June 12, 2022

Boppin’ around London Town…

My lovely tour of St. Pauls’ lasted until mid-afternoon. I had had a very large breakfast at the Melia’, so didn’t see the need for lunch. I decided, that since I had another unused pass to the Eye, I would see if I could use it up. Like I said, I’m a sucker for the Eye…. Taking the metro to the Westminister Station, I headed across the Westminister Bridge toward the Eye. Here is a summary of the day’s meanderings: It was mid-afternoon, there was virtually no one there and they gladly accepted my remaining pass. As I had ridden just the day before, I decided just to be a…

June 5, 2022

St. Paul’s Cathedral

In 2020, when this trip was initially scheduled, I had booked to entries into St. Paul’s Cathedral, one for me and one for Melanie. As we have discussed, that trip didn’t happen, so when it came time to organize this trip, I looked at seeing if I could use the passes. There wasn’t anything of note on the website about the topic, so I sent an e-mail into the contact address on the site. It took a week or, but they responded and simply said I could use the passes that were originally sent out at any time, including the extra’s we had paid for. With only one minor exception…

May 29, 2022

the Eye

I’ve been to London numerous times now, and I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for “the Eye“, or more precisely “The London Eye”…. The amusing part is it’s been owned/sponsored by a different entity virtually every time I have visited, which is admittedly every 2 years (except for that blasted Covid thing). Currently, lastminute.com is the name to grace the wonderful attraction. Can’t help but wonder who will be the next one. Anyway, after leaving the home of the world’s most famous detective, I made my way across London for my 1700 booking on the The Eye. When Melanie and I were scheduled to come over in 2020, I had…

May 22, 2022

221b Baker Street

So, from last time, after wandering around in the rain for a bit, fruitlessly searching for one of the London Landmarks with an open booking schedule, I refocused my search a little closer to where I was. And there it was, 221b Baker Street, the “home” of the worlds most famous (imaginary) detective, Sherlock Holmes. Being a bit of a Holmes aficionado, I headed in that direciton. It was a few short blocks away, and the first thing I noticed what that there was an extended queue (line, for those non-Anglophiles) waiting to enter. Dang. Right next door is the “London Beatles Store”, albeit obviously for sale…: Being a Beatles…

May 14, 2022

Regent’s Park

After a hearty English breakfast at the Melia White House, I poked my head outside to get a feel for the weather in ‘ye Old London. Ich. Cold, damp, rainy, dreary. Welcome to London…. Not to fear, I’ll do the various museums today and stay inside, mostly. Firing up the handy tablet I find that our friend Mr. COVID has driven another interesting perturbation into the London tourist experience. Booking times for museums. No booking, no entrance. Yippie ki yay. It was Sunday morning and and open bookings amongst the desirable venues was not be found. Great. Plan B. The hotel is literally next to Regents Park, so, donning my…