Tuesday, September 13, 2011

things I did in London

 Ate really good food. Often. We had our priorities.
(Everybody, this is my oft-mentioned friend Robyn. Robyn, meet everybody.)

 Walked almost off the plane into Liberty. We ain't crazy.

Took an open topped bus tour of the city. Hilarious...

 ...because of our lovely and very witty guide, Samantha from Scotland. Now I know the gruesome history of why we say "God bless you" when someone sneezes.

 Went to Portobello Market in Notting Hill. Very good. I recommend browsing with a Belgian waffle in one hand and a big ol' coffee in the other.


 Walked around town and saw random cool stuff. Discussed how much we'd insure our legs for.

 Notice the strange quality about this photo? Yes, that's sunlight in London.

 This is the future me and Robyn on our 45th girl trip. Aren't we cute?

 Took a tour of the Tower of London. Lucked into another guide who continually cracked us up. Perhaps there's a secret Guild of Her Majesty's Larking Tour Guides they belong to. We saw the crown jewels and found out that the golden spoon is in fact not for a pre-coronation bowl of Wheaties.

 Took a lovely Thames River cruise and saw the highlights from the water. Sights of London were once again upstaged by the stand up comedian who was posing as our ship's captain.

 Caught the last part of Evensong at Westminster Abbey. Beautiful house of worship, beautiful music. Beautiful reminder to be still and know that He is God.

 Took the bus to Oxford. Wowee. Gorgeous town.

 Took pictures of my toilet in Jamie's Italian. It's a Crapper. (snicker) It's a Venerable Crapper. (explosive snorting behind hand) Oh, yeah, the food was great too.

 Toured the grounds and tried to imagine what it would be like to actually attend Oxford. Lucky, that's what.

 Saw some really cute handmade crafts for sale there, by Wawaya. Look, their hands are in their pockets. Love the stripey tails. Robyn adopted a couple for her kiddos.

Met a kind woman from Phoenix who was serious about getting just the right shot of us in front of the Radcliffe Camera. (If you read The Historian, you'll know I'm this close to seeing crucial documents about Vlad the Impaler. So close. But still about 5000 pages away from the climax. I seriously thought that book was never going to end.)

 Went to the site of the first coffee house in England and had...yes, tea! It was very very good tea, with hot fruit scones and lots of clotted cream and jam. It was just what we needed on a chilly day. Here's me trying to get a trick shot in the mirror. Fail.

And yes, another shot of the toilet. But, see, it was funny. Flood. ha.

 Laughter that ensued after Robyn's hair caught fire. You'll have to ask her about that one. I think she is actually saying in this shot "Thanks for saving my life."

 Luminaries greeted us each evening along the halls at the Charing Cross Hotel. We couldn't have asked for a better location in central London. Well done, Robyn! I bow to you. Thanks for all the research and legwork.

 No, the wind and rain is NOT getting us down as we cross the Millennium Bridge. That's the Tate Modern in the background there. What an...interesting collection. Great fun to browse.

 This is me as I almost expire before getting to the galleries in St. Paul's. It is not for the feeble or for anyone who gets claustrophobia or vertigo.

 Here's me attempting to take my own picture at Buckingham Palace. I made several botched attempts. Gah. Look kinda tired.

 And this is the picture taken by the Bobby you see in the first picture above. Yes, I was so pathetic that he stepped over the metal car bomb barrier and volunteered. Wasn't that sweet?

 Aw, look at him on the right there. What a nice guy. Thanks, Mr. Policeman!

 Then as I was standing there, I dumb lucked into the changing of the guard. How 'bout that for my last few moments of sightseeing in London? Brilliant!

Not pictured:
British Museum (the whirlwind tour),
St. Paul's (no pictures allowed, besides the one I snuck on the stairs of death),
The 39 Steps (Great show).


  1. Ahh, how nice to know what you look like and thanks for giving us a tour! I feel ashamed, I really should go see all those things on my door step that you have seen!

  2. What an awesome trip! Thanks for sharing! Great photos... especially the nice clean toilets. :) My favorite, though, was the future you and Robyn. Cracked me up. :)

  3. Promise me next trip you'll take me along as you look like you had sooooo much fun. I can't decide which I like more Oxford or London. Both are great for different reasons.

    I love the pic of your future selves :)

  4. I lived in Oxford for the last six years. Just moved to the south coast in July. Glad you liked the town. It is one of the most beautiful places for architecture I've ever been to.

  5. So glad you had a wonderful trip!!! The pictures are delightful and I love the Rules!!! London is my FAVORITE city and I've been quite a few times and every time is a new experience for me. Pubs and cream teas are my favorites! Thanks for the memories!!! I was in London last year and won't be able to go back for a few years so the pictures remind me of how much I love it!!! Thank you again!!!

  6. Thank you for sharing, sounds like an incredible experience! Also thank you for the tips in your previous post, I hope I get to use them one day :)

  7. I've never been to England ~ thanks for the tour ! looks like you had a fabulous trip !!!

    What did you buy at Liberty !?! You MUST share :)

  8. Hi! Greetings from Finland! I love your works! They are wonderful, fanny... It's so nice to find crafters, quilters from the other side of the world!
    Have a nice day!

  9. Thanks for the tour, and the little tidbits of info! You really lucked out on the tourguides - the right one can really make a difference!

    Would have loved to hear about the 39 Steps playing in London. The theatre I work at is just about to put it on in a couple of weeks. Holy cow the characters and changes! WOW! Wish I could have seen it in London too! :)

  10. Thanks, y'all. Maybe I'll be really lucky and get to return one day. I'd love to see more of the English countryside, plus Scotland, Ireland, Wales...

    Nest full of eggs, you'll be looking at what I bought tomorrow on the blog, never fear.

    Hi, Ullan tilkut, welcome and thanks! Greetings to you from Atlanta, GA.

    Rella Ray, The 39 Steps was very funny and it was incredible all the characters (and accents) played by just four actors, so funny too when the quick changes didn't seem to go as planned (which was planned I'm sure) and all the corny word plays on Hitchcock films. It was just the dose of lightness and laughter we needed. Good luck putting it on!

  11. I too recently finished "The historian" - and yes, it did go on a long time... but I finished it, because that is what I do - finish books. :)

  12. So pleased you had a great trip Larissa (and coped with the language) - you certainly packed a lot in. And yes, Liberty's would have been my first visit too - though its craft department is sadly diminished. The basement used to be absolutely magical!

  13. Great recap, Larry. Even if you did share the hair fire incident. You loved that, didn't you? ;)

  14. Robyn, why would I love that? I am grateful it did end up just being funny though, as opposed to a hair tragedy.

  15. Ann...you mean it used to be bigger and better? Wow. Sorry I missed that!


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