Got up early and and went for a run.
Ran by all the major sites and even found some new ones that I hadn't seen yet. It was very cool to run around and see so many historical sites. I ran on pavement, I ran on grass, I ran on gravel, I ran on cobblestone streets, I ran in front of places, I ran by castles, I ran along narrow streets that normal cars couldn't drive down and across some of the most famous bridges in the world. It was the most cultured 6 miles I've ever run.
After getting back to the hotel and taking a shower, I decided there were 2 more things that I wanted to see. I told Jeannie she could stay and relax, but she elected to go with me. She would regret that later in the day.
The first place we went to was easy to find. It was 221b Baker Street.
The home to Sherlock Holmes.
The Tube station had all kinds of Holmes decorations in it.
It was fun to see them pick up the theme and run with it.
There were also all kinds of signs pointing the way.
We went into the store and it was very cool.
Afterward, we went and had a nice English lunch. Jeannie got the Englishman's Breakfast. An egg, roasted tomato, mushrooms sausage, back bacon, toast, beans and a hashbrown.
We then set out to find Abbey Road. Abbey Road is, of course, home to Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles recorded their albums and the site of one of their most famous album covers.
I looked it up ahead of time and everyone said it was tricky to find. We walked down Circus Road, but couldn't find the Abbey Crossroad anywhere.
I looked on my map, but couldn't figure out why I couldn't find it. With no gps or internet, we were really having a tough time. A woman came up and asked us what we were looking for and to our relief, gave us directions.
Unfortunately, she sent us in the complete wrong direction.
Finally, I found a wi-fi signal and google maps showed me where to go.
However, it was also wrong.
Frustrated, we trudged along. We had found the Abbey Road, we just couldn't find the studio or the crosswalk. Making it worse was the fact that London went into daylights savings time last night. By 5pm, it was completely dark.
Finally, after searching for it for 90 minutes we found it.
Look at the photo below. It kind of looks like the ghost of George Harrison is about to pass by me.
We took the obligatory crossing the crosswalk photos and headed back to the tube so we could finally get back to our hotel.
As we walked back I saw what the problem had been. In a couple different spots, Abbey Road becomes Grove End Road and/or West End Lane and/or Quex Road.
What was supposed to have been a quick trip to see 2 fun sites turned into an all day affair.
Glad we did it though.
Before going to the hotel we stopped to get some snacks. I love British candy bars. They have great names.
Sometimes they just want to keep it simple.
It's a snack!
Sometimes your candy bar is so fun, it's an all out picnic.
This one probably tastes like whisky, dusty shoes and urine.
Tomorrow, we fly back to Chicago. We'll be home late tomorrow night.
It's been an awesome trip.
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