Friday, July 13, 2012

Big Bus Tour

Today we decided to let the driver do the work and we would just sit around and watch the scenery roll by. For the life of me I can’t imagine getting my RV up and down these streets all by myself let alone with a crowd like an Escapees rally just finished and the campground was being evacuated. Their are 20,000 taxi’s charging around London and probably hundreds of double decker buses and they were all in our way today. Nevertheless that was the drivers problem and we just rode along in the open air coach and listened to the tour guide tell us what we were seeing. We hopped off down in the West End Theatre district and grabbed ourselves a late lunch. Place call Byron Hamburgers and they did make a good burger.


We went in and out of the City of London and past a few of these dragons that guard all the entrances into that city.


And of course like loyal Canadians we stopped by Canada House although not for one of the famous donuts at the “Beaver Club” that used to be served there during the Second World War.


I didn’t get any pictures, shame, but we also went by the headquarters of the world’s largest company and a huge sponsor of our trip, Shell. It is surprising to me how many folks are here and it seems like English is far from the most common language being spoken on the streets. But it just might be the places we are going are full of tourists and they are coming from around the world to enjoy the sights and sounds of London.

The shot below is of the Tower Bridge, the bridge that the rumours say McCullough actually thought he was buying to move to Lake Havasu but it is still here, McCullough denies that there is any truth to the stories. The ship just in front of it to the right is the HMS Belfast the light cruiser that fired the first shots on D-Day.



And no trip to London would be complete without a picture of Big Ben, and just for the record I am not sure why it is not straight but they tell me that a tunnel was built under the street in front of it and the tower actually is a half metre off of vertical at the tallest part. Either that or my camera was crooked, just to drive Al nuts.

Brenda thought she better throw in this picture just to answer some comments we got yesterday.



  1. Guess I've been out of the loop for a while. I thought you were still at Dogpound North...

  2. I knew it, ya can't take the country out of a cowboy! Nor would you want too.....

  3. I would definitely prefer letting somebody else do the driving over that way. Especially since they are on the opposite side of the road.

  4. When are you going for a grilled cheese?! Happy to see that you paid homage to the sponsor of your trip. Don't worry, I am still working hard to make sure that you can continue to travel! :-)

  5. nice to see the cowboy is still a cowboy out of the country :) I could not even fathom driving over the pictures...great shots guys..enjoy

  6. Yep, it's hard to part those cowboys from their hats--Mike wanted to wear his in the operating room the other day! :) And as for Mike being "enthralled" with all the people in London, I don't think that's the right word, maybe "appalled!!"

  7. Re photo: "You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy"!

    Have a great time and enjoy the rain.