When we last left you, the possibility of us getting lost was high! However, thankfully underground services were still running, although they were fewer and some lines were closed. We managed to get out to our accommodation without any hassle and even managed an early check-in to get ready for the afternoon and evening ahead.
We headed back towards the London Dungeon, bypassing the Monument and London Bridge on the way. Some guy from The London Bridge experience tried to get us to go in there but we already had tickets for the London Dungeon. He gave us a voucher for half price tickets, with no expiry date - anyone coming to London soon and wanting to do the London Bridge Experience (we wish we had!)? The London Dungeons were not as good as they used to be. The Castle Dungeons at Warwick were scarier than the London ones so a bit disappointed. There is a drop ride at the end, where the hangman supposedly pulls the lever for the noose and we went up and then came down slowly...twice! We were still looking at the photos when they came and said they'd fixed it, if anyone wanted to try again so we managed to get a go but it wasn't that exciting.
We then headed to St Pauls Cathedral and wandered around the outside and then took some time to get to Leicester Square as tube stations and lines that were open earlier in the day were now closed so we had to walk a bit. We got off at Tottenham Court Road and wandered to Chinatown where we had some very nice dinner - the sweet and sour pork was the best I have tasted EVER!! We then went to see 'We Will Rock You'. It was fantastic!
Afterwards, we walked to Leicester Square where they were setting up for the Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia) premiere which was on tonight. Compared to the Harry Potter premiere, the place was deserted! Next was Trafalgar Square and then again trying to find an open station to get back to the accommodation. As we were travelling, the poor driver would approach a station and then come over the speaker saying, "Sorry, there is a sign up to say this station is closed so I can't stop here. This is the first I knew of this so I apologise for any inconvenience." At one stage we went through 3 station without stopping at one. We decided if it stopped at Earls Court (the stop before ours) we were getting off and we would walk as we had a map for that part of the city, but if it didn't stop at our stop and kept going.....we'd probably still be wandering the streets of London now! It was a good thing anyhow as Brianna thought she saw one of the guys from the Chronicles of Narnia (I didn't think it was him!). We stopped by Tescos on the way back for some Hula Hoops and some things for breakfast as we had an early start to the airport.
Anyhow, today was just the longest day of travel. We arrived at Heathrow at 9am for our 12pm flight. Upon checking in, it turns out, the flight had been changed to leave at 3pm so we sat around, had an early lunch, met a jigging Santa Claus (I have a photo!), ate reindeer droppings and finally boarded the plane about 2:45pm. We then didn't leave the gate till about 3:30pm and as it was snowing a bit, the plane had to be covered in de-icing fluid and then we had to wait for a spot to open up as they had a reduce the runways to one, while the other was recleared of ice and snow. So, we sat on the side of the runway for another hour, after which they had to recheck that the wings were still okay and didn't need re-de-icing. Thankfully, they were okay so about 4:50pm, we finally took off! Yay!
Entertainment wasn't too bad. Food was terrible - the salads were actually frozen. I think they left them sitting on the tarmac all day while we waited for the plane! We arrived in to Philadelphia and cleared customs and immigration quite easily - our man was very nice! We had to pick up our luggage and redrop it for the flight from Philadelphia to Boston, then proceed again through security before a 10-15 minute walk to the correct terminal and gate. We arrived with maybe 15 minutes to spare before boarding....phew!
The flight to Boston was uneventful but by this stage we'd been travelling for almost 20 hours (almost as long as it took to get from Perth to London!) so we got a taxi to the hotel and have now finished for the day!