11.05.2009 - 15.05.2009 17 °C
Monday we walked around the typical tourist spots - Picadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Buckingham Palace (saw the changing of the guards and a palace marching band), Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Wesminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, Tower of London - we saw lots! lucky it was a nice sunny day, although the wind is quite chilly.
We had dinner at a funky mexican restaurant in Covent Garden - voted the 2008 (i think) best cheap eat in the UK by some reputable source, im sure! it was nice, however we found a delicious small and equally cheap restaurant in SOHO right near where we're staying on Thursday night, where we had the best food!!
We're been really surprised by the London food - we thought (from past experience and other's words of warning, including guide books) that it would be overpriced and of poor quality. however we're been spoilt for choice here with delicious, healthy, cheap, good quality food! there is a wholefoods supermarket right near us, which is surprisingly cheap, we've eaten amazing meals at markets (Portobello, Camden, Borough), and when you search the back streets of london you stumble across great hidden gems that serve amazing and cheap food!
anyway, enough about food, for now. we've spent a good part our days taking advantage of the free museums (i loved seeing some Pollock at the Tate Modern, and the British Museums houses some excellent ancient middle eastern artefacts. the national gallery was also a highlight).
a big thanks to ben's work friends who gave us a voucher for a ride on the London Eye with a glass of champagne!! we did it Wednesday evening, and it was so so lovely. we got to see all of london at twilight, and the champagne was lovely - we'd been hanging out for the ride and the champagne and it was everything we'd hoped it would be and more! it was really special, so thankyou all again!
we have also done a day trip to Bath, which is such a beautiful city. we want to move there, its so stunning. visiting the roman baths was a highlight, as was the jane austen visitor's centre (for heidi - ben chose to wander the streets photographing various things such as pubs, barber shops, and pork and fennel sausages). we had a great meal at an old pub (they serve vegetarian food only - its cheaper and so tasty), and the train trip there and back showed us some gorgeous english countryside. we're looking dforward to more countryside tomorrow, when we do a tour of the cotswolds! then tomorrow night we are going to take an overnight bus to Edinburgh!! we're so pumped for Scotland - we're doing a tour, so itll be good to have fun with some fellow travellers and drink some beer/whisky and eat some haggis (i shall take photos of the haggis and other offal adventures).
I (heidi) have written this entry, so please excuse the interweaving "I" and "we". you get my drift im sure ben's washing some clothes. he says hi!
we'll update again as soon as we can! in the meantime, stay cool and peace out xo