Subject: Re: London
Hello Harriet,

Like Marguerite, we also liked starting our London stay with a bus tour. We took the Big Red Bus, an open-air double- decker (last June) that allowed on-off privileges for 24 hours. The tour included a boatride on the Thames. We took the entire tour the first afternoon and got on again for a partial tour after dinner. (We were still tired after our overnight flight, so we decided to relax while seeing the sights at night.) The next morning, we used the bus to get to Buckingham Palace. And just before our time expired, we took the Thames tour. Interestingly, each bus guide had his or her own "take" on the sights, so we were never bored and learned something new each time

We had a bit of luck at the Palace. We were going to see the changing of the guard. The bad news was, no changing of the guard that day. The good news was, we got to see the trouping of the colours. What a glorious spectacle it was! Horses, carriages, foot soldiers in full regalia. Lots of pomp and circumstance.

We like zoos, so we visited the London Zoo. The Zoological Society of London is transforming the old zoo into the better wildlife-friendly habitat. The zoo is situated on the Regent's Canal and one can stand on the bridge and watch houseboats and barges navigate the waters. We were very impressed with the zoo cafeteria. Definitely not for fast- food junkies. For drinks, there was a wide selection of juices, wine and beer to put on one's tray. Food choices included healthy hot and cold choices. There was also a wide variety of tasty desserts.

Carrie, Bardonia, NY