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London Day 2

Museums - Victoria & Albert and Science Museum

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Started day 2 in London with another breakfast at Daylesford – much busier there this morning. Londoners must go out on Sunday morning for breakfast!
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Weather was a bit greyer and wetter today, so the plan was to hit a couple of museums and check out Harrods, so we caught the tube towards Kensington and the Victoria & Albert museum (for Sarah and I) and the Science Museum (for JT).
So you probably need to spend about a week at these museums and you’d still only scratch the surface, but the V&A had a special exhibition that intrigued Sarah and I – Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. Unfortunately everyone else seemed to want to go thru at the same time as us (probably the weather) but it was a great display of shoes over the centuries.
JT spent the time in the science museum at an exhibit of cosmonauts and was similarly impressed (V2 rockets, Apollo capsule, Harrier Jump jet proto-type etc).

We then met up and strolled along Knightsbridge Rd towards Harrods – stopping for lunch along the way. Harrods had a sale on and was a bit manic. But still amazing to wander around looking at all the ‘name’ brands – Gucci, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton for example. JT found a 6 pack Harrods style – a vertical tasting of Chateau Haut-Brion 2000-2005 for a mere GBP1,995 down from GBP2,750!!!!!
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Then caught a bus to Hyde Park corner, photo session at the Marble Arch, then headed back to the flat to meet up with Oli who was arriving back from Dubai. Dinner out planned at Sicily again!

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London

Show Time

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Only one thing to say about the show - it was WICKED !!!!!!

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London

Walking Tour

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First full day in London started with breakfast at Daylesford Organic Café – topped up on muesli and coffee.

Buckingham Palace

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Then a walk down Buckingham Palace Rd – photo op at the palace gates, then on down the Mall and St James Park towards the Thames. Lots of squirrels, geese and swap hens. Frost still on the flowers – 2 degrees this morning!

Then walked around the back of the Horse Guard buildings and onto Whitehall Rd.
10 Downing Street - JT had an interesting chat with a couple of local fellas, about the pros and cons of the 9mm glock pistol vs the MP5 submachine gun.
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Stopped to check out the Horse Guards on Duty on Whitehall.

Then continued on up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square to take pictures of Sarah with the lions and Nelson on his column.

From there we headed up to Leicester Square to get tickets for tonight’s performance of Wicked. Then time for a coffee & pastry break and to pour over the map for the next attractions. Tried to get to Covent Gardens but missed by a street – loved the Free Masons Hall architecture. Ended up at the British Museum – too much to see there in just one afternoon, but did enjoy looking thru the Enlightenment Exhibit from the 1730’s when the museum first opened.
Then had quick lunch before hopping on a bus and heading over the Waterloo Bridge to walk along the Embankment, along Southbank past the London Eye which was unfortunately closed for renovations for the next week!!!!!
Walked across Westminster Bridge (selfies with Big Ben and Westminster Cathedral) before catching another double decker bus back along Victoria St to the flat. Out for dinner tonight and then Wicked!

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Flights

Arrival in UK

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Arrived to a stunning clear sunny day in London. Everyone commenting on the unusual weather – just us bringing our good weather from NZ!!
Uneventful flight from Wellington, via Melbourne and Dubai. Seeing Sarah there to meet us at the airport was the icing on the cake. After a stop for a coffee and a chat Sarah drove us into central London, to William & Caroline’s flat where we are staying for a couple of days. It is wonderful to be so central – walked a couple of hundred metres to a lovely little Italian restaurant for dinner “Sicily”. Live piano playing – jazz music – made a memorable first evening.
Back to the flat to meet Hugo and Sophia (our friends’ son and girlfriend who are the flats full time residents). Lots of tales told about William and Caroline in NZ in the early 1980’s. In bed by 8pm London time.

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No More Sleeps!

Leaving Wellington

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You just can't beat Wellington on a good day - and what a stunner it is today.
We've said our goodbyes to family and friends (thanks for the send off Kingi's) just waiting for the Darren taxi service and then we're on our way.

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