Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Europe Day 9 - London (September 30th)

This morning we had another awesome breakfast at the B&B. I got the french toast and it was delicious.

French Toast at Wynchgate

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are being held in London and we read in the Rick Steve's book you could take a tour of the grounds. It took quite a few switches on the tube to get the Olympic grounds, but finally we ended up at the Pudding Mill Lane stop. They are constructing a bullet train that will transport people from one side of the city to the other in 7 minutes. And there will be no public parking at the Olympic Games, all spectators will arrive via public transportation. I guess I couldn't see it any other way in London.

Docklands Light Rail Pudding Mill Stop

We missed the tour, but another group of people were getting at tour so we heard part of their tour. They also had a nice map, pointing out what all the facilities were.

Here is the Olympic Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held along with other Olympic events.

Olympic Stadium 2012

Here is where the Olympic Torch will live during the games.

Olympic Torch & Housing

2012 London Sign

Here are a good majority of the building on the Olympic grounds. This area of London is very run down, so bringing the Olympics here is really revitalizing the area. All the facilities are going to be converted into permanent facilities. The hotels into homes, there is large shopping mall being built in the area that will continue to attract people and the stadium will be used for future sporting events.

Olympic Places

Olympic Village

Sara at Olympic Village

Patrick at Olympic Village

We thought about eating lunch at the little cafe near the observation area, but we decided to head back to the city to find lunch. Our plan for the afternoon was to explore Regent's Park. We found a Pizza Express right after we got off the tube, so we stopped there for lunch. It ended up taking a long time to get our bill, so our quick lunch turned into an hour event. Apparently in London in order to get the check you have to ask for it, otherwise they will let you sit there all day.

Pizza Express London

Next our mission was to find Regent's Park. It's not a big tourist attraction, so we didn't see many signs directing us. We were using our Rick Steve's map, which wasn't complete so it became quite frustrating to find the place. After a couple wrong turns we finally found it. And I am glad we did. It was a very relaxing way to spend the afternoon. It was a gorgeous day so the park was packed, but since it is such a big place it wasn't annoying.

Regent's Park London

Regent's Park

Regent's Park London

Regent's Park

Ice Cream at Regent's Park

Regent's Park

Regent's Park

Regent's Park

After we walked around the park for a couple hours we decided we would try to go back to Harrod's to look around. It is one crazy big department store. I swear you can get just about anything there. I was into taking pictures in the deli area. Here are some of the good looking food they had there. They have everything from clothes to apples to Christmas ornaments to one of kind pieces of art.

Harrod's Food

We rode the tube back to Southgate and found a pub called Weather Spoon. For only 10 pounds we had 2 burgers, chips and 2 beers. The best deal of the trip by far.

Pub Food

Today we walked 25,181 steps or 12.59 miles for the day.

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