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May 19, 2018 - Last day - London

Got to sleep in yeah! Then headed to Westminster Abbey. Got there about 9.30 and was surprised that it wasn’t too busy. These days they have a self guided tour with a hand held device. I really enjoyed it. Then off on a long walk up to Knightsbridge to visit Harrods and Hyde Park. Bought a nice salad box to eat, in Harrods, and sat in the Park, in the sunshine. Back to pack and now I am sitting waiting to board the plane at 1015. Another trip over but it has been full of variety and I have really enjoyed it. Signing off!

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May 8, 2018 - London

Put the Nike’s on today and hit the pavement!! Dragged Geoff to all the sites hehe !! The palace, Diana’s fountain, Hyde park, The mall, The Thames, Trafalgar Square, The National gallery, Regent street, Oxford street again and more.. ended up doing over 16km on foot. Yikes.. off for a pub meal and a Champagne.. tomorrow the tour starts xx Correction finished with 21.5 km walked today I’m officially exhausted !!

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May 7, 2018 - London

Early wake up!! Then off to the airport for our flight to London. And yes I had to start the morning with a Moët Chandon.. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta go !! Hahaha .. our first A380 flight.. the staff were amazing .. free flowing verve!!! Big thank you to Claire who arranged a very special cake for us, which we enjoyed at the bar with another verve 𯘁 your brilliant Claire x Arrived at our hotel in London around 4.30 stunning right next to Hyde park , Kensington park and on Oxford street.. poor Geoff I’ve dragged him around for and...

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May 6, 2018 - London Town stories

Thursday night and Friday: 3 and 4 May Well, here we go. London look out because we’re on our way. Our Qatar flight on a A380 left Perth on time and arrived a little early in Doha the next morning. The champers was good to start with and we both managed to get a reasonable amount of sleep. When we got to Doha we only had about 50 minutes to get to our next flight, and if you know Doha Airport you’ll know 50 minutes cutting it fine to get from one terminal to another, so we were fortunate we were met by a Qatar rep and escorted all the way...

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May 5, 2018 - Time to go home, Jet Lag and Laundry

Got up at 2:15 AM to make the 3:15 bus time to the airport. Checked in and hung out in the British Airways business class lounge until time to head to the gate. Our 11 hour flight home was uneventful. No turbulence. We had business class seats, so room to stretch out. The plane route was across Iceland and through Canada. Must be faster to fly over the top of the world. Immigration in LA was fast and mostly self service. All our worries about paying customs duty on all the stuff we bought, went for not as the guy just waved us through and...

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May 4, 2018 - London England

History: London , Greenwich, England, nestled along the Thames river has a cherished maritime history including the Maritime Greenwich Site. Precisely at the Royal Observatory the worlds longitude is measured from the prime meridian and Greenwich Mean Time sets the global time standard. At the port the clipper ship Cutty Sark can be seen and upriver is Buckingham Palace, the Parliament , Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tower Bridge, and London Tower. Day 141 our final stop. We have covered 36,585 Nautical miles, covered 5...

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May 4, 2018 - London Eye and Prime Meridian

Bags are 90% packed and it looks like everything will fit. Mel made us do a practice pack on the sea day between Spain and Portugal to confirm. Just have left our clothes for today, PJs and traveling home clothes. Our disembarkation time is 3:15 AM to make our 9:50 AM, 11 hour flight home to LA. Elected to not take any tours today and just wander about. We are anchored at Greenwich on the River Thames , right in the heart of London. We have to tender over to the Greenwich pier. The tide is out and the water is way down, it would almost be...

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Apr 26, 2018 - Last Day in London

We awoke to another sunny day. We discovered that our 2 day Big Bus gticket had miraculously had become a single day ticket. Slick. At the Mews a pretty young lady asked Gord about his pass and a frw minutes later said he had dropped his ticket. She gave him hers. His pocket must have been picked while he talked to her. It IS a big city afterall. But the Big Bus let us ride to St. Paul's today for free. But we should have cruised yesterday. We explored St. Paul's marvelling at the artwork, the age and the statues. There are so many people...

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Apr 25, 2018 - Big Bus

Early this a.m. we bought tickets for and boarded the Big Bus. As in Paris it is hop on, hop off. Today we saw more and learned more than had we just taken the tube to the Tower of London. We rode the bus along Baker Street, saw Fleet Street, Soho and Lester Suare, Selfridges, Harrods, revisited Trafalgar Square, went around Hyde Park twice, Notting Hill, the Marble Arch and more. At the Tower of London we hopped off. This is a walled fortress built by William the Conqueror starrted in 1068. We had lunch at the Tower of London and then...

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Apr 24, 2018 - London, England

Today we were up before 6a. We walked 3 blocks, caught the 'purple' metro hoping to get off at Gare du Nord. But...That station was closed! We got off at the next station, caught the different metro to Chappel and crossed the road to the station. Piece of cake! With asking a lot of questions we found the right Eurostar, went through security, passport control and found a coffee. And waited an hour. It seemed no time at all till we were on the train speeding towards London. The terrain ia flat and, as with all railroads, not the best side is...

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Apr 17, 2018 - Road Trip to the Queen, the Stones and a Bit of Higher Education

Tuesday was an early morning, leaving my residence at 7:00am to meet my tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford. The tour enabled me to see a lot of things, but not spend a great deal of time at any of them. But it whetted my appetite to come back, especially to Oxford. I knew very little about Windsor Castle; it is so huge! We only had about 1.5 hours there so I toured the State apartments and St. George's Chapel where Harry and Meghan will say their "I do's" in May. The Queen is currently in residence, as she is during April each...

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Apr 16, 2018 - Transported by the Tube

The London Times was left outside my door this morning so I could see how the Brits tell the news compared to the U.S. Seems one is either Mr. or Mrs here. There is no alternative... The Story of My Tube Stations: Bond Street to St. Paul's (and a tour of the Cathedral) to Bank (with a lot of walking underground to the transfer station at Monument) to St. James Park so I could spend some time outdoors walking to Westminster Abbey (and a tour), then a walk from Parliament to Trafalger Square, then to the National Gallery to commune with art...

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