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Jun 8, 2017 - London - Brugge, Belgium

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday We left Princetown, a much better day than Monday, rain clearing and headed back to London, and after a big drive, got back to drop the car off at Hertz, all good no damage, no scratches, and on time. We stopped for a last coffee together at " Pret a Mandger" (means ready to eat) before we parted ways with the Telfer's. They are heading back to Singapore for 2 days then home. Next for us is Brugge, in Belgium for a few days before joining the Bike/Barge ride for a week. Was sad to say goodbye to our travel...

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Jun 2, 2017 - I've got 2 new knees

The fight was uneventful. Light meal for tea, a small nap, a couple of drinks of water and a chewy breakfast bar and juice. Not terribly inspiring. And the peasants in front slammed their seats back in our faces and left them that way all flight! We noticed a woman walking past a couple of times (doing a loop) - second time around, out of the blue, she looked at C and said " I've got 2 new knees so I have to walk!" They were right - they arrived on schedule so we were happy we would get to Manchester. But unexpectedly, we had to go through...

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May 30, 2017 - London - UPDATE NOTES

Hi all, APOLOGY again the photos are playing up, if you only see 15 or so open up in the middle and you will see them all..... So the driving portion of the trip finished when we arrived at our friends house in Macclesfield, near Manchester. It was great to see them after all these years and catching up with all the family movements, we were well fed and entertained and on the full day there we went for a lovely drive, regretfully in the fog, in what was obviously beautiful country. We inspected the gardens of Chatsworth House, owned and...

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May 29, 2017 - Day 10 - Goodbye England - Lessons Learned

Well its 4:30am here in Orlando and of course I'm wide awake and feeling the jet lag. However, I wouldn't pass this feeling up for anything in the world. My trip to England was everything and more I could ever hope it would be. Looking back I'm just overwhelmed at what I experienced and all the things that I saw and did. I definitely learned a lot from this adventure! Driving: Definitely try driving on the other side of the road! It was scary, fun, and something I can say I achieved. However, don't do it in major cities like London. Also,...

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May 29, 2017 - Day 3 (Memorial Day/Bank Holiday)

The final time I woke up this Memorial Day was around 7:30. I knew I wasn't going back to sleep, so got dressed and went to the Costa shop next door. This is a coffee/tea chain in England and I had a bacon sandwich on a soft roll. I checked out of the hotel and began schlepping my luggage through the Underground to the Kings Cross/St Pancreas underground/train station where there is a luggage storage place. I was not the only one with this idea and, after queuing for about 30 minutes, off-loaded all but my sightseeing bag, bought my train...

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May 28, 2017 - Day 2.1 (still Sunday)

We landed at around 10 am London time (which is 5 hours ahead of EDT). I just now (at about 1:45) got to my hotel. My first task, after clearing customs, was to let Southwest Airlines know that I left my new Paperwhite Kindle on board their plane. Those pockets below the tray table are just TOO convenient! Then on to the hotel, which I was determined to find by myself. I figured out the Underground maps mostly by myself and got to the right station. However, that was only part of the trip. Now to navigate the streets around the station....

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May 28, 2017 - Day 2 (Sunday)

It's Sunday morning and I'm over the Atlantic Ocean.  Still an hour or so til we land, but the sky is lit with a soft day light and the cabin crew is pushing carts of hot coffee and some delicious smelling bakery items along the aisles. We'll be arriving about the same time the BA flight was scheduled to arrive, so my plan for the day is still valid - get the Heathrow Express to Padding ton Station and visit some sights.  I'm hoping I can drop off my luggage at the hotel, just as long as I don't get too close to the bed!!! I took some...

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May 28, 2017 - Peak District and Chatsworth House

Had a quiet morning Saturday, last coffee and free croissant at our favourite cafe, packed up, how is it that clothes grow when they are freed from the suitcase?? Then headed out to pick up the hire car and out of London, that was a bit of a challenge! The weather turned in the afternoon and now is much more what we expected for England, overcast, a little drizzly, and colder. After a few hours drive we found our little B &B in cute Matlock in the Peaks district, and Julie & Marks in a quaint town called Winster, with a gorgeous little pub...

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May 26, 2017 - London day 5 - Greenwich

Friday We headed out back to Kensington Park, for the "Boris bike" ride around the whole park. Checking out Diana's Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Julie could not resist herself, joined the kids walking in the fountain. The water course is made from beautiful granite slabs, apparently 3D designed and cut by computer. The water feeding the fountain comes from an aquifer 100m deep within chalk bedrock. The water feature fountain designed to be all inclusive - just like Diana. After completing the bike ride, which Julie survived, with...

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May 25, 2017 - London day 4 - Royal Albert Hall!

Thursday: Another beautiful morning in London (not quite paradise...) with coffee and a free croissant at our favourite cafe, then we headed off for a walk to Kensington Gardens to check it out a bit more, visit Diana's fountain and the ponds etc, and then walk out the other end to head to Notting Hill, (one of my favourite movies!) and after, maybe hire some bikes to ride around the rest of the park. Oh, I guess you might have guessed by the movie comment that Marg is writing today, giving Lisle a break. It was quite a decent walk to...

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May 24, 2017 - London day 3 - Brighton trip

Caught a bus down to Brighton today, about 2hrs travel time, we were locked in one of those flash modern buses, except this one, the air condition was broke , with no open windows. It was ridiculous, amazing no one fainted in the bus due to heat stress, with 26C temp outside, possibly 30+ inside. We checked out the Brighton Pier - a kind of tacky Luna Park on steroids, sitting on rusty stilts. So many weird arcade games, pin ball & crazy rides. The obligatory ice cream was bought to complete the pier experience. We tipped a toe in the sea,...

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May 23, 2017 - London day 2

Went to the V&A Museum this morning, Mark & Julie keen to see the "Pink Floyd -our immortal remains" exhibition, while Marg & I checked out the medieval & renaissance periods. It is amazing how museums make you tired - we all came out yawning -too much information overload perhaps, or lack of oxygen, but worth it - marvelled at the craftsmanship & artisans of old. Marg & Julie visited Harrods, while Mark & I went to the Musical Instrument museum, but not open to the public anymore - go figure ! So we checked out the Science Museum instead...

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