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It was a cold and dreary day but I had fun! I headed out to Tower bridge to meet Melissa (who you may remember from Day Two... in France.)We had some hurdles but we were only an hour
later than planned in finding each other. Starving, we put off the Tower in favor of lunch where a delightful waiter (who gave Melissa his mobile number so she could access the wireless)made our day by announcing a special of a 15 pound bottle of champagne which we gladly downed among sliders, haloumi skewers and more.
From there, we entered the Tower, gaped over the crown jewels, cackled at the jokes of the Beefeater leading our tour (supposedly it's because they used to be paid in meat, btw)who was charming and hilarious as he recited the story of King Richards de-horsing (A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!)and all the various grim tales such as payment for one's own beheading aka severence pay (lol). Afterward, I joined Melissa in a cab ride to her lodgings where we said our farewells and continued on to Trafalgar square. Had a great chat with the driver who gave me a little discount on the fare then popped back out into the rain for some shots of the great stone lions, the big blue cock, and a fabulous bagpipe player who serenaded us with the Star Wars theme!
So after charging my phone over a Sunday and wandering off in the wrong direction, I passed through the beautiful St. James Park.
Time and camera battery running low, I snapped a few rushed shots of Buckingham, viewed a guard marching by, then followed the advice of a nice policeman (carrying a wide variety of weapons!)to get back to Waterloo. There, I converged with Sarah and her mother and we sampled some delicious sausages at the market (wish I had time and weather to spend some propper time there before I leave)then we went for some delicious British fare. The champagne, vodka, and elderflower cocktail we began with was honestly divine and after getting a taste for sausage, I had the sausage and mash which was incredibly tasty, and a traditional bread pudding for my last dinner in Britain.
More importantly, I was able to meet Sarah's mother who is not only lovely and fabulous but reminds me so much of my own mother that I began instantly plotting to introduce them!

Last day today. I managed to tick of all the essential local landmarks and have some great personal experiences. I think I've really gotten in touch with my inner Londoner and I look forward to another trip. After burgers with Jon, I'll head back to Heathrow then it's two days in Japan before I head over to the Gold Coast!



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What a day. Had lunch with Jon in Paternoster square. Yummy sausage and bacon sandwiches eaten beneath a lovely statue under a sunny sky.
I then headed to Jacqui R to get my hair done. Claire did a fabulous job on both cut and highlights and I gave her my card so she can do my hair when she holidays to Japan!
Next stop: Tower bridge.
I crossed over to the other side of the river and wandered down the warf. Eventually I reached the bridge and what do you know...? There was a Mr. Whippy! I got myself a flake cone and took a photo in front of the bridge as all I've heard for weeks is “You used to love eating ice-cream at Tower bridge!”Ah, the things I do to make mumma happy.
After some more wandering, it was time to meet Sarah at the Globe for Shakespeare's Titus amusement. We got some good seats, picked up some cushions and drinks (a giant cup of cider per Act for me!)and then took in an incredible show! Incidentally, Prince Oberyn's concubine played Tamara, Queen of the Goths. That said, Game of Thrones shmamoshmome. Shakespeare totally trumps George R.R.Martin. Titus Andronicus was brutal! The acting was incredible. The comedic and traditional Shakespearean elements were impeccably preserved. The only detraction from the experience was the planes flying overhead. I could gladly go to the Globe once a week. Of all I've done in London, that was easily the most fulfilling!
Got some great souvenirs including a very bloody “Out, damned spot!”mug. Sadly, I deemed the tshirt impractical but I could have happily left with one of everything.
So, cider-drunk, I headed home with Sarah, stopped for a yummy (but cold! ><)pork sandwich from Upper Crust, and after some train delays made back to my trusty airbed and warm quilt.
Today I meet up with my buddy from the Eurostar and check out the crown jewels. The weather looks dreary but you get what you're given.



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The sun shining and the birds singing, I headed out with high hopes for my trip to Stonehenge. At London bridge I got out and walked across to take some photos of Tower bridge. Then I headed to Waterloo, got my tickets... and nipped downstairs for an earthshakingly delicious creme egg Mcflurry. Then it was off to Salisbury! As we left London, I noted the pretty blue sky turning to grey and by the time I was ensconced on the upper deck of the Stonehenge bus, it was starting to rain. Doh.
So I took some photos of the town through the side windows which remained relatively dry and off we chugged to Stonehenge. It was cold and miserable but I found some amusement here and there. There was the bus driver who, after my comment on how I was sure he was going to say “The yellow stone path will take you to Oz”(Instead of the visitors center,)obliged with a “Follow the yellow brick road!”So off I set down the yellow brick road to what-for all we know-may be the remains of a portal to Emerald City. :p
There was a cute kid on the shuttle who very properly decided to introduce me to “mummy”and “daddy”and then we were there. Cold and wet. But impressed. My only regret is not being able to approach or touch the stones. Got some great photos with the crows flying about it, though. And I nicked a daizy from inside the ropes as a memento. Now drying it out in my souvenir notebook. The Stonehenge Rocks tshirt also tickled my fancy. XD.
I decided not to get off in old Sarum as I wanted to check out the cathedral. lol On the way, I got chatted up and offered a shout of a hot chocolate by a fellow named bicksley who informed me he had just photo-bombed my shot of high-bridge - and sure enough, when I checked later, there he was. The best part was that he noted my “Australian twang”! The second to do so that day. XD.
Anyway, the cathedral was lovely and I got some lovely shots of the courtyard - always my favorite part of medieval structures.
On my way back to the station, I donated to a charity for homeless dogs by picking up a pair of ridiculous dog-eared hats, and then stopped in for a very muddy, chewable hot chocolate at the quaint Cat Tavern.
I then headed back to London where I caught up with cousin Simon and his girlfriend Sarah and their unborn baby bump. Lots of reminiscing and a delicious Nandos chicken wrap with added haloumi (a stroke of genius!)I stopped off at Westminster for some shots of Big Ben.
Another long but fulfilling day. Todays plan is for Tower of London, getting my hair done, and Titus Andronicus at The Globe. It's one of Shakespeare's works I've never seen or read so should be cool!



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