09.04.2011 - 30.04.2011
Back into London this morning, armed with prepurchased tickets for Madame Toussards and determined to see it today before we leave. Only had to queue for 10 minutes and we were inside. Well, it was definitely worth the effort to get here. I have always wanted to see it. It was fabulous and really good that you can drape yourself all over your favourite celebrity. It was very busy but the sequence of the rooms made the huge crowd flow beautifully. I took stacks of photos and am going to down load them all into this blog.
The Royal Section
My favourite photo
After we'd taken photos with all our favourite people, still in Madame Toussards, we hopped into a London taxi on a conveyor belt and went on a tour of the history of London - from the great Fire to the plague to the monarchy, the Industrial Revolution etc right up to the present day. Then we entered the 4D Super Heroes movie. What is 4D, I hear you ask? Wouldn't have a clue. The theme of the movie was that the baddies were attacking Buckingham Palace and the super heroes were going to save us all.
The first thing was a London red double decker bus came hurtling out of the sky and crashed into the fountain at the front gates of Buckingham Palace. Spash! and the audience was covered in a fine mist. 4D!! The Hulk sneezed and we all got a spray. Yuk! Knives were sticking into the back of our chairs and robot bugs were fluttering around our ankles. It was absolutely amazing. Madame Toussards is definitely well worth a visit.
We called into the Beatles shop and bought a few things.
Then back to Windsor for a late lunch and then back to the Clarence and our driver arrived to 5.00 pm to take us to the airport for our flight to Abu Dhabi.
This is the Guild Hall in Windsor where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were married.
So sad to be leaving. Goodbye to Windsor Castle and Queen Vic, the reason we came in the first place.
We had had a wonderful time in the UK and what was even more special was reuniting with a lovely brother and making memories together that we will never forget.
Before I move on to Abu Dhabi, I must recount a story of my "well mannered brother". He is a very kind hearted, complacent, easy going person from a smallish city in Queensland, Australia. On one of our trips into London, we were changing trains with the crowds of early morning workers. I hopped into an already packed train and looked around for Peter. No Peter. Then I spied him out on the platform, standing back, letting everyone else get on the train first. He finally got on the train - the last person - and it was such a squash, that when the doors closed, they closed on his back pack, which meant that he was in the train and his back pack was out!! Some strong person prized the doors open and then all of him was safely inside. Boy, did I give Peter a piece of my mind. "What if you hadn't fitted in the train?" "I would have caught the next one", he says. "Oh yeah, what if it wasn't going to the same place that this one was?!" Eek! The people on the train must have thought that poor man being married to such a shrew! Even though I am three years older than him, we look like we could be a married couple! What is that old saying - "you can take the man out of the country, but not the country out of the man!" Too true!