London Day 3

The day started with a fire alarm.  Yes, we had a fire alarm at 8:05 am on a Sunday morning.  It was the first time that this has ever happened to me while at a hotel.  I was a bit scarred so I just put on my bathrobe, grabbed my purse and went down stairs.  My husband put his clothes on.  I was glad to see that I wasn’t the only one wearing a St. Ermin’s bathrobe.  At least I did put on my shoes, there were so many people barefoot.  I am glad it wasn’t raining.  It was a bit difficult to get everyone to move away from the building and stay off the road but they managed.

After every one was outside a fire engine finally arrived.  I hope that they would have better response time if there was indeed a fire because half of the building would have burned down by then, including my suitcase.  Since it was a false alarm we were given the go ahead to get back to our rooms.

One of the things I enjoy the most in all of our trips throughout the world, is the opportunity to attend church.  You get to see the faith and good works of the people.  You get to feel of their spirit and you have something very special in common, the love of God.  This time was not any different.  I was especially touched by the message of being converted to the church and being converted to the gospel.  Sometimes we just go through the motions and miss out on the true reason- our Savior.  We even heard President Obama-woe speak.  How cool is that?  They have a President Obama!!!

We took a leisurely stroll from Hyde Park to Lush Spa in Chelsea.  We saw several lovely squares, beautiful houses and had fun looking at all the Fiats.  (I want a Fiat cabrio for my 40th birthday).  At the Lush Spa I had the Good Hour Massage.  My masseur was David.  It was a very good hour.  He beat me up good and while I hurt for a day or so my carpal tunnel feels a lot better.  The spa is in the basement of their King’s Road store.  As soon as you enter it feels like you are in someone’s kitchen.  The treatment is explained to you, you get to choose your massage bar and then you go to the treatment room.  They drop one of their yummy bath bombs into a fog machine so you get a mist.  The music is nautical to accompany the treatment.  It is a very deep tissue massage hence the pain.  I loved the attention to detail, the coziness of the spa and the welcoming feel.  After your treatment is over you are treated to tea, biscuits and some fruit.  It was a great way to relax after tax season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a great pizza at the Chelsea Farmer’s market nearby.  We also window shopped at some great home decorating stores.  I simply love English style.

This trip we have taken the bus more than the tube.  Our hotel is a central location and makes it convenient.  I have to say I have enjoyed seeing more of town and not having to transfer between lines.

No trip to London would be complete without eating at a Pub.  We ate at a pub near our hotel.  We ate one of their specials, it included fish and chips, bangers and mash and Yorkshire pudding, peas and some other fried seafood.  I am too old to eat fried food and prefer eating lighter.  But it is a cultural experience that every one must enjoy.

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London Day 2

We took a boat to Greenwich.  What a glorious way travel!  You get to see all the sights, observe the comings and goings of ordinary folk from a privileged seat.  I took the walk from londonforfree.net. It shows the most important sights of this favorite Tudor place.  As soon as you disembark you are greeted with the Free Tunnel which was built so workers could come and go from Greenwich.  You cannot miss the Cutty Sark, once England’s fastest ship.

Downtown feels like a small village with quaint shops and pubs.  We were lucky to be there on a Saturday and thus be able to tend the Greenwich market.  A license for it was given in 1700 for a thousand years.  So you’ll be able catch it any weekend.  There are many stall selling food and arts and crafts.  I bought some hand printed postcards and saw some really cute crafts but the vendors usually did not like having pictures taken.    The walk to the Royal park is not far.  Up the hill lies the reason to come to this quaint little town, the Royal Observatory.  After getting your ticket, you walk through the court yard where the prime meridian lies.  It is interesting to watch the people taking pictures on the line, on one side or the other or  straddling it.  The house that Flamstead lived is interesting but his study even more.  It explains of the hard work he did every night recording the position of the stars.  There was also an excellent exhibit on the problem it was to calculate the longitude.  In the day of GPS we take  for granted the difficulty it was to calculate time and distance.  We become too complacent in our comforts to think of the difficulties overcome to get us where we are.  There is also an excellent exhibit about our knowledge of the stars, from the beginning of time to space exploration.  A most delightful day.  I would highly recommend this site for anyone traveling with kids as there are lots of fun activities for them.


We also had a chance to visit the Queens House.  It was a house built for a queen, finished for another, turned into a school and today serves as a museum.  It houses a collection of nautical themed paintings and some paintings of Greenwich most famous children- the Tudors.


We decided to return via light rail.  It was a beautiful journey back because we were given a privileged view of Canary Wharf.  Something we would have missed seeing if we had taken the tube.
No trip to London is complete without buying discounted theater tickets at Leicester Square.  We went to see We Will Rock You.  It was entertaining.  Being in Soho the night Chelsea played the finals for the UEFA championship was entertaining.  Thankfully they won because the throngs of drunk fans were very happy.  Some even risking their lives taking rickshaws downhill at break neck speed.  What a merry crowd.  Too bad no restaurant was open late because we had to find something to eat.  This is something very weird about London, their restaurants and pubs close rather early and you better eat before going to the theater.