Greetings from London

It’s 7am Thursday morn and I woke up at 6, too excited to sleep anymore. Today is our big shopping day! Our agenda today includes a trip to the British Library, shop the outdoor markets in Camden Lock Market, visit Portobello Road in Notting Hill AND last but certainly not least, a stroll through the hallowed halls of Harrods. I simply can’t wait!

It’s been a tremendously fun trip so far. Our first day, Tuesday we arrived in the am, and after checking our bags at the hotel took the tube to Victoria Station to jump on a 2-hr double-decker bus tour of London proper. It was something Janelle really wanted to do and it was great fun. We rode beside Big Ben just as it struck the hour of eleven. How thrilling to hear those thrilling bongs eleven times! We toured Westminster Abbey, introduced her to my favorite artist, Renoir, at the National Gallery, and had a somber visit to the Cabinet War Rooms from WW2. While we were there we watched a large group of Japanese dignitaries get a VIP tour and get to touch the chair Winston Churchill sat in! How far we have come! A very surreal moment.

Yesterday, we toured the Tate Britain where I showed Janelle my favorite John Singer Sargent, so lovely, the British Museum, which she loved…the mummy display was a hit! Walked around the Shakespeare Globe but no entry due to a play, and walked in awe around my most favorite cathedral in the world, St. Paul’s. Almost too lovely and inspiring to describe.

Stay tuned for further adventures!

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