We have definitely noticed some differences between the states and London. I know you probably already know these, but indulge me will you? Of course here in London they drive on the left side of the road. I guess cars have hit enough people because all of the crosswalks have painted on the ground "look right". Good thing it says that because it is so automatic to look left that I am sure I would be the first one hit. There is also the loo or the WC (the bathroom), litter or rubbish bins (the trash) just to think of a few off the top of my head. Charming!
This morning we had a great continental breakfast (free yea!) in our hotel and then walked towards the Thames River to take a river cruise to the Tower of London. Sorry London, but the river cruise along the Seine takes the prize here. We did see fantastic views of Parliament/Big Ben, The London Eye, The Old Globe, Tate Modern, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London so that was nice.
I think the highlight of the day was The Tower of London. It is the most historic building in London and it was fascinating to learn about all of the history there. We took a Yeoman of the Guard (Beefeater) tour. He was a fantastic guide! There is so much that I could tell you about the Tower of London, the executions, the crown jewels, the prisons….you will just have to come here and visit! I think we spent about 3 hours there and could have stayed longer but we got hungry….you wouldn't like Geno when he is hungry.
We headed to St. Katherine Docks for lunch and had great salads at Slug and Lettuce. Sounds gross huh, but it was delicious. Next we enjoyed the beautiful weather and walked about 1.5 miles to St. Paul's Cathedral, Christopher Wren designed this cathedral after the original was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 (we thought it was creepy that it was 666 right????) We had a beautiful tour of the cathedral and climbed about 300+ steps to the top (we are getting our stairmaster in daily). We also visited the crypt and spent a good amount of time in the main sanctuary enjoying the glittering gold mosaics and listening to the organ. WOW!
After we left St. Paul's we headed to The Museum of London. This was a free museum of the history of London…boring? Actually, not at all! It was fascinating to see how London had changed throughout the past several hundreds of years. The tour starts with pre London and takes you through every step between then and modern London including the Romans, Victorian period, the Black Plague, The Great Fire. It was fascinating and we stayed until we were asked to leave at 6pm(hey, give us something free!).
We got on our hop on hop off bus which was still valid from yesterday and took a ride home. We came up to our room, freshened up and then we out to find some dinner around 8:00. We found a great Thai place called Thai Tho. It was in the theatre district. Yummy! Now we are in for the night and planning tomorrow's adventures!