Sunday, March 6, 2011

Seeing the Sights

This weekend was nice - we did everything. We took off walking on Saturday afternoon with the end target being a German restaurant called Zeitgeist, and we took lots of stops at typical London sights along the way.

Our first stop was at Trafalgar Square. Eric loved that there was a pirate ship in a bottle that was probably 20 feet long. There was also some kind of feminist benefit show (?) going on, so we didn't stay long.

As we left Trafalgar Square and headed towards St. James' Park, the sun came out. This was the first time, since we have been in London, that Eric had taken a walk in a sunny park. We took our time in the sun. We stopped at Inn the Park (a really tasty restaurant) and got some ginger beer and a crispy apple cinnamon muffin. we strolled along in the sunshine until we got to Buckingham Palace.

Eric and I decided that we would not want the job of a palace guard. They just stood there with their hat strap pressing between their lip and chin, and every few minutes, they got to - very rigidly - walk about 20m, switch the hand their gun was in, then stand back in the exact same position for another 15 minutes or so.

The sunshine didn't last all day.
We walked by Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey; took pictures; and went to the German restaurant, or pub, rather. The St. Pauli vs. Nuremberg game was playing on a German TV channel. We had some delicious schnitzel and went on our way.

Eric is so good at taking pictures, even if it is with his phone.
To get home, we caught a ferry at the London Eye. As we walked under a bridge towards the London eye, it was like we were walking into a carnival. That was the most touristy part of London I had ever seen - there were even bumper cars. The river was nice, we got off at London Bridge, then the second best part of the weekend (besides walking in the sunny park with Eric) happened - I got Burnt Sugar honeycomb candy...for free.

At about 5 o'clock, when Borough Market was closing up, we stopped by the Burnt Sugar stand and asked if we could get some honeycomb candy (even though it was mostly already packed up). After I quickly put some in my bag, and I tried to pay, the guy said, "Na, don't worry about it."

When we got home, I made Eric some Spezi (a German drink consisting of Diet Coke and Orange Fanta), then Eric and I spent the rest of the night bumming around watching The West Wing. Best. Day. (in London) Ever.


  1. I don't understand why there are still feminist groups. Whatever. I AM super happy for Eric to have gotten some sunshine. Hope this next weekend is super good too.

  2. More amazing adventures. I know it was an older post, but those pictures of Somerset were BEAUTIFUL! That would probably be my favorite place. Just like a Jane Austin novel. I'm glad you're keeping busy.
    PS we got your check today