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May 9, 2004 - Alan & Nathan Take Us Around London

We got up early on Sunday and took the train into London for the 11:30 Eurcharist service at St. Paul's Cathedral (London is a city after all). We sat in the front row under the main dome, designed by Christopher Wren. The acoustics are strange - it is so big that all the music and speaking is done at half speed in order to avoid the echo in the huge space. The choir was sublime - especially the boys choir (no sopranos or altos need apply). After the service and feeling smug about saving ourselves 6£ per person on the entrance fee (less of...

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Greece May 2004

May 7, 2004 - Flight to London and our first day

We left Toronto at about 7:15 for a 7 hour flight. The Air Canada staff was most jolly having learned that their airline has a new investor. The night was very short - flying east at 500 mph means that you only have a couple of hours of dark. I was unable to sleep, but Dave got a few hours. Arriving at Heathrow Airport, we got off the plane and lined up to clear customs in a dismal, dark, low ceilinged room. There were 30 customs stations, but only 6 were manned. After 45 minutes it was our turn to see the customs officer. She smiled, said...

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Greece May 2004

May 7, 2004 - Holyhead to London

We left Holyhead immediately and set off for London via North Wales. We found a lovely spot, Betsw-y-coed, for lunch and then spent an hour at Llangollen and Trevor looking at the viaduct and canal boats. Fascinating place and lots of lovely photos. After that it was time to go directly to London, not passing GO and not collecting 200 pounds! We arrived London at about 7.30 pm and were staying with Lorraine's lovely friend Jean Sullivan in her beautiful house in Hampton.

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Dot's Big OE 2004

May 6, 2004 - York/London

Up earlier than I had to be again. Didn't sleep all that well but not as bad as some nights. Got ready, packed up, checked out of the hostel, and made my way to the bus station. Verified where I needed to be and loaded onto the bus by 10:00. Spent the next 5+ hours on the bus on the way to London. Arrived at about 3:30 and called Kirralee, a friend from my England/Wales/Scotland tour, to hang out until Sandra was done with work. Ended up hanging out with her sister and her boyfriend and then grabbed dinner at a good Indian restaurant. By...

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Colin's World Tour

Apr 28, 2004 - Athens to London

A very early start this morning, we had to leave our Hotel at 5.15 am but at least the Athens traffic was quite light at that hour. We got a good look at the new tram line they are putting in for the Olympics, they way it will be ready in May but to us it didn't look like it at all. They will have to work fast. We had a good flight back to London on British Airways. Arriving into London we caught the tube to Boston Manor which is near to the West London Nissan where my car was. We picked it up and with Peter's excellent instructions were...

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Dot's Big OE 2004

Apr 27, 2004 - Across the Channel on €1

I love this discount airline thing. 45€ to London and back with Ryan Air. I caught the bus to Victoria and am staying with David and Susan and baby in their very nice Chelsea flat. Spent a long time in the V&A today, because it really is so good. They have all these interactive thingys like design your own coat of arms and braid a medieval thingy and something else which was good too. Boring to relate is that I also visited the Natural History museum, Hyde Park and the Peter Pan statue.

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Apr 26, 2004 - London, England

We arrived in London - The Big Smoke - in the early afternoon and proceeded to where we were to stay for the first couple of nights: with Katherine, the aunt of a friend of Martin's. As it turns out, she lives in a great apartment located not five minutes walk from St. Paul's Cathedral in the heart of what was Old London, now a financial core of England's capital city (thank you Katherine!). On the first evening, we walked down to have a look at St. Paul's, as it is lit up at night. While the lighting made for a spectacular display, the...

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World Trip 03/04

Apr 22, 2004 - Amsterdam/London

Out of Amsterdam early as this was the last day of the tour and we were just going to spend it all on the bus on the way back to London. Stopped briefly on the border of the Netherlands and Belgium (by the way...we spent about two hours driving through Belgium without stopping so if the tour company is including that as one of the countries we visit I want my money prorated) for a lunch that was so early none of us were hungry and then arrived in Calais to catch the ferry just before 2:00. Now, for the most part, I think our tour manager...

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Colin's World Tour

Apr 1, 2004 - Brisbane/Bangkok/Hong Kong/London

Left Brisbane at 10:30 local time, which felt like 12:30, and headed to Bangkok. This flight was, mercifully, only about nine hours. I watched the movie, 'Cheaper by the Dozen' with Steve Martin, and tried to sleep. I like the aisle because it allows me some shoulder room but it can be miserable with all the people walking by throughout the flight. Finally made it to Bangkok at about 5:00 am local time and tried to check in for my flight to Hong Kong. Unfortunately, though, it was too early as my flight didn't leave until 10:00. So, after...

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Colin's World Tour

Mar 31, 2004 - Monks Eleigh to London

This morning we went into London on the train. It's a 20 minute car ride from Monks Eleigh to Sudbury Station, you then catch a little train to Marks Tey and then the larger South West England train into London Central. We departed at 9.45 am and arrive at London Liverpool Street a couple of hours later. To get to Boston Manor it was necesssary to change to the Piccadilly Line at Holborn. We headed for Boston Manor where Lorraine's future son-in-law Peter Beck works at West London Nissan, and purchased a 2001 Nissan Almera 5 door hatch,...

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Dot's Big OE 2004

Jan 31, 2004 - and they're off...

it's finally time for me to head off on my journey...1st stop Canada for 4 weeks of adrenalin filled adventure in Whistler. There will be 6 of us in all for this leg of the journey: Me, Pete, Duff, Mike, Andy and Karen. I'm travelling out from London today with Pete, Mike and Duff to Vancouver. We are meeting up with Andy when we get there. He is currently in New York. Karen will be joining us in a couple of weeks...adios London

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The Big Chill

Jan 27, 2004 - Visit the RHS garden Wisley

Visited Wisley and met with David Jewell and Colin Crosbie. Saw the original specimens of Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida' and 'Wisley Supreme'. 'Pallida' was consistently impressive in every garden we visited. Even the old specimen at Wisley is brilliant in full flower. We were impressed both by Wisley's scope and by the attention to detail.

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