No Chance of ReformAround the World, Day 7: London
After a solid ten hours of sleep, we awoke to the challenge of visiting London's Reform Club, the real place where the fictional character Phileas Fogg made the wager that began his trip around the world in 80 days. When we appeared at the club door at 104 Pall Mall, the doorman was no more impressed with our claim to circumnavigate than Fogg's comrades were with his boast. In our case, there was no entry to this very exclusive bastion of London's privileged though Ken made a valiant effort to secure an invitation.
|"But sir, we're friends of Phileas Fogg!"|
|"Yes, we understand the contents are worth less than the postage."|
Near St. James, we stumbled upon the daily 11 a.m. changing of the guard ceremony at the Horse Guards Parade. Catching the end of the ceremony, we chanced into the perfect spot to see troops head out from the parade ground toward Buckingham Palace.
|Specially bred Cavalry Black horses|
|Hole in the wall deli with great food|
Later we scouted the neighborhood a bit more—for a place to plant a letterbox (still a bust) and for a place to buy some supplies for breakfast. Heading back toward a large supermarket we had noticed on Regent Street earlier today, we glanced up a side street and saw a Whole Foods Market. A Whole Foods Market! After convincing ourselves we were not hallucinating, we visited this palace of healthy foods, just 0.3 miles from our hotel. The store looked very familiar, including many products Whole Foods sells in the U.S., and was extremely busy. The friendly cashier informed us that WF entered the London market in 2007 and has expanded to seven stores. Not only were our breakfast issues solved, we filled plates from their food bars for dinner as well.
|Tom Conti (L), and Robert Vaughn in Twelve Angry Men (photo from London Evening Standard)|
Seeing a British production of a play set in the U.S. afforded us a new and interesting perspective. We found ourselves complimenting the actors' authentic American accents. In fact, the locals sitting behind us were convinced that Tom Conti had to be American. Vaughn was joined by only one other American actor in this production.
Tomorrow, we're flying to Lisbon for a few days before continuing south to Morocco.
More Photos from Today
|Enjoying the spring weather in Leicester Square|
|Never a smile is seen on duty.|
|Spring has arrived in Golden Square.|