Summer 2012: Travels With Mitt Romney
ABC's Emily Friedman reports from the trail, with input from Meghan Kiesel and Jilian Fama out of D.C.:
It's summer travel season and Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, is taking a break from the U.S. campaign trail for a week-long trip abroad. He'll see the Olympic opening ceremonies as well as travel to Poland and Israel and give everyone a taste of what kind of statesman he'd be as president.
And check back here for an continuously updated travelogue:
7/25/12 - London, England and Anglo Saxon Heritage (Friedman)
6:30 p.m. GST (1:30 p.m. EST) Just before 6 p.m. local time in London, Mitt Romney ventured out of his Hyde Park hotel to head over to the Tower of London for an interview.
His body man tweeted along the way a photo of the presidential candidate looking out the window and toward the British Parliament buildings, which are on the way.
When the motorcade arrived at the Tower of London - which is adjacent to the Tower of London bridge that is currently decorated with the Olympic ring logo - Romney's senior policy advisor Lanhee Chen took a photo of their afternoon snacks - an assortment of potato chips.
Or, as the Brits call them, "crisps."
5:19 p.m. GST (12:19 p.m. EST): A campaign sticker for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seen on a street sign for Romney Street in London, on Wednesday, July 25.
4:21 p.m. GST (11:21 a.m. EST): Pictured is the view of Hyde Park from Romney's hotel. If you wanted this view from your hotel room, a suite with private balcony overlooking the park would run you about 879 pounds or $1,363 per night. Comparatively, a standard room with a queen bed is only $401 a night.
3:24 p.m. GST (10:24 a.m. EST): Romney is preparing to attend the Opening Ceremonies of the London games later this week. A major selling point of Romney's campaign is his stewardship of the 2001 Salt Lake City Olympics. Read more about that here
2:30 p.m. GST (9:30 a.m. EST): Romney landed in London Wednesday morning at around 10:30am, an arrival that was not advertised to the press. He is staying at the luxurious Park Lane Hilton located on 22 Park Lane in London.
The hotel was awarded "UK Best Business Hotel 2011? for the 5th time, by Business Traveller Magazine and was called "England's leading business hotel 2009? by World Travel Awards Europe.
According to its website, the Park Lane Hilton boasts, "stunning views of London from all guest rooms, the only hotel in London to offer this, the London Hilton on Park Lane is famed for its unparalleled five star luxury and prestigious location on Park Lane."
The presidential candidate was treated to an uncharacteristically warm London - it is above 80 degrees here.
Romney's trusted body guy, Garrett Jackson, tweeted: "We are wheels down in London. Excited to be here to cheer on Team USA."
The Romney motorcade then weaved through the streets of London - already clogged with pre-Olympic traffic - to the hotel, where other members of the International Olympic Committee are staying.
Romney's car pulled into an underground area where the candidate stepped out and put on his jacket. His wife Ann, already in the Olympic spirit, emerged from the car wearing a Navy USA jacket with an American flag patch on her arm.
Despite promises that the Romney campaign would not disparage President Obama abroad, two Romney advisers said in an interview with the London Telegraph. "We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special," an adviser told the British paper. "The White House didn't fully appreciate the shared history we have." Read more about that here.