Thursday, February 15, 2007

Thirteen Things to Do/See on my trip to London

Hubby, StepSon and I are headed to London 4 weeks from tomorrow. So you know we've been planning up a storm lately to decide what we're going to do. Here are the thirteen things I'm most looking foward to in Merry Ol' England:

1.) British Museum - so much to see, that I know I won't see it all.

2.) Westminister - is it weird that hubby and I seem to like to go visit dead people? The first thing we did in Paris was visit the Cemetery of Père Lachaise, where we spent too much time looking at graves, mausoleums and head stones. And we finished off the trip with a visit to the Pantheon to see the graves of Voltaire and Rousseau (among others).

3.) Portrait Gallery - because if we can't visit dead people's graves, at least we can look at their pictures.

4.) Food. This should have been number one, but I'm too lazy to rearrange the order. The absolute best part of visiting other places is the food. I've been told the Indian restaurants are unbelievable, and the Chinese a close second. Hubby is trying to convince me there's no such thing as a Mexican restaurant in London - but I've made him promise that if we find one, he has to eat in it. I'll be doing research on that shortly.

5.) The Tempest staring Patrick Stewart. Do I really need to say more about this? I squeeled as I hit "purchase" on the website for these tickets. Then squeeled again when I got the confirmation email. I will TRY not to squeel at the actual performance. No promises.

6.) Men with sexy British accents, any variety will suffice. So many different accents...each sexy in their own way. Yum. (sidenote: my hubby thinks he can do a sexy british accent. He can't. It just makes me giggle.)

7.) Harrods. Does this need any explanation? I think I'd better wait til the end of the trip for this one so that I don't spend all of my money on the first day.

8.) Canterbury - we're taking the train on a day trip to the town of Canterbury. More dead people to visit, since Thomas Becket was murdered here - part of a church problem a few hundred years ago that my husband and stepson will probably spend hours debating while I shop. :) And if I'm good, I'll get to climb around some more castle ruins.

9.) Riding on the Thames. not sure what the ride will consist of, or how long it will be. Hubby's been talking about some kind of trip where you ride the boat - which will be tons of fun - and then they drop you off and you walk around a bit before walking through a tunnel that goes UNDER THE RIVER. I'm still working on the courage for that part of the adventure, and he's promised that we'll get alternate transportation if the tunnel thing freaks me out too much.

10.) Going to Hastings (well, the town is actually called Battle ). This will be a second day trip, and it's a pilgrimage that my British Historian Husband has to make on every trip to the UK (or so I've been informed). This means that Stonehenge is out, but that's ok since they don't let you touch the rocks anymore.

11.) Shopping, Shopping, Shopping!

12.) Just walking around the city. Hubby lived there for a while, and he knows so much history about everything that he'll could keep us entertained for days.

13.) Buckingham Palace. Something else that needs no explanation.

So what did I forget? Let me know in the comments!

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Shelley said...

Awesome TT...I am so jealous you are going to London. I have always wanted to go there. Someday...someday.

My TT is up...and it would love visitors!

Bubba said...

Me too! What shelley said...I so want to go there. And even as a guy, I would have to stop at Harrods too!

Happy TT...mine is up at

Karen said...

Much Jealousy!
How about a visit to the Tower of London? London Bridge? And a walk through Mayfair!
Have a fantastic trip :) Can't wait to hear all about it.

Ms. George said...

Well, I went to school in York and so if you want to visit the most haunted city in Britain...
What about Stonehenge?
I may be off across the pond in July... enjoy your trip. I'll look forward to hearing all about it.

catherine said...

Oooooo. I am sooo jealous. London!! What a great trip. FOUR WEEKS!!??? That's awesome. I would love Harrods and men with british accents.
Have a fabulous trip.

Goeve said...

It's been 20 years since I went, wow. Hyde Park, Picadilly Circus, the Tubes, PLAYS (lots!), Stonehenge was great but heck of a drive - gave us all a headache as we actually drove it. Must do a rub while at Westminster. Cab ride too. So much shopping but the exchange can be killer. Canterbury was awesome as is the train ride. Food is bland! Have a great time; wish I was going.