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
Icelandic loo sign at Keflavik International Airport during our layover.
Arrival at Maida Vale tube station via Bakerloo line near our London house 24 hours after leaving Seattle.
2 Nugent Terrace, Maida Vale, St. Johns Wood.
Dane temporarily succumbs to jet lag.
Our humble carriage house.
Ceremony of the Keys, Tower of London.
Lewis Chessmen at British Museum.
Big Ben and Parliament
Temporary art in Trafalgar Square. A French rooster designed by a German artist in London. Hmmm, sacre bleu?
Harris Hawk used to chase pigeons from Trafalgar Square.
Charles Street, St. Johns Wood
Benjamin Franklin's Residence
Bobby with G-POD at Picadilly Circus
Harry Potter Great Hall
Changing of the Guard near Buckingham Palace.
Loo at Poppies Fish and Chips in Camden.
Amy Winehouse home in Camden.
Sachi and her family. Co-worker of Papa.
Thames River RIB Tour from Tower of London to Thames Barrier.
Somewhere in the East End.
Maddy preparing for the trip back to Seattle.
Dane across the street from our lodging.