London to see the Queen

Another sad day of goodbyes – this time with Liz’s family. We got up and went to a great little restaurant in town that used to be a fire station. We had traditional English breakfasts and they were fabulous! Super fresh and super tasty. And of course, super company.

After breakfast, we said even more sad goodbyes to Liz and Glynn, our most fabulous hosts, and got on the road to London. George and Hailey drove us to Heathrow; on the way we had the nicest time visiting and getting to know each other better.

At Heathrow, we got ourselves situated, found an ATM, bought our Oyster cards (loaded with a 7 day travelcard) and set out for Leicester Square. We pre-purchaed London Passes online and had to get there to pick them up. What an adventure! Shane was definitely baptized by fire! The London Pass’ home is in the basement of a kiosk on Leicester Square – tons of fun with luggage! We got the pass, got back on the tube, found our train, and were on our way to West Dulwich.

We’ve mentioned our b&b before, The Lilac Door, but neither of is were prepared for how fabulous it was. We were greeted at the door by Jane, our fantastic host for the week. She got us settled in our gorgeous room and brought us beers as a greeting! Welcome to London! Once we were refreshed, we set out for Westminster so Shane could take in the most traditional of sights. We started at Westminster Pier, walked along past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, saw the monuments near Downing Street and the Horse Guards, hung out on Trafalgar Square, visited the Police Menorial, waved to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and took our happy and tired selves back to Victoria Station for our commute back to West Dulwich. All of that was capped with a trip to Marks and Spencer, my favorite cheap and easy meal in London! Sandwiches and salads and drinks – yum yum!

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