My last day in London, I took the train to Cambridge… The weather was all over the place… cloudy, rainy, sunny.  It made for some fun photography in this picturesque town.                            

Kings Cross Station & Platform 9 ¾

My friend lives right next to King’s Cross Station.  So, I was super excited to fake a Harry Potter “Platform 9 ¾” Kodak moment. To my very pleasant surprise, King’s Cross Station actually HAS a platform 9 ¾!   OMG OMG OMG!!!      Attempting to push my cart through….     Attempting running leap!  Nope, not a wizard.  🙁

“Waiting for Godot” on the West End

Continuing a weekend of great theatre, we went to see Samuel Beckett’s "Waiting for Godot" with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. Before the trip, I considered reading “Waiting for Godot,” but decided not to. In hindsight, I really wish I had – I didn’t process a lot of the play’s themes until afterwards. So, now I wish I could see it again. Another trip to London maybe?  🙂 Anyways, it was a great show. McKellan has this way of always completely becoming his characters. I loved seeing him disappear into the sensual, simple, smelly Estragon. Oh, and Patrick Stewart was …

London, Paris, Nice

Tomorrow, I take off for Europe!   The first weekend, I’ll be in London visiting friends.  During the week, the plan is to train down to Paris and then meet up with a friend in Nice.   I’ve never been to France before, and am REALLY looking forward to it.  Plus, my friend got tickets for “Waiting for Godot” with  Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in London.   I can’t wait. Fast Facts London 1 pound = 1.6465 USD Low 80F, Sunny Noon in Seattle =  7pm (UTC + 1) Paris 1 Euro = 1.4022 USD Mid 80F, Sunny Noon in …

Cheerio Loves!

Smashing holiday in London!   More soon, long flight – quite zonked. Cheers! (Look Mom, I can speak British!)   me, in front of parliament

London Eye

The view from the London Eye at sunset was lovely….  the ferris wheel thames river     eye from above     parliament   liane and me

Around London

attempting to punch policeman outside of buckingham palace.      westminister abbey was closed again.  (it was also closed the last time i was in london.)  fortunately, i was able to get in early monday before my flight.  the poets’ corner was my favorite.     black cabbies in front of buckingham palace   gratuitous tourist shot     eye on the thames   liane, raaj, & patella on millennium bridge


I usually ponder my next trip for a while, before I buy a ticket. About 3 weeks ago, though, a high school friend IM’ed me at work.  I was mid work email, so I was ignoring him.  :)  And then he wrote something like, “I was talking to Liane last night… and we’re thinking of doing a long weekend in London.  Flights are cheap.  Wanna come?” My initial reaction, was… are you guys crazy?   But, I checked and there was a direct flight from Seattle for $530.  We figured out we could get free hotel on Starwood points.  The trip …