Aug. 20-23: YVR to LHR / by Adam Stern

Aug. 20-23: YVR to LHR

We had a relatively leisurely day in Vancouver before getting to the airport for the big trip. At YVR we were offered the chance to upgrade to business class for a fraction of the cost of a regular ticket… so we took it! We imagine the kids thought they had landed in airplane heaven with reclining beds and their own unlimited sources of media. Plus a nice flight attendant waiting on them hand and foot. 

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Nice flight with some sleep. Arrived around noon London time and made it through customs without much trouble. Took the Heathrow Express and then the tube to our flat in Southbank. A very sweet 2 story flat, well-located a few steps from the bank of the Thames at Gabriel’s Wharf between the London Eye and the Globe Theatre. 

Our London Flat.

Our London Flat.

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I think he misunderstood how this works.

I think he misunderstood how this works.

Even had a small electric piano which Gabe took advantage of. Quickly found some good pizza and wandered around trying to stay awake. We were mostly delirious but pushed through then off to bed.

Woke up early and grumpily the next morning. Very, very muggy outside contributing to us all looking like fuzzballs. Quick breakfast at Café Nero and then hopped on a river boat taking us along the Thames to Greenwich. Tried to stay awake to the best of our abilities!

Wide awake!

Wide awake!

Still wide awake!

Still wide awake!

When we arrived, we spotted a fun carnival slide which Gabe and Debbie went on.

Debbie likes slides.

Debbie likes slides.

Greenwich and a view of the Cutty Sark.

Greenwich and a view of the Cutty Sark.

We then walked through the very charming town to the Astronomical Museum and stood on the Prime Meridian line. Some very cool telescopes and history of astronomy but we were DELIRIOUSLY TIRED! We met Adam’s friend Darren for lunch at Bill’s and hoped that we were reasonable/sane company, given the jetlag. Super nice and smart guy whom we hope to meet again when we are more alert!

A view of the Queen's House and London from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

A view of the Queen's House and London from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

Took the boat back to our flat and had a short nap before grabbing a great dinner at Pizza Express on Gabe’s recommendation (better than it sounds!). Then across the street to the Globe Theatre to see Much Ado About Nothing. IT WAS OUTSTANDING!!! We had great seats in upper section, front row right in the middle.

Much Ado about Nothing at the Globe.

Much Ado about Nothing at the Globe.

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This version of Much Ado was set during the Mexican Revolution, which added  additional flavour. The performances were beyond amazing. Superseded all expectations. Such a treat to see Shakespeare in the Globe!

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Still fairly messed up with jet leg, but onward. The following day we grabbed breakfast again and Nero and headed to Piccadilly Circus for the afternoon without any significant plans other than seeing Matilda that evening. But when we passed a theatre ticket kiosk we thought we would see if there was anything available for an afternoon matinee. Lucky for us we scored some great last minute tickets to see Kinky Boots. We had fantastic seats and ABSOLUTELY loved it!

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Amazing music and performances and a profound overall message about being yourself. Maddy obtained the requisite sweatshirt souvenir and then we had a very British dinner of various pot pies and potatoes at Covent Gardens.

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A little shopping and then to Matilda. Our second time, but still such a treat to see the performance again and relive all the fantastic songs. Still laugh and cry in the same places!

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Back on the tube, a rainy walk to Snog for some frozen yogurt and then back to the flat to repack and sleep before heading out to the airport for Prague.

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