Some of you may know that I recently went to London, UK for a week(just got back Saturday). Here's my report 10. I found out that English weather isn't dreary. . Perhaps I got lucky but beyond the first 2 days of spotty rain and clouds, the skies opened up for the last 4 days of my trip and gave us superb weather. It was 65-68F during the day. 9. "Pub Food" gets old quickly. After the 2nd lunch meal, I was longing for something else. 8. Everyone is friendly. I don't know about the other European nations but I found the English people very friendly and very helpful. 7. They serve "Chips" with everything. I've had enough "Chips" to last me a year. 6. They don't know where to put a road sign at. I met Chris White in London as well and he mentioned this frustration. For those that haven't been, they are up on the side of the buildings and require a bit of searching to find. I found this terribly frustrating. It took me several days to figure this out. 5. My Blackberry doesn't work there. Sadly, LarryB found this out the hard way when Chris W tried to call me. He didn't have my number so he called Larry at 5am(not thinking about the time zone differences). Sorry Larry :( 4. If anyone tells you English food is terrible, they are 1) Lying 2) have bad taste or 3) don't have good friends who have visited there :). Anytime we went to a place recommended by our friends or colleagues, we had a stellar meal. Kensington Place in Notting Hill was superb. The Ivy was awesome except you must get a reservation. We learned that the hard way. Tom's Kitchen in Chelsea is also amazing english food. It's a 5 block walk from the South Kensington Tube stop but worth it. English food service is SLOW and tipping is inconsistent. Be prepared unless I just got unlucky. Most of the time, my drink was needing replacing or a refill. It took a long time to get the bill etc. Sometimes the tip was included and sometimes it wasn't and when it was, they went with 12% as a common amount. This is odd to me as normally I tip 15% or up to 20-25% if the service is superb. I guess they pay their people more on salary. 3. Don't try to take the tube to and from your hotel. We tried this from the Airport and frankly found ourselves beat by the time we reached our room. We took a car (prebooked thru the hotel) from the Hotel to the airport on the return and it was a breeze. The cost was right in line with what the Heathrow Express ran so I had no problems coughing up the 45 pounds to hit the airport in style. 2. Don't miss Windsor Castle and Kew Botanical Gardens. Both of these are out of the way places that require some effort to find but they are the 2 best sights in London IMO. Windsor required a train/subway trip with 3 changes on the way but it was a relative breeze to get to. Kew was also a bit of a pain to find but once you got there, it was breathtaking. The photo guys would have a field day and then some there. 1. Same Day travel > Overnight flights. I was perfectly fine after a 9hr 25 minute flight to DFW from Heathrow but the flight over was brutal. Even following the advice of Hayes and a few others, jet lag hit me like a freight train on Monday(we arrived Sunday). Honorable mention: The Tube is wonderful. It's clean(not nearly as clean as DC's but very nice nonetheless) and efficient. I just wouldn't rely on it to get me to the airport and back especially when a Chelsea FC celebration parade ends at the same time as our train hit London... I'll post up some photos but we had a great time and will be going back. Thanks Hayes for everything.