Buses, Beautiful buildings and Blood Pudding!
04.10.2012 - 06.10.2012 12 °C
We flew from Toronto directly to London, about a 6 hour flight through the night, with barely any sleep at all. We arrived at 10am London time in Gatwick, about an hour outside of London, took a tram to the city then two rides on the tube, an hour of walking with our packs and a 10 minute cab ride later, we arrived at our flat! Its in Camberwell a close burrough to downtown. Wikipedia tells me that theories say Camberwell once meant "Cripple Well" and that the area developed as a place where people from the city were expelled to when they had life threatening diseases like leprosy, for treatment by the church and the 'clean' using healing waters from the local wells. Neat huh?
Well its a beautiful neighborhood now and is home to Florence Welch the lead singer of one of my favorite bands Florence and the Machine
The place is perfect and its just a 10 minute ride to downtown to see all of the attractions. So we headed that way after dropping off our bags. We seen Big Ben, the London Eye, Piccadilly and Oxford Circus, Trafalgar Square and more before nodding off on the buses because we were so tired.
We went to bed early so we could get a good start the next day. We headed out to a little cafe down the street for a traditional English breakfast, Jordan insisting that I had to try Blood Pudding, which is made up of exactly what you think. Yup, coagulated blood and other things that make it taste similar to thanksgiving stuffing.
We took the bus back downtown to the same area as the night before. We went to Big Ben again
Soho shopping area, the theatre district, walked by chinatown, visited the National Museum in Trafalgar Square.
Buckingham Palace where the royal family resides.
and much much more! We stopped for some free Wi-fi and green tea at a Japanese restaurant so we could get our plan made for tomorrow. We have a train booked from London to Edinburgh in the afternoon. Now that I'm done this entry were going to head back downtown for some more nightlife! Hope everyone enjoys their turkey dinners this weekend!