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1 hour ago, Ray said:

There's a 711 ( tesco express ) to your right on leaving The Savoy ( about 100 yards up the street ) also a sainsburys near McDonald's to your left if you need anything.

We were planning to make a stop at that Tesco for bottled water and small supplies but we ended up in Boots instead. We should have gone to Tesco. 

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Backtracking a bit….

We landed at LHR pretty much on time. LHR was busy, we had to deplane from some random area abs were bussed into T3 because they did not have a gate for us. Luckily, it did not take long to wait for the bus because we were one of the first ones off the plane.
 

Because we have Canadian passports and both kids are over 12, we were able to use the e-gates at UK customs. That sped things up considerably. After that was baggage reclaim and that area was a disaster! Bags were literally all over the place just like what is seen on the news lately. My daughter even commented if we were supposed to search for our bags among the sea of bags. When we arrive at carousel 5, someone had already loaded them off and we found them along the side. That was a Praise God moment. Off we went happily with our two checked bags and thankful I won’t have to deal with fizzy hair like back in March.
 

Blackberry Cars estimated that it would take us 60 mins from landing to meeting them and it took us just a little under that. They send you a text with a link to track the driver about 15mins out. We waited about 10mins for them instead of the other way around. Our driver was professional and helpful. Overall, really impressed with this service from pre-planning right through to the end. We plan to use them again for Friday as long as we stay covid free 🤞

We arrived at The Savoy just after 9:30am. Had breakfast in Thames Foyer (which is beautiful) while we waited for them to finish up the rooms. Because we racked up quite a few points last year with Fairmont (due to staycations in Canada) we qualified for 5 suite night upgrades this year. This is another reason why we are at the Savoy. Those SNU expire by 12/22 if I don’t use them. Anyway, you cannot book a suite for 4 here so we originally booked a junior suite with a connecting King for the kids. Upon checking in, they informed us that because of our Accor status, they upgraded both our rooms to deluxe junior suites (still connecting) with ours being slightly larger than then kids.
 

Below you can see how they connect. There is a small entry way where you can see both rooms. Go one way and it’s our room, go the other way, it’s the kids. It is sort of the like JS/solo cabins on Quantum class ships how they connect family style but still gives you separate rooms if you choose to have it that way. 

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Kids room. Also a Junior suite but slightly smaller and no extra powder room. Still way more space than they need. The Savoy also left them a small surprise on the table. It’s little things like this that I love about Fairmont. Hubby claims it’s like SC on land lol. 
 

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Ending with a super funny story. While Hubby was trying to take pics for the kids room, they were in the way so we told them to get into the closet because the other room wasn’t ready yet. Well as that was happening, two guys rang the bell for our luggage. They brought it into the room for us and then proceeded to ask if we needed extra luggage racks. Then one opened the closet to check if there were any in there before we could warn him. Well, he did not find luggage racks but you can guess what he found. We all could not stop laughing! I tried to explain pictures for the blog thing but I think it was pointless. They were still laughing on their way out! 

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After settling in, but no napping, we decided to head out to explore the areas around our hotel. I posted some stories to IG (because I cannot post videos here). We ended up at Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, and Chinatown. It was a great afternoon! But by about 5pm, everyone was starting to feel the tiredness so we ate dinner early and are calling it day. 
 

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Tomorrow we are headed off bright and early for a super long day. Hitting all the famous London stops tomorrow ending with a London Eye flight at the end of the day. We booked this “Best of London” tour with Viator. We have used Viator before in NYC and Bermuda and have enjoyed them so we thought this would be a easy, stress free way for the kids to see a bit of everything. Off to bed now. 😴

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I love those bathrooms, idk why but I love me a nice, beautiful bathroom. Also don't do Piccadilly Circus at night🤣 I saw several parts I had no intentions of seeing. We did the Hop-on, Hop-off bus last time we were in London, and it was great. Have such a great time, you are making me nostalgic for my European vacations. 

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10 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Amazing rooms !  Incredibly large by European standards !  Have a wonderful time !

581 and 430 square feet. 

8 hours ago, Guy Gadwa said:

Following & looking forward to your adventures! 🙂

Thanks for following!

8 hours ago, Ampurp85 said:

Also don't do Piccadilly Circus at night🤣 I saw several parts I had no intentions of seeing. 

No plans for that! Lol

8 hours ago, JLMoran said:

@Lovetocruise2002, so glad to hear your flight was on time and all luggage present and accounted for! May that be the end of the "stress times" and your boarding of Anthem be without incident.

Thanks. One last hurdle…testing 

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Just had a moment of panic. Remember how earlier I mentioned that the times were off for Alesund and might interfere with the Stranda Mountain Explorer? Well I just opened my email and saw 4 emails from [email protected] with the subject of change confirmation……

with trepidation I opened it to find this

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phew…..now I can relax and go back to packing. 28hrs 42 min until wheels up.

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London - Day 2

Wow! Today was a non-stop busy one! We started the day taking the Tube to Victoria Coach station to catch our Best of London tour. This tour was good value. Very comprehensive, packed, and tiring! It was supposed to be a 9 hour tour but turned out to be 10 hours because London traffic was awful today. 
 

The day started off at Westminster Abbey. 
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Then we headed over to St. Paul’s Cathedral and spent about 1.5 hours there. We went it and toured the main floor and the crypts. 
 

 

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Next stop was the Tower of London where we stopped for lunch and then toured the towers. This was probably the most disappointing part for me personally. I don’t blame the tour company, but because it took us a while to get to the Tower of London, we only had about 1.5 hours to spend there. The line to see the Crown Jewels was incredibly long (as I knew it would be so late in the day) so we never got a chance to see it. 
 

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The last part is where things got weird. After the cruise down the Thames, our guide said he would not be going with us. He asked for a volunteer to take a paper that had a bar code on it containing the 37 tickets for all who would he riding the London Eye. Hubby and I looked at each other and the Type A personalities took over, we did not hesitate to volunteer because at least we knew that we would make it on the flight lol. This was a 30 min flight and worth it for a one time experience. Hubby said it was a North Star on steroids lol. 
 

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3 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

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Child-sized full plate armor? They started them young, back then!

3 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

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What kind of fish was that? I don't think I've ever seen a filet that massive in an order of fish and chips.

Did either of you go for the traditional malt vinegar?

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