I had been saving air miles on my Delta for years. We always said it would be for a really big trip. That time finally came when we made the decision last March to plan a 6 week excursion through Western Europe using our air miles to get there and back.
Also, we were required to have reserved seats on our trains for Brussels, Paris & Avignon. All of these were mailed either to our US address or Directly to PV. In all the other locations, we reserved our seats directly at the train station in that country.
After just this first train experience, we were more than grateful we had followed our own advice and had only our small amount of luggage. There were steps to climb or descend everywhere. It also helped that we were used to steps and walking from our living in PV.
Tired but not falling on our faces, we found a great Pub called The Globe, just across from the train station on Baker Street. The atmosphere was pure British and the food excellent! Since I'm a meat and potatoes kind of person, I simply loved the food in London!! Shepherd’s Pie was a delight!
We boarded the City Boat Cruise (included in our day pass) to make our way back to Westminster and Westminster Abbey. We walked around both. You can't go into Westminster and we decided to come back to the Abbey the next day because we wanted to finish the bus route on our one day pass.
The tour of Buckingham was exquisite, incredible and awesome! Couldn't take pictures inside but we got plenty out in the gardens and around the Palace.
So sorry for all the photos. It's only a smidge of what we took. If you're interested in more, here's the link to all of them. https://app.sugarsync.com/iris/wf/D646513_05977316_6886511