I have always enjoyed traveling, even if it meant sleeping in a tent when I was younger. I prefer hotels and cruise cabins now, but the motivation is the same...an adventure waiting to happen. Sometimes you will find me traveling with my husband and/or family. Sometimes I will travel alone, and sometimes I will travel with friends. I hope you find it entertaining to keep up to date with me as I explore the world around me. Warning...I like to take pictures of food so don't read if you're hungry. More adventures await...see ya soon...Amy.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

London: Cramming It Into a Day!

I don't think we could have seen one other thing today if we had tried. Our poor little legs and feet are beat! We started the day around 9:30 with a stop at Starbucks for a quick breakfast. It's located near the hotel and the tube station which made it very convenient. Our hotel does not have a restaurant. We took the tube to a stop near Kensington Gardens with the intention of walking through the park to the Serpentine Gallery, a modern art museum. Something green sitting on a fence caught Maddie's eye and upon closer inspection we found it to be a rather large Parakeet eating an apple. To be specific it was a Ringed Neck Parakeet and as we looked around there were a LOT of them and they were flying around people nearby. We went closer to see them and saw that they were landing on and eating something out of people's hands. A very nice man shared some birdseed with us and next thing we knew, they were eating out of OUR hands. We had a great time giggling and photographing each other with the parakeets. We finally tore ourselves away and continued on to the Serpentine Gallery. Before we got there, we stopped at the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. It was designed to express her spirit and love of children. It is a huge oval ring stone fountain made of granite but looks like a shallow stream bed. People are encouraged to wade in it and we might have if we had come prepared with a towel. We found the Serpentine Gallery which is a small modern art gallery located within the park. It was nice with some interesting artwork but what Maddie was really looking for was the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and we found it a short distance away. This was also a modern art gallery but it was more 3d art instead of 2d art, which Maddie really enjoys and appreciates more. We thoroughly enjoyed this gallery especially a light and music exhibit in the center of it. We left the gallery and went to ride on the London Eye. This is a very very slow ferris wheel looking contraption that brings you slowly up in large, clear, egg shaped rooms. You can see out over most of London and the views are amazing. It takes 30 minutes to make the full round. We were very hungry after our ride and Debbie had been hoping we would have some Fish and Chips. We went to Tattersalls Tavern which is near Harrods for our Fish and Chips. We have eaten there several times before and it has always been really good. Maddie even ate the traditional side dish, green peas! I have been watching the PBS show, Mr. Selfridge, and wanted a peak inside of Selfridges Department Store. It was located on Oxford Street where the big TopShop was. We went one way down Oxford Street to find Selfridges and then the other way to the TopShop where Maddie did a little shopping for herself. It was getting later in the afternoon and we still had a few more stops. We went to Buckingham Palace to see where the Queen lives when she is in London and then walked down the Mall to the next tube station. We then went to the Millennium Bridge so that I could find the artwork of Ben Wilson who paints on chewing gum that is ground into the sidewalk or in this case the treads of the bridge. These are tiny little paintings and we saw a bunch of them! Many of them were commissioned for him to paint or ideas given by special request. This was one of my favorite things we did today! We made one last stop down to Tower Bridge for some quick photos and then wanted to go to dinner at a place that I had planned earlier. We were so tired though and it was late so we just went back to our Earl's Court station and ate a wonderful hamburger at Byron Burger. It was a long day but a full day and Maddie said she had no idea the Underground System was so huge! We have certainly gotten our money's worth out of our day passes. Tomorrow morning early we leave for Paris on the Eurostar. Until then.....

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