Winding down…

In the last 52 hours I’ve….

  • Walked past Buckingham Palace, down St James’ Park, Big Ben, Scotland Yard and Parliament, back to the hotel for the evening.

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  • Walked to Harrods, got goods in the arcade and Padding Books for the kid
  • Then walked to the Victoria & Albert, spent time in a whole floor of silver, jewelry and other artifacts…left there and walked
  • To Piccadilly, which I found so very tourist that we only went to Hamley’s to get a Paddington Bear to go with the books (for the kid)…and walked back to…
  • Our Hotel.  Then met up with some co-workers for a drink.  Then slept.  Hard!
  • Today we took a long quiet morning, cabbed it to our lunch at River Café – fun to see the neighborhoods via taxi…
  • Afterwards we walked to the tube, and scooted over to the Tate Modern, toured that whole thing.  Walked…..
  • Down Thames walkway, past the London Eye (more tourist craziness), across Westminster Bridge, past Westminster, down around neighborhoods and back to our hotel

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That was just over 2 days and guess-timating 15 miles?  At least Norman thinks so.  My tight calves and aching feet seem to agree.

It’s been a great time in London.  A good first visit.  I often forget what a “real” city is like after living in Seattle for so long (no offense Seattle, I love my home neighborhood!)  I am looking forward to a more relaxed week in Italy with friends, food, wine, bread, wine, food, maybe some exercise, more wine….

Here’s Happy Jen at the River Café for lunch today, don’t I look relaxed?

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