UK Travel Blog part 1 of 2 (page 14 has part 2)
Business Trip 2008, London and Brussels
Paid Consultant for Law Firm
I love my job
Left Wilmington Sunday night at 6PM. Only slept about four hours on the plane. Got to watch the sun come up, but then dipped below the clouds.
Arrived in London Monday morning around 8AM but they wouldn't let me into the country. Just kidding! Caught a train to the area of my hotel. Walked about two blocks and checked into my room. At the time it wasn't raining so I walked to Saint Pauls Cathedral, checked on the location for my business meeting, and took a quick peak at the millenium bridge (although the St. Pauls picture is from today).
I came back to the room to get additional warm clothing and then it started raining. Rain and jet lag made me tired so I took a nap. After the nap I did a self guided walking tour of London.
"London Eye" pictured here with a Dali statue
"London Eye" looking back from Westmintster Bridge
Big Ben and the House of Parliment (notice the wet pavement)
Saw Westminster Abbey, St. James's Park, and went down to Buckingham Palace.
Heres a cool tree from St. James's Park
From there I walked back to Trafalgar Square at which point it was dark and starting to rain so me and my sore feet caught a cab back to the hotel.
Enjoy this video of my cab ride with the chatty golf enthusiast. He was really nice. Notice the rain and the fact that he is driving on the wrong side of the road. Gee wiz!
Several choices for local restaurant, but there was a sushi place calling my name so no traditional English food for me the first night. Came back to the room, worked on email, then called it a night.Woke up Tuesday and found only a tea maker in the room.
Headed to Starbucks (which are everywhere here by the way).Communicaion problem with the english speaking girl so I ended up with a Decaf Latte. Half a block later I hit another starbucks and hit paydirt, regular caffinated coffee.
Here's a picture from in front of my hotel looking left to St. Pauls.
Another video clip. Ordinary Day on the streets of London.
Finished getting ready and went to my business meeting. Did my thing but the site visit only took a couple of hours. I'll spare you 20 pictures of conference rooms and videoconferencing equipment, but the picture out the window of the "Saint Pauls' Conference Room" is quite nice.
Came back to the room dropped off my laptop and headed out again. Took a cab to Hyde Park. Went into the Lotus of London dealership and saw an Elise, an Exige, and several exotic cars I didn't even know or had never seen in person. They wouldn't let me take pictures inside, but the web site shows new and pre-owned stock. The coolest rides were the yellow Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, the Farbio GTS, the Wiesmann MF3 Roaster, and the ZONDA! A real life Pagani Zonda for only $550,000 pounds (which is like what a million dollars or so?).
From there I hit the shopping district. My girls would have been proud.
Proof and style pictures for the Queen
Classic pic while shopping. Post cards, double decker bus and phone booth all in one shot.
Did I mention the post cards?
Bought items in several stores but can't say what they are just yet as it would spoil the surprise for when I get home. Also picked myself up a little something...
Cruised down Oxford Street through Piccadilly Circus and back to Trafalgar Square.
Trafalgar Square old and new.
Nelson's Column with some groovy clouds