Sept. 22-23, 2006
Yesterday and today were awesome! London is unreal! We met a nice guy from Philly yesterday at the hostel breakfast and took him with us to the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace… It was raining so we saw a watered down (no pun intended) version of it. We drove the car around and it was fun. It took us awhile to find the rental return, but it was cool driving around the city… we saw all the London sites too and they’re amazing!
Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye… we walked along both sides of the River Thames and across 3 different bridges… we walk a ton and don’t eat much… in fact we split a half jar of crunchy peanut butter for lunch when we drove down from Scotland
Last night we went to Camden to check out the nightlife and we didn’t exactly fit in, to say the least… we met some nice people… we meet a ton of people everyday and it adds so much to everything we do. We’ve discovered pre-made, nearly expired sandwiches and theyr’e golden! They’re cheap, good, healthy and relatively filling.
We’re taking a ton of pictures and videos and coming up with a system to maximize our SD card space. We may take turns taking pictures and not have the same picture each.
Today we saw Wimbledon and of course successfully snuck in! We got past a number of guards and barricades and into Court One and Centre Court… It was awesome… we ducked low past the guard booth and crawled through little construction holes to get into Centre Court! We got sweet pics and had to dive into hiding at one point when a worker came in to mow the lawn… it was way fun and really cool.
We also made a journey to Windsor today and saw the Castle… it’s now day 8 and I’m sitting in Jardin des Tuileries between the Louvre and Champs Elysees/ Arc de Triomph… Jake and I are beat after getting an average of probably 5 hours of sleep, half our normal food, triple our normal walking, so we’re taking it easy for a bit but I’ll wrap up London and our start to Paris… After going to Windsor, which was absolutely huge and amazing (the Castle), we went back to Buckingham and then to River Thames and then Oxford Street… we bought shirts… We’re buying a t-shirt in every stop we go throughout the trip… We met some more people and then went back to the hostel…
We got to bed late cuz we had to do laundry plus we emailed home and met some nice girls from Germany… They were funny… at one point they, out of nowhere, got right in my face and then in Jake’s to take extreme closeup pics of us.
Anyway, we were supposed to be at the train station to take the chunnel at 7:30… we woke up at 8:30… We were supposed to originally go to Dover to see the white cliffs but heard little positive about it (other than the cliffs) and loved London so much, we changed that and were able to catch the train in London to Paris at no extra charge! Problem was, they told us DO NOT MISS YOUR TRAIN… waking up an hour after it left, we of course missed it…
I set my alarm for 6:00 but it didn’t wake me up… we got to the station and talked to the lady we had talked to the day before but she said there was no way to a new ticket for less than 50 pounds.. finally we decided to just go to the entrance and give it a shot with our tickets we had… she told us basically “fat chance, but go for it”. Well, using our sales skills we got on the train nearly question free! She told us we missed our train, we said “we know”… she referred us back to where we had come and we told her they had just referred us to her (which was true)… she started working and we asked more diversion questions and joked more than you can imagine Next thing we knew, we were on our way to Paris!