Tonight is our last night in London. I guess that means that I might have a new favourite moment by this time tomorrow but I’m going to throw caution to the wind and post this any way. I don’t want you to think I’ve gone on vacation and forgotten all about you! I’ve spent most of my days walking around London. Though I had a tube pass, I much prefer my own two feet. Otherwise you miss all the people watching and stumbling on to places you would never see otherwise. Here are a few of my favourite moments of the trip (in no particular order). I would love to hear what you would like to see or hear about from my trip, just tell me in the comments!
Our first tour of our trip was of the Tower of London. We happened to get there just as a tour was starting led by Yeoman Warder, Steve (in the pic). He was hilarious and we had the best time. It really made the tour and if I did it again I would wait and make sure to go with him. His brother lives in Moose Jaw and he loves Canada. He says that every time he sees a “Drink Canada Dry” ad he takes it as a personal challenge.
High tea at Fortnam and Mason. Fortnam and Mason is one of the poshest department stores I have ever been in. Their selection of tea and biscuits, candies, etc is staggering. I had never heard of it before but my friend Mark said that we HAD to go. He played tour guide for me on Monday while Dewey was at work. Little did I know that he’d never been to high tea either. We ate lunch at a pub and then we showed up for high tea. That is NOT what you want to do because it is expensive and it is a LOT of food. Thankfully our waitress took pity on us and let us split one “setting”. It was amazing and I definitely want to do it again when I am hungrier. As Dewey says, “Even big girls like to have a tea party!”
On Remembrance Sunday (here it is on Sunday not Monday), we went walking through Hyde Park. When we were up in the top Wellington Arch, we saw a big group of olive drab clad people in front of the war memorial there. We decided to check it out and we found out that it was a Remembrance Day ride by the Mods. There were over 800 scooters there at the end of their ride. It was an amazing site to see and it was so very cool. Definitely a highlight and something we were very lucky to happen upon.
After an evening at Covent Gardens, we made reservations at a steakhouse in the area. We had a few extra minutes to kill so we were strolling around the block. We happened upon a busker and we stopped to watch. She was a bit of a kook but she was very nice. We started chatting with her and it came up that Dewey could play the guitar. She offered to let him play which he was happy to oblige. While he was playing (after he tuned her guitar), she decided to “pop ’round to the loo” leaving us there with all of her stuff, her guitar and her dog. It was awesome (though a bit weird) and Dewey earned a bit more change for her while she was gone. When she returned, he handed the guitar back over and we went to dinner. Very cool.
On my first trip to London, I had to do some of the “must see” sights. In this picture, Dewey managed to get me, a red phonebooth, double decker busses and Big Ben. Nice!
Well, those are my highlights. Now we’re heading out for our last dinner. I am ready to get home but I would love to live here one day.