England 2001

June 29, 2001 – Day 14

“The King and I” and the “Disco Dinner”

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Day 14
Friday, June 29, 2001

“The King and I” and the “Disco Dinner”

Kathy does NinaThe time has come to pack and depart wonderful Stratford-upon-Avon. We load our bags into the van and Doive drives us, John, Marianne, and Mark to London.

We stop along the way for one last “pub lunch”. Kathy was never able to get Shepherd’s Pie on this trip, but that leaves a quest for next time! 🙂

The King and IArriving in London, we’re staying at a “posh” hotel. John arranges champagne and snacks for everyone, including my family, Julian, and Jenny, who have joined us from Guildford for the evening.

We head off to the London Palladium Theatre to see a performance of “The King and I”. Josie Lawrence, of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, is playing the lead role. It’s a much longer walk than we expect, but we make it with lots of time to spare! The show is nice, with good performances by the leads. It is the children, though, that steal the show… their acting was priceless.

John likes the dinner musicAnother “longer than expected” walk has us arrive at “Sugar Reef”, a trendy restaurant/disco in the London district of Soho.

It’s soon apparent that this isn’t what John expected at all, as the “techno house” music thumps away loudly. We all have a great time, though, in spite of the “over the top” surroundings.

After we eat, Mom/Dad/Angie/Russ head off for their hotel, while we send Kathy/Marianne/Jenny off on a bicycle-powered rickshaw back to our hotel. It seems cabs are hard to come by, so John, Julian, Mark, and I set out on foot back to the hotel. Letting Julian lead the way, we traverse some of the really seedy parts of London. I probably could’ve done without some of that 😀 , but we make it back safely.

Exhausted, I trudge to our room and Kathy and I enjoy our last night together in England. 🙂

Day 15
Saturday, June 30, 2001

“Heading for Home”

Roger and Kathy at Sugar ReefMorning comes much too early… but, we load up and head for the airport. Letting Julian provide directions produces an “interesting” route, but we make it! 🙂

Check-in is simple, but saying goodbye to the Edwardses is hard. We are extremely lucky to have them as friends, and we all consider ourselves to be family. 🙂

With sincere thanks and not a few hugs, we head to the plane. The ride home is okay, with only a few bumps over Lake Michigan. But… home is home… and, although we’ve had another “experience of a lifetime”, we’re glad to be there. 🙂