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London

Nine days in London the end of July was not anywhere too long of a stay.  Thanks to Laurie's help with planning, a pre-bought travel pass for the metro and bus systems had us off and running as soon as we recovered from the time change.  The weather was to perfection.  there is so much to see within travel zones 1 & 2 - the heart of London.  We really didn't leave the area.  A day's outing to Greenwich was our only venture otherwise.  Highlights included the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, the Tate Modern and a walk across the Millennium Bridge, St Paul's, the National Gallery, the British Museum, and time to investigate many neighborhoods like Covent Gardens, Notting Hill and the Portobello Road Market, Chelsea, and Holland Park.  One tip to pass on was that the most valuable guidebook for my family's trip was The Rough Guide to London.  Also, we followed Laurie's advice and did not bother to pre-buy any admission tickets, as there was much to do and see for free, and we were never sure where we would end up.  But London can be enjoyed from any advantage point for any amount of time.  This photo encompasses the Tower of London on the far right, to its left is the modern building called "The Gherkin" (looks like a pickle) The Thames is where the excitement is.  KATE TALAMINI