After lots and lots of planning, we finally packed our bags and left for our five week trek through Europe! London
London is a very San Franciscan place filled with busy streets, well-dressed corporate workhorses, theatres (notice the spelling), and a variety of expensive and somewhat ethnically diverse foods (namely fish and chips, Indian, Italian, and Lebanese cuisine). We visited all of the main tourist attractions and even caught an incredible showing of the Phantom of the Opera. Of all the places we visited, Covent Garden
was the most quirky and the Tower Bridge was the most impressive. Westminster Abbey was a unique experience as well. Madam Tussauds was fun in a Disneyland-kind of way (Tony had never been there before), but we didn't find Buckingham Palace or the House of Parliament to be too special, however.
We also got to catch up with Patti's best friend from high school, which was very cool. You will find her in a couple of the pictures as well. Oxford
Our itinerary still includes a day trip to Cambridge, but we made a last-minute s
witch to Oxford instead. This place made Tony wish that he had applied to British colleges! It is absolutely stunning and is filled with so much history. Patti especially liked the Harry Potter places and Tony thought the countryside paths would be ideal for jogging. We ate at a pretty good restaurant there called Sahara, located in this funky cobblestoned alley. We were not impressed by the business school (ESADE), however, which didn't match the rest of the university. Our day there ended in what is purportedly the world's longest indoor ride, the Oxford Story, which was indeed very long and very, very slow.