Family trip to Canada and England.
Finally we head to London proper to act like tourists. Taking the train into Waterloo Station (the Brits really know how to put together a transportation system that is efficient and the cost to the traveller is reasonable), and then the 'Tube' to Trafalgar Square where our hotel is located.
We take a walking tour to watch the Changing of the Guards, tour the Royal Mews, where the limousines and horses and carriages of the Queen are displayed. Exhausted, we return to our hotel to relax for the evening. (Looking out of our window in the Hotel Trafalgar, I see a Canadian flag fluttering in the breeze, and below on the facade of the building - "CANADA" - on Canada House. With no offense to my newly attained American citizenship or my many American friends, I do feel a distinct stirring of national pride. I guess you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy).
Once more into the breach. Jump on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus to get to Tower of London, where we to meet a guide to take a Jewish walking tour within the walls of Olde London. Interesting facts were discussed going back to Norman times and up to the early 1900's. We visited the oldest Synagogue in England, Bevis Marks Spanish and Portuguese, built in 1701, authentically furnished with the original benches, candlelit chandeliers, and decor. We were given an informative talk by one of the Synagogue elders, relating its' history and some of its famous members, such as Moses Montefiore, and Isaac Disraeli, father of Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister to Queen Victoria.
Returning to our daughters' home in Claygate via the tube & train, we continue our visit with family.