8th May....to 11th May.
11.05.2007 -17 °C
Well I have the "power" again, so here goes.
We left Paris via the Metro (conveniently located across the road), and after changing to another line, arrived at the departure station without incident and plenty of time to spare.
We enjoyed some breathing time before boarding the "fast Eurail", arriving safely in London. We again estabished that we had to travel via the underground to Paddington, arriving without any grief at 4 pounds a ticket. Luckily Paddington station is one block from our hotel, great location, just a block from Hyde Park. Those Glen Osmond booking agents are really looking after us.
It was about 4 in the afternoon so we decided to walk down Oxford Street, taking in the shops and soaking up the atmosphere.
Later we enjoyed dinner at a local pub, San had some Rose' and I enjoyed a few Guiness. Earlier that day we had contacted Caitlin and arranged to meet next morning.
We suggested the proverbial Hop-on-hop-off bus, and Caitlin was really keen to come along. It is the longest tour that we have encountered, but it was very enjoyable.
We stopped off on the way for lunch at another pub, then joined the ride again.
I undertook the London Eye ride, which was fantastic, while the girls went looking in shops etc. Caitlin, left us at that time and we decided to walk back to our hotel, which was a long but enjoyable journey. (perhaps we may have taken a wrong turn here or there). It was great catching up with a familiar face , and Caitlin and San spent the majority of the time exchanging stories etc. She looked well and obviously is enjoying her time with many travelling plans in place for later this year. Later that evening we ate at a small Italian Restaurant in the street next to the hotel, but meal was very average and not overly enjoyable.
The weather held off on our bus trip but looked threatening most of the day, with a slight shower as the night approached.
Next day (10th..I think) we decided to visit The Tower of London and the Tower Bridge.
Magnificent to say the least, but I think all of your reading this have already been there. The jewels are certainly worth seeing. It rained most of the time, so it was a good choice to visit that day.
Later we walked the bridge, and then undertook the tour across the top and also the engine room below.
Once again we decided to walk back to St Paul's to catch the bus back to Paddington, but once again seemed to take the wrong street. No majors though we soon got back on track. (All my fault of course!!!).
We arrived back OK, then ate a local Indian Restaurant, which was very nice, except the waiter tried to "upsell on every opportunity" I think that I will give him a job.
Today we headed off to Windsor Castle. Luckily it was a short train ride from our station (Paddington). The sky was blue for a short period, but then normality set in with periods of slight showers.
The Castle was what I had been expecting in the other touristy castles, apart from the one in Saumur. Luckily the weather and being a Friday must have kept the crowds down, so minimal queueing and a most enjoyable day.
The visit gave a more realistic overview of the history dating right back, and the thing that we liked the most was the fact that the castle was still in use ( being lived in etc ).
Another great day, I will sign off as someone is waiting to use etc. The I-N is free here.