A wonderful Spring day in London!

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View from Trafalgar to Big Ben

We'd planned this weekend since June of 2008 when we found out that Dame Judi Dench would be performing in "Madame du Sade" on the London stage.

As this was to be a quick trip, we took and early Easyjet flight from Amsterdam to London. The sun was shining when we reach the city.....how fantastic! We went to our dorm (real dorm) accomodations, checked in, and headed out to enjoy our day.

We took the tube to near Trafalgar Square and exited. There just happened to be a concert in progress there in the square and it was packed! We enjoyed the music for a bit then decided to continure our walk. He walked  the area behind the National Gallery. It's always bustling with activity and fun. We stopped in for a quick bite and then on to the theatre. Our tickets were for the matinee.

We had fantastic seats that were fourth row center. We could see Dame Judi sweat, if she did....which she didn't , of course. The play was not the best. The performance of Dame Judi was the highlight but, even it didn't save the play from mediocity.

Upon leaving we decided to go to St. James Park. On the way, we walked down the street leading to Buckingham Palace which was closed off to traffic. Much of it seemed to be set up for a celebration and the street was lined wih flags.

St. James Park was full of people. They were riding bikes, playing with frisbees, and just laying in the grass. There are nice lounging chairs that were set about here and there.

St. Hames Park
We thought how nice that these are provided for the park. We picked out a nice spot and sat down. The chairs were quite comfy. But this enjoyment was cut short when an attendant came up to us wanting money. Oh well, we got up and continued walking.

We walked from there on down to Parliament. There is a statue, there, of Richard the Lionheart, which I had learned recently is a distant relative. I had to have a picture!

We walked down to the Thames and took a leisurely stroll along the river. I think this is the first time I've ever walked the Thames in the sun....finally!

We walked back towards Trafalgar, again. We saw the ticket shops and all of the play posters outside. We thought that we might see another play due to our feelings about the matinee. We stopped and discussed our prefered plays with the salesman.

I'm with the statue of Richard the Lionheart, which I have learned, recently, that I am related too!
The plays we were interested in were sold out for the day. When we left Rob and I walked around the area and then all of a sudden, he told me to wait there. After 15 minutes, I got concerned and started walking in the direction that Rob had walked. Just then, I spotted him walking towards me with a big smile on his face. He asked me if I loved him. I knew he had a big surprise. I told him yes, of course. He then revealed that he had bought tickets for us to see the play "Calendar Girls" We had both had enjoyed the movie. This was a great surprise but, there was another. We had a box! Only one before had I been in a box for a play. This was great.

We went for a quick dinner and then back to the theater. We made our way to our box. We had our own private door to the box.

Here we are in our private lounge off the private box at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Also, as we discovered we had our own very luxurious lounge and even our own bathroom. Wow, can you believe that. It was posh! We sat in our box seats and the play began. The first act was fantastic, I was relieved. During the intermission we retired to our lounge and enjoyed the poshlife. Upon inspection, the bathroom even had "Moulton Brown" soap in it, a favorite of ours and quite pricey. We returned to our seats for the remainder of the play. It was fantastic and the box only made it an even more special evening. Rob is such a thoughtful person.

This was quite a little trip but, with much fitted into one day. We had a sunny walk around London and two plays. How lucky am I!

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View from Trafalgar to Big Ben
View from Trafalgar to Big Ben
St. Hames Park
St. Hames Park
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Concert in Trafalgar Square.....lo…
Concert in Trafalgar Square.....l…
Rob at Trafalgar Square
Rob at Trafalgar Square
Duck in St. James Park
Duck in St. James Park
Duck in St. James Park
Duck in St. James Park
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Bleeding hearts of St. James Park
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close up of bleeding heart
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Ben from an interesting angle
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Here I am ....with all the liitle…
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