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By Glenn Arnette, lll

For the past few weeks we told you about the wonderful times and places while sailing on the ms Rotterdam, the flagship of the Holland American Cruise Line. Now I want to tell you about another fun time while in London, England.

London is London, no doubt about it. First of all, it is way too expensive to go at this time. The pound is very high and your dollar buys very little. Shopping Harrods could break the bank! But with all that history and so much to see, go anyway and let the money flow! They like it!

My first stop is always the theatre. There is nothing more exciting than enjoying a wonderful musical, drama, or comedy with the English flair. Why most of the shows now running in New York started in England because it is cheaper to produce a show there than the States.

This time around I saw Webber’s newest musical, The Woman In White. It is a completely different type of staged musical where there are multi projections and very little in sets. But the projections give you a grand illusion and you will not forget it. Webber, the composer is back in full form. They are already planning to bring the show into New York next season. 

Now there seems to be a new trend for musicals. It’s now popular to produce “rock” musicals, such as Tonight’s The Night, the Rod Stewart musical, We Will Rock You, the music of Queen, and Mamma Mia, which features the music of Abba, now running in New York. By-the-way, the talk in New York for Spring is the big Elvis Presley musical production being produced by Disney and the talk in London is the big new extravaganza coming this Winter, POPPINS. Yes, it is the musical of Mary Poppins! Extra news….Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang arrives in New York next season.

Oh, well, back to my real reason for writing about London. This entire story is about how you should see that wonderful City. The way to really enjoy the sites and people of London is to take THE ORIGINAL TOUR, London’s City Sightseeing Tour.

The ORIGINAL TOUR was established in 1951 by London Transport as part of the “Festival of Britain”. It is considered to be the first sightseeing tour in London and the world to use open-top double-decker buses. With over 50 years in the market, believe me they know what they are doing. As to the value, it is worth every pound and you will be able to see just about everything in London. Not only do you get “live-guided” buses, you have over 40 stops around the City where you can get on and off as many times as you like during a 24 hour period. You never wait more than 10 minutes to catch a bus. They offer all languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Russian, just to mention a few. 

They even have a Kid’s Program.

When you ride THE ORIGINAL TOUR, you have a good time! You must sit up top when weather permits and enjoy the complete view. You meet nice people and have fun exchanging the tourist highlights. You can arrange to obtain discounts and priority entrance tickets to the most popular attractions in the capital and they even have choice menu food promotions available the day of travel. What else could you ask for? Just leave the driving and the traffic to THE ORIGINAL TOUR

Now if I have interested you in this opportunity, go to their website at There you can find out the price of a ticket and additional details.

I want to thank Joanna Bachelor, the International Sales Manager for arranging my tour. She was extremely personable and informed me of the many opportunities available when traveling with them.

If it’s the panoramic views from seven bridges, the Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Madame Tussaud’s, London Bridge or countless other sites, you will never forget your day with THE ORIGINAL TOUR.

Did you know that London is considered the “world’s most cosmopolitan city” and “one of the most expensive cities in the World”? Believe me, you can enjoy the capital more and pay less when you let the people of THE ORIGINAL TOUR take charge of your sightseeing adventure. Professionals do work in this case far better than you can imagine!

Something else of great interest. THE ORIGINAL TOUR is an environmental organization and they are committed to cleaner air! Congratulations!

Thank you for your emails and comments, you really know how to keep a person on their toes! Coming next week one of the most exciting dinner cruises I have every taken and it was down the river Thames.

Soon I will be writing about my next adventure. I am now in Europe sailing down the Rhine and Danube Rivers on two of the Viking River Cruise ships and will be visiting the famous Christmas Markets of Europe. What a job! So,

Happy Thanksgiving and save a leg of the Turkey for me! Until then, know that I am thinking about you. Go to our website and read other travel stories when you have the time.

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