Friday, 25 May 2018

London, England (198 St. John Street, Clerkenwell)

Cousin Craig and I woke up at about the same time this morning; 8:15. He had said he might be exceptionally tired in the morning but think he was more alert than me. While he went out to find himself some coffee and doughnuts, I used the time to shower and get dressed for our first day of seeing London together.

Craig mentioned a few places he would like to see and I put together an informal itinerary for us. He was interested in walking through the National Gallery and perhaps walk around Soho. Also he wanted to get experience navigating and riding the underground trains.

We were out the door at around 10:30 and walked over to the nearby Farringdon underground station. Last night Craig walked over to this station and was able to guide us to the station again this morning. Good job, Craig! We caught the train that would take us to the National Gallery, so we needed to get off at the Embankment Station. Since we were so close to the River Thames, we walked down to the river and we looked around got our bearings before visiting the National Gallery. By this time it was lunch time and we decided to eat lunch first, then visit the Gallery.

Craig found a nearby Italian restaurant and we enjoyed a very filling meal. We enjoyed talking with the staff and enjoyed our meals very much. Craig is taking everything in and reading signs, looking at buildings, and asking many questions. I hope it works to speed him up a bit and for me to take it slow.

We found our way back to the National Gallery and went in. There was a Monet exhibition, but we decided to look around the gallery first then decide if we wanted to visit the exhibition today or another day. I don’t believe Craig has seen so much world-class art in one place. The gallery is the 11th most visited museum in the world, as of 2017.

After about 90 minutes we were both ready to leave. (You can see a lot of art in 90 minutes.) We saw a number of Monet and van Gogh pictures, among many other artists from different periods. From there, he was interested in checking out a few jazz clubs in the Soho district. The path getting to one of the clubs took us through most of Soho so he was able to see more of this vibrant area of London.

We found the club he was looking for then went to find the underground station that would take us back to the flat. On the way, he had an idea to find the Tiffany store in London. We found one on Old Bond Street and Craig used his phone’s GPS to get us there. It was a bit trying, but we eventually found the place.

Now to find our way back to the flat. It was after 4:00 and I was getting tired. I also didn’t want to push too many activities into one day. We both looked up the coordinates to the nearest underground. Of course with him using an Apple product and me, using an Android application, we eventually found our way to the Green Park station.

We had quite a discussion about which train to catch. We eventually decided upon the Victoria line. Though we missed our stop and had to backtrack so we could get off at Kings Cross, then take another line to the station nearby to our flat.

We found our flat was a little cooler than last yesterday, but still neede time to cool off. He went out to find his dinner and I ate the leftover chicken noodle soup that I made yesterday. Then took a nap.

When he returned from his dinner he did more research about where he would like to go tomorrow and I continued to watch The Crown. Until he told me, I didn’t realize that he had watched The Crown and also Victoria. From there we had plenty to talk about.

While he did his reserach, I watched a couple of episodes of The Crown and he commented every so often. I had no idea he would enjoy this series as much as I did.

Nice to sleep in a cooler flat. Tomorrow we are visiting the Tower of London (only as a drive by, not to go in) and Tower Bridge, the Borough Market, Globe Theater, and the Tate Modern. And who knows what else in between. Thankful to visit places I hadn’t see before. Should be fun.

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