London, Days 4-5

This city is huge – and for a first-timer, could be really daunting. Even for residents, it is easier to get around using the public transport system – the roads here are quite narrow and always packed. Parking? Nightmare. 

We were really fortunate to have our uncle show us the ropes, particularly when it comes to getting around. The first things he furnished us with upon our arrival were the Underground maps and Oyster travel cards. These two things, along with a positive attitude, will have you navigating London like a pro.

Yesterday we made our way to Petticoat Lane. It is an outdoor market (which kind of reminds me of Muizenberg flea market) that only runs on a Sunday.

If you want to buy clothes and souvenirs at a bargain, this is the place to go. I had no intention of buying gifts for anyone (pounds are expensive and those who work in Education will know that we don’t do it for the money) but managed to buy a memento or two for our grandchildren.

After our shopping expedition, we dropped our bags at home, had lunch and set off again to see some sites. 

The Thames and Tower Bridge in the background
The Shard
Momeena and I with Big Ben looming behind
Westminster Abbey
The London Eye

The images were captured from Westminster Bridge (yep, we stood on the bridge like for real tourists). For those of you who don’t know (like me, who didn’t) all the old, dead royalty are buried inside Westminster Abbey. It’s also where all the royal marriages take place. Macabre as hell, if you ask me. But then again, I’d expect nothing less from the British.

Today, Momeena and I went exploring London on our own. I’m quite proud to say that I’ve mastered the Tube and National Rail and can now move around London with the ease of a resident.

Waiting for the Tube at Victoria station

Our first stop was Madame Tussauds. It opens at 10am and closes at 4pm. We ran a little late and arrived at 11am, only to have the queue be wrapped around the block with a three hour waiting time. We decided to put it off till tomorrow (we plan to go super early) and hopped onto a train to Harrods. 

Harrods is six storeys of oppulence. Personally, I wouldn’t purchase anything there. But, that didn’t stop us from having a little fun…

Trying on lipstick at the Givenchy counter
Momeena and the £3172 dress

We popped in at Covent Garden before heading home. While Momeena was off looking for a loo, I was approached by a handsome employee who managed to tell me his life story and express his interest in me in 20 minutes.

Definitely an interesting turn to my day.

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