London

London, Day 5

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The Leinster Arms
“Our” pub in London, the Leinster Arms.

Today was our last full day in London. We started out early and went to the Courtauld Gallery, which has Van Gogh’s self portrait with the bandage over his ear, and some of Monet’s work.

Afterwards, we went to Covent Garden, a shopping area. I didn’t buy anything, because everything I wanted could be found in the States or didn’t strike me as something I had to have.

After some lunch, we took the tube to Bond Street, which has very modern shops and designer stores like Louis Vitton, Chanel, Cartier, Hermes, Yves Sant Laurent, and countless others, as well as vintage versions of the shops. We looked at some gorgeous jewelry, including nice rings – but to answer your questions, no, I am not engaged. 🙂 (On that same note, I don’t think that’s an option until he gets his bar results.)

We took the tube back to our neighborhood, and looked for souvenirs in the shops that literally line the streets or that can be found every other shop. We will go to dinner in the area, then make a final visit to “our” pub, the Leinster Arms, a final time.

Tomorrow, we will head up to Paddington Station, which will take us to the airport, and from there, we will take a short flight to Dublin. I am very excited about the next part of our trip.

I sent a couple pictures from Bond Street, including street art from a very famous street/graffiti artist, Banksy, who’s calling card is a rat. The last is the telephone booths that are so famous here.

How is everyone? Miss and love you… Cait

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London, Day 4

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Tower Bridge
Such a cool view from the Tower of London.

My phone is frustrating me, because I had a nice, detailed email for you and it wasn’t saved after I tried to send it, so this will be short.

We went to the Tower of London today and saw the Crown Jewels, along with some of Henry VIII’s armor and some torture devices. The Crown Jewels were incredible, and a couple of the crowns had eyeball-sized diamonds, if not bigger.

We then went to Buckingham Palace. I saw the guards and the front gates, which are beautiful, but not terribly exciting.

We then went to the British Museum. The crowds were nearly intolerable, and Brice left Karen and I to go see the Egyptian mummies while he went to a cafe. We saw the mummy of Cleopatra and the actual Rosetta Stone. Even though the crowds made me a little grouchy, I was really glad I was able to see them.

Tomorrow Karen has deemed a “fashion day”, so we will go shopping on Bond Street and on Covent Garden, but not Harrod’s, because it is a little snooty and from what we’ve heard, kind of like hanging out at a snobby Manhattan Macy’s. I miss you and hope all is well at home.

Love, Cait

London, Day 3

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Kensington
Kensington Palace. Beautiful gardens.

Today was a really active day. We started in Kensington Gardens, right by the hotel, and walked to Diana’s castle in the park.

We then walked up to the Prince Albert Memorial, which is amazing, then back around to Diana’s Memorial fountain, where we a jolly man with a beautiful English bulldog.

We hopped on the tube and went down to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, which are beautiful but very crowded. Everywhere you step, someone stops in front of you to take a picture, making it really hard to get around. I managed to get a few pictures without too many random people.

We found a little pub to eat in, then started back out across the Thames. We walked around the London aquarium, right next to the London Eye, then around the back and south side of the river. We found a place called Gabriel’s Pier, a cute little place where people rent bikes and sell goods in teeny shops.

We kept walking along the south bank of the Thames and ran into the Tate Modern Museum, which has an amazing view of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Walking another 2-3 minutes got us to the Globe Theater. We didn’t go on to either place due to crowds, but it was very cool to see.

We then took a walk across the Thames back to the north bank via the Millennium foot bridge, which leads directly to St. Paul’s. Again, we did not go too close to avoid crowds, but the view was beautiful.

We have since ridden the tube back to the hotel to get off of our feet for a bit before dinner. I believe the Tower of London is our main plan tomorrow, and maybe the British Museum with Howard Carter’s finds that didn’t make it into King Tut’s exhibit in Denver.

Love you all.

Cait

 

London, Day 2

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A shot of the London Eye, over some cool apartments in London.

Half a pint! We had a great time at the pub down the street, about a block down. Lots of good beer, some hard cider, and a couple of Baileys drinks. We were more jet-lagged than we thought we would be, and each of us was up for a few hours in the middle of the night.

This morning, we went on a double decker bus tour and I took tons of pictures of everything: cool architecture, fun shops, and the classic buildings. I attached a few pictures to show you what we saw.

Afterwards, we went to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery. We saw a number of famous works, including some Van Gogh and Rembrandt, and Vermeer and Degas. Manet and Monet had works there as well, and we were able to see my favorite painting, “The Water-lily Pond”, up close.

We then walked to Leicester Square, which is the theater district, and found a cute sandwich shop and walked around the cobblestones, looking at pubs and fun wine bars. We rode the tube all over the city today – it’s very stuffy and hot despite the very pleasant weather, but so far it seems like the best and easiest way to get around. I’ve gotten myself pretty well oriented, and have done well navigating in the 2 days I’ve been here.

Tonight, we’re heading out to a casual dinner on Queensway, the main street that we’re closest to, and back to the pub before turning in. No word on tomorrow’s adventures yet.

Can you forward this on to my siblings? Siblings, send me a reply so that I can include you in future emails?

Miss you. Love you all.

Cait