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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 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 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 - 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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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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May 26, 2017 - London day 5 - Greenwich

Friday We headed out back to Kensington Park, for the "Boris bike" ride around the whole park. Checking out Diana's Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Julie could not resist herself, joined the kids walking in the fountain. The water course is made from beautiful granite slabs, apparently 3D designed and cut by computer. The water feeding the fountain comes from an aquifer 100m deep within chalk bedrock. The water feature fountain designed to be all inclusive - just like Diana. After completing the bike ride, which Julie survived, with...

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May 25, 2017 - London day 4 - Royal Albert Hall!

Thursday: Another beautiful morning in London (not quite paradise...) with coffee and a free croissant at our favourite cafe, then we headed off for a walk to Kensington Gardens to check it out a bit more, visit Diana's fountain and the ponds etc, and then walk out the other end to head to Notting Hill, (one of my favourite movies!) and after, maybe hire some bikes to ride around the rest of the park. Oh, I guess you might have guessed by the movie comment that Marg is writing today, giving Lisle a break. It was quite a decent walk to...

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May 24, 2017 - London day 3 - Brighton trip

Caught a bus down to Brighton today, about 2hrs travel time, we were locked in one of those flash modern buses, except this one, the air condition was broke , with no open windows. It was ridiculous, amazing no one fainted in the bus due to heat stress, with 26C temp outside, possibly 30+ inside. We checked out the Brighton Pier - a kind of tacky Luna Park on steroids, sitting on rusty stilts. So many weird arcade games, pin ball & crazy rides. The obligatory ice cream was bought to complete the pier experience. We tipped a toe in the sea,...

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May 23, 2017 - London day 2

Went to the V&A Museum this morning, Mark & Julie keen to see the "Pink Floyd -our immortal remains" exhibition, while Marg & I checked out the medieval & renaissance periods. It is amazing how museums make you tired - we all came out yawning -too much information overload perhaps, or lack of oxygen, but worth it - marvelled at the craftsmanship & artisans of old. Marg & Julie visited Harrods, while Mark & I went to the Musical Instrument museum, but not open to the public anymore - go figure ! So we checked out the Science Museum instead...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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