Got up very early to catch our very last Euro-Rail Pass train of the trip. We went to the little town of Calais, France where we caught a ferry from there to Dover, England, across the English Channel. (It was my first time seeing the cliffs. Very pretty).
Had to take a 2 hour train from Dover to Victoria Station in the heart of LONDON! This is not our first time being here. We were here ten years ago. But we are thrilled to be back. I feel like I’m seeing London in a whole new light, being older.
We checked into our hotel, which is actually a college dorm room during the school months. But it is made into “The Vandon House” from late May to August for tourists. After that, we went exploring.
Before we came here, we made up a whole list of things that we want to see over these next couple of days. We started by strolling by Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, our old time favorites. We stopped to get a crepe at our favorite stand by the Westminster tube station. Bought a few day passes for the tube. We used it a lot. It’s very easy to follow here.
The rest of the afternoon included a visit to Trafalgar Square, where the statue of the “countdown to the 2012 Olympics,” as well as many entertaining street artists. Stopped by Picadilly Circus in the evening, and grabbed a bite to eat at a pub not too far from Covent Gardens. And…we took a tube ride to King’s Cross Train Station to see the fake “Platform 9 and ¾” that they have there. Yup. I’m a nerd, and I love it!
Before dinner, we went to the “discount tickets” booth in the theater district, and scored 3 tickets for “Phantom of the Opera” for tomorrow night at 7:30, at “Her Majesty’s Theatre.” I was overjoyed. Can’t WAIT to see it! I love this city!