April 24, 2012

Trip Start Apr 23, 2012
Trip End May 24, 2012

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Where I stayed
Holiday Inn Oxford Circus London
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of United Kingdom  , England,
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hi Guys! Have had problems finding FREE WiFi so posting and finishing this a day late. Got to catch a train soon so may not get finished. This is long!!
Flight not too bad. A couple of interesting tidbits,. Rude rich demanding Americans! And they were actually nice, just wanted their own way.
No Free WiFi in Atlanta airport, no WiFi on plane. No WiFi in my hotel -- free being the optimum word here!
But I had an empty seat next to me and that was nice. Didn't help me sleep though. I think I slept for one hour and then cat nipped..Saw two movies The Artist, which I loved and The Decedents, which was interesting. Too much use so the "ef" word for me.

Landed with lots of bumps. The entire trip was done with a lot of wind.  But was on British ground. Not sure how long it took to get through immigration but was standing with a nice young couple from Kansus who were over celebrating their anniversery.
Then to the tube for the trip to the hotel. Selected a further station but asked and got directions just fine. This worked out good because I found a Carphone Warehouse which had been suggested to me. Bought a pay-as-you go phone and loaded it with 10 . Good experience for my first shopping in England.

Got to the hotel about 9:30 but my room was ready and I was able to get a shower and relax for a few minutes. The Wallace Collection is a few short blocks from the hotel so I went there first. It is not a major museum, but I am so glad that I went. It is a collection that has been collected by 4 people and there are some amazing items-- Rembrandt, Rubens, Reynolds and others I didn't recognize. Armor from the earliest time, miniatures made of wax and painted. Just too many things to mention, even if I could remember. I reached overload before I covered the last two rooms so stopped while I was ahead.

Just so enjoying walking around seeing the various architecture and happened upon Manchester Square.

Then just wandered around for awhile -- Marylebone High Street mainly. Typical big city -- people rushing around apparently knowing where they are going. Often I had to dodge to stay out of the way.

At this point I had yet to get into any touristy areas -- met lot's of really friendly, helpful Londoners. Of course when I don't know something I find someone to ask and everyone has been helpful.
Stationary, pharmacy/beauty products. I found a cool shop for little girl clothes. No, I did not buy anything but they were so neat -- from Italy & expensive - yes - but the clerks were the friendliest yet.
I had told them about my WiFi problems and they directed me to Selfridges tech dept. where the young man was also extremely helpful. No problems with machine , just the free services.

Then I journeyed to Kew where the National Archives is located. I wanted to get copies of some wills that I had found on line from the family line on which I have just broke through the brick wall. Things there not busy because it was one of their late nights. Sat at a vacant seat & worked along side a couple of others working on their families. It didn't take long before we were sharing information and stories!

To get to the archives you have to walk through the prettiest area. I saw several flats for let! Wonder how much they cost?

I left the archives just before they closed at 7:00 and back to the hotel. Had a supper that I had picked up earlier at one of the shops-- yoguart, banana, rolls, and cheese. Fell asleep be 8:00 sand slept. Most of the night!

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Melinda Andrews on

Sounds like so much fun. Extraordinary pics. Love the commentary. Wish I was back again also.

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