|St. George's Chapel|
|Thai dinner in London!|
|watching Nadal @ Murray Mound|
Then Krishna, my first Apo arrived from California to join us. While Bill and I took Yeye, who is a member of the Varsity tennis team in her high school, to Wimbledon, which was fortunately running at the time, Trisha brought Krishna to Trafalgar Square. Bill, Yeye, and I queued for four hours, from 7 am, to gain entrance to the Wimbledon grounds, having not been able to secure tickets prior. It was an experience of a lifetime as we picnicked with 10,000 people eager to get in, watched Raonic on Court 3, watched Nadal on the Murray Mound, and bought many souvenir items from the gift shop. I made Bill promise to take me to the other three major Tennis tournament sites!
|the queue, a giant picnic!|
|the golden Green Park|
The following day the whole gang was complete and we took the tube to Green Park to begin our day of getting the best sense of London. The Park itself had exquisite golden and green gates which the girls just loved. Buckingham Palace is right across. Although we missed the changing of the guards, we saw them parade around the Victoria Memorial in front of the Palace grounds.
|the London Eye|
|Big Ben and the Parliament|
|a lot of locks, a lot of love|
|lunch @ Garfunkel in Trafalgar Square|
Having completed our whirlwind tour of the prime sights of the city, we brought the girls to Trafalgar Square. Unfortunately, some sort of new display was being constructed around it. So, tired from all the running around, we looked for a good place to have lunch and found Garfunkel. After a good English lunch, we walked more blocks, found some gelato to consume, had more photos taken in front of nice looking tourist spots, and went back to our hotels, happy for having been together in our little London escapade.
Before the girls left for Edinburgh, Bill and I brought them to a very enjoyable farewell Japanese dinner. They told us about their trip to Camden Market where they spent a hefty chunk of their shopping dollars. Bill and I were so happy we got to tour Trisha and her girls around London. We just hope we can do it again, somewhere else in the world.
But the other memorable dinner for Bill and me was at Tirage, a fine dining restaurant. It was a birthday gift from my girls, Claudine and April. This separated the two parts of our London experience: London with family and London with friends. The next post will be about the latter.
|our dinner in Tirage, a gift of Claudine and April|