September 22nd, 2005

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Documentating my trip to England...

I am going to try to document my trip to England over the next few days, each entry being a different day, with all the "after-hours" naughty bits being put in an "lj-cut", to prevent discomfort from people that DO NOT want to hear about it (or open them at work!)

Thursday, 08 September, 2005

I has arrived, 6:50 AM London time. It took me a few moments to wash the feeling of disbelief that after all these years of wanting to come to England that I was really there! I fiddled with my special worldwide mobile phone, transferring the chip out of my U.S. phone and getting it up and running. Moments later I was on the tube heading towards Green Park station, then to London Bridge station!

I located the place I was staying and dropped off my luggage, then went to the lobby to await Neville S. for a proper British lunch of fish & chips! Dave P. (photo on the left) was to meet up with us at the restaurant later (his train was later than originally thought)

I had a great lunch with Neville, and after we were done, Dave P., my host for the remainder of my trip, showed up -- we hit it off from the get go! We have been chatting online and on the telephone for almost a year, and it was just splendid (and unbelievable) that I was finally meeting him in person!!

After out meet-up, Neville went his own way while Dave and I began to get ready to do some walking around, ending up in Soho on Old Compton Street at "Compton's" pub -- where I got my first pint of real bitter (Britain is well known for its ale which tends to be dark in appearance and heavier than lager. It is known as "bitter." It is typically served room temperature and is not fizzy like American Beers.) I loved it!! After a couple of pints, Dave had not eaten, therefore we walked across the street to Balans, a trendy chain of restaurants.

After dinner, we stopped at several area gay pubs (most of which close at 23:00), check the listings for yourself at gaytoz.com -- The King's Arms, up on Poland Street was one of the better bear bars in the area -- several pints later, and we were off to bed... Both Dave and I were a bit tired; tomorrow was going to be a busy day!

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Onwards & Upwards!

Friday, 09 September, 2005

Dave and I started the day with a "traditional" English breakfast -- including bangers (English sausage.) Now, I'm not normally a breakfast sausage eater -- the stuff we have here in the States is all greasy and yucky... Over in England, however, it was much leaner and tasty!! Eggs, proper back bacon, chips (French fries), baked beans, bangers, brown bread, and tea! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm... To quote my mate, Bruce MacW: Yummers!!

We hopped the tube into central London and went sight-seeing, eventually going shopping at Harrod's, a department store with all the grandeur and splendor you would expect from the British! Five floors, each floor having about sixteen rooms, all different! The food store portion was simply amazing... I know where Wegman's got their ideas from now!! Their fancy homemade ice cream department feature flavour was "Beans & Toast" -- I am still wondering if it was done as a joke, or if someone would actually eat that! Dave and I went upstairs to the 2nd floor "truly British" seasonal display, and they were giving out samples of martinis!! I never got free booze at Wegmans!! I'm telling you, those little samples went right to our heads! We continued on with our walking tour over to Saint Paul's Cathedral... Wow... simply amazing! The sound from the choir was mesmerizing!! See my photos!

We then walked to the Millennium Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Thames River. London's Millennium Bridge is the first pedestrian river crossing over the Thames in central London for more than a century. It is a 325m steel bridge linking the City of London at St. Paul's Cathedral with the Tate Modern Gallery at Bankside. More info about the Millennium Bridge?

Following dinner at a lovely Chinese restaurant, Lee Ho Fook, with chrishansenhome (another circumsexual) and his partner, Dave and I headed to Compton's, The King's Arms, and then to the hotel to change into our leathers to go to The Hoist!

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