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Day 4 - August 17th 2010

A Royal Day

semi-overcast 65 °F
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Ok - so I've still not posted pictures but will try and stay up late enough to do so. Here's a recap of today's outing.

We woke up and after realizing someone left the milk sitting out all night, decided we should go out for breakfast before hopping on the train into the City. So we had some grub at a local place where the waitress, we think was Russian b/c she certainly wasn't English and didn't understand anything we said. But after several attempts got a gluten-free omelet for Elaina, bacon sandwich for Allan Michael and myself and Mom decided to try out the Full English breakfast (eggs, bacon (which is more like ham), beans, tomatoes and mushrooms and toast). She didn't finish her plate, bad girl. We also were able to get in and out so we could make the train as we had to be there for a certain event. The changing of the guards.

Changing of the Guards - we made it to the Palace area but then couldn't figure out which street to stand on but ended up being on a street where the guards walked right past (we didn't see the horses up close) but could see the guards marching.

Buckingham Palace- next we went on tour of the Palace. The kids enjoyed it as much as we did. Very, very beautiful.

Next we walked up Picadilly street (walked through the Park Lane Hotel and asked concierge for lunch recommendation - and he sent us through a back alley I would never have picked and we popped out in a square in the middle of two busy streets with lots of cafe's. We settled on a French one and had a very nice leisurely lunch.)

Then after lunch we just walked and walked. We went by Picadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Convent Garden. More performers and things to see at Convent Garden. And would you believe the same street performer we had seen on Monday was at the Convent Garden at same time we walked up. He was really amazing. (RIchard something). Then we wandered around and found a street artist. Kids begged and begged so I gave in. And he drew their portrait one at the time on same page. It took about 30 min each and cost 30 pounds (but I tipped him). It is well worth it. People kept stopping by and saying how wonderful it was. Hopefully you all can see it some day. I will definitely have it framed and hung in the house. It's really fantastic and certainly worth the money we paid. It's a charcoal and the eyes and character he captured was really something. I don't think Allan Michael has ever sat that still before for that long. We saw some more entertainers then walked and walked back to Waterloo Station and back home.

Sorry I can't write more but it's late and I am going to try and upload a few pictures before settling down. We head out for Brighton tomorrow.

Posted by agilsenan 16:28 Archived in England Tagged family_travel

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I was just checking email before bed and there were your 2 blogs and pictures.You did a terrific job on your blog and pictures were great. Glad that you are all seeing so much,and that you were able to see the crown jewels before closing.
Can't wait to see the portrait of the kids..
Give them a hug from us and hello to your mom.

by Mary

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