Saturday, May 9, 2009

Why "Mind the Gap"?

The first day we rode on the Tube in London, at each stop a friendly recording asked riders to "please, mind the gap". We were a little puzzled at first but then realized they were referring to the gap between the edge of the platform and the edge of the car. I guess it would be a bad thing to get your foot caught in there! For some reason, every time we heard that recorded message we had to smile and the phrase just stuck in our heads.

Our trip was planned rather hastily due to short term cheap airfare on British Airways (on a non-stop flight from Denver), Hilton hotel points, and the ability to fit it in between a work commitment I had and concert tickets to see the Eagles in Salt Lake City over mother's day weekend. I also really wanted to see some of the special exhibits going on this year to celebrate Henry VIII's accession to the throne.

If British Airways flew around the United States, they would be our airline of choice: a hot meal (with salad and desert), free alcoholic drinks, free movies/TV,individual blankets, pillows and a little care package that included a sleep mask, toothbrush/toothpaste and fuzzy socks. Granted, they might not provide all of this on shorter flights, but it all made our 9 hour flight much more comfortable.

We loved the Tube. Easy to find, easy to navigate, quick and efficient (unlike the train system which will be a story for another day!). Although I can see how it might be intimidating at first, I think since we were familiar with the Metro in Washington DC, we found it pretty easy. We also found the people of London to be extraordinarily friendly and helpful. I will have to admit to being a little surprised by that - I think we were expecting a stuffier demeanor and let's face it, American's aren't necessarily that popular right now. But, no worries there. We owe a big thank you to several anonymous Londoners and especially to an older couple on what we thought was the train to Hampton Court.

In the coming days we will be posting some pictures and stories of our adventures. We hope you enjoy them! Comments are always welcome.



  1. I can't wait to hear more about the trip.

  2. I too love the phrase "Mind the Gap"! It's been a while since I was in London but I have fond memories from there.Your trip sounded wonderful!



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