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Apr 19, 2014 - Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds

This was a really successful day. Starting with a visit to BBC Leicester where they have the most comprehensive selection of brand products we've seen to date. It was all I could do not to purchase heaps of DVDs and CDs, in fact I managed to come away empty handed by considering the potential weight issues with my luggage at Heathrow Next door Leicester University has established an exhibition based on the archeological investigation at Grey Friars Abbey. For many years the exact location of Abbey buildings was supposition. However, very...

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Apr 18, 2014 - Badgers Mount Leicester

It's not an overstatement to say that we spent the whole freaking day in the car today. We'd left early enough from Yorkshire to make it to Bosworth Battlefield by 1.30. A double lorry collision on the M1 at 6.30 that morning meant we were stuck on the freeway from 9.30 to 3.30. At one point or car didn't move for an hour and people were getting out of their vehicles and walking around. We reached badgers mount late in the afternoon and decided to stay put. We've realized that most meals in this country are based on cheese. Not a lot of red...

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Jan 23, 2011 - Ready For The Off

Well, nearly time for the start. Peter, Ruth and Connor returned to New Zealand earlier this week and we fly out to join them very soon. Time to panic!! The tickets are all sorted - upgrades requested - the suitcases are out of the attic and piles of clothes on the bed. Final paperwork to be checked and then we will be off. Old trips can be viewed here http://arteman.wordpress.com/ This Trip Journal is a new experiment - so we will see how it goes!

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Arteman's Travels

Jul 17, 2010 - Back to Hong Kong

The day started with buffet breakfast, that consisted of the usual hotel breakfast type things. Although thise one had Singapore noodles and congee which is a rice soup, I had the chicken and mushroom variety with green chillies a good way to start the day I thought. Picked up at 9am by the evr reliable Mr Liem, Jessica and Kilian, who was by now acting as photographer as the battery in our camera was flat. Off to the Macao lighthouse, where obviously the views over Macao were spectacular, there was also more information forthcoming from...

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Jul 16, 2010 - Macao

The day didnt get off to the best of starts when we overslept and missed the 9am ferry, not to worry there was another one at 10am. The only problem was that we couldnt contact Jerome's father to tell him we would be late. Finally got hold of him as the ferry docked and he advised us to go straight to the hotel and he would meet us there. True to his word he was waiting when we arrived, with Jerome's 11 year old sister Kilian and his much older cousin Jessica who were to be our guides for the day with father as chauffer. Our first taste of...

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Jul 15, 2010 - Hong Kong Day 2

The day started off with is booking the tickets to and from Guangzhou in China, the travel agency couldnt do tickets for any further than that, so we will have to take pot luck on the day. The rest of the morning and most of the afternoon was spent on Lantau Island. A splendid cable car ride in a glass bottomed cable car afforded us some panoramic views of the scenery, which was magnificent and gave Angie ample opportunity to practice with the camera. This took us up to the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, also known as the...

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Jul 14, 2010 - Hong Kong Day 1

Well we arrived in Hong Kong safe and sound, if a little tired. We were met by the fabulous Mrs Chan who was there to greet us at the airport and whisk us off at a pace, far to quick for Angies knees, to the Chinese Foreign ministery to sort out our visas. We had to take a number and sit and wait for your number to come up before you were dealt with. A bit like Argos but without the chavs. After an eighty minute wait we were sorted out in about eighty seconds, so its back tomorrow to pick them up. From there it was off to the hotel, again...

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Jul 13, 2010 - Ready to go

Well we had our first snag on Friday when I discovered that Finnair had changed the times of their Helsinki to Hong Kong flights meaning a 9 hour wait in Helsinki on the way out and a 10 hour wait on the way back. Luckily managed to sort it out and now have a later flight out of Heathrow and an earlier one back there. Unfortunately it looks like we wont be sitting together on either of the outbound flights, so I get a night off from listening to Angies snoring. Had the farewell night out with the basketball lads, a good night was had as...

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May 6, 2007 - Vintage Races in England

OK... Try to look at this update as "art work". I understand you may not be inteested in old cars. But these are all pre 1931 British cars, and they are something to admire. And, they are at the track to be raced...not just to look pretty. These guys trash them around like it was 1920. This is the Vintage Sportscar Club of England. I hope this may be of some interest to you...it is what I do. I can't play golf or tennis, can't sing or dance, and I drink wine from a screw-cap bottle. It has been 6 months since our last update. Nancy and I...

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Jul 28, 2006 - Barrow upon Soar

We stayed the night with my friend Claire, who lives in a small village called Barrow-upon-Soar, which is in the Midlands, just south of Loughton. There are a lot of towns in England with names like this, which means 'Barrow on the river Soar. It's a cute little town and not a tourist destination, so were getting a real glimpse into the life of an average Brit. It's nice to be somewhere where there aren't swarms of other tourists or any museums or historical sites we feel that we have to visit. Last night we went to dinner and then over to...

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Europe 2006

Jul 28, 2005 - all the small things

today we played at kenilworth castle. it's a ruined castle 2 hours outside of cambridge. there's a whole story behind it, how it was a gift from queen elizabeth to her favorite member of the court. how she made him an earl and landed him with the castle and all of this stuff. but, really, it's just the best place to spend the day with people you like and your cameras. it was an english summer day meaning it bounced between freezing and rainy to hot and muggy with all possibly combinations of sunlight and cloud cover. we have pictures of...

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