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Jun 10, 2017 - Clapham, London

Toni and I had a very relaxed day today. As she is back at work on Monday and tomorrow has a baby shower to attend, she had things to organize, so I also took the time to do some research on what I could do over the coming days. I booked my ticket to Chichester to where my friends, Toni and Craig live. When she was ready, she took me through the route of how to get to the train etc and we picked up the tickets there, that we paid for online. Once this was all done, all I have to do tomorrow is turn up on the correct platform. After that we...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Day 15 (Saturday)

This my last day in England and I feel like I've been run through the wringer!  After breakfast, I left the Red Cow Moran (Dublin) hotel around 10 am to visit Trinity College and see the Book of Kells.  There was a long line to get inside the library and, not knowing how fast or slow it was moving, decided that I needed to get to the Dublin airport. I walked several blocks, pulling my suitcase behind me, til I found the pick-up point for the right bus.  At the airport, I checked the departures list and didn't see my flight, so I checked my...

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Jun 9, 2017 - Last day UK

Tony has always wanted to look inside the Thames barrier to see the workings, and as we had 6 or 7 hours with nothing to do before we needed to be at the airport, we decided to go and have a look. Of course we had to go on a day that it was closed! !!! But we had look at it from the riverbank after fighting the London traffic for almost 2 hours to go 24 miles. Then we had to fight it going to the airport. It filled in the morning though, which meant we didn't have to sit around the airport.

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Honkers & England

Jun 9, 2017 - From Athens to London

After a pretty good sleep, we still had no luck with the hotwater for a shower. I made a nice filtered coffee with the machine provided, then braced myself for a quick dip. It was soon time to leave for the airport and our host was right on time to drop us there. After a couple of hairy moments wondering if Toni would get her bag on as "carry on" (we had already booked mine on as luggage as we knew it would never pass lol) We were finally on the plane. Be warned people..Ezijet only allow one bag per person to carry on, so that means hand...

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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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2017 But's Adventure

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 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 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 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 - 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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2017 But's Adventure

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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