The Union Jack flying all over London

Wow!!!  Taking the Eurostar through the Chunnel is great!  It’s a very smooth ride, the seats are very comfortable, and you’re there in a very short time….. 2 1/2 hours Paris to central London.  Today started with a slight rain.  When we arrived in London we had to wait for our hotel room and of course, it was rainy and blistery.  Winds were blowing and we must have been around 60 degrees compared to yesterday’s 90 degrees…. talk about a change!

What to have for lunch?  Why fish and chips at a local pub, right?  And that’s just the way it went.  We found a nice out of the way pub called Two Chairmen very close to Trafalgar Square.  Here’s my pic of the Square with Admiral Nelson looking great among the fluffy clouds.

Just before we had lunch we stopped by the Queen’s Palace…. and yes, apparently she was there this week because the royal banner was flying high.  I spoke to one of the “Event Coordinators” who was pleased as punch to tell me why the Mall was closed until the end of September and what activities were planned.  Apparently, there are several races planned on the street including the Marathon during the Olympics.  Here’s the view:


Buckingham Palace


The Mall and preparations


And finally, they just put up the Olympic Rings on the Tower Bridge earlier this week and I think I got a great shot of the bridge and the wonderful sky above.



It was short stay in London but always worth the visit.  We ended the day with a visit to a great Chinese restaurant called Hakkasan.  The food is terrific, they have wonderful cocktails and the vibe is intense….. everyone’s having a great time.

So Anette, we almost missed the train this morning waiting for you and Faisal to show up and join us on the Eurostar…. where were you?  What a great time we would have had.  You both would have loved Hakkasan and the entire scene there.

So, that’s it for tonight…. I know, it’s a short blog but we’re back on the run tomorrow early to catch the train back to Paris… I’m sure I’ll have a few more food pics tomorrow when we go to a special Parisian landmark.  Until then, Cheerio from London!

6 Responses

  1. Adrienne

    I am happy you got some blue sky pictures. The rings on the Tower Bridge are awesome.

    June 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

  2. Emil and Raya

    The Olympic rings look amazing! What a photo. Can’t wait to hear about and see photos from L’atelier. Are you going to have the mashed potatoes?
    Thoroughly enjoying the blog every evening. Everything is fine on the home front.

    June 29, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  3. Bill & Penny

    Hi Marc and Rich,

    We’re going to G. B’s today. Wish you were here, but we know you don’t! We are really enjoying your trip. The pictures are great. Sounds fabulous. What fun!

    Penny and Bill

    June 30, 2012 at 10:53 am

  4. Tinting

    Le garbage est dans La Rue Lambert. La Maison et le jardiniere est tres bien. Les photos est magnifiqu. Arvoir mosieurs

    July 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    • Anonymous

      You are too funny! Je suis content que tout va bien chez Lambert Drive!I

      July 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

  5. Marcia

    Great shots! Finally had time to really look at everything. Glad you are having a great time. All is well here. Who knows maybe someday Robin and I will go to London, if not we’ll all just go to Australia.

    July 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

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