Wed, May 26 (Day 2): Arrival in London

9:35am Arrive London
Hotel: Hyatt Regency London - The Chuchill

We arrived at Heathrow Airport and transported to our hotel via the London Tube. This is the entrance to our hotel, the Hyatt Regency London ("The Churchill"), thanks to some Gold Passport points leftover from my HP travel days. It's kind of a fancy 5-star place, where a formal carriage pulled up as we arrived, with red carpet. Not for us ... some ambassador is staying here, too.
Across from our hotel is a very nice park, but it is "private" - for members only. I never heard of such a thing, but Linda says it was portrayed in a movie she has. I used to such parks being public spaces.
Tuckered out from the flight, Linda hits the sack. I wake her up after a few hours, because it is 2pm and this could ruin her sleep this evening.
Actually, Linda has a good reason to rest. This is what some new shoes have done to her ankle. She has some liquid bandage, but it stings loudly (her response) when painted on.
This should bring back good memories for Sara. She has a great story about a scary old lady trying to kidnap her at Victoria Station. The story gets better every time we hear it, so we thought it appropriate to put this picture here and let her tell it again to someone.
My favorite place in London, the British Museum. If you look closely, you can see me in the middle of the picture. We just stopped here briefly this afternoon, planning to spend some serious time here tomorrow.
This is an interesting church, the Westminster Cathedral. It is "the Mother Church of the Archdiocese" (Catholic), foundation laid in 1895. Not old by European standards, but fascinating architecture.
Linda couldn't resist putting on this hat that reminds us of the Queen Mother's outfits. We neglected to make the purchase, because we didn't want to create a lot of jealous feelings among our friends that would arise when we gave it away to one lucky recipient..
Here is an advertisement for all the plays in London this week. Lots to choose from, but we're very pleased at the choice we made.
This is the choice we made for this evening: Wicked. Neither of us had seen this before, and though I had a slight idea about the story (prequel to the Wizard of Oz), I didn't expect to be so positively impressed. A friend once gave me the book to read, but I never got around to it (sorry, Wade).
Here Linda stands in front of the Wicked stage. Our seats were center, fourth row back. The lady who played Elphaba was absolutely fantastic, acting and singing. A testament to the power of words and music: "I've heard it said That people come into our lives for a reason Bringing something we must learn And we are led To those who help us most to grow If we let them And we help them in return."