We got to do some really wonderful things today! First, we headed back to the Portrait Museum just to see some of the exhibits we'd missed two days earlier. Then we used the Original Bus Tour as our way to make if from the central part of London to the Kensington area to be picked up for our London Music and Rock Legends Tour. Good plan; bad execution.
It was beginning to look like we'd miss our Music Tour unless we hailed a cab. So we did, and Dianna and Emily hopped in, Brian said, "Look, there's our bus!" and the girls hopped right back out again. (We're such dorks!) We were late for the tour, but apparently were the only ones who'd scheduled and our guide had circled the block a few times to wait/look for us. He was NOT pleased, but warmed up as the tour went on.
Because I have absolutely no brain neurons dedicated to music knowledge, I can't even tell you what it was we saw. I just took the pretty pictures.
And this one I know to be Abbey Road, and of course Brian, Dianna & Emily sweetly accommodated me for the obligatory Imitation-Beatles-Stroll-Across-the-Road. It must drive area motorists nuts with all the people crossing back and forth for photos.
We head back to the little white van waiting for us.
We ended the tour at Hard Rock Cafe. Dianna made fun of me for being the only one "toasting" with the drink.
See? Aren't I sounding like a more normal tourist now? Tomorrow I'll show you a few shots from our "Ghosts, Gaslight & Guiness" walk through central London.
Oh! And thanks to Nancy Devine (a follower on my blog), I have 2 new sidebar widgets. You can see the date through a human calendar, and you can translate my blog into a bunch of other languages. (I'm hoping the translations are real, and don't say things like "Twinkies are the Devil's Spawn".) Nancy, on her blog, is very creative in her writing and is a techno-wizard!
ETA: I wanted to add this info from the mini-bus Rock Legends tour website to list some of the places we were taken:
On this small group tour by minivan you'll visit London's famous clubs, rock hotels, record labels, management offices and studios. You'll see the house where Jimi Hendrix lived and died, where Freddie Mercury and Queen hung out, and Led Zeppelin's London HQ. You will also see sites connected with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Cream, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, the Clash, Coldplay, Oasis, Mama Cass, Georgie Fame, Elton John, Jimmy Page and the Yardbirds, Cliff Richards, the Sex Pistols, Bowie, the Faces, Bee Gees, the Who and many, many more! Plus, there's a visit to Sticky Fingers restaurant, owned by Bill Wyman, former Stones bass player.
The rock legends tour also focuses on the most important Beatles sites, including homes belonging to Paul and Ringo, Apple HQ, EMI Studios and Abbey Road, where you can have your photograph taken on the famed zebra crossing.