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Another Trip – Another Adventure

DAY 1

rain 14 °C

As with any trip there are always travel stories and the start of this trip was no exception. This was mostly due to people not abiding by the carry on luggage rule! If you can not carry it on…it is NOT carry on luggage - or your luggage is way too big to fit in the overhead compartment. Maybe if the airline stopped charging so much for checked bags, this would not be a problem! Just sayin'.

Our row of 4 chicks in row 19 were a lot of fun to chat with and swap travel stories with (3 fellow Canadians + me). My travelling companion, AJ, luckily was sitting across the aisle from me avoiding all the girlie talk! Lol.

Landing at Heathrow Airport always poses a challenge. It is like a city within itself with 5 terminals and what seems to be miles and miles of walkways and escalators. So glad we had a direct flight – making connections here can be a bit of a gong show. Having sharp elbows and a quick pace through the crowds can also be helpful, especially on a crowded express train into Central London. The Heathrow Express (similar to Toronto’s UP Express) takes 15 minutes to arrive at Paddington Station for a cost of 22 pounds (overpriced – but worth it today). From there it was a short Tube (subway) ride to Charing Cross station to locate our hotel for the next 3 nights – Hotel Nadler Covent Garden. Great hotel in a super central location near Trafalgar Square!

Why are there soooo many people? This place is way more chaotic than I remember….oh, there are protestors in this city right now, which was very disruptive and made road traffic impossible today shutting down streets, bridges, barricades across sidewalks and crowding all the Tube stations. Huge police presence everywhere we go! Everything seems pretty peaceful – just lots of people advocating for Climate Change.

Once we finally arrived at our hotel, our room was ready and we dropped off our bags and headed out to explore this amazing historical city! Wait…I need my raincoat and umbrella. London’s weather was very stereotypical today. My hair is loving it!!! *sarcasm*

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Some of our sights today:
> St. James Park
> Trafalgar Square
> Buckingham Palace
> The Mall
> Canada Gate
> Canada Memorial for WWI and WWII
> Piccadilly Circus
> Thames River over Jubilee Bridge
> Westminster Abby – looks very cool @ night
> 10 Downing Street (as close as we could get)
> London Eye for night time viewing – NO line if you catch the last time slot

Luckily the loud obnoxious Americans that were there too, were NOT in our viewing pod!

Not bad for DAY 1.

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Posted by moorsey88 14:38 Archived in United Kingdom

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Looks like a very successful first day. Was Prince Andrew asking for me when you were at Buckingham Palace?
Enjoy Day 2

by Janzie

Moorsie, try to have some fun. Cathy just left tonight for Barcelona. Climbing tour. Happy turkey.

by frank smith

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