Paying for potty stops, 007’s garage, and dodging traffic on Abbey Road


The Nomad working on Kenan, her novel releasing May 31

The Nomad working on Kenan, her novel releasing May 31

We are coming off our first day in London, and man are my feet tired! We covered a lot of ground in a few hours.The train ride into London from Carlisle was uneventful, which was nice. It gave The Nomad and me and chance to look over some parts of the newest Crosshair Press novel that is releasing soon.

And The Nomad also got time to take a nap. For a while in there, we were just listening to random soundtrack music too. I have to say I’ve missed quiet travel with my buddy here.

We got in to the London Euston station without any difficulty and we girls made a rush stop in the ladies room. I’d forgotten about the pay-to-use toilets in the train stations here. It’s 30p for a potty stop (that’s 30 pence, which is roughly translated 50 cents).

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After our pit stop, we dove into the London Underground like we knew what we were doing. We made it to Victoria Station easily and spent a bit of time wandering around to find the right door to exit, but we found our way to the Dover Hotel quickly. It’s a great location. And even though it’s a little pricey, since there are four of us staying here, it’s beyond reasonable. Plus, it’s close to a grocery store. So win-win-win for us! Even if it were really expensive, it’s worth it staying so close to Central London.

And, surprise! There are four beds! So nobody has to share! That was a bonus!

We popped down to the grocery store for sandwich stuff and ate a quick lunch while we planned our afternoon. Since we purchased London Passes and they don’t go into effect until tomorrow, we wanted to hit some places that weren’t covered today, namely the London Film Museum and Abbey Road.

astinmartinWe found out that if we printed a voucher and presented our train tickets, we could get a buy 1 get 1 free deal at the London Film Museum. So with a bit of finesse and a lot of patience, we got our vouchers printed (thanks to The Ginger who went up and asked the front desk guy to print stuff because I was too introverted). And so we all got into the museum for 7.50 GBP.

And the special exhibit going on right now? Bond in Motion. That’s right. It’s an exhibit on 007 cars and other vehicles from all the years of James Bond movies!! The Padre was like a kid in a candy shop. I wasn’t able to get photos since my camera is still out of commission and my phone was almost dead. But the others did. I’m certain photos will surface soon.

The exhibit was outrageously awesome.

Abbey Road Studios, London, England

Abbey Road Studios, London, England

Then, we braved rush hour in the tube to get out to St. John’s Wood station out in Zone 2 so that we could walk to Abbey Road Studios, so The Padre could get his photograph walking across the famous intersection just like his favorite band.

Again, photos of this momentous event will be forthcoming.

But after that was done, we were exhausted and starving. Only cereal and sandwiches all day. So we stopped in at a pub across the street, The Marquis, and had dinner. Oh my goodness. Fish and chips! Extremely good. The Ginger and The Nomad had bangers and mash, which is the British way to say sausages and mashed potatoes. But their sausages were made from wild boar!

Not even joking.

The Padre accused them of eating Pumbaa.

After we were finished, we stopped at the store and bought some ice cream, and we raided the breakfast room at the hotel for spoons (yes, I asked permission). And while we ate our ice cream, we planned our day tomorrow.

Today was amazingly nice. Sunshine and blue skies. It was even warm! You didn’t need a jacket. But it sounds like tomorrow is going to be cold and rainy, so we’re aiming for indoor attractions tomorrow. Probably Westminster Abbey and the Churchill War Rooms, along with the British Museum, Covent Garden, and maybe Buckingham Palace as we’re on our way back to the hotel.

We’ll be hitting the store for sandwich stuff early tomorrow morning, after breakfast. The hotel will let us use their refrigerator, so that’s handy.

All in all, it was a great day. We saw a lot and did a lot, and tomorrow’s going to be even busier! We’ll check in with better photographs as soon as I can get them!

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