Glad to hear you had such a good time!
I know what you mean about the streets in London having their own rules about direction. Especially love the ones that change names unexpectedly so one minute you're on say, Royal Road, and then when you're going in the same direction, all of a sudden you're on Cromwell Ave! It can be confusing.
Were any of your expectations met with disappointment, or better than you'd expected?
Please tell us a bit more about Iceland. How were your tours there?
The only thing I was kind of disappointed in was my tour of Windsor Castle; the Queen was there so not able to see the royal apts. And as she's apparently there most weekends, i wonder about doing a tour on a Friday, since that means a lot of them probably can't see them. But other than that, everything was as expected, or better in London.
I think my favorites were tea at the Savoy, the V&A Museum and the Tower. The Yeoman Warder tour is fantastic; our guide was great. A royal marine with quite the sense of humor. and the crown jewels? Amazing!
In Iceland the weather was horrible, so my northern lights tour was cancelled for every day i was there (about 3). I went to the National Museum on my own which is great. Lots of history of the country, etc. Then I had a walking tour of Reykjavik; and was the ONLY one to show up, aside from teh guide, so i had a private tour. He was great; very knowledgable, and we saw a lot of cool stuff. Got totally drenched, but worth it.
Following day i did a small bus tour of the GOlden Circle plus the Secret Lagoon. Again, raining, foggy, windy, so you maybe didn't see as much as you could have but it was ok. Beautiful country, and the secret lagoon was amazing. a giant geothermal pond you float in. So nice and warm!!!
Our guide for that was good too; and it was a mini-bus vs. a giant tour bus.
Friday since my flight was later, i went back and walked around and took photos of stuff from my walking tour since it had finally stopped raining.
I loved Iceland; the people are very friendly and helpful, and pretty much all speak English. Its expensive, but as long as you know that going in, you're ok. And being that there is little public transportation, if you go, unless you are very prepared to rent a car and drive, tours are the way to go. I wuld go back in a heartbeat, esp since its a good gateway to fly from the US to Europe; they allow a stay of up to 7 days without extra charges for airfare.