No, I haven't forgotten the entire trip yet. The first picture from our fifth day is of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, newly remodeled and completely awesome. That picture, though, was taken in early evening (the 9 AM timestamp is Pacific time). So what happened that led up to an amazing experience with A Midsummer Night's Dream?
A knitting store for Kate, obviously! The rest of us sat around dutifully while Kate devoured an entire knitting store. There was nothing left but some shorn sheep. And the rest of the store.
From there, we made our way up to a hipster shopping area whose name again escapes me. Lunch consisted of interesting covered bazaar style food and a trip to Cyberdog
for some shopping. I even found a shirt!
Unfortunately, we spent so long in the shopping mode that we were a bit late for our only appointment that day: tickets to the Globe Theatre with Simon's parents. The run from the tube station through the south bank of London pretty well destroyed my feet. We made it to the show about 15 minutes late, and proceeded to enjoy the hell out of it.
Simon's parents took us to dinner at an excellent Middle Eastern (mostly Lebanese) restaurant. We got the family course, which consisted of all kinds of tasty appetizers before the main course.
We wound the evening down with a trip on the London Eye, The 135 ft ferris wheel really gave an excellent view of a great many of London's sights. The location and view were really fantastic. We could see Westminster Cathedral, Abbey, Buckingham Palace, tons of river traffic, the Tower of London, and plenty of other interesting buildings that we couldn't identify!
We ended the evening with some silliness and a bit of a pub crawl. Tasty strawberry beer.
That was our last full day in England, and the whole experience was wonderful. Great people, great times.
Coming soon - Northern Ireland!