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Jun 15, 2017 - Harrods and The National History Museum

This morning after doing some housework (mainly cleaning up from cooking last night!), I thought I would peruse the fashion stores in Knightsbridge, namely Harrods. I dressed appropriately so I didn't look like a complete tourist and I was off. Walking along past exclusive stores really makes you wonder if normal everyday people ever shop here.(Toni tells me not normally. Usually Arabs and Asians). Beautiful clothes, perfumes and jewellery with exorbitant prices. Harvey Nichols which is supposed to be "The" fashion store was having a sale...

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Jun 14, 2017 - Changing of the Guard and National Art Museum

This morning I was up and away early to catch the Changing of the Guards Tour. I was in the city early and waited at a close cafe where the news was on. News reporters were covering a huge fire that had ripped through an apartment block killing at least 6 people but many are still missing. The coverage and footage of the fire was something out of Towering Inferno. It was horrendous and cast a sombre feeling over the rest of my day. The tour though was excellent. If you are a nit of a royalist you would absolutely love every minute of this....

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Jun 13, 2017 - Last day in London

Took one of the bus rides around London which took three and a half hours; a long trip covering most of the well known sites and sights but slow travel as the traffic is very congested. Obviously London is full of tourists althughnthenarea of our hotel does not seem as busy despite being close to,the museum area. Stayed on the bus as I was in the front seat on the top deck until back to the museum area and then had a visit to the Natural History museum. Have checked my flight with Emirates and now definitely looking towards home.

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Jun 13, 2017 - St Pauls and London Tower

This morning I had decided that I would focus on St Paul's and the Tower of London. I made my way into the city and caught the hop on bus to the Cathedral. Unlike Rome, the queues were short and I was soon inside. The Also unlike St Peter's, the dome of St Paul's is not in bright colours, it is more a sepia colour pattern, (as you will see from my sneaky pic I took). Apparently Sir Christopher Wren had wanted it to be more like its bigger brother but the Anglican church decided it was far too Catholic and opted for the duller design, to...

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Jun 12, 2017 - London

After a little bit of a late start, it was time to explore London. The day was a lot cooler and I wished I had worn my jeans, but did have a jacket with me thanks to Jo and Maree's advice! After working out which trains etc I had to take to Trafalgar Square, I was off. About 40 minutes later I was in the heart of London and had purchased my ticket for the tour bus. These buses are just wonderful, ours even had a guide giving live commentary. He was a uni student I would say and had a wickedly dry sense of humour which was very...

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Jun 12, 2017 - London and the V&A

Along with Vivienne decided to visit the V&A which is in walking distance from our hotel and strolled there along the Cromwell Rd in time to pick up an introductory guided tour. Although I've done this before it's always interesting as the guides get to pick out some of their favourite galleries or pieces and we started this time in The Toshiba gallery which houses Japanes art so I was happy to see the increased collection on display,now on the ground floor. The cast museum is currently being restored with one half completed and still an...

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Jun 11, 2017 - Day 16 (Sunday)

I confused the breakfast times at the hotel and missed it.  Since my flight to BWI wouldn't leave til 3:40 pm, I had time to walk down the street and had a lovely cheese omelet at a French restaurant.  I had the hotel clerk call a cab for me and avoided the underground schlepping that I enjoy so much - NOT!!! At the airport security checks, my new knee has triggered body scans, wand scans, and sometimes a pat down.  I'm getting pretty used to all this attention! British Airways has resolved their technical issues and the flight was...

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Jun 11, 2017 - Isle of Wight to London

Morning tour of Osborne House the Holiday home of Victoria and Albert. Had a very good guide who took us around for about two hours explaining the house and the importance of it to Victoria and Albert because Albert really designed it thoug it was Victoria's money that paid for it. They always spent the week of their birthdays there, some time in Summer and then Christmas. Their birthday gifts to one another are displayed - largely pieces of sculpture including one rather daring piece of Albert in Roman costume with a rather short toga. The...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Clapham, London

Toni and I had a very relaxed day today. As she is back at work on Monday and tomorrow has a baby shower to attend, she had things to organize, so I also took the time to do some research on what I could do over the coming days. I booked my ticket to Chichester to where my friends, Toni and Craig live. When she was ready, she took me through the route of how to get to the train etc and we picked up the tickets there, that we paid for online. Once this was all done, all I have to do tomorrow is turn up on the correct platform. After that we...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Day 15 (Saturday)

This my last day in England and I feel like I've been run through the wringer!  After breakfast, I left the Red Cow Moran (Dublin) hotel around 10 am to visit Trinity College and see the Book of Kells.  There was a long line to get inside the library and, not knowing how fast or slow it was moving, decided that I needed to get to the Dublin airport. I walked several blocks, pulling my suitcase behind me, til I found the pick-up point for the right bus.  At the airport, I checked the departures list and didn't see my flight, so I checked my...

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Jun 9, 2017 - From Athens to London

After a pretty good sleep, we still had no luck with the hotwater for a shower. I made a nice filtered coffee with the machine provided, then braced myself for a quick dip. It was soon time to leave for the airport and our host was right on time to drop us there. After a couple of hairy moments wondering if Toni would get her bag on as "carry on" (we had already booked mine on as luggage as we knew it would never pass lol) We were finally on the plane. Be warned people..Ezijet only allow one bag per person to carry on, so that means hand...

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Jun 9, 2017 - Last day UK

Tony has always wanted to look inside the Thames barrier to see the workings, and as we had 6 or 7 hours with nothing to do before we needed to be at the airport, we decided to go and have a look. Of course we had to go on a day that it was closed! !!! But we had look at it from the riverbank after fighting the London traffic for almost 2 hours to go 24 miles. Then we had to fight it going to the airport. It filled in the morning though, which meant we didn't have to sit around the airport.

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