Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year 2013

High up on the check box of things to see on our trip were the London New Year Fireworks. Our plan was a little last minute and haphazard, but we pulled it off. We caught the Oxford Tube into London (which is actually a bus), that got us the about 11:15pm I think. The Streets were closed to motor traffic for 3 square miles. It was human gridlock for the last 1/2 mile. This was no surprise, 250,000 people were estimated to be in the capital to watch the display. But where to watch the 12,500 fireworks from? We ended up on a roof of Carlton House, not a place that you could really get away with going any other time. But it was overrun, by a peaceful, excitable crowd, and the nervous security guards seemed happy their direction was mostly heeded. This was the grand finale from our perspective. Quite the atmosphere I can tell you and we were still almost third of a mile from the center

It took a long time to get out of the capital, this street was one of the ones away from the center and open to vehicles, None shall pass! and it was 00:30am. 1-1-13. We eventually got home at 5am.

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