I'm not there now, but today I spent my first (short) day in london. I should have been there longer but I missed the first train - they don't wait for you like the motorcycle does!
My first stop in the capital was at the office of the company for which I used to work. In a very impressive central location - I caught up with a couple of the staff I had met in Australia previously and learned the most recent company updates.
From there I progressed to Buckingham Palace - an iconic piece of real estate which has been a part of life as long as I can remember. It was very special to stand at the gates and admire all that yellow paint. The whole approach road network was very grand - something I had missed on the television. The monument to Queen Victoria out the front is imposing too.
I walked to Trafalgar Square which I know well as a red square on Jonah's Monopoly board and went looking for the tourist information centre. I was hoping to source a self guided walking map of the city. I found the central district full of tourist traps wanting to sell me 'bargain' tickets to all manner of attractions and tours, but finally found the information centre (it's on lower regent Street for future reference) and obtained the elusive walking map. I tried to catch one of the open topped buses but when I heard the banter between an American lady who was off to fetch 'her group' and the 'friendly guide' I decided the buses were not for me.
I worked out the map and set off around some of the sights - check out the pic's - but the one that i really enjoyed was Westminster Abbey. The place is unbelievable! Again an iconic building for an Australian, but housing a breathtaking array of ancient English Royal history with around 3,000 people buried in the building.
I had been warned to 'get out of London' when in Britain, but I can't imagine why - I loved the place. I'll get back there shortly to complete my walking tour.
My mobilephone was malfunctioning today and i missed a call from the motorcycle shop that is servicing the bike. Therefore as I write this I'm not sure if it is ready to go, or in need of more extensive work - I'm sure i'll find that out in the morning - I'll let you know.