|Denise and David in Europe
England - London part 1
updated 30 September 2016
Thursday 29 September - Skegness to London
We set off from Skegness and
drove, in the main via the small towns into London.
However we did hit the A1 for our final approach.
Traffic had been congested once we
hit the outskirts of London and we edged our way
closer to the Hotel.
Pictured below Park Lane.
The only way to enjoy London is to
walk it. Here are some happy snaps along
the way - Westminster Cathedral
Whitehall Gardens where we sat for
a while enjoying the tranquility compared to the
hustle and bustle of the city.
Across the road from Whitehall
Gardens, The Playhouse. 1984 was playing so
that was our evening sorted.
The subway...... never mind about
graffiti... they made their own. Lots of
murals depicting different parts of London.
What a great idea.
Trafalgar Square sites - a most
Trafalgar Square sites
The National Gallery
The play was fabulous. Great
special effects and intense character portrayals
made this a must see.
Friday 30 September - London
Today we set off looking for Abbey
Rd but got a little side tracked. We found
ourselves in Baker Street.
But there at 221b Baker Street, we
found the real fictional home of Sherlock Holmes
which featured a large Holmes Museum
We had to leave quickly though
because we had a 10:30 appointment to visit the
Queen. We had picked the right day as the
queen was in - and we had won the hotel
raffle. We were not allowed photographs when
we entered the gates of Buckingham Palace. But
David did sneak in a selfie of the three of us in
her gardens. What a fabulous lady!
I had tried to explain to her that
Friday was casual day and a public holiday in
Melbourne. But it fell on deaf ears :(
Still what a life long memory to have.
Because we did not leave the
palace till after 11am, there were only a few
vantage points left to see the changing of the
guard. Below is our vantage point.
Here come the horses and the
guards with the pointed hats. Unfortunately
they were entering from the far gate and our vantage
point was not as good as it could have been.
However it was better up on the fence rather than in
the crowd where it would have been difficult to see
Pictured below - one of the
regiments that actually used the gate we were
Quite a large crowd as the band
marched in to the palace gates on the far side.
Here is a closer shot. The
new camera is working out well.
Those guards must have had a lot
of steak for breakfast. They were real
Huge crowds all along.
While walking back to the
station. Wow.... UK train tickets are
expensive. To ride a 3 or 4 stations without
an Oyster card costs 5 pound each. (Australia
- read AUS$10 each). With an Oyster card, it
costs 2 pound 50 pence each (Australia - read AUS$5
each). Between us we racked up AUS$80 in train
fares in a couple of days - after optimisation.
Back to the walk. An
interesting view of the lake from St James Park -
with some interesting buildings in the distance.
And the garden that Denise only
can dream of for the back yard.
We we had a late lunch in a pub
called The Swan which was near "Mansion House"
A short walk over the river to
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. "I am sorry sir,
you miss the last tour, because of a matinee
performance. Tours finished at noon.
Options? You can see a performance if you wish
but MacBeth is sold out this afternoon. We
still have seats for 'Imogen' After a regroup
on what we would do David cleverly negotiated
the price down from £45 pounds each to £20 pounds
each - so he was happy.
On the way back to the hotel,
splendid views of the London landscape.
After a brief rest, off in
the cab to the Globe for dinner nearby and "Imogen".
Inside the Globe Theatre - reproduction
of an "end of the 16th century" theatre. People
sat in three levels with a large standing only area
in the middle.
Those in standing room were open
to the elements. And of course, it rained
during the performance.
We saw the Shakespeare play Imogen
(aka Cymbeline). The star of the show was
Maddy Hill - known to all of us Eastenders fans as
Nancy Carter. Pictured below was Denise
catching up with her after the show. She was
in real life the same as her character on Eastenders.
We collapsed into bed about 1am -
and promptly slept through the grand final.