Day 2, London

By the Cathedral

By the Cathedral

Our 2nd day in London went pretty much like the first, but we didn’t do as much. We took the tube to Victoria Station because I wanted to go to Chelsea Physic Garden. the garden was pretty far out there and we still had to walk a bit. We got an early start but it turned out we were too early, it didn’t open for an hour yet. We had passed the National Army Museum and decided to go back and check that out while we waited. 
What a lucky find, it was very interesting and informative. It was laid out so that you walked in and read things or looked at dioramas. And you went up different levels and years as you went. There was movies that would play or people would talk when you entered a room, it was neat. Lots of wars, I had no idea England had so many. It also had a lot of information on what wars do to people and countries, the impact that they have and the importance of those left behind. Not just in England but all over. Women played a big role and they said how it seemed like women were basically drafted into the workforce and the war effort. That pretty much every citizen had a part to play, that its just not the military in a war, but a country. I don’t think I see that any more, at least not in the US. Anyway I liked it and we spent more than our hour there.
Chelsea Physic Garden is a garden devoted to the importance of plants, either medicinal or nutritional. It is a walled garden with these massive gates. It was founded in 1673 for apprentice apothecaries to study the medicinal qualities of plants.” It became one of the most important centers of botany and plant exchange in the world”. Chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk . I have been waiting 3 years for Al to build me the green house he has promised me. He has all the parts laying out in our yard but the plastic. I am going to have to bug him a bit more to get it done.
From Chelsea we got on a city bus to Saint Paul’s Cathedral. A double decker one. It was fun, we had a long way to go so we got to see a lot of stuff. I sat in the top front window and it felt like I was driving. What I didn’t get is not only do they sit on the other side of their cars as a driver, they drive on the wrong side, why didn’t I know this?
The cathedral was nice. It is built in the shape of a cross and has one of the biggest domes in the world. This one also had a crypt below the church, and handed out headsets for a guide. Lots of stairs. First we went up 259 to get to the whispering galley, then 378 more steps up to the stone gallery. Yes I lead the way, no problem. Then the golden galleries after that, ok was here I hit a snag. This one had a spiral staircase, tight, high up, nope, I got a maybe 10 steps up. Thankfully no one was behind us, because I had to back down. Al went up on his own.
From St. Paul’s we went over the Millennial Bridge, locals call it the Wobbly Bridge. It’s a suspension bridge that moves as you walk over the Thames. I did this too! Way out of my box folks! We walked along the Thames for awhile taking pictures, we also got hot nuts, which were good! Somehow we missed lunch and had an early dinner about 4pm. 
The the last thing we did was the London Bridge Experience. This was dubbed London’s scariest attraction. Yes, I did this!! I did scream a few times but it was fun, what a good time. Don’t get any ideas Brian, there are no roller coasters in my future. What they did was give us a history of the London Bridge. There was a museum inside that gave us the story of the 3 different times they rebuilt London bridge. They said the last time a bunch of human remains were found, Jack the Ripper? They had actors who were dressed as wardens or ghouls and then we went on this scary walk actually inside the bridge. It was dark, scary, people grabbed you. They had this spinning drum we had to walk through, which I find impossible, I have no idea why. It is so funny, Al’s yelling,” just close your eyes!”, which I am to afraid to. I am falling down, It was funny! 
Then on our way back to Westminster to get our tube we walked across London Tower Bridge. We did have a snag. Remember we only had 2 nights in London, well we have no hotel for the night.We were told maybe there would be a cancelation. So our plan is to get back and check and if no cancelation then just move to another hotel.
This is unbelievable to me, no more empty beds in Hammersmith, or the next town down the line or the one after that. We also check back into downtown London, no beds either. It turns out that there is a major football weekend, Gloucester verses London. Our hotel which has been fantastic to us, especially because we aren’t even staying here anymore, is holiday Inn express. They have gone above and beyond, calling places letting us sit in their lobby using their wifi. About 9pm I left Al at the hotel to go and see if I could find these two women we had met the night before. I thought maybe two locals might know of someone who lets rooms or has a B&B, we were desperate. I was afraid we may have to sleep outside. I had no luck, when I got back I tried with the corporate people at holiday inn again and said , “how about further out from here, we want to go to Wells, anything out there?” Yes, in Bath. Well it was close to 10 and now we would have to take a tube to Paddington station then take a train to Bath, about an 90 minutes away. Well they had a train at 10:15 and if we could make it there, we had a place. 
Bath is fantastic, but you will have to wait.
Until then.
Be well.

At Chelsea Physic Garden

At Chelsea Physic Garden

From the garden

From the garden

Part of the Berlin Wall, this is  a 9 ton  chunk, at the war museum.

Part of the Berlin Wall, this is a 9 ton chunk, at the war museum.

In front of St. Paul's

In front of St. Paul’s

As slice of the Cathedral

As slice of the Cathedral

London tower from the river

London tower from the river

One comment on “Day 2, London

  1. UB says:

    So you said you were ready for roller coasters…I have a good one to start with…in NJ at Six Flags – the Kingda Ka. It’s only 456 feet – you’ll have a blast. 🙂

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