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New Years Eve on the plane to London

Michael & I boarded a plane on New Years Eve & arrived in London at 7am their time. I had boarded the plane with a slightly sore throat & had no problems as we landed & took off in Chicago but half an hour out from landing in Heathrow on the descent I had TERRIBLE ear pain!! By the time we had landed my eardrum burst & I was nearly pulling out my hair from the pain! Pain gone but now had ringing & felt like my ear was full of water.

We met up with Mum & Dad in the airport, whose plane had just arrived in from Australia -how cool was that timing!!!. We caught a train to Oxford St. Michael fell asleep on the train & I had a really hard time getting him awake to get off the train before it left.

Dad had booked a 3 bedroom flat in new Cavendish St through a friend of his about 15 minute walk from Oxford St station & about the same from Madame Tussauds. Great location, it was typically English with views over rooves & chimneys & I just loved it! Even had a typical English bathroom with a hose attached to the bath & no shower!

We went food shopping to buy breakfast & dinner foods to save money on eating out.

We had an hours nap to revitalize us a little (really hard getting Michael awake again!) & went off for a lovely wander around London's streets. As it was New Years Day & a public holiday it was pretty quiet.

We walked up Mayfair where there were still ice sculptures from the night before celebrations, Park Lane, Green Park & Buckingham Palace

That night I woke up with terrible throbbing ear pain & woke Mum to come to the hospital with me. We caught a cab to the nearest hospital & I got antibiotics as I now had an ear infection. It eventually went away but I was left deaf & had ringing in that ear for 2 months after I got home. Paranoid now about flying with anything wrong in my upper respiratory tract!!

The next day I mostly rested and Dad took Michael to the Imperial & war Museum that Michael loved

Saturday:

The weather is typical – rain & then sun & then rain!!

Did lots of walking which I never tire of around London. First off to Trafalgar Square where we fed the pigeons & Michael was covered in them. All the well known landmarks were walked past & admired - Whitehall, Big Ben, Fleet Street the Law courts, British Museum & beautiful St Paul's Cathedral. We did not go inside St Pauls as it was so expensive but went inside Westminster Cathedral. Michael did a brass rubbing in the cloisters. It was lunch time & we are feeling a little hungry afterwards & walked outside to find a man cooking up sausages onions in a piece of bread. They smelt so good!!! I ordered 3 &nearly & fell over when he asked for 9 pounds - about $18 AUS!!!!

Also visited the Tower of London which has so many interesting things to look at. Michael loved all the armour they wore.

We went for dinner at my brother Stephen flat he head rented for he & Michele her & her family to stay in while they were in London for the week

Sunday:

Michael & I walked up to Madame Tussauds Waxworks on Regent St while Mum & Dad did something else. The weather is very cold out being January. Met up with Mum to visit Harroda, Knightsbridge & Sloanes area

Monday:

We caught the Docklands Railway from the Tower of London to the Thames River & then walked under the river in a tunnel to Greenwich Village. We walked around the village & went to a pub where we had some fish & chips. After walking up a hill covered in beautiful parkland we went into the Old Observatory where all time is measured

We visited the London Dungeon (gruesome & depressing the horrible ways people have dreamed up how to torture one another) we wandered on that side of the Thames opposite the Tower of London. We boarded the massive naval ship - the HMS Belfast to explore over the ship, crossed back over the Thames & wandered around the narrow lanes around St Paul’s cathedral.

Wednesday:

We wandered around Kensington Palace Grounds & park where there were still thousands of flowers being put out as a memorial to Princess Di who had died last year. It was a sea of flowers by the gates. Walked past the impressive Victoria & Albert, Piccadilly, Carnaby St.

Dad, Mum & Michael at the  wedding

Dad, Mum & Michael at the wedding


Stephen & Michele

Stephen & Michele


The bride & groom

The bride & groom


Everyone at the Wedding reception

Everyone at the Wedding reception


Bath Cathedral

Bath Cathedral


Wells

Wells


White Hart Inn

White Hart Inn


Stephen on "THE" walk

Stephen on "THE" walk


Michael muddy climbing a stile

Michael muddy climbing a stile


Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral


Pub we had lunch in Berkhamstead

Pub we had lunch in Berkhamstead


Michael in London

Michael in London


Tower Bridge at night

Tower Bridge at night


Michael at Tower of London

Michael at Tower of London


Michael & Mum in London

Michael & Mum in London


Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square


Greenwich Observtory

Greenwich Observtory


Raining in London

Raining in London


Grand Union Canal with Aunty Hilda

Grand Union Canal with Aunty Hilda


Dad & Mum in Wells

Dad & Mum in Wells


Berkhamstead

Berkhamstead


Michael on the lock

Michael on the lock


Berkhamstead

Berkhamstead


Opposite Buckingham Palace

Opposite Buckingham Palace


Castle ruins Berkhamstead

Castle ruins Berkhamstead

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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