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May 21, 2004 - Jet lagged CITY!

Holy Jet lag! Well, I came in some time yesterday to busy London. The plane was delayed at LAX due to mechanical problems (Thanks for the honesty American Airlines, NOT). But we made it. Couldn't sleep on the plane and I couldn't sleep last night. What a busy city it is! I wasn't the only one that was up last night. It seems all of London was with me. I took the tube to get to St. Christopher's where I will be staying. I can't keep up with any news and such so if something happens, someone email me, ok? :) Thanks, Ciao, Love

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May 14, 2004 - Leaving London for the last time

There are perhaps few feelings in the world comparable to that of imminently returning home after a long hiatus. Rocky and Martin, for the last week or so have been unable to think of much else except being home again; seeing family, friends, and dogs once more. For this reason, neither one thought to bring out the camera and take some "leaving London" shots. We figured there would be plenty to take once we got home...

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World Trip 03/04

May 13, 2004 - Our "Royal" day

For our last day in London area, George and Dorothy took us to Windsor to visit the famous castle where the Queen typically spends her weekends (she was heading there when we saw her on our first day). At 11 am, the changing of the guard ceremony takes place - this time with the Irish Guard fife and drum band marching up the street and into the castle. We followed them in and spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon visiting the castle. We spent a fair bit of time in St. George's Chapel. It was built around the same time as King's...

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Greece May 2004

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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