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Jul 20, 2017 - First Day in London

A lovely first day in London. Covent Gardens (in the rain!) and then the Churchill War Rooms Museum. The underground bunkers where Churchill and his war cabinet worked and lived during the bombing of London, WWII. Our evening was a lovely dinner at an Indian Restaurant next to our hotel. We got a little nap before dinner and some decent sleep afterwards. Hooray! Tomorrow our daughter Deanna and husband Erich come into London with the two boys (8 &10)... can't wait!

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Jul 20, 2017 - Tower of London and Westminster

This morning we toured the infamous Tower of London site of numerous beheadings including Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell. The crown jewels are also housed at the Tower and are on display to the public. We traveled by boat to Westminster and viewed the Parliament Building and toured Westminster Abbey. From there we walked across Westminster Bridge to board the London Eye for 30 minute "flight" on the giant wheel. From there it was on to dinner at the George Inn a pub that has been in operation since 1676 and is the only original gathering...

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Jul 19, 2017 - On Our Way!!

We are off on the first leg of our adventure. Actually,, first a 3 hour lay-over in Houston (not so adventurous!). Then we board United (hope they are nice to us!). After our long flight, we arrive in London at 7:30 a.m. and we'll be off for a full day of sight-seeing. (We're nuts?) Stay tuned for more fun and adventures. A full day with Covent Gardens (in the rain) and then the Churchill War Rooms Museum. Interesting to see where Churchill and his war cabinet worked and lived during the bombing during WWII.

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Jul 19, 2017 - British Museum - Guildhall - St. Paul's

Today began with a visit to the British Museum where we got an expert lecture on Assyrian sculpture and then toured Korean and Islamic exhibits. We also saw a statue from Easter Island and the Rosetta Stone. The museum is huge and while interesting it was quite hot and crowded which detracted from the experience. From there we traveled a short distance to the Guildhall Great Hall where all the trade guilds meet and once a year elect the Lord Mayor of London, not to be confused with the Mayor of London who is elected by the residents of the...

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Jul 18, 2017 - Hyde Park

After sleeping in to recover from the time change and a bit of jet lag we walked to nearby Hyde Park. The park is huge, over 600 acres in the heart of London. It was a beautiful day so there were loads of people in the park enjoying the nice sunny day. We walked all over the park and had lunch at a cafe at the Serpentine Lake. This evening we had an introduction from our tour director and then our instructor gave us a brief and fascinating history of the British Isles. We also met the rest of our tour group, 27 in all including Bill's...

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Jul 17, 2017 - Our Journey

Arrived in London pretty tired but safely and on time after a delay leaving Chicago. The room wasn't ready at the hotel so we walked to Harrods to have a look around. An immense department store with everything imaginable. Quite overwhelming and very busy. Weather is beautiful, 75 and sunny, hopefully it will stay that way. After our walk and some lunch it was a short nap and then unpacking in our very small room at the Radisson. Great location on Cromwell Street near several museums and a short walk to Hyde park. Our Journey o London and...

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Jul 11, 2017 - London in the rain

We got up late this morning – 8:30 for me and 10:00 for Alice. I went down and had a bit of breakfast while Alice slept. We packed up all our cares and woes and took the bags done to be held by the concierge then headed off to our tour. We crossed Westminster bridge and walked along the Thames a bit - not much on the other side of the river. Then we headed inland as Alice wanted to get something to eat – like pizza. We stopped at a Pizza Express (with the exact same menu as Milano’s in Dublin!) and had lunch, then off to Convent Garden to...

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Jul 10, 2017 - Back to London

Up early again and on the road by 7:30. Drive some distance with one stop for a bit then to Stratford on Avon. We stopped at Anne Hathaway’s cottage for a quick picture and then a group shop with the cottage in the background. Photo turned out pretty blurry it turned out. Then down the road a piece to Shakespeare’s birthplace where we rushed into the reception hall and had a salad, a drink, and sandwiches. Not great and seemed rather pointless. In any event we broke into small groups and wandered around the grounds watching some people do...

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Jul 8, 2017 - A stitch in time…

Sad farewells to Derbyshire and the loved ones we left behind. But more of this later. We arrived into London yesterday at 2pm following a 2-hour train trip from Chesterfield. Not a minute late. A new experience - First Class. Do you know they give you complimentary tea, coffee, cold drinks like apple juice, peanuts, fruit cake etc all for the price of the First Class ticket? Thank goodness, they offer discounted tickets 3 months in advance – even with all the freebies us Antipodeans are always shocked at the price of UK train trips. Then a...

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A Traveller's Tale

Jul 8, 2017 - If music be the food of life…play on.

What a magical musical week we had and it culminated today at the Royal Opera House in London. Last week Saturday we were taken to Lizzie’s son-in-law, Andy’s, choir’s summer performance put on at a nearby age-old stone church. It was a sell-out performance and we were entertained and transported on high with songs ranging from classical favourites to a medley of songs from our very favourite musical Les Misérables. As we left Oona, Lizzie’s 9-year-old granddaughter said – three of the sopranons shouldn’t be in the choir – they were off...

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Jul 4, 2017 - London Bath Cornwall

Day 1 Tuesday 4th July We arrived at Heathrow at 5:40 am. Nice and early! Fortunately our B&B offered flexible access so we organised to get there by 9 am. We were met by Troy and we left our luggage and started the day on foot. Breakfast at Luie Luie Bus tour: Hop on, hop off and sit in London traffic for most of the time. Buckingham Palace Walked through Hyde Park Shopping: Charles Tyrrhyt Kath Kidston, Church yard food stall, , La Lune Italian for dinner Went in search of Harrods by bus but ended up on the north side of Hyde Park. Day 2...

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Jul 2, 2017 - London for a tiny bit

Boarded a very full plane – they were offering $700 for people to delay until the evening, so luckily no one was thrown off the plane. Seats were fine and flight was only seven hours. Landed at Heathrow and caught a taxi to our hotel then went to the bar for dinner and a drink. Tomorrow we meet the tour at 7:45 and have to get up at 5:30 again, or just past midnight US time. Should be interesting.

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