Sunday, October 19, 2008

Oh What A Night - and Day!

It was a dark and stormy night...actually, it was bright and clear, and we had a marvelous flight from Toronto to London. We had leg room, the crying baby stopped immediately once we were in the air, and they served us FOOD. I think it is safe to say that we would definitely fly Air Canada again. Still it was a very long "night" and when we arrived in Heathrow we were dragging. Some of us (me) tried to sleep, others watched movies all night. Once we reclaimed our luggage, we realized that despite our efforts to the contrary, we had overpacked.

It was great to be on the Tube heading into London. We met a very personable gentleman who not only helped us with our bags, but also engaged us in conversation about US politics - specifically, the Presdential election. He was not reticent to state an opinion, and soon we were joined by several other passengers who were eager to express their opinion as well - interestingly, they all shared a similar opinion.

After breakfast at our hotel (13 GBP($22?) - yikes!), we met up with Jackie Reilly, Curator for Early History and Collections for the Museum of London. Back on the Tube for an exploration of the new, very trendy Docklands area - and a visit to the Docklands Museum and the about-to-be-taken down Jack the Ripper Exhibit. Tracy and I were recruited by Scotland Yard to help solve the mystery.

Suffice it to say it was a wonderful day, and we managed to stay awake until 10:30pm London time (5 hours in advance of Virginia - you do the math!). We were very impressed by both the Docklands Museum - an excellent example of adaptive reuse - ad the Museum of London - truly a showcase for London history. It is late and I am tired so I will close with some random photos from today's tour of London, courtesy of the most excellent Jackie Reilly.

This is our Hotel - the Regency in South Kensington.

Sorry, can't figure out how to rotate this picture - it's late - good night!

1 comment:

Rich said...

Thanks for the time and effort (and memories) of your blog, Margo.

You all look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even if you are exhausted!

Thanks for the Canadian Flag, Tracy.

Have fun!