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Hotdogs and Hamburgers

May 29, 2016

Saturday, May 28 Day 27

We had breakfast at our B and B. It is a great little place with everything we need. We then walked to the South Ealing tube station to catch the train into London city centre where all the action is. There is so much to see and do and it is all so fascinating! London is made up of 32 boroughs and Ealing is a borough in the west of the city. We headed first to Hyde Park, 350 acres and one of 8 Royal Parks and enjoyed a couple of hours there, walking around the beautiful gardens and also relaxing along the Serpentine River and watching the pretty water fowl. We were glad to visit the Princess Diana memorial water fountain. As we departed the park we came upon another practice session of the Queen’s foot guards and as we were very close to Buckingham Palace, there were lots of spectators and so beautiful once again to witness the large troop of guards doing their routines. I loved the beautiful Wellington Monument and snapped a photo of it. There are so many incredible statues, monuments etc everywhere, celebrating the history of this historic  country. Before we knew it we were down to Trafalgar Square again. We kept walking and decided to cross the Thames on the Golden Jubilee Bridge and came upon a food festival that was happening and we walked around before deciding upon the “look mom no hands!” place to eat. We were both really hungry and each got a hot dog and coke .. Wow..Never thought I would spend $15 on a hot dog and coke but it was really delicious! Bryan would have loved the skateboard park there and for little kids there was the biggest sandbox I have ever seen with lots of kiddies having lots of fun. T

he sun was actually shining so we relaxed in the sunshine for awhile before heading out again, back across the Waterloo Bridge and took the tube to Covent Garden, which I had never been to before. It is a huge market area with lots of entertainment and we loved it there. We then headed through Leicester Square, another huge entertainment area with tons of theatres and so many plays and musicals happening. We were tempted to buy some last minute tickets at a discount for one of them but knew we would not get back to Ealing until very late so bypassed that idea. Took the 1/2 hour tube ride back to our B and B and were shocked when we could not get the key to work to get into the flat. We tried and tried and could not figure out what was wrong. Had I grabbed the wrong key somehow? It was so disappointing and our host had left an emergency number and we were about to call, when I knocked on the door of one of her neighbours and a kind fellow came out and wiggled and jiggled the key until finally it opened the door. We were so grateful and relieved! About 8:30 pm we headed up the street to a little Thai restaurant we had seen and had a lovely meal there for the same price as our hot dog!!! In the afternoon I had picked up some lovely scones and clotted cream to serve with jam when Trevor and Sarah come by tomorrow morning. They are coming early to catch Katharina before she has to catch the tube to head back out to Heathrow airport, back home to Hamburg, Germany. It is pretty funny that people from Hamburg are known as hamburgers! I am so happy she came all the way to London ..not to visit the Queen but to visit me..I feel very special!

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