Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for London, England, United Kingdom
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 LondonJump to full entry
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.Jump to full entry
Jan 26, 2004 - Visit Kew Gardens
Met Tony Kirkham at Kew and saw remarkeable specimens of Hamamelis mollis from 1900. These are probably seedlings from Charles Maries' expedition for the Veitch Nursery Co. Collected Hamamelis mollis, Hamamelis japonica, and Hamamelis x intermedia - all in full flower. It seems all the more meaningful collecting one of each of these from Kew, an institution so well known for plant exploration and introduction.Jump to full entry
Jan 23, 2004 - Travel to London
No problems with the airline flight. Did have to remove our shoes and have our bags examined. Difficult to sleep on the plane but arrived to beautiful weather - clear sunny skies and mild temperatures. We're off to our first destination - the collection of Chris Lane.Jump to full entry
Dec 8, 2003 - Leaving London, UK - arriving Thailand.
Wish we had a photo to show you how nervous and exhausted we were when we set off for the airport on the evening of 8th December! All had been crazy, and poor ole Paul had spent most of the last week in London at work and so was unable to do all the bits and pieces for the trip that he had needed to do. So, not alot of sleep but a fair amount of emotion when we had to say goodbye to the Holloways! Jamie took us to the airport and my best bud Kola turned up too, to see us off. Check in queue was hugely long and tiring and once sorted, we sat...Jump to full entry
Nov 22, 2003 - Flight Delayed
Well, we thought that we had got to the airport in plenty of time to watch the Rugby World Cup final, which was due to kick off at 9 a.m. Our flight was due to leave at 11:30 a.m. so we thought no problem and we had pre-booked a lounge with Sky Sports to ensure that we would be able to watch it. At 11 a.m., just as extra time was due to start, there was the last call for our flight. We ran to the gate and luckily we found a bloke there with a handheld 3 inch portable telly with about 20 other people crowded round him. Sarah joined the queue...Jump to full entry
May 25, 2003 - Adios amigos!
Well here we go, off on the big trip. Thought we'd start off with a couple of snaps of what we're taking with us. Yes all of Cara's clothes are in the two bags in the middle and yes I am taking a bit more than the couple of T-shirts and shorts that I originally planned. By the time most of you read this you'll be in the office on Tuesday morning and we'll be arriving in Rio (sorry couldn't resist!) Thanks for all your best wishes over the last few weeks, we're gonna miss ya! A couple of days relaxing on Ipanema beach should help us to get...Jump to full entry
Today was a very full and enjoyable day. I took a bus tour to Hampton, Windsor and Stoke Poges. (I love those English place names.) Our first stop was at King Henry VIII’s elaborate Hampton Court Palace, followed by a stop at Windsor Castle. I learned that castles aren’t the most comfortable places to live because they are so difficult to keep warm. All those stones are c-o-l-d. At Stoke Poges we visited St. Giles Parish Church where the poet, Thomas Gray, is buried.Jump to full entry
Jan 5, 2001 - 1974 September 16 - ENGLAND - Westminster Palace
Today Ed Tolbert and I had the pleasure of visiting a man whose work is very similar to ours. He was very gracious in answering our questions. I took a couple of photos from his office window. Our friend, Tom Williamson, who is with Scotland Yard, was instrumental in arranging this visit for us. Westminster Abbey has never been an abbey. It is the “church” of the Abbey of Westminster. The abbey (monastery) disappeared during the reign of Henry VIII. Its legal title since 1560, when Queen Elizabeth I replaced the abbot with a dean, is...Jump to full entry
This morning I attended a most unusual wedding of church friends. Mannfred Pinske (German) and Eleni Michael (Greek) were married in the church. The ceremony was conducted in German, Greek and English! I doubt that I’ll ever attend another one like that.Jump to full entry
Jan 4, 2001 - 1974 May 26 – ENGLAND - London Church Friends
Today I took photos of the pastor and several people in the church where the McGuires, Tolberts and I attend. It is a truly multi-national congregation. Mannfred is German, Ainsley and Sandra are Australians and Eleni is Greek. Of course, we “Yanks” added to the mix.Jump to full entry
Jan 4, 2001 - 1974 June 5 - ENGLAND - Buckingham Palace
Today I happened to be walking past Buckingham Palace on my way home from work when I saw some activity at the palace gate. Someone told me that Queen Elizabeth had just returned home from the derby. I just barely had time to whip out my camera to catch her limousine.Jump to full entry