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Family adventure in 2014.

13 AUG 2014

We spent 2 weeks on vacation in London. The flight was on Icelandair where we found the bathrooms in the airport very interesting. We stayed at a large carriage house in the Maida Vale area of St. Johns Wood in central London. Our lodging was a couple blocks from where the Beatles Abbey Road album cover was taken. A phantom critter tormented us almost nightly by scratching about outside in the wee hours of the night. Still, it was an wonderful house in a fantastic location. We were intending to take a couple day trips outside of London, but with so much to do in the city we stayed there the whole time. Highlights included witnessing the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London, Jack the Ripper tour, Harry Potter studio tour, a Thames River RIB tour, ride on the London eye, traveling on the Tube, visits to Westminster Abbey, Highgate Cemetery, British Museum, Buckingham Palace, Picadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square, visiting Amy Winehouse's and Benjamin Franklin's homes, and seeing Wicked at a West End theatre. We enjoyed eating spicy pickles, fish and chips, mushy peas, Marks and Spencer coffee rolls, Galaxy chocolate. We enjoyed watching a couple British tv programs named Top Gear and Dinner Date. The owners of the Abbey Cafe across the street from our house were very sweet and kept us supplied with baked goods. We met two co-workers of Richard's at a Maida Vale park where Roger Bannister trained for breaking the 4-minute mile.

Flying over Greenland

Flying over Greenland

Snyrtingar

Icelandic loo sign at Keflavik International Airport during our layover.

Maida Vale Tube Station Arrival

Arrival at Maida Vale tube station via Bakerloo line near our London house 24 hours after leaving Seattle.

Maida Vale Tube Station G-Pod
Look Left
2A Nugent Terrace

2 Nugent Terrace, Maida Vale, St. Johns Wood.

Dane Jetlag

Dane temporarily succumbs to jet lag.

Carriage House

Our humble carriage house.

Ceremony of the Keys

Ceremony of the Keys, Tower of London.

Abbey Road
Abbey Road

Abbey Road

Lewis Chessmen

Lewis Chessmen at British Museum.

Lewis Chessmen

Westminster Abbey

Big Ben Maddy
Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square French Cock

Temporary art in Trafalgar Square. A French rooster designed by a German artist in London. Hmmm, sacre bleu?

Trafalgar Square Harris Hawk

Harris Hawk used to chase pigeons from Trafalgar Square.

Horse Guard

Horse Guard

Maida Vale tube stops
Little Venice

Little Venice

Charles Street, St. Johns Wood

Charles Street, St. Johns Wood

Traffic Calmed Area
Charles Street, St. Johns Wood

Benjamin Franklin's Residence

Picadilly Circus Bobby

Bobby with G-POD at Picadilly Circus

Picadilly Circus
Maddy and Papa
Dane and Brock
Platform 9 3/4
Picadilly Circus Bobby

Harry Potter Great Hall

Harry Potter Bridge
Harry Potter Flying Car
Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard near Buckingham Palace.

Camden Town

Camden Town

The Venerable Loo

Loo at Poppies Fish and Chips in Camden.

Amy Winehouse Home

Amy Winehouse home in Camden.

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

Sachi's Family

Sachi and her family. Co-worker of Papa.

London Eye

London Eye

London Eye View
City of London
Mom and Dane on Thames River

Thames River RIB Tour from Tower of London to Thames Barrier.

Thames River G-Pod
Mom and Dane on Thames River

Somewhere in the East End.

Maddy

Maddy preparing for the trip back to Seattle.

Dane at Corner Shop

Dane across the street from our lodging.

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