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May 22, 2017 - Day 3 - London - Castles & Courts
Another exciting day in London! Let me first start off by saying that I definitely overdid it yesterday. Walking up and down stairs was painful today and I have muscles I never even knew existed hurting. But, put that aside today was my favorite day so far! Why you might ask? Well today was all about the Tudor Dynasty and specifically Henry VIII. In my previous post I told you I love Henry VIII history...well I may have undersold how much I love it. See I've never understood that term "fan girl" or "fan boy" before when talking about...Jump to full entry
May 22, 2017 - London day1
Hi We awoke this morning (our 1st in London) to the sad & horrible news of a suicide bombing in Manchester last night, 22 dead, & 59 injured. There are great stories of how ordinary people helped out, demonstrating the resilience of the Poms & their community spirit. Apparently on the news 'The Islamic State' have been celebrating this suicide bombing last night - such evil. All the general election campaigning has been suspended in the U.K. The trip over was good, Singapore Airline service was excellent in flight. Our stop over in...Jump to full entry
May 21, 2017 - Day 2 - London - All kinds of transportation!
So my second day in London was jam packed full! I did over 33,356 steps and over 29 floors. To say I'm exhausted in an understatement! Started the day off with Horseback Riding through Hyde Park. The park was established by Henry VIII in 1536 when he took the land from Westminster Abbey and used it as a hunting ground. It use to be a lush forest with many trees but, since is now used by the pubic as a huge park. It was so exciting viewing the park on the back of horse. My guide Mimi, from Sweden, was excellent and my horse, Justin, was...Jump to full entry
May 20, 2017 - Day 1 - London - Sightseeing Begins!
London - Day 1 After getting settled in the hotel, I decided to not let the jet lag get me and head out. My hotel I'm staying at is literally a 5 min walk to Westminster Abbey and Parliament. It was great just walking down the street like a regular Londoner taking in all the sights. I started at Queen Victoria's Garden next to Palace of Westminster. Then it was taking in the massive Palace building. Many people refer to this as Parliament as this is where the two houses of Parliament meet. You can visit inside but, it is difficult to get...Jump to full entry
May 20, 2017 - Goodbye USA - Hello London!
Last time I did a travel blog a bunch of you said you really enjoyed it so figured I'd do it again! So off to England I go!! I'm exited and nervous for this adventure all by myself :-) The flight actually went really well. Virgin Atlantic not only gives you a full dinner and breakfast but you get free drinks. Wine, beer, cocktails, soda, you name it. It definitely explained the announcement that people shouldn't get upset if they cut you off. I enjoyed a couple Chardonnays, got to watch a movie, and catch up on my reading. When the captain...Jump to full entry
May 18, 2017 - Driving around the monopoly board!!
Arrived at Hèathrow at 5.00 am after a 12 hour flight, picked up our rental car and drove to a place near Reading to look over a barge. It's promising and considerably better than the second boat we looked at!! Then drove to our lodging for the night - the Rose and Crown hotel at Stoke Newington. Driving through just about every place name on the monopoly board. After unloading our gear and carting it up 2 flights of stairs Tony was ready for a beer - he just forgot to say I'll 'ave half!! Took a while to get down my cider but it was...Jump to full entry
May 16, 2017 - Safe arrival in London
Touch down at Heathrow Airport after flying over some amazing patchwork like, very green countryside. Then on view were the iconic buildings and famous sites in London itself; the London Eye, Thames river, what I think may be Buckingham Palace and perhaps Covent Gardens. Just wonderful to see them from my plane window. Then it's off the plane grab the bag and head through customs. I didn't enjoy this leg of the flight as much, the plane was fuller and the flight attendants were quite grumpy (although I think some of the passengers were...Jump to full entry
Apr 28, 2017 - Hampton Court, London
After a great dinner last night at our favourite pub around London, The Plough near Heathrow, we went for a walk to off-set our excesses and get some flexibility back into our bodies after the long flight. We dropped into the Sipson Tandoor. which Annie had noted was well reviewed, to book a table for dinner the next evening. On returning to the hotel we fell into bed quite early looking forward to today's adventure, a trip to Hampton Court, the palace of Henry VIII & William III. We heard on the news that there had been a bad road accident...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry