. You know, you see and hear about these places your whole life but never in a million years imagine you will actually be there...and here I was, right there. Awesome!! So, we spend a good bit of time taking pics and reading the graffiti on the wall in front of the studio (not destructive graffiti, but all in a tribute to that place and the people that played such an important part of music history). Something I won't ever forget.
The other spot that was recommended was Little Venice. We had lunch down along the canal there and just killed time (and gave our feet a rest) waiting for our room. It's a very nice, quaint area that I could definitely spend more time exploring. After a good rest and some great grilled pannini sandwiches, we headed back to the hotel to check in. Again we spent some time chilling in the room and then decided to get a bite to eat and check out the London Eye and other things in that area. Instead of eating out, we checked out the grocery store down the street from our hotel. Our timing was perfect, they were marking down some sandwiches to 43 pence, which is probably 70ish cents - SCORE! Along with some fruit and a little wine (brought from France) we had the perfect and very cheap dinner.
Time for exploring at little more of London
. The London Eye is really amazing. Think Ferris Wheel on steroids. It's HUGE! And at night, it's really beautiful. In fact, that whole area is beautiful at night. Parliament all lit up is breathtaking, and Big Ben is, well, it's legendary. How cool! We didn't take the ride on the London Eye as we wanted to wait for Trystan to arrive to do that with us (he was arriving the next day), so this night was just for walking around and seeing what we could and just enjoying the really amazing weather. And the weather really has been amazing this whole trip. In fact, the weather here was the top news story! Just a week ago it was freezing temperatures..and since we've been here it's been in the 80's, we couldn't be any luckier!
Since we were running on only a few hours of sleep, and Trystan was getting here the next day, we made it a earlyish night.
Once we got settled on the train and caught our breath, we could relax. The train ride was pretty smooth and again we enjoyed the scenery...when we weren't fighting to keep our eyes open from lack of sleep! We had a delay on this train again, same as the one from Amsterdam...arriving about an hour after schedule. Again, no biggie. We couldn't check into our hotel until mid afternoon anyway. We arrived at Paris Nord train station, bought our "Oyster Cards" for the London Tube (a fare card for the Tube) and were on our way to our hotel. We found it after a very easy 5 minute walk from the Kilburn Park station and put our bags into luggage hold. The concierge gave us a neighborhood map for some walking tours...one of which included ABBY ROAD STUDIOS! I was so excited to see it, and again, it was a bit surreal to be there in person, really. I was completely in love with Paul McCartney when I was younger and have always loved the Beatles. We even did "the walk" across the zebra crossing that the fab four did oh so many years ago. I have to admit, I got a bit choked up at one point