Monday, May 24, 2010

Home Again Home Again Jiggety Jig...

...Home Again Home Again I Feel Like a Pig!!

We're currently in Toronto awaiting our flight home so I'm taking advantage of FREE WI FI to write this post. I'm also drinking my bourbon with a THOUSAND ICE CUBES and loving every second of it.

Anyway I could post tons of pictures of the Changing of the Guard, The Thames, Buckingham Palace (but not The Queen! That bitch new we were coming and left the country! I kid you not!), and on and on. But if you want to see those things I'm sure the internet has much better photos than I'll ever be able to take.

So I'll bore you with these.

Hans the Orator at the Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park.

The only audience besides me was a homeless/drunk man and I don't think either of us fully appreciated Hans' latest diatribe about our current state of affairs.

Greenwich Mean Time.

Hans actually had me going for a minute when he told me the line was six inches 'off'!

I hate it when he does that to me!

The weather this weekend was stupendous!!! Completely cloudless sunny skies!

In London!!!!!!

No kidding.

While Hans went to check on where our 'ghost tour' was to take place, I finally broke down and stuck one foot in the fountain in Trafalgar Square. Then next day I wore a bandage across my instep where the flipflop was just digging in!

A trip to London wouldn't be complete without a trip to Harrod's.
I saw thin cotton shirts for 250 pounds! And I'm sure they were cheap. I laughed at one ugly dress that I wouldn't pay ten bucks for at K-Mart and it was around 300 pounds!!

There was one clothing area that was 'appointment only' and I saw a very bored man sitting there waiting for his high maintenance wife/mistress.

We ended up with a piece of carrot cake and a brownie, and ate half of it during our walk through Hyde Park.

After walking for hours we stumbled upon the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

There's almost no signage and we were there forever before we figure it out!

If you really check this picture you can see that those bumps the kids are playing on are cement. Honestly! Cement with rushing water! I thought it looked horribly dangerous!

But once again I took advantage. This was day two of a lot of walking and my feet were killing me.

Hans joined in too.

Here's a pretty dog I saw in Hyde Park. When I asked the owner if it was a Pit Bull she said no.

She then said it was a Bull Mastiff and while the dog was friendly, the owner was not!

I'm still a little vague on the legality of some dog breeds in the UK and maybe she didn't want to be questioned!

Another dog near our hotel. I'm pretty sure it was a bully breed too.

I didn't ask!

Just up the block from our hotel was a very nice pub. We ate there at least three times.

This was Sunday (our last day) and we were so tired we never even bothered going back into London.

This is the burger that Hans had at the pub.

Double meat burger with cheese, sausage, and two eggs!!!! Along with chips!

This is why we really need to get home!! I never cook like this at the apartment.

Breakfast yesterday morning in our room.

The last of the Harrod's cakes, and coffee.

I see the Jack Daniels bottle made it into the picture but I saved it for later.

I finally got a picture of me in my Burda dress. It really did turn out nice and I hope I get to wear it again soon before I outgrow it!!


Two Pitties in the City said...

What a great whirlwind travel update. That dog totally looked American Bulldog-ish, but then again I don't know what the BSL laws are out there. You should make an occasion to wear the dress again; it looks great!

Shauna (Fido & Wino) said...

Sounds like an incredible trip- well done getting fab weather (in LONDON of all places! ;))!

becki-c said...

Looks like you had such a fabulous time! I really hope to go there some day! Are you doing any fabric shopping?

laura said...

Two Pitties, I looked Bull Mastiff up on the internet and that is NOT what her dog was!

Shauna, we couldn't have ordered better weather no matter where we were! Talk about lucky.

Becki, I thought I would find fabric in Leeds which used to be a huge textile town but I was wrong. I never saw a fabric store in London but we were so busy I didn't even try! If you ever have the chance to go you'll love it, I've found people in England to be very very nice (Except the Queen!!).

Cinquefoil said...

Hi! I only just found your blog a while ago and hope you don't mind I've been coming to read about your trip and your sewing and I have to say both soung fantastic. I love the dresses you've made. :)

As to the dog, I think it was indeed a Pit Bull and I do think there is something going on in Britain about the legality of them, so no doubt that's why the owner was a bit unfriendly.

Hope you get back home ok. :)

Katie Alender said...

The second dog looks like a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which is kind of a British "institution" (if you can call a dog an institution). But the first one is definitely not a Bullmastiff! Here is a bullmastiff.

Glad you made it home safely! Sounds like a really great trip!

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Sounds like you had a great time, and sun in London! Love your humor, and really enjoy reading your blog. Can't wait for you sailing blog.

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