London first Day. November 24, 2014

London. If you have never been here, you should put it on your bucket list. My first time was in 1977 when we were stationed in Germany. I’ve been back a few times since then. I see few changes. It’s a beautiful city and so tourist friendly with the signs. And so clean. I love the tube, I figured it out easily. You can zip all over town with a Oyster card. I have found that the British are generally friendly and will help with directions etc. mostly the younger Brits the older can still have that stiff upper lip.

When you arrive, you are happy your in a foreign country and can read everything. You notice little things like “way out” means exit. “Mind the gap” means watch out of the space between the train and the sidewalk. You notice very early that everyone is speaking English but you cannot understand a word they are staying. Some more than others. They talk very fast. Also, like NYC, you hear lots of different languages being spoken especially on the tube. (Subway).

Jet lag. It will get you going and coming. I had a bad case coming over this time. I can’t sleep on the plane unlike Mike. Even with a flatbed seat, no luck.
I started today, Monday as my first day. I always have to go to Westminster area, see the Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, my favorite. I like Hyde Park also but St. James is smaller. If you want to see the changing of the Guard, which everyone needs to see, it is at 1130 most days. I noticed the guards are wearing the gray coats for winter, I like the red coats more. You should also ride the London Eye to get greats views of London. I didn’t do it today since I didn’t bring my good camera with me. I have it so I will try to get back to it Wednesday.

Tomorrow I made a reservation two weeks ago to tour the Highgate Cemetery . I have never been. It is registered grade 1 on the British history registry. It is supposed to have the best funeral architecture in the world. I read something recently that placed it in the top ten cemeteries in the world. I will take pictures. This should take most of the day because the days are so short here in the winter. Sunrise at 7:30 sunset at 4:00. Also, highgate is north of London and up on a hill so you get great views of the city and the Thames.

I don’t know what’s up for Wednesday. I will be out and about. I may try to get tickets for a show on West End. Most of the shows are the same that are on Broadway. Although we leave Wednesday at 6 or 7 to fly to Lisbon, Portugal. We have never been there so Mike and I are excited about that.

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Hey friends and family. I made a blog.

This is just a test to see if I have set this blog thing up correctly. I have been thinking of doing a travel blog. I have some really cool trips coming up and thought I could take you along with me. I want to share some things about that particular area in case any of you go there. Share some tips etc. I hope a few of you may be interested in reading them. I know travel is not everyone’s cup of tea but it is mine. So come along with me.
Kathy.