Day 3 London- Rain, Fashion, Money and Monopoly!
Trip Start Oct 18, 2006
93Trip End Oct 19, 2007
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I visited the amazing British Museum in the morning- and could have spent an entire day just staring at its amazing glass roof ceiling- let alone all it contained within its walls. But l managed to limit myself to being there for two hours and within this time passed through the ages of time looking at Egyptian artifacts, Ancient Greek relics from the Pantheon in Greece, saw mummies of everything you can imagine- including cats and rats and amazing pottery and jewelry made throughout the ages. As l said you could spend all day there- its a feast for the eyes
However l decided to brave the drizzle and go walking around Ol London Town for the rest of the day. Stupidly l thought that being a Sunday l might be able to have a nice walk down the famous shopping streets of Oxford and Regent. However everyone and there dog seemed to have the same idea- it was so crowded! To make matters worse- all l could afford to do was window shop amongst some of the most famous stores in the world including the beautiful Tudor Liberty, Hamelys Toy Store (where l enjoyed watching both the young and old kids i.e Mum and Dads getting up to mischief) and then l made my way down to the most famous department store in the world Harrods. I spent a good hour here just walking around the food courts which is a feast for the 5 senses and to make it even more special Christmas decorations adorned the walls and ceilings- even though its October! I managed to pull myself away from the food and went up and down the old wooden escalators about 5 times- admiring the Egyptian statues and gold plated walls. I then dared to go where no girl should when she is dressed in tourist clothes and her jeans are soaked through- the international designer area! Needless to say l got some rather disapproving looks- but enjoyed dreaming of what could be! Girls can l just warn you not to come to London without a wallet full of cash- otherwise you will become as depressed as l did
Having had enough of the crowded shops and streets l decided to take a long walk through beautiful Hyde Park in the drizzle. It was wonderful to escape to this beautiful park in the middle of the city and watch the swans swim around the serpentine. I also enjoyed watching the football (Soccer!) mad boys play on the oval in the rain. But one of the funniest parts of the day had to be my visit to Speakers Corner where on a Sunday anybody can climb a ladder and address the crowd with whatever is on their minds. As l approached the crowds l noticed voices getting louder, faces getting redder with anger and a lot of spitting going on! I had no idea that there was going to be such fiery debates about just about anything you can imagine- politics, racism, war, bombing etc. It was actually quite fun to just distance yourself and watch all the people just yelling at one another. I don't know what it was supposed to solve- but l think it was fun to watch!
I then spent the afternoon walking around Mayfair and the Park Lane Mansions of the rich and famous and dreamt what it must be like living on a Monopoly board!
I've thoroughly enjoyed my three days in Ol London Town and cant wait to return in the summer and just kick back and watch a few musicals and plays and visit the famous markets! But for know its off on a 12 day tour around the UK and Scotland- cant wait!!