On my first trip Over Seas I figured I better start with the United Kingdom. After all, they spoke English there and I needed to get accustomed to a "Travelers Life".
The first night I met a Glasgow Scot in a Pub. I couldn't understand a word the man said. It took me 4 minutes to realize he was asking for a smoke. Luckily, I didn't smoke cigarettes, so I couldn't give him one.
Right before I left the States, I had the good fortune of meeting a couple who allowed me to rent their flat in London for 9 days. It was centrally located at Baker and Marlebone. From Heathrow I took the A1 Bus to my door.
A great way to learn a new city fast is through a bus tour.
So the first thing I did was hop a Double Decker for the grand tutorial. That night I took a Walking Tour of Picadilly and Soho. After that, I learned to use the subway fast.
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Over the next 8 days I went to:
The National Gallery Outstanding Historical Art Museum
Imperial War Museum A First Rate War Museum
Tower of London Excellent history of England
London Dungeon Excellent history of England
London Space Museum Planet Travel, Space Exploration, and Doctor Who
The Planetarium Good Show
London Pub Walk Great Selection of Pubs, Brews, and Stories
Madame Tussuads My flat was right across the street from the famed Museum
Regents & Hyde Parks Slower Pace, Sunday Speeches
Jack the Ripper Walk Trace the steps of Jack the Ripper
Harrods The Famous English Department Store
Oxford Street Shopping, Shopping, Shopping
Westminster Parliament Walk
Thames River Walk Very nice at dusk
Subway Tour Gets You around fast
Thames Boat to Greenwich Too long of a ride and river scenery dull
- Ship Museum in Greenwich
- Interesting History and Figurines
Pubs, Pubs, Pubs You'll get used to warm brew fast!
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London is spectacular!
There is tons of stuff to do. Lots of Museums. And a very diverse population.
Take the Tube. Learn the Bus System. Mingle with the Locals. And Look Right before you Cross the Street.
You'll learn a lot in London!