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##photo=Rennes (little red dot to left of Laval)/Paris/London: RITZ LONDON (DAY #1/3)## Well, my wonderful dynamic duo did not get to bed at all from whence we shared our raspberry fluffs, til when we met again in the kitchen at 5:00a.m. . After quick cups of coffee, it was time for Marina to close up her house. One of the last things she got to was the kitchen windows. These windows had steel metal, and lockable shutters that made entering this place very difficult. Marina says the doors are very heavy, and hard to lock, but once in place,...Jump to full entry
Sep 22, 2017 - Farewell to the Cotswolds - Hello to Spain!
Next report will be from Spain as the Natural Trekking group walks the Best of the Camino de Santiago. Ciao for now! Ellen and I finally arrive from London (via Madrid) on time at 10:30pm. We quickly hailed a taxi and were checked in and to our rooms by 12:00 midnight. Cecilia, my roomie, jumped up to greet me and it was such a lovely reception, especially so late at night. We chatted about our respective journeys and finally fell asleep around 1:00am!Jump to full entry
Sep 14, 2017 - London
Slept well for several hours and then lay awake. Denise had arrived and following breakfast, her and Doris take the Tube into the city and spend a fantastic day on a Big Bus tour, and a visit to the Tower of London. They arrived back late in the evening regaling many stories of their adventure. After seeing them off in the morning, I stayed at the airport and met up with a friend who works at the airport, and had a wonderful visit. Shortly after 3 pm, Helga, Margie & Ellen arrive and off we head to the hotel. The ladies rest a bit and then...Jump to full entry
Aug 22, 2017 - London
Our last day so after a traditional English breakfast we drove to Windsor Castle. Spent the day walking around all the shops and around the castle. Ended the day at s nice pub for lunch. Wonderful way to end our holidays Will have to wait to upload photos as out of spaceJump to full entry
Aug 5, 2017 - London, The Ritz London on Piccadilly
Saturday, Aug. 5th, (1 hour outside London) still on British Air at 11:30a.m. The next thing I knew there was a hostess kneeling next to my seat wanting to know if I would care for the some breakfast before we land. Of course I took he up on the idea, and enjoyed a cup of tea, and bowl of fresh fruit. Thinking this is going to be for strength, and energy to walk the what feels like miles thru customs and baggage reclaim in Terminal #5. Terminal #5 is solely four the use of one airline -- British Air. Training and wandering endlessly in...Jump to full entry
Jul 22, 2017 - More London!
A cool morning, and a walk over to Westminister Cathedral. This is the main Catholic church & (of course) is overshaddowed by Westminister Abbey. But, I had wanted to see it, anyway. It was truly lovely and quiet and peaceful ... a service going on and lovely music. Then: over to Westminister Abbey (no photos allowed!). We waited in line for about 45 minutes to get inside. We were here 30 years ago, so it seemed like a good plan to have another look. Aside from the crowds, it is really beautiful and all sorts of fascinating folk are...Jump to full entry
Jul 21, 2017 - London: Deanna, Erich & Boys Arrive
Lovely day! We spent a little time in the Victoria & Albert Museum. They have an amazingly huge collection that is truly wonderful. Then... we headed over to the London Eye. Met up with Deanna and family who had flown in that morning. After lunch, we took a ride! Really fun to spend the time overlooking the city. Then: some time to "play" in the Jubilee Gardens. After that, we went our separate ways for a while, and then met up again for dinner at an Indian restaurant. The boys (8 and 10 1/2) get "experience points" from their parents for...Jump to full entry
Jul 20, 2017 - First Day in London
A lovely first day in London. Covent Gardens (in the rain!) and then the Churchill War Rooms Museum. The underground bunkers where Churchill and his war cabinet worked and lived during the bombing of London, WWII. Our evening was a lovely dinner at an Indian Restaurant next to our hotel. We got a little nap before dinner and some decent sleep afterwards. Hooray! Tomorrow our daughter Deanna and husband Erich come into London with the two boys (8 &10)... can't wait!Jump to full entry
Jul 20, 2017 - Tower of London and Westminster
This morning we toured the infamous Tower of London site of numerous beheadings including Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell. The crown jewels are also housed at the Tower and are on display to the public. We traveled by boat to Westminster and viewed the Parliament Building and toured Westminster Abbey. From there we walked across Westminster Bridge to board the London Eye for 30 minute "flight" on the giant wheel. From there it was on to dinner at the George Inn a pub that has been in operation since 1676 and is the only original gathering...Jump to full entry
Jul 19, 2017 - British Museum - Guildhall - St. Paul's
Today began with a visit to the British Museum where we got an expert lecture on Assyrian sculpture and then toured Korean and Islamic exhibits. We also saw a statue from Easter Island and the Rosetta Stone. The museum is huge and while interesting it was quite hot and crowded which detracted from the experience. From there we traveled a short distance to the Guildhall Great Hall where all the trade guilds meet and once a year elect the Lord Mayor of London, not to be confused with the Mayor of London who is elected by the residents of the...Jump to full entry
Jul 19, 2017 - On Our Way!!
We are off on the first leg of our adventure. Actually,, first a 3 hour lay-over in Houston (not so adventurous!). Then we board United (hope they are nice to us!). After our long flight, we arrive in London at 7:30 a.m. and we'll be off for a full day of sight-seeing. (We're nuts?) Stay tuned for more fun and adventures. A full day with Covent Gardens (in the rain) and then the Churchill War Rooms Museum. Interesting to see where Churchill and his war cabinet worked and lived during the bombing during WWII.Jump to full entry
Jul 18, 2017 - Hyde Park
After sleeping in to recover from the time change and a bit of jet lag we walked to nearby Hyde Park. The park is huge, over 600 acres in the heart of London. It was a beautiful day so there were loads of people in the park enjoying the nice sunny day. We walked all over the park and had lunch at a cafe at the Serpentine Lake. This evening we had an introduction from our tour director and then our instructor gave us a brief and fascinating history of the British Isles. We also met the rest of our tour group, 27 in all including Bill's...Jump to full entry