I originally didn’t go to London to be a tourist, I went to meet a bunch of friends. Unfortunately several of them backed down before I even left, and a couple more stood me up when I got there. Nick, Mike, and John were the only ones remaining, but Nick and Mike were working during the week, and John wasn’t scheduled to meet me in London until Friday, so I ended up spending quite a lot of time on my own.
Fortunately, London is among the better places to be alone. On day one, I bought a tourist map for 2 quid at an underground station, and I definitely got my money’s worth. Since I hadn’t planned any activities, it proved invaluable in helping me improvise, and it ended up leading me to an unexpected amount of museums.
I’m not usually a museum person, but I gotta say I was very happy with most of the museums I ended up visiting. The only museum that disappointed was the London Aquarium, which was… well, fish. I don’t know what I expected, but I’d heard good things about the aquarium, so I guess I was hoping for a bit of entertainment or at least more interesting information than was actually there.
I’ve already posted my pictures from Monday’s trip to Tower of London. Tuesday, I decided I needed to rest my feet, as three days straight of walking had reduced them to bloody stumps, though I did end up going to Covent Garden to do a bit of impromptu shopping (and pick up Phonogram, which I highly recommend). Wednesday brought me to the Natural History Museum, Thursday I went to the disappointing London Aquarium and then the excellent Science Museum, and on Friday I visited the HMS Belfast. Here are my pictures!
That was the last of the photos I wanted to show you, but I’ll wrap this tremendous picture-dump up tomorrow with three more “bonus” photos and some more overall comments on the trip. After meeting John on Friday, I went with him by train to Manchester and stayed in his apartment there for a couple of days. Unfortunately John was such good company that I completely forgot to actually see the city, meaning I only got 3 photos of it, and one of them turned out bad. I will show you the other two tomorrow. Hope you’ve been at least moderately interested in my photos, otherwise you might console yourself with the knowledge that I’ll be returning to my regular game posts next week.