London: the journey and Day 1

October 29, 2013

Sorry I haven't posted recently, but there has not been much to post about at all!

Anyway, as this week is half term I am staying with my grandad on Taggs Island, a small residential island of house-boats in Hampton Court, London. On Sunday my Grandad came up to Lowestoft and we went out for dinner and met up with the rest of the family back at my house. Following this, my dad took My Grandad, Jan and I to the train station where we boarded a train to Ipswich at 5:30pm. This journey lasted about an hour and a half, upon arrival at Ipswich we boarded our second train, which seemed a bit more old fashioned than the previous one! This train took us to London Liverpool St. where we boarded a Central Line train to Bank and then we boarded our final train (on the Northern Line) to South Wimbledon. Here we walked a few blocks to the car and proceeded to drive back to my Grandad's houseboat on Taggs Island. We arrived at about 11pm
The following day was the day of the big storm! Due to the storm the National Rail services had all been cancelled, therefore Hampton Court station was out of commission, therefore resorting us to drive back to Waterloo South to get the Northern Line into London. From here we separated from Jan as she had to get to Canary Wharf - where she works. 
The first thing me and my Grandad did was visit the London Transport Museum, where he was able to enter free with his TFL pension letter. The transport museum was very interesting as the last time I had been there was when I was about 6 years old! It was especially made interesting by my Grandad who used to be a London bus driver and was telling me all about the different types of busses!
Next, we went out through Covent Garden and watched a street performer for a few minutes who was performing next to the grand Christmas tree there. 
After having some lunch, we then went to get a Raspberry Pi from Maplin for my birthday! I have been endethauring into purchasing a Raspberry Pi for a very long time now, especially due to the projects we have been starting at my school's Eco group. I am very glad now that I have one and I will possibly be doing an unboxing and first startup video on my YouTube channel!
Next, we payed the Apple Store in Regent Street a quick visit, as we always do together. The reason being that the Regent Street store is not just a regular store - it is two floors of Apple heaven! Although the bottom floor is just an ordinary Apple Store, the top floor has a theatre at the back where presentations are held concerning different apple products. There are normally around 3-4 presentations a day and we caught the last 15 minutes of the last one which was about iOS 7 and all of the new feautures in the new OS. Although I knew quite a lot of the new feautures I did learn some new things which I have already applied to practical use, such as sharing proto albums with your contacts via iCloud.

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