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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland May 17th 2019

There are 21 photos included. Scroll all the way to the bottom, after the blog to see the rest of the photos. I was sorry to say goodby to our lovely B&B in South Kensington, but I am afraid I will have some bruises. We love our B&B but the rooms in London are so tiny. I kept bumping into the chair, the door, the shower. The shower is so small you have to enter it sideways to get through the door. We had some time to kill before our train so we walked around our neighborhood enjoying the sights. In the photos you can see some of the real estate options that are available. For the low price of 1,395,000 pounds we can get a 3 bedroom flat. Or for 1,990,000 pounds you can get ... read more
Needs complete renovation for 1,990,000 pounds
Wandering around S. Kensington
I just love the signs

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London May 16th 2019

There are 10 photos posted. This blog site puts most of the photos way at the bottom after the blog. Since I know most of you only want to look at the pictures, I will note the number of photos at the beginning of each blog. Breakfast at our B&B starts at 8 am. It is all Americans staying here and of course, we all swarmed the breakfast room at 8 am on the dot. Filled every table. Felt sorry for the poor lady who has to fetch all the coffee, tea and toast. We had tickets for a special exhibit at Westminster Abbey this morning. We hadn't been inside the abbey in years. On our last couple of visits the lines and crowds were crazy. Dot got us tickets in advance to the new Queen's ... read more
Westminster Abbey, London
View of Parliament from the Bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London May 15th 2019

8 photos in this entry. see note at the end The flight from Chicago to London didn’t seem as bad as usual. 7 ½ hours. Of course we are too cheap to pay for business or first class, but we did pay a small amount extra for a few more inches of leg room and it was worth it. We could easily cross our legs. Food was terrible, but we had the individual TVs with lots of movies to pass the time. We also got lucky on the seating. The plane was configured with 3 seats on each side and 3 in the middle. We booked an aisle and middle in the middle section. The guy sitting next to Dot (on the other aisle) got up before take-off and never came back. Just disappeared. So she ... read more
Natural History Museum
Iced Tea
Cut right off the hoof

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 7th 2019

Our big trip is only a week away. This is a new blog site, because my old one went away. Hopefully this works. You probably received an email notifying you of this post. Sort of a test. If you don't want to read, just ignore the emails or let me know to take you off the list. Our trip: Dot and I leave next Monday afternoon. We fly to Chicago, then to London. We are going to spend a few days in London, mainly going to the theatre. We have tickets to 2 shows. Then we will take the train from London to Scotland for the main portion of our trip. We will start with a few days in Edinburgh, then rent a car and head for the Scottish Highlands. (We have been watching the Outlander ... read more

Europe » France April 28th 2017

Geo: 48.8566, 2.35097In France, I have been eating fresh croissants every morning for breakfast. I am going to miss those greatly. Forgot to mention that at our hotel they served a buffet type breakfast and they always had warm croissants, scrambled eggs and I guess what they thought were sausages, but they looked exactly like American boiled hotdogs. I couldn't bring myself to try them for breakfast. Stuck with my croissants.I have eaten so much bread and cheese here, but it is so good, I can't stop myself.Driving was always a challenge. The tiny roads are fine, until someone is coming toward you. I grit my teeth and slow down and everyone thinks I am nuts. We must have driven through 100 roundabouts. Luckily, all but maybe 3 of them were signle lane roundabouts. Those are ... read more

Europe » France April 27th 2017

Geo: 43.7439, 4.79528The spa was fully booked today. No room for us. So, in spite of chilly temperatures and strong Mistral winds, we decided to venture out sightseeing anyway. They talk a lot about Mistral winds here, and they often described them when we would watch the Tour de France and the cyclists were "battling the winds". How windy could it be? We found out today - very windy.We drove to the Abbey de Mountmajor which was started in the 11h century by Benedictine monks. Some of it is in ruins, but quite a bit is intact. And it is huge. We were there for a while, exploring but the winds almost blew us over whenever we ventured outside. Some pictures below in the blog. We climbed to the top of its North Tower which had ... read more
Chris in the Monk's Cloister
North Tower
Top of the tire

Europe » France April 26th 2017

Geo: 43.7439, 4.79528Yesterday was pretty tame, but today was a little stressful at times. As we were leaving our base town of St Remy this morning, we noticed an unusual amount of traffic. Oops, we forgot it was Market Day in St Remy. We considered turning around and going back, but we were all ready for our day's adventures so we continued on and hoped to get back to St Remy in time to see some of Market Day.We set off for Les Baux, which is a short 20 minute drive from our base town. Easy drive, too, except as we were leaving St Remy we hit a brief construction zone where the road was down to one lane. There was a car in front of me going through so I hurried up to follow him ... read more
Dot in front of the Siege Engine
Chris in front of the big trebuchet

Europe » France April 25th 2017

Geo: 43.7885, 4.83167Fun and busy day. We drove to Pont du Gard, where a very large Roman aqueduct still stands. It was a much easier drive than yesterday, although our 3 GPSes didn't agree and we ended up turning around and going a different way to try to avoid the towns. It all worked out.Pont du Gard has an excellent museum where we learned more than we ever wanted to know about building an aqueduct and moving water in Roman times. But it was very interesting. Most of the pipes were underground - all lead pipe - but in a few areas they had to cross rivers, thus the building of the aqueducts to transport across the rivers. Amazing that they are still standing. Built in 50 A.D and used until the 6th century. In the ... read more
Dot and Chris-selfie
Chris and Dot
Dot from another angle

Europe » France April 24th 2017

Geo: 42.5, 2.5Today was fun filled and nonstop. We had a nice breakfast at our hotel and then headed out quickly to start our adventures.The plan was to drive (eeck) to Roussillan where we would: Hike the Ochre Cliffs Tour the quaint hill town Shop the galleries and cute little shops Check out the church Have our other planned gourmet lunch at Chez David – Rick recommendationAfter lunch we had other villages to visit. But back to our morning.Our 3 GPSes said we should arrive in Roussillan by 10:38. Hah! They don't understand the French country road system. Thank God for our tiny car. Many supposedly 2 lane roads, but as soon as you lose the line down the middle of the road, you know you are in trouble. Plus, we had to drive through the ... read more
View of the Ochre cliffs
Chris & Dot at the Ochre Cliffs
Chris & Dot

Europe » France April 23rd 2017

Geo: 43.7885, 4.83167Today we travelled by car from Carcassonne to Saint Remy in Provence, France. We drove with our 3 GPSs giving us directions. Most of the drive was on toll highways so it was pretty easy. We again lunched at the gas stations, which have amazing food and lots of choices. The bread, as usual is amazing. I had to spend 3 euro for a soda at McDonalds, but at least it had ice in it. I have totally conquered the McDonalds kiosk and love using Apple Pay there.We arrived in St Remy around 1 pm. Our little car is working out well. Easy to park and easy to drive. We explored town – lots of strange and unusual shops. One shop had everything made out of felt. Pillows, dresses, purses. Weird. Our hotel is ... read more
Cafe de la Place - looking toward the restaurant
Looking out from our table
Steak and Frites

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