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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...


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.


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...


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.


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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