Running down the steps at the station, I felt something snap in my calf and "OUCH" it was painful. Struggling to walk, I limped to catch the train and got off at Baker Street close to Madame Taussards. MT's would have to do. Was no way I could walk to the Zoo with this calf.
Expecting crowds queuing up outside, I was surprised to walk straight into the foyer. But the queue from here was longer than I expected and after waiting about 20mins and thinking I was almost in, I passed a sign that stated it was another 1 hour queue from that point. I don't think so! Just to look at a bunch of "dummies"? Time to re-evaluate my day exploring. Can't walk far, have a whole day to kill..........how about an open top on/off bus tour! And there was a stop just outside MT's.
So that is what I did. I tried to get off the bus at Oxford Street (can't remember why) but the leg was not doing so well and I realised that going up stairs was much easier than going down and I missed the stop so I sat up top and snapped away with my camera, listening to the commentry and enjoying the breeze.
I really wamted to get off somewhere so when we reached the bridge crossing the Thames near Big Ben I decided to get off. Ready, Getset, tackle those bus steps.
- An old, quaint little pub, The George, and, like many others, apparantly often frequented by Charles Dickens
- St Paul's Cathedral from a different angle
- London's latest and greatest....The Shard.
I actually stayed on the bus for two rounds of the circuit and on the second round I got off at Trafalga
Square to take some photos of Nelson's column with its Lions keeping guard and the fountain.
Cleopatra's Needle and the bronze sphinx statues
I never realised before that this monument was damaged by shrapnel from the a bomb blitz in the first world war.
Well despite the trouble I had with my calf today, I had a wonderful time exploring the sites around London. A great way to see so much without doing too much walking.