And so Sunday arrived…the last day to explore this cosmopolitan metropolis.
I got up at around 8:30, even though I wanted to sleep. But as mentioned earlier, we were on a tight schedule. Another dinner at 7 pm, so get up and run.
Some of my colleagues went to Camden market, others raided Oxford Street while a few relaxed with a soccer game and pub rounds.
I went down to the lobby, sat down for a coffee and made a plan where to go and what to see.
Thank God for smart phones and great apps. I downloaded several apps but only one proved to be an excellent travel companion (guide).
Take a look here.
The first stop on my list was The British Museum.
Then the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and if I had time; Madame Tussauds.
You know, when you are in a big city for the first time in your life, you think everything is so far away. But our hotel actually had a very good location. I walked around the whole day, no Tube, no double-decker buses, no taxi… Just my own two feet.
Next time I am in London I am definitely renting a bike :)
I got slightly lost on my way to the museum, and it proved to be very close to my hotel.
You just have to know that I walk faster than normal people :) That was why I went sightseeing by myself (as well as being antisocial :). The only bad thing about sightseeing alone is that no one can take a picture of you (unless you have a selfie stick). So you get pictures like this:
I think I spent around 3 hours there. If I had time I would have stayed there all day.
I had a wonderful lunch at the museum, bought a lovely book and went on.
The Rosetta Stone
Followed my little companion and suddenly the London Eye appears. I was so happy I was on the right track. Yet again, because of a tight schedule I didn’t get to ride the eye, the line for tickets was long, so I just went over the bridge (The Queens walk) to see Big Ben close up.
So I just kept wandering around, taking pictures, enjoying the view, exploring…
I brought several SD cards; 8gb, 4gb and 2gb. In addition to two phones. BUT still not learning from earlier mistakes and bringing them WITH ME when I go sightseeing. Unfortunately I had to delete some photos from my camera to make space for new ones. Both phones were frequently used and the batteries were slowly waving goodbye to me.
St.Patrick’s Day parade was held on that day, but the only thing I got to see were bits and pieces of the color green :)
Back to the hotel for a quick shower and another dinner with my colleagues.
This time we went to a restaurant called Chiquito (mexican food).
Try the raspberry mojito and the cheesecake. It’s like having a circus in your mouth.
They made me wear the hat.
We ate, we drank and then it was la la time again. We walked around for a while, explored Soho a little, took some pictures and back to the hotel.
All in all; a wonderful day. These two days were enough to get a taste I guess.
Next morning we got up early again, took a taxi back to Liverpool station (where I laid eyes on a Belgian waffle with cream and strawberries), train to and on a plane to cold old Norway.
There you go, London in a flash.