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Lotsa London!


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I'm not sure if it was because I sat up on night watch when we arrived or because our hotel bed is twice the size of a road in Ireland - but I slept in this morning - and it felt wonderful! No time to waste though.... Only one day left in the city!

There's a record album that sits casually next to the piano in our bedroom at home and the four gentleman on its worn cover are strolling over the crosswalk on Abbey Road. My dad gave me this album ages ago and I never would have imagined that our family would be following in their footsteps many years later to go check out Abbey Studios and the memorabilia in the Beatles Store down the street. Everything was pretty low-key in the neighborhood, as the studio is still in use today. Capturing a photo on the crosswalk was like playing a broken game of Frogger that kept restarting as I tried to dodge oncoming traffic and had to continually re-take photos in an effort to avoid other people that were working on catching their Kodak moment too.

Right around the corner was 221b Baker Street, literally, which housed the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Lucky for us (soak this statement in sarcasm!), Jaden chose a humongous Sherlock book with roughly 3 point font for his first typed book report of this school year, so Luke and I had the opportunity to learn allllll about the mysteries he and Watson had the pleasure of solving. Genius pair, those two! The museum was set up as their consulting detective business, with fireplaces in each room and solved cases displayed everywhere. The four story apartment was filled to the brim with details including dead mannequins (isn't that kind of like a double negative?), pipes, and clues. Let's just say it was quite the find on our part!

Afterwards, we hopped on the Tube and headed over to visit Hamley's, which is the oldest toy store in the world - established in 1760! We were greeted at the doors by a large man in a tutu with a bubble gun on one side and another gentleman flinging airplanes across the crowd on the other side. I'll summarize by saying we spent almost 2 hours playing in the seven floors of available toys and demonstrations. It was like a free Disneyland - well, with no rides really. I wanted the 18,000 piece puzzle that we found, but I don't really have room in my backpack to get it home and Luke noted that we don't have a 12'x6' space that we can use to build such a creation over the next several decades. Point taken.

We closed our night with dinner and dessert at a nearby restaurant and a stroll through the neighborhood. We packed our bags for Dublin tomorrow knowing that most of the items won't be unpacked until we step foot into our own house on Friday night. How is that possible? Where has the time gone? I suppose the better question would be to ponder where the time ever goes... G'night and g'bye for now, London.

Posted by akgearhard 00:40 Archived in England

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