Friday, June 29th
7:30 am We have landed…we are here! And the line to clear customs is LONG! However, it is moving fast. By 9:30 am we had all cleared immigration/passport control, collected our baggage and met our guide Birgit at the hotel. We loaded onto the bus with another small group of singers and off we go.
10:00 am We met our tour guide for the day as we travel around the city. We saw Big Ben and Parliament, Westminster Abbey, many of the Museums, Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (also the Diamond Jubilee has just started!), lunch at Covent Garden…and we have yet to really sleep!
3:00 pm We checked into the hotel…the IBIS Docklands Hotel on London’s east side. Nice hotel. Everyone is getting some rest and the off for some free-time this evening (if they don’t all pass out…which many might). A lot of choices for dinner. A group wanted some help navigating the tube and kidnapped James for a trip for some great Chinese food in China Town. Others went out for some great British “pub food”.
10:30 pm…Bed checks…and almost half are asleep! Ready for tomorrow’s first mass choir rehearsal!