We have been in London for almost a month now. Much of the time has been spent figuring out how to navigate the city. We have rented (let) a studio flat, and many trips to the markets and “pound” stores have been required to set up housekeeping. It is kind of strange to be buying things with the knowledge that they will be abandoned the first of August. You can’t function here, using public transportation, without a shopping trolley. We look just like you would imagine, two little old people trudging up the sidewalk and onto the train or bus with our cart! Great fun!!
The Tower Bridge photo is the bridge that MacCullough thought he was buying when he bought London Bridge and moved it to Lake Havasu AZ. (At least that’s the story told here.) We took a tour on the Thames, and the long time boatman Captain told us that the bridge is considered a vessel and requires a Captain, First Mate and Engineer to raise and lower. (I think the watermen have a great union)
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The buses run every 10-12 minutes all day and on the half hour at night. Only time they are really packed with people is during commute hours. It’s great to sit in the very front of the top deck above the driver and watch the street light come within an inch of your side window. (Honest) Since the trees have fully leafed out, the neighborhood buses manage to thump a branch or two on the roof. I noticed yesterday that some of the drivers are starting to recognize us, and just wave when we start to show our passes.
We saw Monte Python’s SpamAlot at a great theatre (see, I’m becoming a Londoner with my spelling) The performance was great, “laughedAlot”. The theatre has been restored recently and is very nice. Has two or three bars and a seat vendor for intermission.