Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Our First Day in London

We landed at Heathrow at around 9:30 this morning. The flight was on time which was good. After 6 hours wedged into an economy seat, trying not very successfully to sleep, I was ready to get off.

We had a minor complication when our Tube line went out of service during our journey in from Heathrow. Fortunately we were able to switch to an alternate line and eventually reach our destination.

Today was a nice sunny day. We walked up to Kensington Gardens this afternoon and had tea and cake in the Orangery. This large bright room in a building near Kensington Palace was once used to grow orange trees. Tea in the Orangery was on Cathy's bucket list.

The approach to the Orangery.

Inside the Orangery.

Kensington Palace has a long royal history, with it most recently being the home of Charles and Dianna. The gardens around the palace are impressive.

One area had hundreds of red balls hanging from the foliage. Each ball contained a brief message or poem. Odd, but interesting.

One complication today has been my cell phone. I was assured that it was not locked by Gordon at Bell Aliant. Not locked means that I should be able to install a UK pay-as-you-go SIM card giving the phone a UK phone number. Unfortunately, the phone is locked and I can't use the UK SIM card. I'll try to get the phone sorted over the next few days.

I should mention the riots. Fortunately we are staying in Kensington area. There have been no problems near us. However Londoners are clearly upset and worried. A number of stores, even here, closed early today so that there employees could get home before any potential trouble. We have have stayed near our hotel tonight, just to be on the safe side.

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