|Rob took a lot of pictures.|
We didn’t need to worry, however. Breakfast arrived and we were able to enjoy it to the fullest. Rob’s order still played it safe—toast and eggs. I kept my meal simple as well, knowing that the aroma of food was potentially nauseating.
Both of us ate our food with pleasure and we were finally able to make plans to leave the hotel. Now, if you take the time to look at our tentative itinerary, you’ll see that we had already missed out on a lot of exciting things, including going to the first Irish pub in London, seeing the changing of the guard, an afternoon tea, walks through one or more parks and other landmarks. With Rob finally feeling strong enough to brave the real world, we picked up our tentative itinerary where it ought to be, not backtracking at all.
|You can't even imagine how many.|
We walked by Buckingham Palace, past the Queen Victoria Memorial, walked along the Mall, Through Charing Cross, Leicester Square, with Rob stopping to take pictures along the way. In other words, we saw many things along the way that surprised and delighted us.
|This is made of porcelain|
He believed me before we reached the museum and no longer wasted breath accusing me of exaggeration. If he had already seen the ravens of London Tower, I’ll bet he would not have wasted a moment’s breath debating my veracity. However, we had not yet experienced the enormity of the ravens so it is understandable that he would treat my pigeon warnings casually.
We arrived at the museum with time to spare. We paid for some water and then I explored the gift shop until the exhibits officially opened. Rob wanted to see the Egyptian exhibit most of all and we explored to our heart’s content until it was time to head to the Japanese exhibit because the museum offers free educational tours.
|My tart on a pretty plate.|
We then moved on to the rest of the museum, going through the Sutton Hoo and medieval exhibits and so much more that I honestly couldn’t list them all without boring you. Our trip ended with my buying a book and postcard. We tried to find something other than books for gifts but everything I found was a book and Rob wanted to wait and see if we could find other things. (Remember: Rob loves to shop so I suspect he was hoping we would get to the end of our trip without gifts and would perforce have to spend a day shopping.)
a pic I'm taking of a store.
Back at the hotel, we ordered another DVD and I took a hot shower, trying to steam away some of the pain in my body. But they delivered the wrong DVD and we had to request an exchange. I mention this because the concierge who brought the correct DVD became our go-to-guy, telling us where we could go for different things, showing us shortcuts, and encouraging us to have a more British London experience. Honestly, the attention the staff at the Taj Hotel provides is superlative!
We headed off for a simple meal. Rob had wanted fish & chips. Because he was feeling better and had been able to keep food down. I had a bowl of minestrone soup. We both found the food uninspired. After dinner, we went back to the hotel where I enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine (far better than my soup) and we watched the DVD.
It was our first day of fully enjoying our trip to London. From beginning to end, we had a wonderful time, even when the food wasn’t living up to our expectations. One doesn’t have to have good food to have a good time. Having Rob healthy and able to enjoy our holiday was good enough for me.
|Rob took this picture for me because|
this gorgeous lion reminded me of Holly.
|Every morning, the paper arrives|
in one of these burlap bags.
|Rob enjoying his soup at the museum.|