London, England (3 of 3)

We reserved one day for shopping, but ended up buying very little as prices in London are very expensive. Even food is expensive. For example, fish and chips costs an average of C$11 in Toronto restaurants, but 11 pounds Sterling in English pubs i.e. double. The only store we could indulge in was Primark, a budget clothing chain similar to Wal-Mart in Canada. Prices are high throughout the trip, especially with value added tax (VAT) between 20-25%. And we thought the 13% harmonized sales tax (HST) in Canada was high! We’re very well off and didn’t appreciate it!

Piccadilly Circus is actually a road junction, not a circus.

Piccadilly Circus is actually a road junction, not a circus.

The upscale Harrods department store.

The upscale Harrods department store.

Kensington Palace, Prince William & Kate's residence.

Kensington Palace, Prince William & Kate’s residence.

St. Paul's Cathedral, the church of the common people as opposed to Westminster Abbey, the church of lords.

St. Paul’s Cathedral, the church of the common people as opposed to Westminster Abbey, the church of lords.

Museum of Natural History.

Museum of Natural History.

Natural History Museum's nature garden.

Natural History Museum’s nature garden.

All told, we had a very good trip with excellent company, interesting places to visit, and good weather (no rain except when we were indoors or riding in the tour bus). We thank the Lord for His grace, and look forward to years of fruitful service with rest and recreation.

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