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Oct 15, 2018 - Portobello Road

After our long day yesterday, we had a well deserved lie-in today. We had a light breakfast, then we hit the pavements to discover the charms of the Portobello Road district. It was initially overcast and drizzly, but cleared up a bit later, so we were able to follow a walking tour Lan had discovered. The area is a quite wealthy part of London, with wide streets, huge Georgian mansions and lots of very expensive looking cars. There are several charming streets with pastel-painted houses for which this area is famous, as well as plenty of...

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Oct 15, 2018 - London...Again

We're headed to London for a whirlwind weekend culminating in the Seahawks game at Wembley stadium - the whole reason we're in the UK instead of Italy this fall. Unlike our other train experiences, this one was standing room only for the 1.5 hour trip. When a seat did open up, I was sitting next to a guy who brought his own beer and cracking them one after another, dropping the empties on the floor. Did I meantion we caught the train about 8:00am? Our hotel was very close to the one I stayed at solo, so it was easy to find. Now this hotel...

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UK/Ireland 2018

Oct 14, 2018 - Back to English

We got up early and said goodbye to the Elodie's crew and a few early risers among our tour group. As this was Paris, we had to lug our bags up and down a few staircases on our way via the Metro to Gare du Nord to catch our Eurostar train to London. Escalators and lifts were few and far between! Otherwise, we arrived on our train without any hassles to speak of and settled ourselves in for the two-hour journey. We were in the standard premium class, so had plenty of space and few other passengers to disturb us, as well as having a light...

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Oct 6, 2018 - London, England

On the Map of England I’ve loaded, you’ll see Harwich on the right side, that’s where the Stena Line Ferry landed and where we caught the Train which took us to Liverpool Street Station in London. At Liverpool Station we found the tourist office where we bought our London Passes and Oyster Card. They offer this visitor package for 1 day, 3 day and 6 day pkgs. We recommend getting them as they offer deep discounts and “head of the line admissions” to most sites. From there we caught the London Tube and according to the instructions from our...

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Oct 1, 2018 - London - Solo

My first days of the trip were solo in London. I've tried to include a picture from each of the main highlights, but the main theme of my experience, not only in London, but on the whole trip was "walking in history" rather than viewing it. It was a different experience of being solo this time, than my time in Paris. I felt only excitement and challenge and none of the lonliness, anxiety or trepidation. Maybe it was having no language barrier, or the fact that I'd done it before, that I spent time getting on London time before the trip, or...

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UK/Ireland 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - On the road again

We have come to the end of our cycling tour of the Cotswolds! Although we only managed to cycle on three of the days, we still enjoyed the trip immensely. This region is what many people think of when they talk about the “English countryside”, with it's little twisty laneways, green fields and pretty, immaculate villages, and it's clearly a favourite with tourists. We also generally found the people to be very friendly and helpful, which made the visit all the more pleasant. We were given big hugs by our host on our departure, and a taxi...

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Sep 17, 2018 - Final Update

My apologies for the significant delay in posting journal updates over the last week. Our connection to WiFi has been limited or none at all. After our outstanding stay at Kapama, we headed on to Johannesburg, SA (aka Joberg) for two nights. Our private guide picked up us for a visit to the Apartheid Museum which included a special Nelson Mandela exhibition. Both were fantastic! Learned so much about the period of apartheid and the dedication and commitment by Nelson Mandela to end it. From there our guide took us to Soweto (Southwestern...

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Sep 13, 2018 - From Brompton factory to Roman London

We had a day of contrasts today, starting off looking at the latest technologies and manufacturing methods at the Brompton folding bicycle factory, and ending with a visit to one of the most important Roman archaeological finds in London of the 20th century. Our day began with a tube journey out to Greenford in the west, past Wembley and Ealing, to visit the Brompton factory. It’s a long way out, and increasingly we passed through what looked more like villages than suburbs of London. Greenford itself is ancient, dating back to at least 848...

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Sep 12, 2018 - Museum Day!

The forecast was for a cool rainy day today, so we decided to do some indoors activities; that is, head to some museums. But first we decided to treat ourselves to a proper breakfast. Jane found a lovely little café around the corner from us in Judd Street, called Half Cup. It has a very similar vibe to Melbourne cafés and we stuffed ourselves with their traditional English breakfast, which was delicious. We decided to revisit the British Museum because of course it’s so huge that each visit can only cover a small corner of its collections....

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Sep 11, 2018 - The Grand Union Canal

Today we hired a couple of bicycles so that we could explore a little further afield. Of course what we really wanted to do was to hire Bromptons, but various issues thwarted us, and we had to settle for regular bikes from On Your Bike, a shop right next to Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market. So we headed back to London Bridge to pick up the rather sturdy hybrids, which felt wierd to ride after being used to Bromptons. We headed west along the south bank of the Thames and crossed Blackfriars Bridge, heading north towards Regents Park....

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Sep 10, 2018 - Bank and Borough

Our first full day in London! And while the sun wasn't exactly shining, it was mild, which made for pleasant walking weather. With the aid of our lovely melatonin pills, we were both able to get some much needed sleep, and so woke refreshed and ready to tackle a few administrative matters and have our first look at London in seven years. Firstly we obtained the essential local SIM cards, which happily will work in Europe too (at least until March next year). Then we hopped on the Tube to get to Bank, which is, not unexpectedly, just near...

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Sep 9, 2018 - Acetone and seat recliners

Today is a travel day. We had a leisurely breakfast with Lan's parents before heading out to the airport for our midday flight. We decided to both opt for aisle seats on our Singapore Airlines flight, which meant we had different neighbours. Jane had the unfortunate "instant seat recliner" in front of her, and so spent the whole flight squashed in her seat (not to mention also having the person next to her popping up and down like a jack-in-the-box all flight). Lan had a neighbour who insisted on doing her nails (three coats!), which spewed...

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