Leaving London on Euro Star

Well our time in London is up and we are about to leave for Paris on the Euro Star. I believe it to be a very fast train going under the Chanel all the way to Paris.

London was very cold and often windy, with a max temp of about 8, frosty but sunny in the afternoons. We had a few showers on our second day in London, but they were not heavy or lengthy. We stayed in Cromwell Road near Gloucester Station which made travel very easy, especially with their Oyster card, simple to use and a breeze to top up.


Kay inside one of the Underground trains. Everyone else is busy on their phones, they just can’t help themselves.

We did all the tourist places and were simply amazed at the numbers of tourists everywhere, the locals keeping well away from the main attractions. The museums and galleries didn’t charge admissions and the museum of natural history is amazing in its exhibitions and the queues were horrendous, with thousands of school groups, but it was good to see them make use of these facilities.

The much photographed and walked over Tower Bridge.
Nelsons column
The poms really think a lot of Nelson, seeing he gave the French such a thrashing otherwise we would all be speaking French
3 favourites together, London Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
The new Globe theatre on the embankment near Tower Bridge

We found the prices to be somewhat expensive as we were getting a British pound for about A$2.10. The prices in the Harrods and Liberty stores were astronomical but they were swamped with customers buying items. Beer was very expensive a, 330 ml bottle cost me almost 6 quid but I managed to sample of few of their ales, which were quite tasty.

Greenwich Tavern
This was the nearest tavern to the Royal Observatory. I enjoyed a couple of ales here after the long and gruelling walk up the hill to see the Prime Meridian
Inside Harrods Store
This is a shot of one area of Harrods store in Knightsbridge. This is where everyone who is famous comes to do their shopping. Everyone else buys the cheapest item they can just to get the converted green Harrods shopping bag. Its very flash but very, very expensive. I saw one lass buy a leather handbag on her visa for 2399 quid.
Harrods store Knightsbridge
This is what Harrods store looks like from the outside
Liberty Store
Kay outside the Liberty store in Regent Street. Another one of those very expensive stores, but they do have some amazing prints, etc.

On the TV Australia was not mentioned once in all the new casts we watched. Isn’t anything worthwhile happening back home to make international headlines? We enjoy London and plan to visit again but only in the summer.

London Eye Late afternoon
London Eye, the original one that every city in the world has tried to copy, some with disastrous results. There are 32 capsules each holding about 10 people at 25 quid, or 50 bucks each and a new capsule is filled every couple of minutes. This goes on all day and half the night. As Arthur Daley would say “a nice little earner”
Kay inside one of the glass capsules
One of the capsules ahead of ours reaching the top of the ring about 140 metres high
Feeding birds in Hyde park
Here I am feeding some of the aquatic life on the lake in Hyde Park. I think they call it Serpentine
Prime Meridian at Greenwich
Here is the Prime Meridian on top of the hill where the Royal Observatory in Greenwich is situated
Renault electric city car
Saw this parked in the street. Its a Renault Twizy. It costs about 6900 quid. Has a range of 88 km and can be recharged in about 3.5 hours. Has a top speed of about 80 km/hr and has an air bag. Could be a winner.

Arsenal 2 – Leicester City 1

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Wally standing on the bridge under his hero Thierry Henry

Just crossed off one of the 5 major items on my bucket list. Kay and I reconnoitered the Emirates stadium on the Sat so we knew where we were going on the Sunday. We arrived rather early for a 12 pm start, giving ourselves a good 2 hour period of grace. The temperature was a rather refreshing 5-6 degrees and a slight wind at us meant it felt almost as cold as the snow hotel. The teams appeared 30 minutes for a warm up session before the match started on time. We sat among the Arsenal fans and were drowned out by the noise when the gunners appeared. Play was down our end most of the time where arsenal were attacking. Howls of displeasure erupted when an obvious Leicester handball was missed. I immediately thought of the AFL umpire “Razor” Ray when he umpires the Collingwood games. A weak penalty  was given to Leicester and a goal resulted. The Arsenal supporters were not happy.

After half time Arsenal still had the majority of the play and after 15 minutes one of the Leicester players was deservedly sent off for his second yellow card. Arsenal attacked and eventually scored the equalizing goal by Theo Walcott. Fans were screaming for the winning goal and in the last minute of 4 minutes of time on, Danny Welbeck headed the winning goal. Boy did the Arsenal fans give it to the Leicester fans, they gave them heaps and every Arsenal supporter left the ground deliriously happy. It was a fantastic feeling, one almost as good as the parachute jump of 20 years ago

It was a tremendous feeling, 3 of the 5 items checked off the bucket list, Parachute jump, Northern Lights, Arsenal playing, and winning at the Emirates Stadium. Only 2 to go.

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Kay in front of the home of the Gunners. The Emirates Stadium
Us sitting on the upper deck of an almost empty stadium. We got there a bit early
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Half an hour before kick-off and the stand was starting to fill
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Line up for the pleasantries before the start of the game
Some action in the penalty area with Arsenal attacking
After the game all the happy Arsenal supporters leaving the stadium