We put our first dent in the bucket list for London today. Every street in London seems to have some sort of construction going on for the upcoming Olympics and Queen's Diamon Jubliee. You can imagine what that does to the traffic, finding our way around and the things we want to see. They were erecting some kind of platform in Trafalgar Square for official Olympic functions…we’re guessing performances and ceremonies. The stage area has a nice view of the Clock Tower that houses Big Ben in the background.
We notice three helicopters circling above us and puzzled over it as we wind our way towards Regence Street. Just ahead we see a large square area blocked off by police and several police motorcycles parked down the center. As we walk past a policeman we asked what was going on. He told us there was to be a protest rally/march from Trafalgar Square to that location. Our next question was should we be worried about being around any group in particular; “Only the police”, he replied, “we’re the ones protesting pension cuts among other things.” We laugh and move on.
We pass many high end shops down Regence Street and wanted to find a coffee shop. Then Cindy notices Hamley’s Toy Store across the street, we found coffee and many childhood delights in this the largest toy store in the world. The employees are paid to play and they play well. We even saw life size statues of Prince William, Princess Kate, and the Queen made out of Legos.
As we rounded the corner to get to Liberty Dept. Store we hadn’t expected it to be in such a wonderful building. Harrod’s is a great experience but Liberty has a wonderful old world charm with beautiful things to look over. Plus it isn’t as overwhelming. The reason we wanted to go to Liberty is their custom designed and printed fabrics. They were beautiful. Both Cindy and Lauri picked some fabrics to make something special for their home. I found a meter of a silk I would have loved to have but at 65 pounds ($104) it was a little out of budget.
The last visit on our day’s agenda was the Orangery at Kensington Palace. After a short Tube ride we emerge into a pouring rain. Judy and I had just discussed my getting an umbrella before getting on the Tube but I didn’t want to slow us down. We had to trudge quite a distance across Kensington Gardens to get to the Orangery where High Tea would be awaiting us…or so we thought. Sopping wet in front of the Orangery we learn that it is closed for a private charity function…at least it was for a good cause. We decide we are too hungry to go anywhere else so we had a sandwich in the Kensington Palace Café. Decent enough, nice “cuppa”(cup of tea), and our London Passes got us into the Palace with enough time to see it all before closing.
A scenic taxi ride back to the hotel allows us to prepare for seeing “Wicked”. We thoroughly enjoyed the play with its eccentric steampunk feel to its stage sets and costumes, beautiful voices, amazing special effects, and interesting storyline. It took a cleaver writer to come up with a positive back-story to the Wicked Witch of the West who turn out to be not so wicked after all.
Tomorrow the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels…
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So glad you are enjoying it. Rain and all. The pics look good.
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