15.07.2012 - 15.07.2012 19 °C
My dad who was born in Liverpool, used to always tell me that Sunday was always a very important day for Poms. Firstly, it was the day that "changing of the guard" always took place at Buck Pal. Secondly, it was the day that people visited the local "noff" shops for a Sunday lunch. And lastly, it was the day of the week that everyone had a bath; whether they needed one or not.
So, our Sunday started with a visit to watch the changing of the guard. Certainly a long drawn out affair which Aussie military could complete in about 5 minutes. Albeit not with as much ceremony; just handover the keys, chew the fat for a couple of minutes and out of there......
Not the Poms. First they had to ride the horses around the block to mess up the streets a little.
Then comes the band; check out the horse shit they have to cope with in their nice clean boots. As if its not hard enough trying to keep in step, in tune and in the parade; they have to keep upright.
And then the grand finale, the guard. They only had to deal with not running into the band and those idiot tourists encroaching onto the roadway to take a photo.
The whole process takes about 2 hours and whilst no one does POMP better than the POMS; we left after 30 minutes. Sneaked away from the marching to visit Trafalgar Square. There were too many tourists there yesterday and we figured that most would now be trying to get a peak at Liz and her dysfunctional kids.
Trafalgar square was still pretty packed so on our walk tomorrow we're going to do a walk to both it and Piccadilly Circus for some photos. Not sure if Nelson does it for me like he does for most Naval Officers.
All this touristy stuff made us hungry so it was off to lunch. Decided on a cuban restaurant near to our hotel and the food was just superb. Can't even begin to describe the slow cooked pork thingee that we had but it contained chilli and was to die for.
With lunch ticked off the list of to do's for Sunday, it was off to wash. In our case anyway, do that much anticipated task; laundry.
Tonight is an early night because after our walk in the morning, its off to Brighton to visit the beach.......this should be good.