A few more things done in London

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Today was my last full day in London, I wanted to see some more sights and post some things back to Australia. When I bought souvenirs for my niece and nephew I didn’t take packing into consideration. So 1.3 kilo of stuff is on it’s way back to the land of Australia. Next holiday I will know better. There are a whole lot of things that I will know better next time, but that is what it is all about.

I headed off into the Victoria Square station and got a breakfast burrito. The young man making it must never have tried the hot sauce as he is way too liberal with it. I have a pretty high tolerance to hot,this was close to inedible. I ate it anyway though ;). Then off to the Post Office to send off my stuff. The young lady was very helpful thankfully. I was very close to Buckingham Palace so I thought I would go and have a tour and perhaps a sly gin with M’aam. I entered through an entrance and paid 8.50 GBP not realising it was the entrance to the stables .

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Her big car

Her big car

a gift from Australia to the Queen

a gift from Australia to the Queen

Not sure if 8.50 GBP is really a fair amount for what was on display but there you go. So that was done and dusted fairly quickly. ( 15 minutes including a pretty thorough security search). I went down to the next entrance  ( maybe I should have researched more 😉 ) and there as the Queen’s Gallery that had a display of tudor and stuart clothes.There was a bit of a queue and after the last “exhibition” my restless ways sent me off looking for a hop on hop off bus instead.

I should have got myself on a hop on hop off bus at the start of my week in London. I was on one with a guide that was commentating as you drove along. I learnt little things that I wouldn’t have known had there not been a guide. The other bus I got on just had a recorded guide not so much fun.  A couple of the little bits of trivia I learnt, there are dragon sculptures around London, if they are facing you , you are in the city of London and if they have their backs to you , you are in the city of Westminster. Black cabs are black as when Prince Albert died at the young age of 42 ,Queen Victoria was so consumed by grief that she ordered all the cabs to be painted black. Most of the railings around the city are black as well. If you buy a hop on hop off bus ticket you get lots of discounts around the city. I only want ones that have the real life guide though. The whole thing that they are too touristy is all a state of mind. I am a tourist so go forth and be touristy.

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one of the dragons

one of the dragons

Queen Anne was quite partial to gin

Queen Anne was quite partial to gin

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a squirrel in hyde park for Juzzy

a squirrel in hyde park for Juzzy

don't know what this was but it looked quite majestic.

don’t know what this was but it looked quite majestic.

Princess of Wales memorial fountain.

Princess of Wales memorial fountain.

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for Katha and Celia

for Katha and Celia

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We went to a lovely local pub for dinner that was really yum and went home and had a” couple” of sambuca shots

It was lovely hanging out with Sarah for the week, I am sure the cat she is cat sitting is going to miss shitting me. 😀

Thanks for having me Sarah.

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6 responses »

  1. Oh, squirrels! I will be seeing them soon…..maybe I can secretly stash one to bring home with me….a friend of mine was there recently too and she patted one! Woah!! But she is fearless when it comes to small, fluffy animals.

  2. I didn’t know that about the cabs. Similar to Venice’s gondolas, I guess – they’re black because the Doge (read: Prime Minister) decreed they all be painted black in memory of the victims of a plague that swept through Italy.

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