Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for London, England, United Kingdom

Nov 17, 2016 - Further Afield in London

17 November: Today I travelled out to Ealing Broadway (towards Heathrow) to spend the day with Anna. It was an easy train/tube ride and I enjoyed seeing a different part of London. Anna met me at the station and we walked through the "high street", stopping for a coffee on the way. The house she and Mark share is in a quiet and pretty street with lots of trees around, the communal areas are newly fitted (latest appliances and a HUGE laundry room), and their bedroom overlooks the gardens at the back. After reacquainting myself with the...

Jump to full entry

Nov 16, 2016 - Day One

Longest day in recorded history. I'm pretty sure. Our flight left last night at 6:20 pm, and landed in London Gatwick at 11:50. It was actually an hour sooner than it was meant to arrive. Apparently we got favorable tail winds... None of us could get good sleep on that flight though, so we were all a bit groggy all day long. The train from Gatwick was a piece of cake. The tube, however, was not. We had to figure out what sort of tickets to buy and then find our track. Initially it made perfect sense. Then I thought we were going the wrong...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


European Adventure

Nov 16, 2016 - Exploring London Solo

16 November: Today I was on my own and amazingly I didn't get lost! First up was more musical history - a visit to the Handel-Hendrix Museum, another example of old and new literally next door to each other. It was another evocative experience, walking through the same rooms that these two influential musicians lived in, albeit 200 years apart. I then meandered along and found Liberty's which I then meandered through. Needless to say many beautiful fabrics on display along with the usual department store items. I then navigated my way to...

Jump to full entry

Nov 15, 2016 - Cultural London

Today was "culture" day with Claire as a first-rate guide. First stop was the church of St Martin in the Fields, a beautiful church where of course many concerts are held. I came away with a handful of brochures and am planning to go to Friday night's concert featuring Bach and Handel. Next stop was the National Gallery. So many paintings!! This definitely requires another visit. We then made our way to the Royal Academy of Music museum where there was a feature display on Yehudi Menuhin and permanent strings and piano displays. I laid eyes...

Jump to full entry

Nov 14, 2016 - London & Canterbury

14 November: Yesterday Anna and Mark took me to the Spittalfields and Brick Lane markets in Whitechapel. It was almost sensory overload - an eclectic mix of people, sounds, buildings... After lunch we took the tube and walked past The Tower of London, across Tower Bridge and along the Southbank, back over the next bridge, past the Monument commemorating the Great Fire of London and back on the tube to Victoria. I used a different exit from the Underground but did my usual "pigeon" trick of walking around the block until my compass kicked in...

Jump to full entry

Nov 12, 2016 - London

12 November: Today was a bit of a milestone for me - I had smoked salmon for the first time in my life! I met Anna at Victoria Station and we walked/bused/tubed our way around some of the sights. First was a walk past Buckingham Palace and then on to the iconic shops: Harvey Nichols and of course Harrods. I was delighted to find the latter stocks my all-time favourite perfume so of course a small purchase was made. Another first was a trip on a red double-decker bus to Oxford St. We braved the Saturday afternoon crowds and eventually took...

Jump to full entry

Nov 11, 2016 - Into England

10 November: Woke to beautiful sun so Jacqui and I walked along part of the Fife Coastal Path into Cuross, having parked the car a short walk outside this small village. We visited the Abbey and walked around the remains of an old monastery at the top of the village and then down the cobbled streets to an excellent cafe. I really enjoyed the walk and in no time had my hat and gloves off. It was a perfect way to end my visit to Scotland. 11 November: This morning, after a magnificent breakfast cooked by Charlie I boarded the train in...

Jump to full entry

Oct 28, 2016 - London on our own

We actually came into London yesterday on Oct 26th, and find ourselves with free time on the 27th. After checking emails at Starbucks on the Strand, I see that I still can accept incoming emails, but cannot send out any. Sorry folks. After going into the hugest Apple Store we've ever seen, it has been determined to be my server, Telus, back in Canada's problem. Hmmmm. We decide to take a Thames River Cruise today before dining at the restaurant at the top of the OXO building at sunset. The cruise shows us many other sites such as the Tower...

Jump to full entry

Oct 28, 2016 - Our last Day in London

We took the bus tour around London today, poked some more around Covent Gardens and after a delicious Pakistani dinner went to the theatre to see 'Motown' the musical. The bus tour was over three hours and could have included the river tour had we not already done that yesterday. So if you come for the first time, do the bus first, to see if you can get the river cruise for free! We saw everything from 'the gherkin' building near Jack the Ripper's old haunt, Fleet Street, and the Tower of London, to the other side of town near Buckingham...

Jump to full entry

Oct 27, 2016 - London

Tippy and John drove us into London this morning which took just over one hour. We were driven by a number of tourist sites before we dropped off our luggage at the hotel. We went back over the Waterloo Bridge and parked the car on the South Bank. We then walked for three and a half hours all over the South Bank before heading back to the hotel. We saw the National Theatre, Shakespeare's GlobeTheatre, Francis Drake's Golden Hind ship, the Burrough Market, the outside of ITV, and the Tate Modern. As we walked back over the Thames along the...

Jump to full entry

Oct 25, 2016 - Meeting unknown relatives

John very gallantly drove us to nearby Odstock and Winterslow, to meet cousins on Brian's Mother's side of the family whom he had never met. We were delighted to have tea with Madeline (82) at her home in Odstock where we also met Celia (84) and her husband Brian, and Madeline's brother cousin Roy (92). They regaled us with family stories, and escorted us to the local thatched roof, low beamed, Yew Tree pub, built in 1875 (or thereabouts). We had fish and chips of course, and a goat cheese salad, Brian had his first ever British pub beer, I...

Jump to full entry

Oct 25, 2016 - Being met!

Our flight arrived 20 minutes early into Gatwick which was a pleasant surprise, with the result that we had to wait over half an hour before John found us in the terminal. After not seeing our friends for 35 years it was a wonder that we recognized each other! We had 2 hours sleep overnight and had a 2 hour ride to their place in Newbury southwest of London via the freeway traffic. We caught up over a late lunch then walked the dog along a canal near town, checking out the weirs, the sluices, the houseboats tied to the shore, and the...

Jump to full entry
Previous -- 0 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  ... 213  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com