Lots of London

Trip Start Aug 26, 2008
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Trip End Aug 17, 2009


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Sunday, August 31, 2008

London is an amazing city. Everything seems quite old with a layer of modern convenience worked firmly into the city's structure. The tube is an excellent means of transit, but quite expensive. Busses are cheaper, but are driven much in the manner of a NYC cabbie, which can be quite thrilling from the upper level of the double-deckers, especially at 4AM, which is when the late busses end and the morning busses begin. The city doesn't sleep, or at least it's transit networks don't. Most businesses, however, do shut down by 6PM or so. The second round of closings occurs around 10PM. Nightclubs, last to shut, end sometime in the morining, as late as 7:30AM in some cases.

There is a lot to do in this city, and we are trying to do all of it before we depart for Paris. This frenetic pace causes me to forget many of the sights we see and things we do each day, but Jacy is faithfully keeping a day-by-day log, in Mandarin. When I have the chance, I might sit down and append this blog with the blow-by-blow for each day.
So far, the sights we have visited include, but are by no means limited to:
The Houses of parliment, big ben, london bridge, tower bridge, the tower of london, Wimbledon (on the outskirts of the city in a very fancy neighborhood), Camden, Burough, Portobello, and "other" Markets. The london Eye, a half-dozen museums, a river cruise, some more bridges, some busses, etc etc. A few pictures are all we have time to upload. Hopefully more will come later. Some days we take upwards of 30 pictures, other days, maybe only 5-6.
Next stop is Brighton on Tuesday by rail. Excited about the trip despite the prospect of rain.
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