Today started with a trip on the London Eye.
Susan is petrified of heights, but wanted to experience the views so faced her fear, and I must say she did very well.
Apart from sweating profusely, screaming and grabbing anyone that came within reaching distance, you'd never know she was nervous.
The views were fantastic. On our first day here the guide on our bus tour told us that on a clear day, from the top you can see Australia. It may have been my imagination but I did think I saw Ian crossing over Waymouth St with a bacon and egg sandwich!
Next up was Westminster Abbey.
Well what can I say? It is just magnificent. From the tombs of Kings and Queens - Edward the Confessor, Elizabeth I, Mary, too many to mention them all. The Coronation chair, which has been graffitied by 18th Century boys from the nearby School of Westminster, carving there names into it! Poets corner, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. The cloisters, the hidden gardens - it's all just beautiful. You've all seen some of it, admit it - I know you were all watching the wedding a few weeks ago! Yes even Terry watched! Which reminds me, I saw a coaster for Terry, it said "Don't worry, you can still marry Pippa"
As we walked up Whitehall Susan made a new friend. She was patting one of the horses on guard at Horse Guards Parade when it decided to nuzzle into her neck (or as Susan likes to put it "it gave me a cuddle")
After a sit down and some lunch at Trafalgar Square we visited the National Gallery.
No tears this time (we've hardened up) We did see some wonderful paintings though, Monet, Van Gough, Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, and even a couple of Turners!! Most of Turners paintings are at the Tate Britain, but there were a few here.
Next up was a tube ride to Knightsbridge and a wander through Harrods. Oh how the other half live. Want a jewel encrusted four poster bed for your pet? Or perhaps your pooch would like it's own leather couch? Or replica Louis XIV chaise lounge? Then this is the place to go. We were tempted, but a little concerned about excess baggage for the flight back.
We really needed some refreshment so decided to have afternoon tea whilst we were here (one does need to rest ones weary feet once in a while) We went to the Florian Cafe inside Harrods, but decided that over $100 for a cuppa and some cucumber sarnies was stretching it. We settled for tea/coffee and shared cake - even that worked out to be about $40. Still, it was served on a silver tray, in nice fine china so well worth every penny!!
Dinner was in a lovely restaurant near to where we are staying. It's only been opened a couple of weeks and is on the river with great views of Tower Bridge. As we were sitting having a drink in their lounge area before we went into the restaurant, I asked Susan if a woman sitting over the other side looked familiar. Susan didn't recognise her but I was sure she's an actress. Later during dinner we sat near her table and we could over hear their conversation (not that we were eavesdropping!!) She's definitely an actor and they were discussing various parts and films etc. Neither of us could remember her name though. So I guess she can't be that famous, although listening to her conversation, I think she thinks she is.
Another day gone and Susan manage to get through it without falling over - although she did walk into a wall. Still not bad.