LONDON - UK
|I had four days to fill in between when my tour of Germany ended and when the tour of Turkey began, so I had four days in the UK booked starting in London.|
LONDON - UK - TRAVEL LOG
|Departing Frankfurt airport was one thing, but landing in Heathrow was another. I queued for over an hour at immigration before finding my luggage had been removed from the carousel. From there it was much easier. I took the Heathrow Xpress train to Piccardilly and from there the underground to Euston Square station near where my hotel was situated. After getting settled in I headed off to the British Museum for three hours. The place was busy and school children was setting off alarms whenever they touched exhibits!|
|Today was my day for London sight-seeing. I headed off via the tube to South Kensington to see the Natural History and the Science Museums. School kids were everywhere! The only reason I visited the Science museum was the Apollo 10 capsule, so having seen that I left, taking the tube to the embankment so to visit Trafalgar Square and the houses of Parliament at Westminster.
From there I continued on the tube to the Tower of London, and Tower bridge before walking to St Paul's Cathedral and the millennium bridge.
|Today I had booked a tour to Stonehenge, Portsmouth and Wincester, but the tour company cancelled at the last minute, so that gave me an extra day in London. Luckily the previous day was warm and sunny because today the weather was wet! I visited Foyles book store and found a good book on ancient Mexican sites before returning to the British museum. Some of my photos were blurry so I revisited those artifacts and checked out some places I had missed the first night I was in London. I checked the trains to Birmingham for the next day's travel and they were just 6GBP.|
|The next day we set off for the train station to get my ticket. Prices had risen to 27GBP!!! I grabbed the next available train to Birmingham and raced back to check out of my hotel. They announced the gate only minutes before departure, so it meant a mad rush to board the train. At one stage I thought I was on the wrong train, but I had to change trains at Rugby! Seriously I was very unimpressed with British rail after having such good experiences with trains on the continent. They were very poorly organized! I arrived in Birmingham before lunch and found the hotel. It was actually a homestead B&B so I found the local cafe for lunch and a sandwich for tea.|
|After breakfast I was taken to the airport where my flight departed for Istanbul. Birmingham airport was one of the better airports on my trip.|