My trip to South Africa started with an overnight flight across the Pond to London's Heathrow Airport倫敦希斯路機場. Just like many of my trans-Atlantic flights, I spent most of my time watching movies and had gone without sleep for more than 24 hours when dawn broke. The plane touched down at Heathrow when most passengers were still slumbering.
攝影图片 Photo below: Heathrow AirportSince the flight to Johannesburg was in the evening, my partner and I decided to take the express train to Paddington Station and do some sight-seeing.
攝影图片 Photo below: Paddington Train StationExcept the paper delivery men and cab drivers, there were only a few early risers braving the chilly wind on London Street in the early hours.
攝影图片 Photo below: London StreetWalking around in our Safari outfit, K and I soon discovered that our African attire was poor defence against London's bone-chilling wet-cold weather. We quickly retreated into a near-by restaurant to warm up.
攝影图片 Photo below: A restaurantA cup of fresh-brewed coffee and a hearty English breakfast with ham, eggs and toast soon raised my bod temp and blood sugar to a chatty level. Despite the cold and damp, we boarded a double-decker bus and did a quick tour around town.
攝影图片 Photo below: Double-decker BIG BUSI did manage to take several snap shots of the street scenes when it was not raining hard, but K spent most of the journey huddling inside the covered part of Big Bus.
攝影图片 Photos below: London street scenes (note Harrods is no longer owned by Harrods as of date of posting)
I wish I had more time visiting galleries and museums and even dropping by to have a cup of tea with the Queen. But, alas, Africa is calling and we had to head back to Heathrow before sun-set to catch our next flight.
* First 3 photos of "Heathrow Airport", "Paddington Station", "London Street" from Wikipedia were edited by Haricot
* All other photos were taken in London on November 27, 2009