6 days, 4 feet, 8 hours of daylight
Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
29Trip End Sep 06, 2013
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London over the holidays presented challenges in getting ourselves from place to place. That made the location of our room even more critical. By 6 PM Xmas eve we wanted to sample the local brew and be able to make it back to our room with little to no trouble. We'd heard that there would be choices of "ethnic" food for the holiday days
Xmas day dawned around 8 AM. Besides Randy and I, the only things stirring on our end of town were 6 Bentleys driving by. No tube service, no bus service, and our technology impaired credit cards wouldn't allow us access to the bicycles placed all over the city for commuting purposes, so we set out on foot. Bad day for my pedometer I usually wear to fail (Mr. Timex it won't keep ticking!!!!!). We'd logged over 5 miles before we stopped for lunch and had a Dickens Xmas day walking tour, hours of wandering, including being near Westminster around noon to hear a playing of some chiming music from the towers, and the walk back yet to accomplish. We also walked through St. James Park, by Buckingham palace, by Downing St, near Big Ben and the House of Parliament, down to Covent Garden, back to Trafalgar Square, and through Piccadilly Circus.
Boxing Day, 26 December, still no tube, but the buses were running
Heading back to the room, the buses were very crowded; people, packages, remember no Tube service. For some reason, the last bus we were on that should have dropped us off a couple of blocks shy of our room instead pulled to the curb where about 100 people stood waiting for the next bus
One day we joined a bus tour to visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath. The tour guide did a great job of prepping us for Stonehenge. Interesting, but it's sorta like the let down of Pompeii, or even the Mona Lisa. The legend has made it too large in comparison to the real event. But, check another off Randy's list. By the time we got to Bath, the issue of only 8 hours of daylight, or less, took its toll
The day we took in Tower of London, around the London Eye, Shakespeare's Globe Theater and the became our walk comparison day. After the Globe, we retraced many of our steps so Randy could get night shots along the river. By the end of the day, walking what we guessed was about 2/3rds of what we'd strolled Xmas Day, we got back to the room almost 12 miles later, and we'd even ridden buses, and the Tube several times.
I knew Randy was tired when even he was too tired to shop. A stop into Harrods bought no spark to him.
It was really tough to pick a favorite thing. One of the well done museums was the Churchill War Rooms. This past year seems to repeatedly bring WW II to our travels. I imagined London during blackout periods and how so many people in the 40's had most likely walked as much as we had Xmas day on a routine basis, just to get around.
In the end, we'd even walked our own feet off. And we can usually leave everyone else in the dust. We filled Randy's quota for fish n' chips and local brew. But we left plenty of things to go back and see.