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Happy Thanksgiving

DAY 3 - London

overcast 15 °C

Certainly thankful for the travel opportunities I get to do every year. It is amazing the places I get to see.

This morning we headed out for a quick breakfast – banana and chocolate croissant and then proceeded to the tube station for another experience – rush hour in London! The trains were so congested that 7 subways passed thru the station we were waiting at because there was no room to squeeze anymore passengers on. Eventually we were able to continue our journey to St. Paul’s Cathedral – the train was very hot and moist and VERY crowded! Glad we are tall people! Haha.

St. Paul’s Cathedral has stood on the site for over 1400 years. This was the church that Charles and Diana were wed back in 1981. We even conquered the 528 steps from the cathedral floor up to the Golden Gallery (the very top) which had a really good look out view of the surrounding city – luckily it was NOT raining! Very thankful for hand sanitizer after this excursion – I can only imagine the germs on the handrails – yuck! Haha.

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We walked across nearby Millennium Bridge (built in 2000) over the Thames River to the Globe Shakespeare Theatre. We wanted to go inside but they only offered guided tours and the timing did not work for us.

We had done 9000 steps and that was just before noon.

Later on in the day we walked down Oxford Street, where many shops are located. Did someone say shopping??? Found some good deals in the Primark store. I am always a sucker for cheap prices. I could not leave it in the store at those prices – lol.

Time for lunch – Westminster Arms Pub. Good food and drink with a cool vibe. I had been to this pub before so I knew where it was. Everything was super crowded in this area for the last few days because of protestors, demonstrators and tourists. Parliament also resumed today to discuss Brexit – shocking!!! This certainly explained all the police presence and the whackload of demonstrators and TV crews everywhere….oh, and I can’t forget road closures.

Next stop: Westminster Abby – however the last entrance was at 2:00 p.m. Are you kidding me?? We just missed it by about 5 minutes. Oh well…I have been inside before, but A.J. had not. It is a cool looking church – the place where Prince William and Kate were married and the location of Diana’s funeral in 1997. Another time perhaps.

Headed back to the hotel on foot over Westminster Bridge passing Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament – these buildings are going through some restoration and were completed covered with scaffolding. So they were not the perfect photo opportunity.

After freshening up at the hotel we headed out for the evening’s festivities. We went to Harrod’s Luxury Department store. A.J. tried on a $25 000 Rolex watch. Obviously he can not afford a $25 000 watch or else we would not be travelling in coach! Maybe he should check his lottery tickets from Friday. Haha.

We went to the Victoria Palace Theatre for 7:30 p.m. to see HAMILTON. This Tony award winning musical is currently a smash on Broadway in NYC and it was fantastic! We had to *slum it* in the 3rd row as the first row tickets were already sold out when we purchased our tickets back in the summer.

Step count for today: 22 963

Tomorrow we are off to Paris!
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Posted by moorsey88 16:27 Archived in United Kingdom

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