Still trying to decide if it’s going to stay up, though. It’s just one of those “Well, I guess this is growing up” things I’ve been mulling over.
As I mentioned in a previous post, Laura and Liz flew out to London for a bit of R&R. Laura stayed in my humble Bankside abode, and Liz stayed at her friend’s incredible flat in Bethnal Green. Someday I am going to have a flat like that and all of you can come visit (and you won’t have to sleep on the 10 quid air mattress from Argos, either!)
Anyways, we crammed a lot of sightseeing/activities into the few days that Laura was here. Saw the usual tourist stuff: Imperial War Museum, Parliament Square, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, St. Jame’s Palace (where you stand next to the guards with the big furry hats, and feel like an idiot doing it), Harrod’s, etc. We also saw the Salvador Dali exhibit (what an odd man he was) and the HMS Belfast (WWII cruiser docked on the Thames). The HMS Belfast was awesome – if any of you Londoners haven’t been yet, be sure to check it out. I have been on a lot of navy ships, and I must say that the Belfast is one of my favorites, particularly due to the fact that so much of the ship is available to tour. They even let you wander down to the engine and boiler rooms, which is kind of scary because you are standing on catwalks made of thin sheets of metal welded together.
As for eating, well, we did plenty of that…took Liz and Laura down to Borough Market so they could try the falafel that I’ve been raving about…went up to Notting Hill to have a pint at Churchill’s Arms with my RPSS program friends…ate at some other restaurants (I’ve always said that as much as I dislike British food, London has some of the best ethnic restaurants I’ve ever dined in). We also had afternoon tea at the Orangery, another thing in Lindsay’s “Things you MUST do while in London” list. All in all, a very good week.
I have a few more destinations for spring break…going to Brussels from March 28-30, and Luxor, Egypt (the REAL Luxor, not that ridiculous hotel in Las Vegas) from April 11-18. Hmmm 84 degrees in Luxor today…sure beats the snow showers in London!