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Last Day in London

Protests and no rain

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Alarm went off just before 7:00 Am time to get moving so we can see more London sights before we depart for Paris tomorrow am. So this is it, the last full day in London, let's make it count.

On our way to the tube station we grabbed a couple of bananas and a chocolate Danish twist from the Sainsbury market down the road from the hotel and we ate that on our way so we had a little bit of food in our systems on our way to our first destintion today: St. Paul's Cathedral. Before we got to St Paul's I must tell the story of an overcrouded and super hot tube station due to a breakdown elsewhere along the line. So we waited and waited and waited... 7 full subways full of people passed us without stopping ... finally we got to our destination and on we went with our day.

St Paul's, built over 1400 year's ago is a very large church and is where Charles and Diana were married. We walked around the interior, saw the alter, the large domed ceiling, the artwork throughout etc... You will excuse me if I am not super in awe of the church I mean it is cool and has tremendous history but I am not going into the intricate detail about the artwork. I look at the exterior artchitecture of St Paul's and compare that to that of Westminster Abby for example which I find interesting but beyond that the artwork is religiously themes and is probably much more meaningful to somebody more religious then I am. We went into the Crypt and exited the Cathedral only to realize that we missed something pretty cool to do and we had to go back in to do it. We were taking pictures outside of the exterior and saw people walking around the upper dome which we thought would be something really cool to do so we asked if we could re-enter to walk the 528 steps to the very top level of St Paul's. Awesome views of London from there, which of course we took advantage of while it wasn't raining. 528 steps up also means 528 steps back down.

Once down we were off to Shakespeare Globe theatre, a sort walk across the Millennium Bridge to the other side of the Thames. We decided that we didn't want to do the full guided tour so we skipped that and just did a brief tour outside of the theatre. Once done we walked back over the Millenmium bridge, and back into the tube on our way to Oxford Street and the Marble Arch. No issues with the tube now.

Oxford street is a retail area and the highlight of the street was walking into a store called Primark for a few good retail deals: socks, a scarf and some leather gloves. The trip down Oxford street also took us to The Marble Arch which is basically a small version inspired by the Arc du Triomphe in Paris. The Marble Arch is located in the corner of Hyde Park which we were in yesterday.

Back onto the Tube we go to our next destinations: Westminster Abby, the Parlimant buildings and Big Ben. We exited the Tube to massive protests and organized gatherings for those in favour of and opposed to Brexit. A large police presence was around as we were smack dab in the middle it mostly because Parliament reconvenined today under Boris Johnson. We made our way through the crouds of people and decide that before we do anything more we are going for a bite to eat. To the Pub. A nice lunch at The Westminster Arms pub to add a bit more fuel in our bodies and off we went to Westminster Abby ...only to find that whilst we were stuffing ourselves we missed the last tour into the Abby. Oh well we saw St. Paul's and we toured around the Abby grounds took photos from varrious angles walked past Parliament, walked along the Westminster Bridge towards the London Eye. We checked about the Thames River Boat Cruise but we would have been pressed for time with our theatre tickets later tonight. Instead we walked through Whitehall Gardens, along the Thames up to the Horse Guards Parade then back to our Hotel.

We were in the room for about an hour and a half before heading to the tube for a quick trip out to Harrods before our last event of the day. Tickets to Hamilton. Harrods was neat and a bit too posh for me to be candid, although I did try on a 15,000 pound Rolex Cellini. Very nice but I would need to win a very large lottery to justify that type of indulgence. We were only at Harrods for about 40 minutes, got a few photos and then back into the tube to double back to the Victoria Palace Theatre for a production of Hamilton. It was a good performance, the singing was great and I am glad I saw it but would I race back to see it? Probably not.

We didn't have dinner so stopped at a local Japanese take out place grabbed a tray of Sushi to eat in the hotel as we unwound from the day and updated our blogs. 22963 steps taken today. Need some rest because we are up early and off to Paris by train tomorrow. Tomorrow I will be saying cheers from London bonjour from Paris.

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Posted by JuiceQ88 15:09 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged london

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