|Murali, Sindhu and Elizabeth in the|
deer park at New Forest
For the last time I drove in Britain to the sunny shores of Southampton where I gave my car back to the rental company. We were in Southampton to visit our new friends Murali and Sindhu. We met Murali and Sindhu in Cappadocia in Turkey where they celebrated their wedding anniversary with one of those fantastic hot air balloon trips over the Martian landscape. They made their first mistake by asking me to take their photo while we were walking to the outdoor museum of ancient caves. Their second mistake was inviting us to stay at their place if we were ever in Britain, so, as is always the case with us, we took them up on their offer :-)
|A bee at work|
After the pub it was a race to the bus station to catch a coach to London. I must say that the hostel I found us in London was the worst we have been in. We were on the 4th floor, all stairs (no lift) and the shared bathroom and toilets were two floors down. Not very convenient at night for a person with a weak bladder. The reception demanded cash only before we could get our key (did not have that much cash on me) and the price was at the upper bounds of our budget. No wifi and paid brekkie that consisted of coffee, some bread and jam. It was chosen for three reasons: location, location and location. Down the end of the street was Hyde Park and this place was walking distance to most of the attractions we wanted to get to.
We then took a ferry ride to Greenwich, home of 0 time and the line between East and West. It has a fantastic park where the astronomical observatory is housed and we saw many friendly squirrels in the grounds. Afterwards we hopped back on the ferry outbound to the end to see the Thames Barrier, one of the city's protection mechanisms from flooding, and stayed on it for the trip back to the London Eye.
|Half in the west|
half in the east.
|Parliament from the|