Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cheers Mate!

Good Tuesday morning everyone.

Rob here back from my vacation to the UK.

I'm happy to be back, but the trip was awesome.

I went over the pond for the wedding reception of Amy Fish and her husband Nick.

She's from around here. He is English but they met in Hyde Park.

We were able to spend a few days in London where there is a significant historical building around every corner. In fact our hotel was just a block from St. Paul's Cathedral. It is the second largest dome in the world to St. Peter's at the Vatican.

We did all the touristy stuff. We checked out the London Tower and the Tower Bridge two sights worth the money. London isn't cheap but you can tour the London Tower for about 20 GBP (about 32 dollars). You can stay for as long as you want and learn about kings, queens and see where they lived and ruled. It also has the crown jewels on display, There you can see the Great Star of Africa. At nearly 55-0 carats, it was at one time the largest polished diamond in the world. After the London Tower you can take a quick walk to the Tower Bridge. Probably one of the most famous bridges in the world. For no money, you can walk across and snap a few pictures. Most people, me among them, confuse it with the London Bridge which is actually up river a bit and pretty unremarkable. We also checked out Big Ben, the Eye of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Globe Theater. We took a double decker bus tour and ride down the River Thames. Surprisingly, it is about the same size as the Ohio. The major difference: it is salt water and has a high and low tide. We did visit the English countryside. More on that in a future blog. We also took in some great meals and some bad ones. A lot more on that coming up.


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