Friday, November 19, 2010

London Part 2- sightseeing with Annalise

Annalise is one of Clinton's junior trainers. She travels with him to Australia and the UK. She literally works 18 to 20 hours a day for a month at a time. This was her 2nd or 3rd trip to the UK and she had yet to really see London. I decided to kipnap her for the day and tour the city. After taking a train and subway into the city we finally arrived. I decided we would do one of the "big bus tours". This is a tour company that uses the double decker buses. They drive around the city with a guide telling you all about the city. You can jump off at any of the stops, spend as much time as you want in a particular area and then hop back on. The buses run every 15 minutes so you know that you won't be waiting long for a bus. This was a really neat way to see the city. I didnt have to worry about which public bus to take and where to get off. The ticket was good for 24 hours. It was really easy and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting London.

We decided to spend some time doing the LONDON EYE. It is a ferris wheel looking contraption that is really an observation wheel as it moves at a very slow pace. Each capsule holds about 25 people and there are up to 800 people on the wheel at any given time. In short it is a CASH COW! They were going to take it down after 5 years but decided to leave it there. Hmmm..... I wonder why? At any rate it was totally worth the time ( we had to wait in line for awhile) and money ( it wasnt cheap) seeing London from this vantage point.

The Big Bus tour also included a boat tour on the Thames. This tour was worth it and included in our price. It was a totally different vantage point of the city.

Of course I HAD to take Annalise to Harrods, so we finished up the day there. We had a really delicious dinner at Waggamama's and then headed home back on the subway and train.

On "The Eye"

Pic of the London Eye

Annalise and Aidan

Its the small things that make this boy happy. He was totally estatic when I bought him some popcorn. He begged and begged for some ice cream. It was so cold that there was NO WAY I was going to buy him ice cream so popcorn it was.

View of Big Ben at sunset

On the top of the Double Decker bus. The BEST way to see the city.

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