Day 4 to Day 11
28.01.2013 - 04.02.2013 7 °C
I hope you are all well. You will be glad to hear that Leah and I are still together and have not yet bitten each others heads off, however there have been snaps.
We have been staying in a 28 bed dorm at the Palmers Lodge in Swiss Cottage, which is North London on the Jubilee line. It is very quiet as far as hostels go which is right up our old married couple ally. The staff are very friendly and the other travelers are very considerate.
Upon arrival we dropped off our bags and rested in the lounge. Then after a few hours we went to explore Swiss Cottage. Leah picked up a nice warm coat at an Op shop no less (was only 15 pounds), which just happens to be red.
Day 6,7 Lodge Days
These 2 days consisted of booking future accommodation on our journey and my attempts at editing our UAE video. (which I hope you have all seen, Leah's attempted belly dancing is hilarious, bless her)
Day 8 National Gallery
Having been couped up for 2 days we ventured out to Trafalgar Square and the National gallery. So many works of art, we were never going to see them all (although did see some Rembrandt, Monet, and Van Gogh). We went for coffee afterwards and found a very decent coffee near by in a place called Notes. Felt very much like a Melbourne coffee shop style which was great cause I hear that London coffee is below average.
Day 9 Portobello Road
Saturday at Portobello Road Market was freezing! It was supposedly 4 degrees Celsius but with the wind chill it felt a lot colder. Leah purchased a woolen sweater (second hand again not less). She obviously didn't pack for the right conditions. Because it was Saturday we got to check out the antique dealers which was something I was hanging out for. I wanted to sing "Portobello Roooaaad" but Leah kept giving me the look and unfortunately there was no room for folkdancing.
Day 10 National History and Science Museum
Not really much to tell about this, it is a museum, very similar to ours at home. The Great hall was most impressive with its architecture. This is also were we met our traveling buddy Jess H. We spent most of the time walking around and talking with each other rather than paying attention to the exhibits. So we made our way to the local pub, The Hoop and Toy in South Kensington and spent the afternoon sinking Guinness and watching the 6 nations rugby in the warmth. Actually that's what I did, I don't know what the girls got up too.
Day 11 London Bridge
Our final day was a quiet stroll around the London Bridge/Tower Bridge area taking photos of the local sites. We also visited All Hallows Church which parts of the building date back 300 years earlier than the Tower of London. I highly recommend this underpopulated tourist attraction.
Tomorrow we will brave the UK roads and weather as we drive down to Cornwall.
Love Rein & Leah