Thursday, May 7, 2009

From the White Cliffs to London

Saturday May 2
Dover England The majestic white cliffs of Dover and the Dover Castle looms over the bay. Today again we are treated to a drive thru the country side on the way to London. Fields of hops, cows, sheep, and grain. Very lush looking. We see their high speed train and where the tunnel starts in going under the English Channel. Once we get into London the sites are like from England’s Who’s Who. First stop is the Tower of London and associated castles. Unfortunately famous for the public executions and executions of some of Henry’s wives. Then we saw the Tower bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Winchester (oops Westminster) Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, changing of its guard, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, Number 10 Downing street, the Thames River, Bank of England, Lloyds of London, Jack the Rippers stomping grounds, Bob Hopes home, Charlie Chaplin’s digs, Harry Potter’s movie sets, and even the building that was home to the tea company where all the tea came from for the Boston Tea Party and many other sites. It’s like going to Washington DC where the national everything is. The variety and number of double decker buses is amazing. We were on our own for lunch and stumbled into a little cafĂ© in some old storage caverns under the city streets. Had some great pasta in this romantic little hide away. On our way out we wind thru an old walled factory neighborhood where many thousands worked and lived in factory owned housing but now its posh digs for the rich and famous.
Sunday May 3rd
LeHavre France: Decided to take a day off since we were just here and played some ping pong and did some reading. Sue did some laundry and logging.

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