I had planned on a boat ride today around some of the canals in London, but Shannon said she does not like boats, so we decided to have a slow day of shopping. We did see,nthough, that there was a good bus route to take — the number 9 from Green Park, so we got up a little later and just rode the bus around town. Maybe it is good for some, but not really what we thought it would be. Shannon did enjoy riding the double decker bus and always wants to go on the upper part. We decided to just ride and got off at Kensington Palace. We shopped a little, then got on another bus and headed towards the underground station, then on to the Covent Garden shopping district, which is actually near our flat. We watched a street performer for a little while, then decided to have an early lunch, since we will be going to a show tonight. Henry’s Cafe and Bar.
We did just a bit more shopping, made a stop at our flat, then went on to the National Gallery, which is just around the corner from us at Trafalgar Square We saw several interesting paintings and it was beautifully set up. There were many many rooms and it was all separated by double doors, which seemed a bit unusual. There was an impressionist room that seemed to be everyone’s favorite, as well as mine. Several Monets and Pissaros.
We went back to our flat again to freshen up for our first show. We decided to walk the 1.6 miles to the theatre, which was close to Victoria Station, the Apollo Victoria Theatre. It was a beautiful afternoon and we got there early to pick up our tickets that we had preordered for Wicked. We walked a little further down the street to a Thai restaurant and ate an early dinner, then headed back to the theatre to see the show. It was so wonderful and we understood why it had been running for 10 years. There was not an empty seat in the house!! We decided not to walk back and got on the underground and headed back home.