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Baylie Has Good Instincts

Today we decided to take a city tour on one of the red double-decker buses. We figured we would ride the whole circuit and just see the layout of the city, then we could decide where we wanted to head back to tomorrow. We got off and walked around along the Thames near the London Eye and got lunch at a pretty great little place called the Gourmet Pizza Co. When we got back on the bus we were joined by a very large group of loud Swedish high school students who giggled and played with fidget spinners (who knew they were an international annoyance!) while the tour guide was trying to talk about the historical significance of every building. We got off again at Trafalgar Square and paid way too much to use a public bathroom because I couldn't tell how much each of my coins were worth under the pressure of having to pee. Oh well, when you gotta go twenty cents or two dollars are both acceptable I guess!

Anyway...we were considering a walk through the National Art Gallery in Trafalgar Square when all of a sudden a policeman shouted something at the crowd. Baylie did not even hesitate. As I was looking over my shoulder trying to figure out what was happening, she just grabbed my arm and immediately walked in the opposite direction and didn't stop until we were across the busy street and back at the bus stop. Once on the bus we could see that there was definitely something happening near the art museum and police cars were converging from every direction. When we got back to our hotel much later we saw a news story that Trafalgar Square had been evacuated and closed off due to a "suspicious package". The police presence is definitely noticeable everywhere we have been today and I know they are on especially high alert. Good to know my kid's first instinct is to leave the area immediately at the first sign of a problem!

The rest of the day was spent strolling slowly around Hyde Park and walking through the Museum of Natural History. Tomorrow we will go back to walk around some of the places we saw from the bus today.
Here we are in Trafalgar Square right before "evacuating"


I'll put a bunch of new pics in the photo gallery later today :)

Posted by Pelham Family 11:13 Archived in England

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The boys were just saying they'd like to ride a double-decker red bus! You'll have to tell them all about it when you get home. So glad Baylie has such good instincts. She never ceases to amaze!

by Mom

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