I'm back! It sure has taken me a bit to get back into the swing of things.
To start off we came home a day later than planned because the airlines cancelled one section of our flight. The flight from Amsterdam to Minneapolis to be exact.
And on the last couple days of the trip I could feel myself getting a cold and by now it's full blown. Yuck!
So other than those two minor complications we had no problems to speak of. Mom and I were very thankful that things went so smoothly.
To start off my trip recap we'll begin with London. Mom and I got into London Gatwick airport and took the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station. I'm so glad I researched this before I left. We got off the plane, got our luggage, went through customs, and then hopped on the train. Our hotel (Thistle Victoria) was right next to the train station. Perfect location.
When we walked into our room I was a little disappointed. I think my exact phrase was, "If this is a 4 star hotel I'd hate to see what a 3 star one looks like!". The carpet was worn and the couch was old and frayed. To top it off we had two twin beds! Mom and I laughed it off and didn't make a big deal out of it. I needed to remember how old the building was and that we were there to go sight seeing!
They did however have the cutest little teamaking setup. We had an electric teapot in our room and a tray with all the fixins. The maid stocked it daily with tea, biscuits, and hot chocolate.
In London we took a day tour and saw Westminster Abbey (my favorite), The London Tower, drove by Buckingham Palace, saw the Tower Bridge (some may call it London Bridge), the London Eye, and the Millenium Bridge. We saw the Horse Guards Parade changing of the guard since they weren't doing it at Buckingham palace the day we were there. We also took a short cruise on the river Thames around evening time. We had such a sweet and knowledgeable guide. Her name was Avril and she did a wonderful job.
London was wonderful and the weather was just perfect. Not too cold or hot. We kept thinking it might rain but it never did. Of course we didn't get to see it all. Not even close. There were many museums and stores I'd like to check out if we went back.
I had a "London day by day" book from Frommers and it had a listing for the most economical afternoon tea at a hotel called the Basil street hotel. Mom and I hopped on the Underground and headed in the general direction. We stopped at the Science Museum first. On our way out we asked the info desk about directions to this hotel. They of course laughed at the way we said BASIL. "You silly Americans, tomAto tomatO, potAto potatO," For the rest of the trip I'd ask mom if she wanted any BASIL on her food etc. and we'd just laugh.
We were in London two days before we hopped on the train to Paris. We had a great time but of course were excited to continue the journey.
I'll add a photo album on the side with more London pictures. For the whole trip I ended up taking 1300! It's going to take me forever to get them processed, sized, and printed.