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The First Day

All together and the Cup begins

rain 58 °F
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Nice continental breakfast and then off to downtown.. Our pub is at the end of the green District line, so it is a bit of a haul into central london (about 30-40 minutes). And the 56 stair steps between our room and the ground proved to be ominous of the day ahead...

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This day is more of what one expects from London - cool/cold with light rain. The Tower of London (really 20 towers by the way) is packed even in the rain. I am beginning to think we pick the height of the tourism season here. Luckily we beat the crowd to the Crown Jewels and the White Tower (200+ steps) wasn't too crowded either.

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Cell phone coverage wasn't great here, but we found a place rating 4.7 for lunch, not knowing the cuisine even, but headed out into the rain... Blacklock City. It was a very fine chophouse, but had some reasonable options with fabulous service. They were very accommodating to us wet Americans that wandered in off the streets (the waiter gave us a fabulous cheesecake pudding on the house) and showed us the smallest monument in London outside of their establishment...

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St Paul's is where we meet with the physical challenge of the day - 528 steps to the top of the dome - only some of the group took up (and finished) the challenge. The church itself is rich with wonderful windows, wood carved "throne" benches, and a huge crypt.

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After a failed attempt to visit the Kew Gardens (we had an incorrect closing time) - lots of things here "soft close" about an hour before the "closing time" so the workers can actually leave close to closing - we headed back to our Pub.

We finished off the evening watching the opening game of the tournament at our pub... Oops, I need to get the bracket published (sorry, that will be late as well)...

Posted by M6-Greg 04:33 Archived in England

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