Thursday, October 27, 2016

London - Day 2 - Central London

Alrighty then! We're off for another adventures. We got spit out of the Tube at Westminster Station and there is... Big Ben!

Across the river, we looked at the London Eye. There was some discussion about going up it but Jelly Beanie (like his cousin Beanie Mouse) suffers from vertigo soooo... not going to happen!

Oh hey... here's Otto. Must have had a swim in the Thames... otters... what can you do.

Oooh... and there's Parliament. Little Fox wanted to go in and campaign for Stuffie Rights but we're on a tight timetable. Maybe next time.

There's those double-decker buses... so cool.

We walked down Whitehall taking plenty of rest breaks.

Jelly Beanie has short legs you know...

Mmmm.... pastry!!

At the end of Whitehall, we came to....

Trafalgar Square! That's Nelson up on the statue.

 There are these lions guarding the statue.

And a fountain. Hmmm... there goes Otto again.

Can you imagine... it's sunny in London!

We paid a quick visit to Canada House, which is on Trafalgar Square.

And then it was off through Admiralty Arch and along Pall Mall.

 to... Buckingham Palace. We had high hopes of meeting the Queen.

Or at least Prince William... but there was some big shindig going on in there with people arriving in fancy cars and horse drawn carriages. So... we were told "another time... oh... and make an appointment". Sigh.

There's a cool Memorial Walk for Diana... we didn't do it but the medallions are neat.

There's the palace...

The Guards were wearing regular uniforms... not their red ones with the bearskin hats. Good thing...


My goodness... Otto... seriously... you really love water don't you?

Enough of the Queen... we walked through St. James Park and found some birds. Little Fox was beary interested in these... This one looks like a goose of some sort...

And some pigeons. Did you know the English used to eat Pigeon Pie?

Oh hey!! Canada Geese. Hello! Do you know Jerry & Ben?

There are even some pelicans here... go figure.

Apparently this park has a long history of pelicans.

This place used to be where the park caretaker lived... It's super cute.

It has a cute garden as well...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

London - Day 1 - Getting There

Hello there! Here's our grand trip to London... finally! It was me (Sandy Bear), Little Fox and Jelly Beanie, long lost cousin of Beanie Mouse. We started off with a ferry ride to Vancouver.

The weather was meh but... we did have a look at the city.

Jelly Beanie sure has big ears.

Sitting on a log at the beach was fun too.

Then it was off to meet the Sasquatch. Nope, not that Sasquatch... this one is a feline variety. Sassy (for short) has BIG paws with scads of extra toes.

Little Fox and Jelly Beanie were in awe...

Luckily Sassy is not much for playing with stuffies...

On our way to the bus, we saw this cool art piece. Meet the Wild Salmon Rider... hmm... didn't know salmon were particular to mice.

That's better... The Wild Salmon Riders!

And a SkyTrain ride. Little Fox noted that we had traveled by boat, bus and train at this point... with a plane soon to follow. What an adventure.

This is a cool sculpture in the International Departures area at YVR.

We all agreed that the boat needed some stuffies on it.

Once we were through security (nobody got frisked) we looked down on people arriving in Canada.

Little Fox was particularly interested in the far gallery... those people are going to the US!

Our area had a cool aquarium...

And lots of fountains...

Hmmm... there's a lot of money in some of these fountains.

***whisper... whisper... should we dive in... whisper... whisper...*** (followed by...) "Hey guys!"

Oh my goodness!!! It's Otto the Otter - he's coming along with us to London. Cool. (Maybe he can do some diving for coins?)

We're all here then. Although... Otto is pretty camera shy for some reason.

The three of us (Otto went swimming) decided to play chess... how come we ended up being pawns?? Good question.

 There's our plane!

And our seat. We're all ready to go. It was a lonnnnggg flight but... the back (where we were) was pretty empty so each of us got to have our own seat to stretch out.

Despite that... we were pretty bushed when we got to London. Night-night everyone!