Monday, June 18, 2007

The Travelers Guide to London: Chapter Three

Welcome back to my blog type travel guide for Americans visiting London. In this week’s installment, we will look at transportation to all of the fun places and historic sites that London has to offer.

The recommended way to get around London according to the London Transportation authority is by the underground train system called The Underground. The first thing you will need to effectively utilize “The Tube” is to familiarize yourself with the simple and easy to read tube maps like the one displayed here.

Access to “The Tube” can best be obtained by first acquiring a London Transport Travel Card. This very versatile card can also be used for access to the red double-decker buses, the short route trams, the river crossing ferry boats, the Heathrow Airport rail system, National railways light rail system, the Docklands light rail system, and passage on pretty much everything just short of the space shuttle. Although if you look close enough at the fine print, you may find that to be included also.

The underground trains are apparently environmentally conscious because by the strong odor emitting from the tunnels, one can easily reason that the engines must burn human urine for fuel instead of oil or coal.

For those of us who would rather kill the earth in order to breathe fresh air, I highly recommend the red double-decker buses. These not only provide you with better scenery while in route to your destination, but also an exciting thrill ride. There is nothing more invigorating about riding with a crazy driver weaving through traffic and dodging crossing pedestrians, than to experience it from 20 feet above the ground. It’s so much fun they could actually charge for it. Oh wait a minute, they do charge for it.

That’s all I got for you concerning transportation. Tune in next week when I reveal all the best and worst attractions in the greater London area.

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