England Day 8, London, part 2

Back to our day wandering London. By this time we were needing food, so we ducked into a pub. Elena of course had a big poop and there were no changing tables so I changed her on the floor of the bathroom. :-/ Worked out ok. I had fish and chips which was just so-so. Doug had a pot pie that was really good though.

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Right before lunch we passed by the Household Cavalry Museum:

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Then we headed back out after lunch and passed by this:

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We spent an embarrassingly long time looking for Big Ben, which we felt should be obvious, but we couldn’t spot it. I finally looked on google maps and then looked up and was like. “Oh no.” We had been walking past it over and over. It was covered with scaffolding. D’oh.

Which made me want to paraphrase Betsy’s line about the foggy Grand Canyon, “Guys, I literally cannot tell you how majestic Big Ben is.”

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We had nice views of Parliament though.

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ugggghhhh

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Next we headed across this bridge to the Eye. And then had a Starbucks break.

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The eye was the one touristy thing I thought it would be relatively fun and easy to do. I bought tickets in advance and paid extra to not wait in line…though I had to wait in a very slow line to get our tickets that would let us jump the line. Oh well. It had a nice view of London. Don’t know if I’d do it again, but it was worth doing once.

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Oh, the other annoying thing is that we had to disassemble the whole stroller – I get it, but it was a pain in the neck to do. So be prepared in advance to do that!

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Pumpkin posed for some pictures and that was pretty good, but definitely got restless, and we let her chew on Doug’s watch which kept her happy.

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Look kids, Parliament. Big Ben!

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After that, we decided to take a river taxi up to where the Tower of London and Tower Bridge are. In reality, the wait for the boat was fairly substantial, but it took us where we wanted to go, and it was too far to walk.

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And there is the Tower!

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The Tower was closed, so instead we strolled over the Tower Bridge and back. Tower Bridge is a drawbridge!

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Also we walked by the Traitor’s Gate to the Tower:

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We did get to see the drawbridge, as this boat went through:

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This pumpkin slept through all of the bridge walking:

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Gargoyles!

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After we got back over the Bridge, we hailed a black cab and headed back for the hotel. Since we wanted Elena to be able to crawl around, we decided to order sushi from the same place (Mai Sushi) again. Easy and she could get some exercise. I called an order in, Doug picked it up, and it was delicious! (Elena didn’t have sushi obviously.)

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The next morning we headed for the airport. Since we had a lot of time to kill at Heathrow after we were all checked in, we were really pleased to see a kid play area, which had an area for babies to play, full of soft padded shapes. It was awesome! You took off your shoes and went in with the babies and they could crawl around and play! Every airport needs this. Burning off some energy before a long flight is a good thing!

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Ready!

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The plane on the way back was pretty empty, so that was nice. We had a seat for her already though.

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And that was England!

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