Thanksgiving Day


The "Full English Monty" breakfast looks like this-- Not quite the Full Monty I was expecting.  We did see a version of Ben & Jerry's ice cream for sale called "The Full VerMonty."  I will have to look for it here in the states.

The "Full English Monty" breakfast looks like this-- Not quite the Full Monty I was expecting. We did see a version of Ben & Jerry's ice cream for sale called "The Full VerMonty." I will have to look for it here in the states.

Thursday started with a tube ride to King’s Crossing Station, where we visited Platform 9 3/4. I even took some pictures, so take a look!

This entrance to the Cabinet War Rooms did not exist during World War II.

This entrance to the Cabinet War Rooms did not exist during World War II.

After Harry Potter, we wandered to look at #10 Downing Street, but couldn’t get very close to the house due to security. The Prime Minister’s house was very close to our next destination, the Cabinet War Rooms, where Churchill hung out during World War II. The Cabinet War Rooms were well worth the trip–highly recommended.

We managed to finish our tour, leaving us 40 minutes to kill before the ferry would take us to Greenwich, so we wandered around, and found a bookstore where MT bought some books–I managed to restrain myself, but barely. After that we traded in our passes and got our “River Red Rover” for all day river travel on City Cruises. An hour after boarding the boat we arrived in Greenwich.

Interestingly, along the way we had a mini-tour from the crew, and we went past the Mayflower Pub–which had Timbers from the original Mayflower in its construction. It didn’t occur to us until later, but this was actually highly appropriate for Thanksgiving Day.

Once in Greenwich, we went to the Royal Observatory — Where time began, and I made a point of being both east and west at once. The museum was really good and really interesting–it was well worth the trip–even if I didn’t get to stand on the prime meridian and be in two hemispheres at once.

We then had dinner (for some dumb reason like–“why not?”) at a Tex-Mex restaurant in Greenwich. It was a big mistake.

Here it is: the Gloucester.

Here it is: the Gloucester.

That was followed by a beer at the Gloucester Bar in Greenwich. This was the gay bar featured in the movie “Beautiful Thing” < related sites: sony classics | imbd | popcorn q | official site | beautiful-thing.com | NYC Production >, and was directly across from the Observatory Grounds. We had to leave early because we had evening plans, so unfortunately we didn’t hit the pub during prime time.

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For our last evening in England we went to see “The Royal Family” featuring Judi Dench at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. . The play was enjoyable — we were in the second balcony, so we were way up there, although there were worse seats in the house.

Afterwards we ate a late dinner, and then returned to the hotel, where I achieved my goal of finishing the first Harry Potter book, and then went to sleep. MT also finished the book she was working on.

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