Monday, August 22, 2011

VACATION ~ LONDON ~ PART FOURTEEN

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Thursday June 30, 2011

Britain Museum & Covent Gardens

Mark had the day off and since he hadn't really been to places like I had it was suggested that he would like the Britain Museum. We didn't get there early in the day because we had to switch from Gatwick airport Marriott to Heathrow Marriott for our flight out on Friday. Wow we did change hotels often and it's a lot of work. We were lucky that Phil was staying on in England and rented a car the night before when they came in from Scotland. Mark said that what he saw of Scotland that day was absolutely beautiful and they was able to have some free time to drive along the coast. Anyway Phil had the car so he was nice enough to drive us to the hotel at Heathrow which saved us a lot of time and money.

So we were able to check in early, it was around noon, and got to our room and it smelled horrible from smoke that wasn't going to go away any time soon. It was like 20 smokers just had a party in our room.So we called for a room change, took our bags outside in the hallway and waited for the porter to bring the new key. So we are standing there and about six rooms down a maid was cleaning a room. We had watched several people go by hoping they were bringing our key but it wasn't happening.

So this man who we thought was maybe the guy, he actually had something in his hand that looked like another key holder, had stopped to talk to the maid. They were speaking a foreign language and he stood there for at least 10 minutes talking. It felt like a lot more but when you are waiting you think it's forever! We kind of wondered if he was the guy. Well he was and boy did Mark lay into him. It's not like we were in the room where we couldn't see him, he could see us in the hallway! Mark asked him who comes first and isn't it always about the customer. He apologized but we didn't give in. He was definitely in the wrong here. So he takes our bags and tries to help us to our next room being extra nice. Mark said should I tip him and I said "ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! "

So we took the shuttle to the airport and did the Underground today which took us to Russell Court where walked over the the Britain Museum. Lots of construction going on around there so we actually had to walk further then normal :( They had two special exhibits going on that didn't interest Mark so we didn't buy entries into them. The museum itself was free. Before we got there we ate at the cutest little place called Munchkins. I had my last fish 'n chips for the trip. Also, maybe because of the strikes that were going on Thursday in the UK, they had other floors closed so we could only do the main floor. We did see things that we had never seen before so it was well worth our time. Mark loved it.


Mark was really impressed with the hieroglyphics, they had rooms of them.

I was fascinated with these headless statues.

So we left the museum and headed back towards Russell Square when it started to drizzle a little bit. We sat on a park bench under huge trees for awhile. Then we decided to start up again and it started to rain more so we went into a little eating area in the park that was so charming and had coffee, hot chocolate along with some pastries. It was a nice break.

Then we went back to the Piccadilly Underground station and got on the train getting off two stops later at Covent Place. That was so much fun. The whole area was shops and places to eat. It was filled with people. It was a very interesting place and some areas were kind of hippie like. That was actually the area of the main Neil's Yard Remedies store. Mark wasn't thrilled with the shopping but he managed to find a shirt at Fat Face. I mentioned shopping at one in Worcester. You should be able to find them on the internet. It was the first time I had ever seen a Crocs store and I was thrilled to find a Penguin store. It's one of my sons favorite brands to wear.


We stopped and had a nice cold beer before we headed back to the Underground to take us back to the airport, so we could get the shuttle to the hotel and get ourselves ready to leave for home on Friday. The train was so crowded with people we actually had to stand for awhile. We were on the Underground Piccadilly line that ends at Cockfosters and I couldn't help but giggle. Every stop the voice would say this train ends at Cockfosters and Mind the Gap! I am really glad we went there and checked it out!

So we headed back to the airport to get the shuttle to the hotel and it was maybe after 8pm. We went up to the lounge that Mark gets into (Marriott Club) to get some tidbits and wine. Well it was pretty low on snacks and no wine was out. The Club Lounge was really beautiful. I had never been in on before and I was impressed. Then a woman came in and got more wine out so we had some wine. I was actually hungry so we ended up going down in eat in the restaurant and I had some wonderful risotto while Mark had some rib eye steak.

I knew I had to get my bag ready for morning. Mark insisted that I try to get all the souvenirs into my suitcase. I was perfectly willing to carry them onto the plane being that our bags were within 4 pounds of what we were allowed. We put all dirty laundry in Marks bag and filled mine with some clean items, toiletries and gifts. So when we got to the airport were able to check the bags and had to move things around because they were too heavy. I knew I needed to just leave it as I had it and carry it on. I did that for our flight to Italy and it worked out well. So basically we ended up carrying most of the items anyway so I wasted a bunch of time packing the stuff into my bag when it was already arranged nicely in a carry-on bag!

So we were at the airport early and I have never seen anything like this terminal with duty free shopping everywhere. If I had know this I would have just done my shopping there. Actually that is not true because actually buying it at Harrods is different then buying it at the airport!

So finally they opened up our gate and we headed over to get on the plane. As it turned out we were delayed on the ground for almost 1 hour and the flight going home is longer then the flight heading there because of the wind currents. We ended up being on the plane for 12 hours. I watched 4 movies and was up walking around a lot. I just couldn't stand sitting that long which reminded me why I wouldn't make that trip often yet I would love to go back.

I am thankful I was able to go on this trip. It was a trip of a lifetime for me and I would go back in an instance. I am now a World Traveler! This is me before we left for the airport. That's my scarf I bought in Italy.


28 comments:

blueviolet said...

I love all the things in the museum, and he's right. The hieroglyphics are pretty cool! You look spiffy in that darling scarf! How in the world did you get everything home that you purchased?

secret agent woman said...

Yeah, the Harrods experience is a must. Welcome back, World Traveler.

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

What a trip my friend, what a trip.

Trennia said...

I am glad you had the time of your life!
You looking stunning in your scarf!
I love all the beautiful photo's you have shared!

nancygrayce said...

I love all the pictures!!! I got a kick out of Extreme Icecream!

Love the scarf and it looks great on you. If you go back, I want to goooooo!!!!!

Trisha Larson said...

I'm so glad that you stepped out of your comfort zone and went. My husband didn't want to go and I talked him into it 15 years ago. He was so glad that I did. He LOVED Europe almost as much as I did.

Next adventure? How about Africa?!?

Ha!

Hugs,
Trisha

Michelle said...

Welcome Home World Traveler!
Thank you for all these wonderful posts.

I'm looking forward to seeing your souvenirs.

Cherie said...

The headless statues are funny - they kind of intrigue me too!

I love all the places you found to shop - very very fun.

But most of all I love the self picture at the end with your beautiful scarf!! You look great in pink :-D

I'm so happy for you that you got to go on this wonderful trip - definately a trip of a lifetime!!!

kyooty said...

Debbie You are styling!!!! YAY! for posting your pic.

http://kyootycenter.blogspot.com/2011/08/im-stylin.html Go see!:)

A multi-dimensional life said...

Ha! Your hotel experience sounds a "bit' like ours! :) Never dull though, right?! I love seeing all the pictures you post...the headless statues are pretty fun...but what's really amazing to me is all the history! Fascinating!

Caroline said...

What a great trip !!
Thanx for sharing it & your photo is awesome.
Beautiful pics.

Kathy ... better known as Nana said...

I love that scarf, and it really flatters you. I'll bet you're glad you went, in spite of some of the little inconveniences/problems. I think 12 hours on a plane would have been an awfully long time for anyone ... thankfully you were able to get up and walk about and stretch your legs. ;-)

Brandy@YDK said...

wow so much history.

Kristie said...

Sounds like a nice last day. And it's neat that you got to spend it with Mark and he was able to see some things as well.

I barely remember Heathrow, but I do remember all the shopping they had there. (I was in London back in 2000.) Your flight was a lot longer that mine though :-/

Love your scarf! Very pretty!

Kerri said...

the headless statues are cool!
love the scarf!

LynnMarie said...

Boy did you have a great time! I'm so glad you did and thank you for sharing!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Debby, the trip just looks fabulous, and so do you in your new scarf. The story about the man with the key brought back a memory for me of the only time I EVER saw my husband get upset enough to take action about someone's rudeness. Very similar to your situation. Thanks for taking us along on your trip (at least vicariously) Enjoyed it. laurie

Sonya said...

I think we went to Covent Garden one evening. I remember as the evening went on and the party goers came out, we started to notice the public urinals. It was really weird!

Kathy said...

You certainly are a world traveler! I would have loved to visit that Crocs store!

Together We Save said...

All your pictures are great but the headless statues are very interesting!

Debbie said...

What a great chronicle of a trip of a lifetime! Those Englishmen! Definitely prejudice! lol So, where would you live if you didn't live in the US?

Joyce said...

I've been out of town but have just looked thru your pics. Makes me really long for a trip back to England. I'm glad you were able to see and do so much and experience new things. The world would not be nearly so interesting if we were all the same : )

EmptyNester said...

Such a fantastic trip! You did a great job of keeping a journal and taking pictures! I feel like I was there with you! I even got angry with the dude with your new room key! LOL

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I'm sad this is the last post :(. What an amazing post and previous post!

I'm loving the Wizard of oz paintings. That fish and chips looks too yummy!

I've never been to a croc's store I so need to find one and Never heard of Penguin I have to check them out also.

I'm sorry about the room I hope it didn't upset your asthma? That bellboy sounded very rude. I wouldn't have tipped either. Rick always get's on me about that. But I tell him it's a thank you not something you do just because.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

P.S. I love love your self photo!!

Kristin - The Goat said...

You are indeed a world traveler! Every word I read of your trip (finally - I got to read it all!!) I was so very pleased that you did it! So much of it by yourself. I'm so proud of you. Love the picture of you at the end. It's the cherry on top of the trip! Bravo!

Kristin - The Goat said...

Oh and right - shopping in the real place is shopping. Shopping at the airport is having to buy a gift for someone LOL

ModernMom said...

LOVE this picture of you:) You look so happy and content. Wow the things you saw on this trip. I wonder how long it will be before you venture over seas again:) Thanks for all the details of your wonderful trip. I loved reading them.
Stephanie

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