On the day of the Marine Ball, Andrew had gone in to see CarlaH at her salon for a haircut. He mentioned to her that we were going to the Ball and she told him she could fit me in to style my hair for the evening! So, at 1500hrs, I went in and she straightened my hair! I just can't get the hang of it to do it myself!
Andrew and I picked up Susan and Philippe around 1700hrs, and we arrived at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Den Haag at around 1800hrs. We were met there by SGT Carlson, who was holding our tickets. He and the other Marines there are Embassy guards.
On Monday, November 11, we took Sammy and Socrates to the kennel and headed to the airport to fly over to London. Andrew had a training class taking place there Tuesday and Wednesday, so we decided to make a short holiday of it. He took Friday off from work and we stayed till Sunday morning.
Because we had been there a couple of times before I felt okay traveling around by myself. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza near London Heathrow Airport Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because it was close to Andrew's work office where he would be doing his training classes. While Andrew was working I went into town. To get there via public transportation, it took almost an hour and a half.
After my visit to The Abbey, I walked around that area a bit.
Tuesday evening we went out to dinner with some of Andrew's work colleagues at the Three Horseshoes in Laleham.
The following day, while Andrew was at work, I went to the top of the Shard building. They bring you up to the 72nd floor where there is an enclosed viewing floor. It made me very dizzy bring up there, so I didn't stay long.
Bird's eye view of the Tower Bridge:
Sunset in London:
There were beehives on one of the balconies of the hotel:
I had planned to get a new laptop while there and found the Apple store on Regent St. to be too busy. I couldn't even get the attention of a sales person there. So, Thursday, I made my over to the Westfield Mall at the Stratford Underground Station.
I headed back to the hotel shortly after buying my new laptop. The Stratford mall is beautiful, but I'm just not much of a shopper so I didn't feel compelled to look around much!
That evening Andrew made his way to the hotel via the underground. A few days prior I had bought us each a card to use on the underground so we didn't have to mess with buying tickets. Our hotel was right across from Scotland Yard.
We found a Scottish clothing store (The Edinburgh Woolen Mill) where Andrew found a jacket and matching hat!
The next morning we took the underground to Paddington Station and then bought train tickets on the Heathrow Express to the airport. It was so relaxing in comparison to the night before!
That evening we had reservations with the American Women's Club to make ravioli and drink wine at The Pasta Box restaurant in Heemstede at 1830hrs. We were both tired, but we had saved a spot so decided we should go. We were so glad we went! We had a great time, learned how to make raviolis, got to enjoy eating them and pair wine with it and enjoyed the evening with friends.