Tuesday, June 10

Monday passed without incident as we were taken back to Heathrow on the bus. There we were put up in the Thistle Heathrow Airport Hotel, a typical busy place in the suburbs near the airport. We had a so-so buffet meal there and there was not much to do but get ready for the next day. We went off to the airport Tuesday morning with the rest of the group, but instead of flying home we took a shuttle into London for a couple of extra days.

We arrived at the London Guards Hotel, which turned out to be quite satisfactory. As soon as we had checked in, we were off on the underground to the British Museum. There, the first thing we did was to go to the rooms holding the Rillaton Cup, which had been found in the barrow we had visited on Saturday.

After that we went off on a guided tour of some of the highlights, which was very well done and very satisfactory. One interesting thing was the graffitti scratched into part of the Sargon Gate in the shape of an ancient game layout. We saw game pieces using that layout later in the tour.

After that we found a place inside to eat a light lunch (paying for our own now) and then went back to see some of the things from the Sutton Hoo find. After that we went back to the hotel. Later we took a walk in Hyde Park, since the hotel is just a block away ffrom the park, near the upper end of the Serpentine. It was a beautiful evening and there was a crowd about so we went across the street to a market and bought sandwiches and took them back to the park to eat. We were both feeling the result of a week of heavy eating in Newquay. While there I managed to get my best nature picture of the trip, right in the heart of London.

 


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