Sunday, April 8, 2007
Steph and I woke up this morning to watch the Pope give his Easter Address live on the tele. We can't wait to see the Vatican City in person.
Yesterday was a fun day for us. We spent the day in London starting with the London Eye. What an amazing way to see the city at a glance. As it rotates around you can see so much of the city seeing all of the famous landmarks with a birds eye view. Too Cool.
For those interested, when you come and visit here are a couple of tips. First book your tickets ahead of time online. You save 10% and get to skip the lines to buy tickets which can be long. Second, grab one of the free bus tour maps to take with you on your flight. It is very handy so you can spot all of the landmarks on the ride. Some are tricky to recognize.
After the 30 minute ride on the London Eye we journeyed down to the Hammersmith bridge where the 153rd Cambridge Oxford boat race was to take place. Not knowing where we were going or much about the race we followed the crowd from the tube station and were able to find a seat along the bank of the Thames river to watch the race. We sat in front of some Americans from Chicago who had a daughter studying in London. They were fun to chat with.
One note about the race. If you have ever been to the Derby infield you get a very similar feel. It is a big party with around 250,000 people and you only get to see a small portion of the race and unless you sit near the finish line you won't even know who wins. In fact its worse than being at Derby Day because there are only 2 races instead of 12. At least at the derby you get to see a glimpse of 12 races...
Cambridge came back to win for the first time in 3 years.
I uploaded a small video of the boat race on YouTube here.
More photos are up on Flickr.
Posted by Josh Noland at 6:53 AM