After safe passage abroad, the cardboard representation of Prince has spent the last couple of days taking a royal expedition across the pond in London.
Recently, Explore Minnesota Tourism's market development manager Bill Von Bank recruited our Purple Rain-era friend as an unofficial ambassador for the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Together, they're attending the World Travel Market trade show. Between November 1 and 6, they have the primary goal of boosting local tourism here, and the secondary goal of crossing items off a cardboard bucket list. Here are several photos from the expedition.
Here's a summary of his itinerary thus far (with added info provided by our Explore MN friends):
Overlooking the River Thames (above)
"The River Thames flows through southern England. It is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom."
"At 135 meters (442 feet), the London Eye is the world's largest cantilevered observation wheel."Buckingham Palace Gates
"Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch."
Telephone Booth (Box)
"The iconic red telephone boxes are still prominent around the streets of London -- more for show than anything else. Although some are being converted to mobile charging units."
Double Decker Bus
"The red double decker bus is one of London's principal icons and a widely recognized symbol of the city."
"Cycle Hire is like the Nice Ride bike system in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Did you know that Nice Ride features a Prince Purple Rain tour in Minneapolis? Read more at the Pedal MN blog.
The London Hotel
"Bill Von Bank (Explore Minnesota Tourism) and Sherri Mullery (Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau) are in London for the World Travel Market tradeshow. World Travel Market is a U.K. event for the global travel industry. More than 50,000 travel industry professionals and representatives of the international media converge on London each year in November to attend WTM. Explore Minnesota Tourism participates with other Great Lakes states under the Great Lakes USA banner to promote the region and travel to Minnesota."
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