29.06.2009 - 08.07.2009
Our flight into London City from Schipol was uneventful although it dawned on us that we had reached the final destination before our long (and highly depressing) trip home. Not once on this trip have we gotten tired or sick of travel, which I wouldn't have picked prior to leaving. In fact, we have loved every minute and wish there was more to come!
Backpacks on, we hopped on the DLR and trekked into Chancery Lane by Tube to Suma's cousin Uma's place for an excellent curry, courtesy of Niranjan - greatly appreciated!
We set about making the most of it - day one, we headed out to the British Museum. Could spend days in there! Highlights included the Rosetta stone, the Parthenon sculptures, the Egyptian Mummy room, and that the whole thing was FREE! Definitely one of the best museums we've seen.
We shopped till we dropped, covering Oxford St, Regent St, Carnaby Lane, and a trip out to White City to the HUGE Westfield London.
Spent a lot of time with Uma and Niranjan going for long walks around the Thames and Westminster and back to St Pauls. Was really great catching up and sharing stories! Also renewed our all too friendly association with Pimm's and lemonade on a brilliant couple of summer's days..
Speaking of which - on a bright and incredibly hot (32C) day, we scored centre court tickets to Wimbledon to watch the Williams sisters annihilate their opponents in the ladies semi-finals, on their way to facing each other in the finals. Got some great value from our zoom lens!
Equally memorable was watching Fed-ex outlast Andy Roddick in a marathon 5th set to get his 15th slam - and in the right time zone!
It all culminated over the weekend with the engagement party for Darsh and Alex - and we were joined by some strangers from Amsterdam and Alex's mate Eugene from Germany in crashing the Staab/Solomons pad. A morning at Borough Markets, a lunch at Nandos and a walk around Soho, a competitive poker, wine and cheese night, and a rowdy but enterprising game of Monopoly filled in our time - and had us in party mode for the whole weekend. The party itself was a blast (what can be remembered) - great food at Asia de Cuba and a great night of cocktails and dancing at St Martin's Lane.
London's a spectacular city, particularly in summer - people just lap up the weather and in such a buzz. With very little rain around, London made up for it all by delivering it all on our final day, a hailstorm as we shopped on Regent St! London's big city summer buzz was difficult to capture, but we did grab a few night shots on our evening walks.
So - that's it for the blog! Seems strange reflecting on it all now - tomorrow being 09-09-09, exactly 2 months since we returned. We have some fantastic memories and experiences, it's pretty amazing how much ground we covered, cultures we've visited, food we've tried, transport we've taken - the list could go on..
Back to reality!!
Signing off - Deepak & Suma.