So sayeth Samuel Johnson
05.05.2014 - 06.05.2014 13 °C
Samuel Johnson coined this phrase several hundred years ago and the saying still holds true to this very day. Having last been here 35 years ago I can attest to the fact that the subway still has the same stops, Big Ben still chimes like clockwork and the pubs still serve great food and cold beer.
After a restful night for most of us we awoke to sunny skies, a bank holiday and a wealth of things to do on our free day. Bec, our tour leader led the Group for their first trip on the "Tube". Armed with a one day Tube pass some were off to see the Queen and the changing of the Guards. Yes, the queen was home but not out and about. Another group heeded for the 30 minute trip around the London Eye. And for some it was a chance to explore on foot, above ground so as to not miss a shopping opportunity.
London on a Bank Holiday with a sunny day is a rarity according to locals so it seems like EVERYONE was out to enjoy the day. The students got a first hand look at a VERY busy city. In addition, the Circle and District lines of the subway were closed prompting many of us to use our critical thinking skills to remap a route to the next attraction.
Some of us were working, researching different window displays for Marketing class, taking those all important iconic photos for Geography class, comparing customer service differences between Selfridges and Harrods and sampling a variety of different gins (yes, including Bathtub Gin) for a Wines and Spirits class.
Tonight we dined in the Covent Garden area prior to our theatre date at the Drury Lane Theatre.
Tonight's show was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a favorite childhood book and two versions of the movie. There is nothing like a live play in the London Theater District and the show did not disappoint, a fabulously colourful play with outstanding special effects, including a flying booth near the end of the play that hovered at eye level for those of us in the balcony. There were a few people who may have nodded off temporarily due to the jet lag.
The Wifi has been a bit of a challenge here so if you haven't heard from your traveller that may be the reason or it may be be that they are all out exploring London to see if they can make a liar out of Samuel Johnson.
We are leaving early tomorrow for a long travel day, heading to continental Europe, the White Clifffs of Dover and Amsterdam!