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Old Apr 12 2006, 12:04 PM   #1
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Momma Wolf likes English trains. Momma Wolf likes English buses. Momma Wolf NO LIKE London Underground!! Wolves do not belong that far under the surface. Too far down, too enclosed, not enough natural light or air, and at 8 in the morning, it is WAY TOO CROWDED!!

Momma Wolf is also kicking herself for not taking a proper little notebook with her, because I ended up spending £5 on something I have here at home, and just didn’t think to take.

I am also more than a bit disgusted by my own country’s over-blown, ostentatious egotism. Most of the embassies in London are on or near Grovenour’s Square, along with the Chancery Building. Most of them are renovated/rebuilt Regency/Victorian buildings. Very attractive. NOT the USA. The American Embassy is a huge, ugly BOX of six stories of concrete, glass and brass, mounted with an eagle the size of a Conestoga wagon and six-hitch team, if not larger. It’s also surrounded by riot control barriers and armed officers (Metro police). And efficenticy? Bah! They had two lines the length of an NYC block! We were waiting, until I told Nick to ask which line we should be in….good thing, because we didn’t need to be in EITHER!

Okay, fine. Through the checkpoint. We had to leave the digital camera at the desk, but so be it…

Two problems: they wouldn’t accept the passport photos we had for Dancer, AND we didn’t have the application I filled out WEEKS ago. I gave it to Nick to check. He says he gave it back. He did give me some papers last night….it wasn’t with them.

I did not deal well. I didn’t scream, but I did growl and snap at Nick quite a lot. We filled out another application, and off we went up the road to get new pictures. They kept our passports.

Keep in mind, I don’t drive here, so I don’t carry my NY driver’s licence with me. My passport is my only form of ID. Without ID, you can’t get into the Embassy. Fine. I take the camera, and off I go to the park. Nick came looking for me 45 minutes later…they need BOTH of us to ok the passport. AARRRRRGHG!

We finally get out of there, stop in a tourist trap shop to get Dancer a Paddington Bear bag, and get me a pen and a magnet. (They should have a magnet that says “I SURVIVED THE LONDON UNDERGROUND!”) On to McDonalds for lunch. Then on to the British Museum, because the Dr Who shop was anther half hour by Underground and Nick was not going to get me to do that!

I am still not a very happy Momma Wolf. My feet hurt and I still haven’t gotten to The Tower…which is maybe the only place in London (besides the Zoo) that I REALLY want to visit….Okay, add Kew Gardens to that.
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Old Apr 12 2006, 12:08 PM   #2
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poor you!
I'm in london tomorrow
the bf needs to go to the imperial war museum archives and I've got (apparantly) to go with him
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The London Underground is great! So long as you know which stations and lines you need to go through, though!

I hate Enlgish trains. I hate English buses. but the London Underground is good!

Kew Gardens needs an entire day to itself! It's too large and beautiful to do much else on the same day!

Did you go to Madame Tussauds (the waxworks)?
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Old Apr 12 2006, 12:33 PM   #4
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ONly places we went was the Embassy and the Museum
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Old Apr 12 2006, 12:48 PM   #5
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You're gonna have to go back some time, and do the tourist things!!!
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Well, I can see we didn't miss anything when we visited London in 1991! Though we didn't do much sight-seeing either. Suppose being a military brat has advantages, even with the father already off at his post...
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Old Apr 12 2006, 03:09 PM   #7
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Hmm...if I ever get to the UK....I think I'll find me a nice quite place in Scotland and become a permanent hermit.

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Old Apr 12 2006, 05:37 PM   #8
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LL & I will be in London from Friday to Monday. We love London as a place to visit, but we wouldn't want to live there (unless we could live in South Ken & didn't have to work )
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Some day me and my hubby want to go and visit England, and Ireland. He has been a couple times to London, when he was younger. Not me though, I havent been anywhere out of the country, YET, someday maybe !!!
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I guess there's some places you want to go to but haven't been yet: all the good book stores.

Try the poetry library as well?
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Old Apr 13 2006, 10:02 AM   #11
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IF and when we go back to London:

WHO Shop in west Ham
Kew Gardens
Museum of Natural History
Tower of London
Victoria and Albert Museum
MAYBE Buckingham Palace


I used to want to visit Bond Street and Almacks and Regency Park, strictly from a writer's research view...now I don't know
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Buckingham Palace is not open all year round, so beware!
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C'ris, lets not forget the National Gallery, and the Gainsborough's........YES !!!
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The london underground is not something I like either but I can survive it to get from A to B. I think you have to like in London to be able to get around above ground, buses are confusing and taxis are expensive.
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I know this is off topic, but I just love your avatar, Clambell. It is great for a chuckle, Thank you for the funny.
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The tube was ok yesterday- a bit warm but ok.
Yesterday was interesting
went to imperial war museum
watched japanese tourist photograph a "Do not climb" sign
got in
helped nick
went round museum
got out
then...
Nick decided as it was a nice day we'd walk to St James' park to meet his dad.
we got over Lamberth bridge ok
then...
Nick decided to walk round Westminster- as I hadn't been there before.
Saw the protest hanging off westminster abbey http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4909934.stm
then... we got lost (Nick SAYS he knew where we were -ahem!)
we went round the streets to Buckingham palace, St James' park, Trafalgar square, the mall, haymarket, piccadilly, and only then did we find an underground station!
it was fun though!
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Mmmm, St. James park. I took a zillion pictures of waterfowl there...and a few of the flowers. I'm sure Anneli thought I was nuts!
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That sounds like you had a lovely day Edi, walking about and seeing London.

The Japanese tourist, is the most interested traveler on the planet. They go everywhere, are interested in everything, and want to take pictures of it all to show to their family and friends at home. They are truely wonderful people to meet, very friendly and happy.
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Sadly the only time I've been to London..in 1989 was on a business trip.
And our hosts were a younger couple whose main goal was to find the nearest pub and get drunk.

And myself being a self proclaimed royalty geek was devastated to not visit all the places I wanted.
I only got to see part of the Tower. *sigh*

BUT when that lottery board gets it's act together.... all will be remedied!!
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I was able to visit London last summer for 8 days. Wonderful.

It helped that I could go back to their flat when I was tired, but still.

I even liked the underground. :shrug: I met some Chinese people there and was able to help direct them to where they needed to be. Ironic, really, that they would stop an American in a London tube station that could speak Chinese.

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Old Apr 19 2006, 08:29 AM   #22
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Probably a better chance of finding someone who speaks Chinese in London than someone who speaks English

We had a great time there last weekend, & took lots of pics
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We had a great time there last weekend, & took lots of pics
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