After returning from Egypt, we realized we only had a few days left in London. Saturday night was Debbi’s birthday so we joined her at a bar in Kentish Town known for their cool atmosphere and delicious cocktails. On Monday, we decided to head out to Windsor Castle, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen, which is over 1000 years old. We toured the castle grounds first and then entered the official state rooms where The Queen entertains a lot of her guests. The Royal Collection was also amazing including fine porcelain, old weapons, and crowns from India and Ethiopia. While we were there, the staff was setting up for a banquet and concert by the Philharmonic (the place settings were palacial – as they should be). We also saw Queens Mary’s Doll House and St. George’s Chapel where Henry VIII is buried.
Afterwards, we strolled around the streets of Windsor and over to the suburb of Eton, known for their all boys college. That evening we had a quick bite in Hampstead and then watched the English film, Brighton Rock, at the Everyman theatre(where they have couches to laze on as you drink wine during the movie).
Today was one of the most beautiful days we have had here recently in London. The sun was out and the sky was blue so we thought it would be a great day to get a good view of the city on The London Eye. Reaching 135m, the “Eye” is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel. A great way to get a panoramic view of the city including St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Gherkin, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. We had a fish and chip lunch afterwards along the Thames.
We are sad to be leaving London but look forward to seeing friends and family back home prior to starting our new adventure in Albania.