4 August 2006

On Friday, we headed into London at the 10-ish bus. We got in around 11:30 at the Baker Street station and had a typically British KFC lunch. Then we walked over to Madame Tussaud's.

And were totally amazed at the length of the line! Barb figured out that we could call (we brought our European cell phone with us) and schedule a ticket. I got five tickets at 3 pm for 75 pounds (about $150). It was just after 1 pm then, so we decided to walk twoard the London Zoo through Regents Park.

Jenny scattering the birds
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Everyone on a cool bridge in Regents Park
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When we got to the zoo, it was about 1:30. We'd have to leave at 2:30 to get to Madame Tussaud's in time. The London Zoo is really expensive – it would have cost us 70 pounds for the five of us to visit for an hour. That was totally unreasonable, so we decided against it – with a very bummed Katie as a result.

So instead, we took a long walk through the Park. We stopped at a playground for awhile, where Matt took Jenny for a fly. (Yes, it did end with Jenny catching a seat in her chin.)
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They were setting up for some kind of festival – with Krispy Kremes as a sponsor!
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This is a drinking fountain – and cow watering trough. Seriously!
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Lovely pictures in the gardens
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We got back in time to visit Madame Tussaud's.

Barb engaging in conversation with Patrick "Captain Picard" Stewart
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The girls wanted a picture with Nicholas Cage, hero of one of their favorite movies "National Treasure"
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The girls had their picture taken with all three of the "Pirates of the Carribean" stars
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Matt meets the Spiderman!
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Oprah Winfrey interviewing Katie
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Mark giving a few tips to his pal, Spielberg
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Matt and Katie with Whoopi and Robin
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Matt sneaking up on Sarah Michelle "Buffy" Gellar
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Mark met Bogey coming out of the bar
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Katie acted as one of the Secret Service agents for "W"
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The girls with Her Highness, and her consort, and that son of hers
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The Girls join The Beatles
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Madame Tussaud's was about 90 minutes. Barb had a great idea–let's go take a boat tour on the Thames.

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St. Paul's with Blackfriar's bridge in the foreground
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The Tower Bridge
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We had dinner at an Italian Place near Victoria Station then headed for the bus and back to Oxford.