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Pre-Trip A first, a last, and a galaxy far, far, away... (Now with bonus London TR!)

bee

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Day 5, cont.

We took the tube to our next destination.










Took this for friends S and J (the ones we visited in Japan) because they live sort of near Fukuoka and it's the airport we used to get to Tokyo.



We had tickets for...











I managed to get THE LAST TWO orchestra (stalls) tickets for the matinee! We bought our other tickets well in advance of our travel dates but I waited to get these until two days before we left for London.

Inside:



The view from our seats:





Since we were early and we were seated on the end we just stood nearby so everyone else in the row wouldn't have to climb over us. We also walked around the stalls to see other views of the theater.









We both enjoyed the show, but not as much as we enjoyed it on Broadway a few years ago. Still, it was cool to see the original English language production!
 

bee

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Day 5, cont.

After the show we were hungry for dinner so we found a nearby Thai place (yes we ate Asian food nearly every day of our trip to England...).









FOOD:







This might have been my favorite meal of the trip! The eggplant side dish (bottom right) was my favorite item but everything was suuuuuuper delicious!

We decided to take the bus (shocker!) to our next destination.


No, not here


Not here either

We waited a very long time for the bus due to a huge traffic jam, and it was evident that this was not just normal congestion. We learned the cause of the delay when we turned a corner and saw an absolutely horrible car accident. I sincerely hope everyone was okay, but the vehicle looked very, very bad. :(











 

PolynesianPrincess

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I'm not sure if I'm insanely jealous of you or if I think you're extremely CRAZY for going to GE for opening day!! May the force be with you on that one! ;)

Illuminations..... ahhhhhh, I have so many mixed feelings about this show ending. This is the first Disney show I remember watching growing up. I even remember before it became Reflections of Earth and the green lasers they used during the previous show. We watched it at least once per trip, yearly and always sat between Mexico and Norway, eating churros. Well, margaritas now as adults ;) I LOVE the soundtrack and the images on the globe and basically just the general idea of the show, that we're all one world. We thought our last viewing was going to be this past January so we watched and cried. We booked another trip for September into October and thought for sure Illuminations would be done by then. Well color me shocked when they announced the last showing would be during our trip, on the day we had already planned to be at Epcot! I'm sure there will be margaritas drank (drunk?) churros eaten and ugly crying, mostly from me but both my Mom and my sister have already admitted they will likely cry too since this is a tradition for us dating back to the early 90s. It will be bittersweet for sure!

I'm excited to read about your adventures!!!
 

bee

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I'm not sure if I'm insanely jealous of you or if I think you're extremely CRAZY for going to GE for opening day!! May the force be with you on that one! ;)
Believe me, I KNOW I am crazy for wanting to go opening day! Especially since getting up early and going to big crowded events is NOT something I would normally do! But since our trip coincides with the opening I think I'd regret not going and always wonder how much fun I missed out on! Also, my trip to Tokyo Disneyland and experience with those crowds is making this seem manageable by comparison. :hilarious:

Illuminations..... ahhhhhh, I have so many mixed feelings about this show ending. This is the first Disney show I remember watching growing up. I even remember before it became Reflections of Earth and the green lasers they used during the previous show. We watched it at least once per trip, yearly and always sat between Mexico and Norway, eating churros. Well, margaritas now as adults ;) I LOVE the soundtrack and the images on the globe and basically just the general idea of the show, that we're all one world. We thought our last viewing was going to be this past January so we watched and cried. We booked another trip for September into October and thought for sure Illuminations would be done by then. Well color me shocked when they announced the last showing would be during our trip, on the day we had already planned to be at Epcot! I'm sure there will be margaritas drank (drunk?) churros eaten and ugly crying, mostly from me but both my Mom and my sister have already admitted they will likely cry too since this is a tradition for us dating back to the early 90s. It will be bittersweet for sure!
I cry every time I see it anyway, so I am SURE that I'll cry on this trip, especially our last night! Glad you'll get to see it one last time!

I'm excited to read about your adventures!!!
Welcome aboard!
 

Rista1313

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We're 55 days away! Since we have a little downtime over the summer we are trying to make sure we have everything we need for the trip.

Target has women's swimwear on sale right now with free returns so M and I each ordered a bunch to try. Hopefully we each like at least one suit and can be done with the search. 🤞 I WILL swim in that Creepy Clown Pool!!

We found these adorable handheld fans in a store in our local mall called Flying Tiger:

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They are quite powerful despite their small size!

Also on the list are boring things like socks and sunscreen. And I hope to buy a new pair of sneakers before with go with enough time to break them in.

M's parents are visiting next week for the 4th of July. We will hopefully discuss our plans to meet up at Disney. They don't have a resort reservation yet and they may have a hard time getting one because of Star Wars and Food and Wine. Guess we'll see! 🤞
SKECHERS... you will barely have to break them in, and my feet never hurt even at Disney!
 

Swissmiss

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I love Flying Tiger - I didn’t realize it’d made it to the States. It’s the perfect store for finding stocking stuffers 😀

SKECHERS... you will barely have to break them in, and my feet never hurt even at Disney!
I agree - I like mine as well. But I’d also add as a general comment: if you have to “break in” sneakers then you are not buying the right model/size for your feet. (Or not lacing them up properly - only time I got a blister for a new pair of running shoes was when the laces weren’t pulled tight enough ... by the time I realized the damage had been done but I still needed to run back to my starting point 😕)

♥ Les Miserables, I have seen it twice in Chicago!
The flyer for this had been on my desk for weeks - it is coming to Zurich next year. Last time I saw it was 30 years ago in LA with my mom.
 

dizfan917

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Kevin is heading to London this Wednesday for a week. He was going to a convention that was cancelled a few days ago. So now he has a little EXTRA time on his hands... Anything you'd suggest he not miss? I was there for a day and a half, so I gave him a few suggestions, but you definitely have much more experience. :geek:
 
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bee

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I love Flying Tiger - I didn’t realize it’d made it to the States. It’s the perfect store for finding stocking stuffers 😀
Our local store only opened within the last few months. It's such a fun store!

I agree - I like mine as well. But I’d also add as a general comment: if you have to “break in” sneakers then you are not buying the right model/size for your feet. (Or not lacing them up properly - only time I got a blister for a new pair of running shoes was when the laces weren’t pulled tight enough ... by the time I realized the damage had been done but I still needed to run back to my starting point 😕)
Thanks for the tip! I ended up ordering the exact same sneakers I bought last time I needed new sneakers. If it ain't broke...

Kevin is heading to London this Wednesday for a week. He was going to a convention that was cancelled a few days ago. So now he has a little EXTRA time on his hands... Anything you'd suggest he not miss? I was there for a day and a half, so I gave him a few suggestions, but you definitely have much more experience. :geek:
Take the bus! We had some amazing views around the city just from sitting on the top deck of the bus!

I'd also recommend visiting Queen Mary's Rose Garden (pics later in this little TR), and climbing up Primrose Hill (not a huge intense climb, but totally worth the views).
 

Swissmiss

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Kevin is heading to London this Wednesday for a week. He was going to a convention that was cancelled a few days ago. So now he has a little EXTRA time on his hands... Anything you'd suggest he not miss? I was there for a day and a half, so I gave him a few suggestions, but you definitely have much more experience. :geek:
I totally agree with using the bus over the tube - at least you see things as you go to point A to point B. He should get an Oyster Card for transportation - it stops deducting the per ride fare as soon as you reach the price of a day ticket, so you never pay more than you need to pay for public transportation. They are reloadable and as far as I know don’t expire (I’m pretty sure I bought my first one before I had my DD ... and she’ll be 14 next month) I’ve got a couple in my desk drawer at work and when colleagues go for a weekend I lend them out and they just top up what they use or pay me the amount in cash.

If he likes science at all, I personally loved the science museum - once with my DD we spent about 6 hours in it and barely scratched the surface of the exhibits.
 

dizfan917

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I totally agree with using the bus over the tube - at least you see things as you go to point A to point B. He should get an Oyster Card for transportation - it stops deducting the per ride fare as soon as you reach the price of a day ticket, so you never pay more than you need to pay for public transportation. They are reloadable and as far as I know don’t expire (I’m pretty sure I bought my first one before I had my DD ... and she’ll be 14 next month) I’ve got a couple in my desk drawer at work and when colleagues go for a weekend I lend them out and they just top up what they use or pay me the amount in cash.

If he likes science at all, I personally loved the science museum - once with my DD we spent about 6 hours in it and barely scratched the surface of the exhibits.
Thanks a lot!! :geek:
 

Gurt

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Loving your London trip report being a UK native it's interesting to hear your take on things and see your pictures.
 
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Nubs70

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Very cool. :cool: The references to London Bridge reminds me of that song we sang as kids, about London bridges falling down. Remember that song? (Makes me wonder what the history was behind that!) ;)
The history of the song is when London bridge was made of wood. Invading armies were sailing up the Thames to sack London. London Bridge was dropped into the river to stop the invading armies.
 

Nubs70

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Kevin is heading to London this Wednesday for a week. He was going to a convention that was cancelled a few days ago. So now he has a little EXTRA time on his hands... Anything you'd suggest he not miss? I was there for a day and a half, so I gave him a few suggestions, but you definitely have much more experience. :geek:
Go to St Paul's. Climb the stairs to the top of the rotunda and then check out the crypt below.

Westminster Abbey, seriously famous dead people.
Get there early.

British History Museum
Imperial War Museum
Whitehall/Hyde Park - great people watching.
St Pancras/Kings Cross station. St Pancras has really cool architecture.
 

dizfan917

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Go to St Paul's. Climb the stairs to the top of the rotunda and then check out the crypt below.

Westminster Abbey, seriously famous dead people.
Get there early.

British History Museum
Imperial War Museum
Whitehall/Hyde Park - great people watching.
St Pancras/Kings Cross station. St Pancras has really cool architecture.
Thanks so much! He leaves today!!
 
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bee

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M's parents are driving from Florida to visit us for the 4th! They'll be here sometime tomorrow. We are having an assortment of foods including veggie dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, and kale salad. All the salads are homemade from scratch, including the dressings. And we're making red sangria. :hungry: I've been chopping and prepping today.

Weather permitting, tomorrow we will watch the NYC fireworks from our side of the Hudson.

Hopefully while they're here we'll get a chance to talk about Disney plans! As far as I know they still don't have a hotel room booked! They have been going to Disney for over 30 years and they are still in the 80s/90s mindset of "I don't have to plan things." This may be interesting!

Happy 4th to my fellow Americans! 🇺🇸🎆🌭🍹
 
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