London - Blimey!

Trip Start Mar 20, 2006
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Trip End Jul 27, 2006


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Janna and Ross

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Wednesday, April 5, 2006

London was always going to be our hardest stop. So many people to see and places to visit.

First things first...

Party Weekend
While Gil caught up with his old mate Justin, Dev sat around with her childhood best friends - Janna and Kelly - gas-bagging for hours. We all hooked up at a crazy club in Camden that was supposed to have an 80s night on. After an initial freak-out at all the death metalers hanging outside the club, we learned that the death metal concert was over and once the 'rif-raf' cleared, the 80s night could begin. Gil and I were on the guest list (thanks to Janna's connections) and we got in sweet as and without paying. We partied hard. Next day we arranged to meet with all our Londonite mates at a pub in Chalk Farm - more gas-bagging and drinking! We topped off the afternoon with a good ol' curry dinner in London's famous Brick Lane. Next day we celebrated the arrival of Woka in London from NZ (via South America) with a beautiful lasagna made by Chef Janna.

Serious Stuff - seeing the sights
Despite a late start on Monday morning we managed to cram in the scary London Dungeons, the historic Tower of London (complete with Crown Jewels and a memorable cod piece of King Henry which apparently was the earliest known event of psychological warfare), and a sunset trip on the London Eye - where we could see London with 360 degree views from 135m up in the air! Next day we went to Soho, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Buckingham Palace. We toured Westminster Abbey (biggest surprise was that Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I are buried side-by-side - mental! This is also the place where Darwin, Chaucer, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Hardy, Jane Austin and several Kings, Queens and followers are buried) and mixed with the stars and other historical figures at Madame Tussauds - that place was fantastic! See photos.

We must share with you our experience staying at this kooky guesthouse by a Frankfurt airport from which we flew to London. The whole place was like something out of Fawlty Towers, complete with freaky decor and soft red carpeted walls. After a long and delayed flight from Israel, running with 16kgs on our back seeking an elusive bus to transport us from Frankfurt's main airport an hour and a half to Frankfurt's Hahn Airport, all we wanted was a hot bath/shower at the guesthouse. Despite our best attempts, we could not get any cold water so the shower/bath was boiling hot. Gil asked the owner of the place about this and he told us that as a result of recent re-plumbing there was only hot water available and didn't bat an eyelid when he explained that due to the cold weather, it didn't seem a priority, after all, given this cold weather, wasn't hot water better than cold? If you can picture this: we filled up the 1x1m bath "box" with piping hot water, let it cool and took turns sitting cross-legged in the box in all sorts of weird angles to get water all over our bodies. Mental
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