Day 1 - Transatlantic Flight and Christopher Wren's London
Our flights from Oklahoma City to Dallas and onto London was uneventful. Which is they way one would like it. We used our miles to upgrade our seats to business class - very nice. There was always plenty to drink and eat. We even got personal DVD players of the flight from Dallas to London. Lisa slept comfortably on the way to London. I wish I could have slept better, but that's the way it goes.
Here's our Dinner Menu on the flight from Dallas to London
I will let you guess what Lisa and I had for our entrees (something different for each of us). For dessert, Lisa got the Ice Cream and I got the poached pears and the cheese. The pears were terrific. Breakfast on the airplane was average.
We touched down at London Gatwick Airport and headed to passport control and customs. Since we were the first and line, we got through very quickly - a nice change. Our luggage arrived without any damage and we went to wait for our driver. He showed up a little late, which made us a little paranoid. He was a delightful English gentleman named Peter. He told us a couple of interesting stories on the way and showed us many back roads, in order to avoid the traffic.
(We arranged for a driver for the amount of 70 pounds. The drive is about 1 hour from Gatwick. The other option was to take the train for about 35 pounds, half the cost. I decided to get the driver because of the luggage. Even though Lisa and I travel extremely light, hauling what luggage we did have from the airport, to the train, through the subways of London, during the busy time of day, didn't sound very inviting. However, we are going to take the train back to Gatwick on Sunday morning, when there is a very limited number of people traveling.)
We checked into our apartment. There is a little bit on construction going on around us, but we haven't heard any noise from it. Faye meet us and showed us how a London Apartment worked. It a very nice place, two bedrooms and baths, full kitchen and a washer a dryer. I would DEFINITELY stay here again.
After settling in, we headed on to the tube. It was, of course, very crowded. I had to get off half way to our destination, Tower Hill, to get away from all the people. I think I must be getting claustrophobic in my old age. We got a 7-day travel pass, so that made our traveling very easy. Tower Hill Tube stop is across the street from the Tower of London.
We are coming here to take our first London Walks tour. The name of the tour is "The Case for Old London", which turned out to be the walk "Christopher Wren's London". We saw many of the churches designed by Christopher Wren after the Great London Fire. A very nice walk, indeed.
About Sir Christopher Wren from Yahoo!
After pondering a bit about what to do, we went to Harrod's to enjoy the food court. You wouldn't believe how cool the food court is. They have everything! We couldn't decide want to eat, so we finally choose a calzone. We got a couple of drinks and some milk and headed back to our apartment, only a block away.
After dinner, we though we would rest a bit and decide what to do next. I couldn't keep my eyes open. Even during the walk when we would sit down inside one of the churches, I keep nodding off. Oh, well. Inside of killing ourselves, we called it an evening. The first day was very short, but we would at least be well rested for the next day.