Second Day in London
Trip Start Nov 24, 2012
2Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Holiday Inn Wandsworth
We set off early to make sure we could get to Buckingham Palace in time for the changing of the Guards only to find out that the trains were out so we took the bus instead . The bus route went through Wandsworth to Victoria Station and then we started walking to the the gates.
Crowds starting gathering and we get a good spot as we are early. I have seen it twice already but since it is a must do for every visitor, I sat through it for the kids . Its end November and the guards are in dreary grey . After the display, Chris turned and said "is that it?" Hmm, I thought it was just me but i guess not . Even for the first timers it was much ado about nothing. For me, I think the summer display in the splendid dashing red is so much better but then London in the summer has a completely different personality.
We walked through James Park which was quite lovely in the Autumn colors. Its a beautiful day with a clear blue sky and we can see the Abbey , Parliment House and finely Big Ben...We took pictures over the bridge ... my third - the first when Chung and I were penniless students , then just the two of us again in 2007 and now with the kids but we still can't afford taxis in London!
The next destination was Clarissa choice of place to visit - The Globe. An English literature student who intent to major in that in university , i guess it was a natural choice . I probably would not have gone if not for her and I am glad I did because it turned out to be very interesting.
We had lunch in this lovely restaurant called the Swan overlooking the river next to the Globe before the guided tour. The food was delicious and Chung saw the roast which I told him not to take as Nicky our friend in Norwich had wanted to take us for a roast . To this day, he is still grumbling because the roast at the Swan looked so good .
We took the guided tour and we were treated to a the the museum , costumes ending with the recreation of the theatre based on the description of the day. After the tour, we walked along the river thames bankside .. debating about this plain looking bridge called London Bridge and how people always mistake Tower Bridge for London bridge.
We hurried to Westminster Abbey for the 6 pm service .. kinda excited because we are going to worship in this historical Church but I should have known better. The church service is truly pathetic because attendance is a handful...Place is cold and with such a small attendance the echo is amplified. Service is totally uninspiring with a congregation that hardly sang the songs and a sermon that sounded like a reading of wikipedia.
We went to Victoria Station for dinner where Chris had his fish and chips and we ordered ribs fit for two to three pax. As the trains were out the whole day we now had to figure out the bus ride back. We got onto the bus but really had to look out for the stop as it means a long walk if we do.But it was easy enough and so ends our second day , much more pleasant that yesterday. Clear blue skies always make a difference.