I am working to catch up on all my chores, both at home and at work. One week off world and I expect to have a ton of meetings and reports to file on Monday. Enjoying my Sunday before I head back to the funny farm. Already took the dogs to the dog park this morning to make up for my absence and get them a bit of exercise (always a hit with those two).
I was trying to post up while I was on the road last week, but found to have difficulties with getting pictures to come across so I gave up until I got back home to the desktop. Besides, I was out wandering all over London to spend any time on the iPad.
Very good trip. Audit went well. Got a chance to see another region I had never visited before (Wales). It was a very brief trip to Wales, but looked very pretty/interesting. Hard to pick where I wanted to spend more time - London or the Welsh countryside. But, I am getting ahead of myself.
Flight over was pretty uneventful. Not quite as fancy as the Hong Kong trip, but I did knock a few more movies off my NetFlix queue (Star Trek Into the Darkness, The Descendants, The Great Gatsby, After Earth). Still found it hard to sleep on the flight over so I was pretty wired by the time we hit Heathrow. Sun was coming up just as we stated to land and it was clear and looking to be a fantastic day in the UK. But, as the day went on, the cloud and rain settled in. Got my bags, cleared customs, exchanged money for pounds, and headed off to find the express to take me into London.
|B&B in Vauxhall|
Had a chance to enjoy lunch with them as we talked about our adventures, kids, dogs and other bloggers. After a good lunch with some typical English fare (for me) and a couple of pints, we set off to stroll along the Theme to see the sites. Last time I was here was almost two years ago, and I barely had enough time to see a handful of places. RC and Mrs RC haven't been to London proper for some time so it was a grand adventure for us to spend a few hours playing tourist.
I recognized the famous MI6 headquarters from a James Bond movie.
We talked as we walked and discussed just about everything. One thing I lamented is that most of what I know about London comes from either the movies or TV. That led to all sorts of reminiscing over the shows we watched in our days. We used to watch Fawlty Towers and Are You Being Served quite a bit when they were on PBS. My wife and son are currently into Doughton Abby. Of course, I'm an old Dr Who fan (Tom Baker, of course) and I have seen all the James Bond movies many times over. Not to mention the Prisoner and the Avengers to round out the discussion. I had to admit that the shows we watched were pretty classy/intellectual while at the same time I was embarrassed to say that some of the shows the US has to offer are not quite as intelligent (Swamp People, Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo). We did agree on American Pickers as a good offering.
Taking pictures along the way like a bunch of tourists.
Crossed the Millennium Bridge. Of course, I had to revert to my engineer mantra trying to figure out the cabling system that supported the bridge.
Found several craft and food vendors along the walk. Of course, being an Aluminut, I tend to spot certain things that stick out in my mind. Anything about this food vendor trailer look familiar?
And, of course, there were lots of interesting things along the riverbank.
Had to stop and have our picture taken in front of old Big Ben (thanks, Mrs RC!). I did this cause I forgot to get one of use together last time.
And I had to get one of my tour guides as well.
We finally wound up back at Vauxhall after a long hike. Had time for one more pint before they had to head back home to the kids and the dogs. I think it was a outstanding day, even if I was worn out at the end. Thanks RC for coming over to London for the day! Monday I had planned to spend the day exploring London in depth and seeing a lot of things I missed the last time. I even found the Death Ray tower...