After the rainy and cold two days we have had, I firmly believe we are due for a wonderfully sunny day. Do they exist in London? Yes! They do. Though the cold has not left, the morning shows no clouds with the sun actually out.
The hotel is on Queens Gate which leads to the Queens Gate entrance to Hyde Park. only half a block away.
I have grown used to the the red double-deck buses but this old one in a gray that reminds me of and Airstream makes me smile widely.
Destination today will be Portobello Road where there is a world famous market on Saturdays and Sundays.
It gives me a bit of nostalgia to see all the antiques. I used to have an antique store and I found much joy in discovering treasures to sell. Today I am not a buyer. I am one of the thousands who visit from all over to listen to music, to browse and, if lucky enough to get good weather, to enjoy the sun that so rarely comes out.
Back on the bus because again the weather rules our steps and there is not day better than to visit the London Eye. First Big Ben welcomes us. Big, bold, beautiful, regal, imposing and so very iconically London.
There are seas of yellows and red everywhere. Two German soccer teams are playing the final game in London today. You see them all over catching the sights before the game.
And here is the London Eye. A huge ferris wheel where I will put my fear of heights to rest so as to be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of this city.
First, a look back at old Big Ben.
And after the tickets are bought an hour wait before going to the line (cue in Brit English) so a walk around, seeing performers perform and kids and adults enjoy, is to be.
The London Eye has little space-like capsules in which it takes you up to give you an incredibly wonderful view of the city. Vertigo does not hit me at all. The capsule is stable and they don’t pack too many people in so no claustrophobia either. It’s a well run machine. Don’t think that even Disney could do better. And now I will quiet so you can savor the view.
But first, let me introduce the competitor of the Eye: The Shard. And now I really am going to let you enjoy the view.
Hey, they are higher than me for now!
Back into the tube (Westminster Station) and to a very industrial feel.
All sorts of transportation are used today.
I am now going to hold my breath, make a wish, count to three and be a child again. I want to view paradise so I will simply look around and view it. Does chocolate give away were I will be next?
I present my Golden Ticket at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Magic it was. So well staged and engrossing . Funny, sweet and the vessel through which I regress to a time where only a few things matter.
Dinner at an Italian restaurant -continuing our Italy themed English vacation- and headed back to The Gore where a warm four-poster bed will cocoon me until morning.
Tomorrow will be epic so please come with me. Would love to share.