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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Yesterday British Museum, today Stonehenge

Hi all,

Yesterday was quite a slog. I think I was feeling jet lagged. First stop was the British Museum. We mostly looked at Greece and Rome, Egypt and Assyria and Bronze and Iron Age England.

Ashurbanipal hunting lions.

Sennacharib sacks a town in Judah.

Greek Hoplites.

Greek Cavalry.

Celtic Shield.

After the British Museum we went to Westminster, you can't take pictures inside so nothing to show. It was very impressive but I felt rushed through the tour.

Afterwards we backtracked and went to Churchill's War Room. Very impressive. Unfortunately for me I was pretty fried at this point so I didn't get to take it in as much as I would have liked. I did get this one picture of the Enigma machine though.


Before Westminster we went to Picadilly Circus and had Lunch at the 5th View restaurant in the Waterson's there. I had Fish Cakes and Fuller's London Pride.


Today we woke up early and took a bus out to Stonehenge. I was very happy as my dad wouldn't take me there back in 1979.

I always think of Spinal Tap.
 When we got back from the tour it was off to Covent Garden and the Jubilee Market. After shopping I convinced everyone we needed to stop in a pub. So we went to The Nags Head.


Nags Head Bitter

McMullen's IPA

Must have of the trip, Fish and Chips.
Yesterday I had bought an Osprey title (Men at Arms 350) "The US Army in WWII (3) and then today I cajoled a return to Watersons in Picadilly and bought (Campaign 233) "Boudicca's Rebellion". I almost bought more but realized the exchange rate was killing me in the book price. It was also very fortuitous that we went back. While I shopped my family went back to the restaurant for coffee and desert. The waiter handed us my son's glasses , which we had left there at lunch the previous day. I was so thankful I gave him a tip.

Tomorrow it's off to Paris.

13 comments:

  1. Glad your enjoying your trip (though that fish looks awful!). What did you make of the new Stonehenge Visitors' Centre?

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    1. Hi Edwin, it has been quite fun so far. The fish actually tasted very good, although the batter was thicker and darker than I expected. The visitors center was quite nice. We bought the kids some Horrible Histories at the gift shop and had Steak Pasties and Sausage Rolls at the cafe. I also liked the neolithic houses they were building outside. They're in the process of thatching them now.

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  2. I have to agree with Edwin. I hope that fish tasted better than it looks. I'm pretty confident that you are enjoying the beers.

    That was definitely a lucky call that they went back to the restaurant and were able to recover your son's glasses.

    Have a good time in Paris :)

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    1. Hi Tamsin, we enjoyed how the fish tasted. The beers have been good, unfortunately I haven't had as much chance to have Real Ale as I'd like. I've had some Peroni and Singha in bottle, but I can easily get that in the states.

      If my wife had known I left his glasses there I would have been in for it.

      Thanks Tamsin, I forget if you are in London. I'm sorry I didn't coordinate better to get together for a pint. As you can see it's been a fairly tight schedule. Trying to get our monies worth on a two day London Pass.

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  3. Nice one! Thought this post was about Spinal Tap on tour for a moment! Glad to see it's Sean on tour instead, and with great pics to illustrate it. Enjoy!

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Hi Aaron, thanks. I was too tired to search for some video accompaniment of Spinal Tap when I posted. I'm glad you liked the pics, I've tried to be sparing.

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  4. Oh, Stonehenge! I need to stop reading your blog until you return, I'm getting a bit green :D
    What comes after Paris? :)

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    1. Hi Mathyoo, after Paris is a flight back to Heathrow and then home from there. I may not post as much from Paris. No idea what the wifi situation is at the hotel.

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  5. Sounds like you are having a fun but exhausting trip Sean

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    1. Hi Andrew. It has been fast and furious. I think part of the problem was having Done a lot around Westminster on a Sunday and having to come back the next day to the same area. That's why that day felt like a slog. Paris has been fun so far, the real tour de force begins tomorrow.

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  6. Sounds like you're all having a great time in Blighty!! Stonehenge is quite awe inspiring I thought. Looks like your enjoying the real ales!!! Good lad!

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    1. Thanks Ray, it was quite fun. I did not get the chance to have as much real ale as I would like. I figured in France I needed to drink wine.

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  7. Sounds like an awesome trip. I'm envying you... ;-)

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