On the morning of July 17th, we departed York for London via Windsor Castle. Our tour manager, Stan, had told us that we would probably be out late that in London so that we could see as much as possible in the day and a half we would be in the city. Many people took the opportunity on the four hour drive to sleep and were eventually awakened by…
We arrived in the Windsor area at about 1:30 and went through security to begin the tour.
Windsor is a massive complex, with walls and gates that have been updated through the years to make them look more “castle-ly.” There are a number of gardens spread throughout the castle.
Audio guides were provided for tours of the inside and outside of the castle. The audio devices looked as awesome as they worked.
There is so much to see in Windsor that we had to move fast even though we were give over two hours to tour the place. At four, the group left on the hour drive to our hotel, which was located in the Kensington area of London.
This hotel was massive and in some ways massively incompetent. On the bus, several travelers could hear Stan phoning ahead our room assignments to the hotel, which the hotel then scrambled. And about 2/3 of the door keys were miskeyed. All of the stress from these misadventures could only be relieved by…
London is a huge city, by far the largest we visited on this trip. Even compared to other large cities, the main features of London are spread out; while individual parts of London can be seen by walking, the only way to see as much of the city as possible is to use the Tube.
Our first stop was Westminster, with views of the Eye and Big Ben
We got a picture of our whole tour group, including the travelers from Michigan, our tour manager, Stan, and…
Next, we were off to the Tower of London via the Tube. At this point, we were clearly experts at London mass transportation.In spite of our daredevil Tube riding, we made it to the Tower of London.
A few feet from the tube stop for the Tower is a segment of the old Roman wall, built when London was known as “Londinium.”
Like vampires, many of our travelers only came fully to life after the sun set.
Taking advantage of this renewed energy, we moved in for a closer look at the Tower.
I’m not sure what the inside was like, but Ethan took one look in and quickly backed away. This was a striking response given that Ethan has seen the restrooms at Cosby, where people sometimes treat toilets as optional depositories.
To end the night, we rode on a London double-decker bus.