Before boarding the ship for our cruise to Norway, my husband and I spent a week in London. It was our “first” trip to the UK (once on a European cruise we stopped in Dover for the day). We stayed at a hotel in Trafalgar Square, a nice, central location, and did all the tourist things.
We went to the British Museum, the Tower of London (saw the crown jewels), the Tower Bridge, the Shard, Kensington Palace, Harrods department store, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, and Winston Churchill’s War Room (the basement that served as his command center when Germany was bombing London in WWII). We ate sausage and mash and fish and chips from local pubs. We walked, and we rode the Tube.
Of course, Alien Mate went along, too!
Everyone says London/England is cold in winter. It was chilly, but the weather wasn’t unlike what we have in southern Missouri in winter, highs in the 30s & 40s. Drizzly, but not bad.
Here are some photos of the highlights, some taken by my husband, some by me.
A moody view of the Tower Bridge
Alien Mate at the Tower Bridge
Alien Mate at the Tower of London
Monkey statues at the Tower of London.
Two live ravens. (Love this photo. DH took it).
The River Thames. The tall building is the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. We went to the top!
Alien Mate went to the top of the Shard.
Another view from the Shard.
We went to see Harrods department store. This is the stairwell. We expected Harrods to be like Neiman Marcus. Uh, no. Harrods makes Neiman Marcus look like Walmart. The wealth is at a level even millionaires would find hard to comprehend.
We toured the public areas of Kensington Palace. They had an exhibit of Princess Diana’s dresses.
At the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. The mews houses the queen’s coaches. (Buckingham Palace itself is closed to visitors until July when the queen leaves to go to Scotland.)
Here’s a coach you don’t get to sit on.
Alien Mate who? The iconic red phone booth.
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Alien Mate…falsely convicted, sentenced to life as an alien’s mail order bride…
I’m Starr Elizabeth Conner. Earth’s government falsely convicted me of a crime, packed me on a ship with other female felons, and sent us to Dakon, a primitive, frozen wasteland of a planet. Why? Earth needs minerals, and Dakon is desperate for females.
But I’m no barbarian’s ‘mail order bride,’ even if he is super tall, muscular, and the chief of his tribe. He doesn’t want a BBW blonde, either–it’s written all over his chiseled face. He’ll be truly angry if he ever learns what my ‘crime’ was.
I am Torg. I have waited 34 rotations for a mate of my own. With this shipment, I was sure to get a fine, sturdy mate who’ll bear me many daughters. Instead, I receive a small, curvy, pale-haired female who looks at me with anger and fear.
It is only when we ‘kiss’ that I believe things may work out between us. But I’m hearing rumors that Starr and her shipmates are law-breakers. To survive, Dakonians must obey all laws … or be exiled into the frozen wasteland. Just when I have found her, will I have to send my mate to die?
Alien Mate 2: Alien Attraction is coming soon!
Last, but not least, I spotted this airport “ambulance” at Heathrow.