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We had an earlier than normal start today….up at 7:00 AM. Jacquie was here with Benjamin just after 8:00 and, after tea, breakfast and last minute preparations, she gave us a ride to the train station for our trip into London.
The train to King’s Cross was about 45 minutes. After asking directions, we found the hop-on-hop-off (HOHO) bus stop. There are a few companies who operate the buses, so we had to wait for about a 1/2 hour for the right one to come along. Unfortunately, the upstairs was full; about all that’s visible from the street level seating is the traffic and was it ever slow weaving through London’s morning traffic.
We hopped off the bus at St. Paul’s Cathedral stop, in fact right in front of a restaurant that looked appealing, so we went in for lunch. Great service and excellent food! After lunch, we only had to wait a few minutes before the next bus arrived, with lots of seating upstairs, much better for seeing the sights. The blue route bus had live commentary upstairs, which was much better than listening to the canned audio. Most of the good sites were on this part of the tour anyway: Tower Bridge, Tower of London, the Parliament Buildings (part of the buildings and all of Big Ben were covered in scaffolding), Waterloo Station, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, the London Eye, etc.
At the London Eye stop, we switched to the orange bus, which made it’s way back to the King’s Cross train station through rush hour traffic. We caught the 5:06 bus and arrived back in St. Neots at about 6:00 and then got a taxi back to #20.
Dinner tonight consisted of sourdough bread, which we had bought at the King’s Cross market, and a good ‘extra mature’ cheese. We retired to the sitting room to watch a Netflix movie but, unfortunately, we couldn’t get into Netflix. I contacted the woman who owns the house, but we still weren’t able to connect. We had to entertain ourselves with reading and processing some photos.
We’ll have a big day tomorrow – our granddaughters are coming for the weekend!