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Riding the Royal Wave

rain 14 °C

"I have to be seen to be believed." - Queen Elizabeth II

Foodie moment

Foody heaven in London can otherwise be known as the Borough Market. Although we went on a day when not all stalls were open, the selection of multicultural foods was amazing, and the results delicious! Mark and I enjoyed a Spit roast Hog marinated in rosemary and fennel, Salt cured Beef with pickles and mustard and Chicken Gyoza as well as fresh fruit juice. Wendy and Eric bought some Thai curry, white truffle oil, honeycomb and some wonderful Spanish wine from the Rioja region.

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Tonight, a trip to North East London to meet up with my Aunt, Barbara, for a Turkish Feast at Mangal Ocakbasi. As you step in the door of the restaurant, you are faced with huge skewers of raw meat, and someone cooking them over a flaming barbecue. We had a starter of humas and Cacik, main courses were Yogurtlu, kebabs (chicken, lamb or spicy lamb mince) prepared with yoghurt and a massive side of salad. A dessert of Baklava finished off an amazing meal! Did i mention it was BYO with no corkage!! Two thumbs up!

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Cultural moment

The English will do anything to avoid sitting with other people on public transport. We all like our space when on trains or buses but in London I saw people actually leave seats when someone sat down, and squeeze past the person next to them when another seat became available! Makes you feel a little self conscious.

Wow moment

We saw the Queen!!!!!!!!!! Sorry had to start with that, as even though I'm not a Monarchist, its kind of like seeing a movie star and very exciting!! We went to Buckingham palace to watch the changing of the guard, the crowds were huge and the weather wet but we stuck it out. We saw the new guards march past us with their marching band, and into the gates of the palace. From that point we couldn't see much as all the shouting and marching was coming from beyond the palace gates (plus half a dozen umbrellas had popped up in front of us). What we did notice was a lovely car pull up to the side gates and make their way through to the palace, we didn't think much of it until Wendy commented that the changing of the guard seemed to be stalling, and taking longer that it should. Next thing we know a car pulls out of the palace, the guards jump to attention and the trumpet player bursts out in a fanfare. We look through the back window of the car, and there is Queen Lizzie waving back at us!! The one quick photo I could snap shows a little queen shaped blur...enjoy! :) "Say hi to Lizzie for us", Mark's grandpa had said that morning on Skype... well we did, Wes and Edie, we did!!

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Look, its the Queen!

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What we learnt today

The up and coming English band IYES (https://soundcloud.com/weareiyes) are great to listen to! Barbara is a big supporter of the band and took us along to the pub to hear them sing. A night of great music, company and beer was had by all!

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Posted by travellinglise 11:32 Archived in England Tagged london buckingham_palace the_queen queen_elizabeth_ii

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Are you sure that isn't Helen Mirren coming out of the palace....?

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