For the most part, we did great in our first night in London. Everyone was in bed a asleep by 9pm local time. The girls woke up at 2am indicating that they were hungry. Fortunately, we were prepared having gone to the market and buying all sorts of good snacks. Nuts, crackers, cheese, etc. Everyone re-woke by 6am and we were headed out by 7am.
Our first stop was the Tube to buy our 7-day tickets. We are closest to Earl's Court on the District Line. We headed to Westminster for some early siteseeing:
Who doesn't like the Tube? Here is the Lodwick crew ready for a long day!
First stop was the Abby. Honestly, knew that Mara would love this place but Siena says, "I kind of like this place" (that is a complement).
The Abby opened at 9:30 so we actually walked around beforehand, got a cappuccino, visited the Dean's Yard, and the school. The girls absolutely love how all of the children are dressed for school: they remind us of the book Madeline.
Highlights of the Abby included talking to the docents about all of the people buried at Westminster including Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin! There are over 3000 people burried there in the last 1000 years since originally opened. We also spent time looking for King George I grave (Hamilton reference), only to discover that he was burried in Germany. We did find George II though!
Mara enjoying here cup of hot chocolate with "cream" and studying the map. It took her a few minutes to realize that is whipped cream in the States. Have to admit, it is super good:
After Westminster area, Mara and Dad had tickets for the Darwin Center's Spirit Collection:
This is an inexpensive tour (£10) and lasts an hour going over the collection of preserved specimines. There are over 20 million different organisms here that are studied by 350 resident scientists throughout the year. The Darwin Center is one of the largest collections in the world with some being 300+ years old (Racoon).
After the Center, Mara and I treked over to Paddington to see a friend of Dad's at the Microsoft office, Scott. The campus at Paddington Central is really exceptional, the coolness factor is off the charts!
The afternoon was spent heading out to Harry Potter Warner Brothers tour. That is worthy of its own post so stay tuned, well worth the wait!
We ended up arriving back to our hotel post-Potter at 8pm. Had late dinner like the locals. Where is Siena's food reviews anyway?
We were all up to bed by 10pm. It was an epic day of 24,000 steps (closing in on half-marathon). Night...