30.05.2013 - 30.05.2013
Thursday 30th May
Well today is our last day in London felt like I had only just scratched the surface and would have loved to have spent more time here but am really happy I got to see as much as I did and still soak up the city, I didn't felt rushed and although we didn't tick off all the must see boxes it just leaves them for the next visit lol.
So we got up early this morning, packed our bags and headed down for our last breakfast and we planned to go to Madame tusaudes this morning early and hopefully beat the lines and we pre paid for tickets through the hotel to save us time too. We could have used the 241 offer hear but thanks to me loosing my travel card that kinda stuffed things up and felt like it really wasn't worth the effort. Any who breakfast was nice as it has always been and the waiters in the dinning room are lovely, the front staff should take lessons from them lol. Placed our bags in storage at the hotel which we have to pay 50p for, was a little surprised because they didn't do this when we arrived. Anyway set off to the local tube and caught the train to baker street arriving there at about 9:30am, they opened at ten. No one was lining up which was great news and they informed us that they opened early so we walked straight on through, bonus. I know a lot of people find is a tacky tourist trap but I actually had a great time looking at all the wax figures and they had all this interactive parts like the scream section where you had to walk through this dungeon while zombies came out and attacked us lol silly but it was actually really fun and also saw a 4D marvel movie which was cool. We got a tacky "when in London" photo which was pretty funny and were done with the exhibit about 11am. Decided to maybe try our luke at the natural history museum but unfortunately when we got there the wait was over an hour and once again just didn't have time. The blue whale and dinosaurs will have to wait for the next visit but while here we did find this little quirky bakery type cafe with the most amazing food, a little pricer then what we have usually been paying for lunch but I got a pulled pork pickle coleslaw on sweet potato and a lemonade for I think 15 pounds. It was soooooooo yummy, I have eaten so well in London, have not had one bad meal!
We still had a few hours to kill so caught the tube to harrods and decided to explore. Oh my gosh the building alone is dripping in money and class, it was gorgeous, we didn't go through the whole thing but headed to the food hall and drooled over all Thor amazing produce and products the were selling. They had this massive hall that was solely devoted to chocolate, I was literally in heaven. They sold the most amazing chocolates and I got a white chocolate coffee creme, which chocolate and pineapple liqueur and chocolate moose, best chocolate I have ever eaten and cost 1.80 for the three. Yum yum yum.
Decided to head back to the hotel and do some gift shopping in the local suvenlour shop and picked up a few things for the family and picked up our luggage. We were going to walk to kings cross station which is where our eurostar train to Paris was leaving from but my bags were super heavy and it looked like it was going to rain so decided to catch the tube from Russell square there which is only one stop down the line lol. Had a few issues dragging our bags up and down the stairs at the train station but we managed, sore back but got there in the end. Found a boots chemist in the train station and got some voltaren for my foot as when I woke up this morning it was all swollen and bruised, I literally don't have any idea what I have done to it. Then chemist guy was super helpful so that was great. Headed to the eurostar entrance and when rough immigration and security and got my first Paris wink from the immigration guy, lol, was pretty funny. Got in and instantly everything was in front lol. Got some snacks from the newsagent and waited to board the train. The train didn't look anything spectacular from the outside and the cart numbering was a little confusing but we managed to find our seat and stored our luggage. We settled in, ate all our food, I wrote a few postcards and jenny had a nap, it went so quickly and before I knew it we had arrived. We had plans learn a little French on the trip but that completely went out the window lol; oh god wish us luck, we were both a little nervous as this time both of us had no idea what we were doing. Got our luggage and followed everyone else into the train station. Well Paris your first impressions were kind of gross, the place smelt really bad of urine, you have to pay to use the toilets here so obviously the homeless and people who don't have the money just piss wherever they want, there were literally puddles of urine, it was disgusting!! Anyway got of the train dragging our bags behind us, didn't realize how much crap I had brought and had with me until I had to drag them behind me. I think because the tube was so easy and we had become so comfortable with it, navigating a completely different network in a different language we had no idea about at night time was really difficult. Managed to find a ticket counter and lucky for us the the lady new English and we were able to navigate to the train station fairly good considering. Lugging our bags down stairs was bloody hard though. We finally got off the station and after asking a lovely guy in another hotel got directions to the hotel and after initially thinking it was right next door had to walk about twenty minutes, totally exhausted after dragging our bags the whole way, sucked! Got to the hotel and the front office lady was fabulous, really nice, actually everyone has been so far. Got up to our room on the fifth floor. The room was nice but really small, the twin beds were right up against each other but we can manage, it was clean, modern and tidy just really small lol. Had a shower and straight to bed, was a massive day Paris tomorrow . Woohoo!