London, August 2009

I just can't seem to get enough of the Royal Wedding. Its 11PM and I am watching all the shows BBC can ever come up around the royalty, like 'How Harry went from zero to hero?', 'Why Katie was nick-named Katie Waity' and so on. Are you watching the wedding? Its already on my DVR and I intend to watch it Friday night with my daughter and her friends. While on the topic of England, here is a page from my travel diary republished.

August 2009, London

It rained the day we landed and had the chance to experience an “English Summer Evening”. Right after the rains, we went on a nice stroll through the neighborhoods in suburban South Hampton. We tried to do nothing touristy, just the local churches, neighborhood stores and the pub where M’s cousin played chess. We ended the day with dinner at an Indian restaurant. It is true; the curry recipes taste much better in UK than in US.

In the next couple of days, we managed to see Madame Tussauds, London eye, the big red bus, cruise on Thames, Buckingham palace, St. James Park, West Minister Abbey, Big Ben, the Parliament House, Trafalgar square and the National Museum.

We ended our hectic days with a leisure picnic dinner at Hyde Park with food from Mark & Spencer. What’s a London trip without a visit to the pub. Just so you know, they serve beer at room temperature.

We also spent an entire day with my best buddy from high-school and her family in Sutton.

Travel Tips

We stayed in Mercure chain of hotels in London and Paris. Was a good place and worth the $$$. We did not want to carry all of our baggage to Paris, so we checked it in, at the Waterloo station. Later we found that most hotels offer that service (even after you check out) as well.

Public transportation is great but pricy. Staying closer to the attractions can save $$ in transportation.

With younger kids it helps to stay closer to the attractions. We stayed near the London tower.

What can I say about the London cabbies that you already don’t know? Cabs worked out well for us especially at the end of the day with tired kids; as we stayed close to the attractions.

Food is expensive; so see if you can get a hotel with breakfast included.

Unlike US, there are tons of options for vegetarians.

Google's street view came in handy to check out the place. I would advise not to over do it, like us as the place looked familiar when we went there.
We dined in restaurants a couple of times. For the rest of the meals, we bought food/snacks from Mark and Spencer. The quality, flavor and freshness is unlike anything I’ve seen in US.


Bikramjit April 27, 2011 at 2:31 AM  

:) you found transport expensive , I thought it was cheaper then most and the underground is so reliable and fast ...

Now marks and spencer food , Well I guess you are rich :) now that is expensive food here he he he ... lovely pic and this side the whole country is awaiting friday I plan to gate crash the party ...


Tanvi April 27, 2011 at 7:30 AM  

oh! London. I miss is more than anything :) Great travel tips!

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Ciccia April 29, 2011 at 1:03 PM  

I watched it too with my daughter...we're now watching the reruns in fact. I loved the dress. I've been to London several times and it's such a lovely city. What I like most is that you can find any kind of food there. Here we only find Sicilian food. In Palermo though we get Indian spices and even Indian food in little food stalls. I'm following you from Trapani, Sicily. I see you live in Texas. I grew up in New York, in the Italian area of the Bronx.

Aparna May 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM  

Very nice write up, Geeta. It's great you maitain such travel journals. I've always wanted to UK. Let's see how things turn out.

Too bad Osama hogged all the limelight now. I hardly saw anything about the royal wedding the last 3-4 days except ofcourse on E!.

I hope you had a good time watching the wedding with your daughter and her friends.

Indie.Tea May 7, 2011 at 10:17 AM  

The travel journals are a great idea. Nice tips :)
Hope you enjoyed the royal wedding too...

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