Laundry day, and Navy ships

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HMS Belfast. Leave San Diego, a major US fleet city...travel 7000 miles to see...a navy ship! :)

Today is laundry day.  The staff at the front desk has told me that there was a laundrymat a few minutes walk away.  So off we went.  Maybe they don’t understand what I am asking for…all we could find were dry cleaners. I talked the owner of one of the dry cleaners into doing laundry for us.  It cost me about 5 pounds more than it would have if I had done it myself…but it also freed us up to go explore. 

 

So we decided to walk over to the HMS Belfast.  This is a cruiser that is part of the English Maritime Museum.

Come on dad, I want to blow something up!
  It is one of the most famous modern war ships. It took part in the D Day operations off the Normandy coast during World War II. Once again I find myself pondering…We live in a navy town, and we came over 7000 miles to visit a navy museum?  Vacation with kids, you never know what you are going to go do.

 

I set a time limit on our visit to the HMS Belfast.  Today was suppose to be the day I finally get a chance to see the inside of the Templar Round Church.  I even wrote the church verger (not sure what that position is, but I got the email contact from their website) to find out when we could visit.  He wrote back and said today between 1400-1600.  Well we got to the church and took some nice pictures in the area around the outside of the church.

Bobby only thinks he is in charge.
There is a monument that represents the point that the great fire back in the 1600’s stopped.  There is a larger, similar monument (actually it is very big, you can actually walk inside of it) a few miles away to indicate where the fire started.  While the fire destroyed much of the city that was here at the time, it also had the positive effect of helping to control the raging outbreak of the plague that was ravaging the city at the time. Well, par for the course, we were not able to visit the inside of the church. Unknown why, there was a note on the door that due to unforeseen circumstances the church was closed today.  I have one more chance to get inside the church tomorrow.  But it is only a 1 hour block of time in the afternoon.  We had planned to visit the Tower of London tomorrow, but we have learned to adjust our plans as needed.  So we will do other things tomorrow and go to the Tower on Friday.
Tower Bridge as seen from the fan tail of the HMS Belfast.

 

After torturing the boys with more pictures around the church, the boys talked me into returning to Hamlys (the toy store we visited last week).  We started off for a tube station, but then decided it would be more fun to take a double decker bus. We where hoping that we would end up on one of the Roadmaster buses (these are the old time double deckers) but the line that was running from where we were we wanted to go was one of the newer double decker buses.  Still fun, but not the same.  It took about 25 minutes to get there, but we finally did.

 

If it was at all possible, it was even more of a zoo this afternoon than it was the last time.  Way to many kids!!!  The boys found what they wanted and we left.  The boys said they were done for the day so we came back to the hotel.  I have decided to make the boys figure out how to get to the places we want to go.  Bobby is really picking up the knack of finding the tube station we need to get to, and then figuring out the route to get there. I am proud of him.

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