Day one in London ushered in British big city living, along with the lyrics of London Calling constantly running though our minds. Wandering the streets, we knew only that our first stop of the day was to be Abbey Road, where we figured we could take a classic, cliched Beatles picture. Along the way we found a couple of photo opportunities. A tip of the hat to Deanna’s classic pose, as well as an irresistible mirror picture. London, baby!
Walking up to Abbey road, we couldn’t help but laugh at the crowd of tourists, all running across a busy intersection, getting in the way of regular London life and traffic. The good weather of today must have contributed to the number of people there. We knew instantly that taking a picture made no sense at all – not only would there be crowds of other people in the shot, but probably other people and cars all on the road at the same time. Instead, we cut our losses and crossed over the street to the island in the middle of the traffic circle. From there Jan could set up his iPhone in order to take a time lapse of the craziness that was in front of us. Add a little music and it really was pure comedy. Nastassia’s personal favourite was all the people who decided to walk with the same arm and leg for the photo rather than keep them in opposition like everyone on a regular basis.
Having had worked up an appetite, and knowing that we would have to get some food in us before heading to Harrods, we walked along a more main street and kept our eyes peeled for a place that looked good. Call this a shameless plug, but we came across The Tyburn. The posters advertising their prices really got us – but once inside, their atmosphere, well designed menus, and the simple but delicious food really hit the spot. For London, quite reasonably priced, and definitely filled our stomachs. Go there, people!
Back on track and ready to get to Hyde park, we had only to pause shortly to allow Nastassia to pick the nose of a giant horse head statue. In all seriousness, it was just a really cool statue that we couldn’t resist but photographing.
Crossing through Hyde park, we also took a minute to rest and digest on the foldable chairs laid out on the lawn. Our respite didn’t last long, however as the good weather that we had been enjoying up until this point all but vanished, due to some crazy wind. But a minute was long enough to snap a few photos of some cute ducks. Some real wildlife channel stuff going on today.
Harrods is like the toy store you imagine as a kid, the jewelry and clothes store you dream up as an adult, and the sweets place you crave on a bad day. Amazing in a lot of ways – Material in every way. But all in all, while the rain poured down outside, it was a really fun way to spend an afternoon. It is so over the top, elaborate and extravagant, that you can’t help but be entertained. And if you like glitter and sparkles, you might want to have your friends and family invest in a human leash to keep you from getting lost amid everything there. Jan only bought one thing from Harrods, which was a macaroon for Nastassia. She had really wanted to try one in Paris for the first time but missed out on the chance, so today that little dream got fulfilled.
We took every stuffed teddy bear to mean a photo op, because who can resist a giant teddy?
Harrods Gaming section provided a small break from the rest of the store and allowed Jan to try out a couple of new games and catch up on at least a couple minutes of gaming that he had missed out on over the course of the vacation. Panda was able to find some friends at Harrods, and got to catch up on some news from the North.
After a couple hours, and leaving Harrods behind us, we walked out to be greeted by just a ridiculous show of wealth – which is kind of the definition of Harrods. To some, this may look just like a yellow car. But look closer, and you see a matte gold, Mercedes G class. And not just that, but also with an Arabic license plate. No words. Just, Harrods.
With a little extra time left in our day, we decided to pay a visit to the queen. We’d heard she invited us to tea, but for some reason the guards didn’t find our names on the list. Next time, I suppose! Across from Buckingham Palace, there is also the Canada gate. Which a certain Canadian demanded a picture in front of. And as Jan took this picture, the rain began to fall, and so it was time to go home and call it a day. So good night, and enjoy some tea with those biscuits!