Richard Pepper's Trip to England
November 24 - 30/2000

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This holiday trip resulted from friends directing me to the website of DH Tours of Burlington, ON. The package included air fare, hotel, a London Travelcard, Continental breakfast and vouchers for a theatre ticket and a backstage tour. Except for a bus tour from Heathrow to our hotels, we were responsible for our own itineraries and meals. A helpful and enjoyable means of seeing London of which I took advantage was to go on some of "The Original London Walks". All one has to do is show up at the right Tube station at the right time and pay five pounds. Except for large groups, no prebooking is necessary.

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Below follows a brief account of my trip, including a few links to some pictures. Use your browser's "Back" button to return to this narration.

Friday, Nov. 24:
Morning: Bus tour from Heathrow to the Tavistock Hotel (near the British Museum) featuring stops at the Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Abbey.
Afternoon: Tube trip to Tower Hill (with detours). Lunch there.
Evening:" Jack the Ripper Walking Tour" starting at Tower Hill.

Saturday, Nov. 25:
Morning: British Museum
Afternoon: Rode the #7 Double-Decker Bus to Portobello Road Market (and back).
Back to the British Museum. The stranger who photographed me with the now controversial Elgin Marbles said, "Say 'Lord Elgin'" and so I did. Then I added, "I'll have to show that to my Greek friend." Hi, Spuro!
Evening: Tube to St. Paul's Cathedral. Walked around it until time for the "Ghosts" walking tour.

Sunday, Nov. 26:
Morning: Tube to Victoria Station to enquire re. train fares. Then to Natural History Museum (dinosaurs etc.).
Afternoon/Evening: Walked along Kensington, Knightsbridge, Shaftesbury etc. back to my hotel. To bed early.

Monday, Nov. 27:
Morning: Up early. Tube to Victoria Station. Train to East Sussex. Herstmonceux Castle. ("Cair Paravel" in the BBC's production of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair")
By the entrance. Lunch in a cafe in Polegate.
Afternoon: Train back to London. Tube to Piccadilly Circus to exchange my voucher for a theatre ticket. Back to hotel.
Evening: "La Cava" at the Piccadilly Theatre: interesting staging, predictable story, eminently forgettable music -- but a new experience. Fire trucks in the narrow street afterwards. Walked around Piccadilly Circus.

Tuesday, Nov. 28:
Morning: Tube to Westminster. Crossed Westminster Bridge to view the "Millennium Wheel" (The British Airways London Eye). Then to Marylebone for "Beatles Walking Tour". Crossed Abbey Road (barefoot). The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album cover. Bought and ate roast chestnuts from vendor near British Museum. Back at hotel opened camera prematurely. Back to cross Abbey Road (barefoot) again. Westminster again.
Evening: Tube to Covent Garden. Walked around "Theatre Land" and the Embankment and to Piccadilly Circus again.

Wednesday, Nov. 29:
Morning: Tube to St. James's Park. Toured Westminster Abbey. Thought I was shortchanged there by 5 pounds. (I wasn't). Walked along Horse Guards Road to Trafalgar Square and then to Buckingham Palace via Pall Mall and the Mall.

Actually, on second thought, I think it must have been Whitehall along which I walked to Trafalgar Square.

Afternoon: St. James's Park. Emailed people from Canada House. Trafalgar Square. Tube from Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square. Tube to North Greenwich to look at the Schmillennium Dome. Tube back to the British Museum.
Evening: New Bond St. Walked past the shop where Elton John was selling off some of his extra clothes in his third "Out of the Closet" sale. Fish 'n' chips on Oxford St. To Notting Hill, but I didn't know what to look for. (Haven't seen the movie.)

Thursday, Nov. 30:
Morning: Walked around Tavistock Square. Bus to Heathrow. Lunch at Pret a Manger.
Afternoon: Plane departed more or less on time at 14:45.

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