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Apr 4, 2017 - An amazing Morocco’s city: The beautiful Tamaris

A beautiful and well know country in the tourism industry for billions of visitors, Morocco which is always representing the vintage tradition with the contemporary values. It has attractive, high Mountains, warm Deserts, and beautiful beaches attract many people universally to have a great visit and seek the best and breathtaking memories of their life. Relishing unforgettable days of morocco holidays in the tranquil and cool weather with your close friends always give an enjoyable surprise. Around 30 km away from busy Casablanca, An...

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Mar 25, 2017 - St Petersburg to London

Bucks Fizz at breakfast today to finish an incredibly interesting week. A morning free before flying home to London so we have time to go inside St Isaac's Cathedral. As it is Saturday the groups are all local plus individual tourists like ourselves ... no large Chinese tours. St Isaac's is similar in style to St Paul's with its single cupola as the architect was Italian. Inside there are wonderful mosaics even high up into the dome. The building is still a museum owned by the State but there is a service in progress. The church wants to...

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Mar 18, 2017 - To Moscow

Fly to Moscow Domodedovo Airport and transfer to Novotel Moscow Centre Hotel, for 3 nights. Well, that short sentence should convey a simple journey to Russia's capital ..... not so! We have forgotten busy airport Saturdays, being picky Pensioners who can travel midweek, but never mind we are off on an exciting trip. However, as we are going to Russia which apparently means we need a visa check at check-in we are sent to 3 different areas before joining a long queue which is also for groups - 3 school/student groups returning home! We...

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Nov 28, 2016 - Homeward Bound

28 November: I left for Heathrow just before lunch - some of the trains were either cancelled or delayed and I didn't want to be trying to get through the crowds on the train and tube. Anna and I had lunch at a great cafe called Pieminster on Leather Lane, just around the corner from Holts. Talk about Pie Heaven - we were spoiled for choice. After a teary goodbye (on Anna's part) I trundled The Blue Bullet off to Faringdon Station, took the tube to Paddington Station and then caught the Heathrow Express. The bags have been packed, repacked...

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Nov 27, 2016 - Homeward Thoughts

27 November: My big adventure is nearly over. I know it's a cliche but it just seems like yesterday I was packing to go, and now I'm packing to return. No sightseeing today; Anna and Mark came over this afternoon and all five of us went out to Crystal Palace for drinks and dinner. The last few bits will get squeezed into The Blue Bullet (Anna's trusty wheelie pack) tomorrow morning ready for my long trip home.

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Nov 26, 2016 - Museums, Afternoon Tea and Music

25 November: The day started with a brisk walk to Catford Bridge, where Tim and I caught the bus to Blackheath. From there we walked through Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory. The views across the Thames to the city were spectacular, and I did do the tourist "must" of standing on the Meridian Line. We then walked down to the Maritime Museum and spent a short time there. After a distant view of the Cutty Sark I set off solo for the Victoria and Albert Museum where I happily spent the rest of the day. I used the museum guide to find my...

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Nov 24, 2016 - Marylebone, Music & Art (2)

24 November: After a "relaxed start" this morning Tim and I headed to the Royal Academy to check on the arrangements for the harp and flute recital at 1pm. We then wandered along the Marylebone High St - lots of high end fashion, accessory and furnishing shops including Terence Conran. We found a comfortable pub that served coffee for the morning refuel and then meandered back to the Academy for the recital. The programme, showcasing Academy students, was varied and the concert was very well attended. I nipped back to the Museum to take...

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Nov 23, 2016 - More Music and Walking Tours

22 November: First stop of the day was to visit Anna at work - we had lunch together and then I set off to visit Westminster Cathedral. Along the way I spent nearly an hour in Hatchards - a book shop that made me think I'd died and gone to book heaven! What a pity books are so heavy and bulky as they are so inexpensive here compared to NZ. I resisted all temptation and just looked, wandering through the entire four floors taking in not only the incredible selection of books but also the oak panelled staircase complete with understated...

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Nov 21, 2016 - Music and Art

21 November: Chaos in the transport department this morning: trains delayed and/or cancelled due to "signal problems". When they finally started running they were very slow, much to the frustration of those commuters who were late to work. First stop today was Holywell Music to browse through their harp music and drool over the lovely pedal harps. Job done, music purchased and on to the Tate Modern where I spent several hours. It is a huge gallery with very open displays. I loved the diversity - Monet's water lilies, Picasso, the six huge...

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Nov 20, 2016 - William Morris Museum

20 November: Today was a quiet day in terms of sight-seeing, with only one destination - the William Morris Museum in north-east London. Despite quite a few cancellations and disruption to the train and tube service Anna and I met at Victoria Station and headed to Walthamstowe. The weather was bleak and cold, but the rain held off so we arrived at our destination dry. The museum is in Lloyd House and has undergone major changes since Anna last visited. It was also warm! There were fine examples of his work - wallpaper, fabrics, books,...

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Nov 19, 2016 - National Gallery Again, Iconic Shops, Concert and Hever Castle

18 November: I spent the day in the city with Anna. We met at Trafalgar Square and started our day with a walk around the National Gallery. We both had "must see" paintings and luckily, with the help of The Google, we were able to track them down easily. We also walked past van Gogh's "Sunflowers" but were not able to view it properly as it was in constant use as a selfie background! Next on the list was Fortnum & Mason. Some considerable restraint was required as I could have easily bought every tea in stock as the tins were so beautiful....

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Nov 18, 2016 - Day Three

This morning, or rather yesterday morning at this point, we got up early and headed right out to Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station. It is, of course, the one of Harry Potter fame, and they not only have a trolley going halfway through the wall, but they will also take your picture on it. Such opportunities must not go untapped. From there, we had to fight our way back into the underground and ride to Tower Hill, which is where they beheaded some 123 people, most of whom were nobleman, including Thomas More, a good (but not good enough)...

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