The Day We Saw Everything Without Seeing Anything
Trip Start Jun 17, 2009
36Trip End Jun 21, 2009
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Second and final night with the London Couch Surfers
1. Meant to get up early and go to Greenwich....
Accidentally slept in until 11:00. No time for Greenwich if we want to see more of central London.
2. Meant to hop directly onto tube and go to St. Pauls Cathedral
Several tube lines were down and ended up riding a train back to where we started from. Took another train to St. Paul's Cathedral, it was closed for a service for some "special" person. Not normally closed on Saturdays.
Got distracted by The Globe (which we didnt go into) and by the Tate Modern Art Museum (Which was a waste of time). Passed the National Monument that was soon to be closing but decided the Tower of London still sounded better. Got to the Tower of London, walked to the opposite side of the attraction by accident, went back to buy a ticket and found out that for 17pounds (over 30 US dollars) we could spend 30 min. in the Tower- as it was closing. It takes 3 hours to go through the musem.We didn't do it. AND we missed the National Monument because the closing Tower of London took too long.
4. Decided to go to Harrods.
Got to Harrods but only after spending 30 minutes on a bus that took us one block, to transfer to the tube that someone proceeded to throw-up in, which then closed that tube temporarily while it was cleaned up. Waited for two more trains after that because it got so crowded. Got to Harrods- it was crowded, overpriced, and we were told we had to carry our packs in front of us-- SO hard to do. So we left Harrods.
While the day sounds like a bust, we did SEE the outside of: St. Pauls Cathedral, The Tower of London, The Globe, and the National Monument. AND we rode a double decker bus.
Our ferry to Amsterdam was awesome. We boarded close to midnight and had our own private cabin with our own private shower. Slept while we travelled, woke up in Holland! (and saved a bunch of money!)