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North America » Canada » Ontario » Waterloo June 15th 2013

Home Sweet Home as they say. It's almost been 2 weeks since I arrived home from BOB, Best of Britain tour and it's time I end this travel blog. But first I'll add some final points of what I hope you will find both interesting and helpful. A bus tour is an excellent way for a novice traveller to travel alone AirTransat offers an OptionPlus package; check it out if you will have more than one piece of check in luggage; the other perks that come with his are ok too The Travel Director on a bus tour will make or break your trip; I was really lucky, Rachel, our director, was phenomenal You can purchase a local SIM card for your phone; saves roaming charges. I bought one and added time to it (pay as ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Horley June 3rd 2013

Leaving England; Saturday, this day is about getting myself from London to an inn located in Horley, a small town 5 minutes from Gatwick airport. I took a cab from the hotel to Victoria station, a main hub, so a very busy place, you want to make sure you are queing (waiting in line)for the right tickets, you would hate to be in the tube que if you want train tickets. Lucky for me my cab driver directed me, it pays to tip. It's a nice relaxing ride to Horley and the inn was just a ten minute walk from the train station but when you have a lot of luggage a cab is necessary. Horley is likely the size of Palmerston, so not too big, be prepared to wait a few minutes for the cab. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside May 31st 2013

Today is Friday, my last day in London. I used my hop on, hop off ticket and saw the princess Diana memorial fountain and the Albert Memorial on my way to Harrods. Harrods was overwhelming, their handbag department alone was the size of some stores and the displays were meticulous. After lunch I took a Rock and Roll tour for the afternoon. I crossed Abbey Road around 4:30, apparently I can check on the Internet and see me doing this. The tour included points of interest for the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Madonna, the Rolling Stones and many more. There was also a quick stop at the Sticky Fingers bar. We were given the chance to take pictures of the Stones memorabilia. I finished off my day by taking a ride on the Eye, the wait was ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside May 31st 2013

Thursday, I slept in, after getting up at six or earlier for the last two weeks I figured it would be okay. I bought a hop on, hop off bus tour ticket, it was good for 24 hours and the routes include all the major attractions. You also get earbuds so you can follow along with a commentary of what you are seeing and the history of what you are seeing. Many of the museums and galleries don't charge any entrance fees, they are free to the public. I visited the British Museum, that took most of the afternoon and I could have spent more time there. In the entry you could create a small mosaic that would be added to a larger design to be added to the museum.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside May 30th 2013

On day 14 we visited Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford upon Avon. His dad was a glove maker, the items he made were works of art. Later we made a quick stop at Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage. This was the background for our group picture. I may not see my traveling companions again but I have a nice picture to remember them by. Our last stop was at Oxford, I didn't realize it's made up of 39 colleges. There is also a shop called Everything Alice dedicated to Alice in Wonderland in this college town. Then we were back on the road to London and the end of our tour. Until tomorrow, Bob out... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside May 30th 2013

Day 13, we left Edinburgh and stopped at a cute medieval town, Alnwick, home to the Duke of Northumberland and the Tenantry Column. We got a quick look at a part of Hadrian's Wall in route to York. Later on we arrived in York, the city still has the medieval walls surrounding it. A walking orientation included a stroll through the Shambles, another name for a collection of shops in a village setting, it was like stepping back in time. A cute word they use for alley, sniggleways. York is known as a haunted city. At the end of our day we enjoyed a farewell dinner, it was the last dinner we were all together. I have met a number of fun and interesting people,it's kind of weird to think I may never seen any of ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside May 30th 2013

Well I guess I left off when I was in Edinburgh. We did in fact go to Edinburgh Castle, it was very windy and cold, it sits high above the city and is still used for military purposes. From the top you can see for miles. I don't know if you knew this but I didn't; Arthurs Seat is a park area near Edinburgh Castle, if you look at the silhouette of the Hill, it looks like a crouching, lion. Later in the day we went to Rosslyn Chapel. It's a 15th century building famed for its association with the Knights Templar and the Masonic movement. This building was also home to some of the Da Vinci Code movie filming. In the evening a group of us went to a Scottish show and dinner. It was ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh May 27th 2013

Today we're off on a local sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, the tour should include Edinburgh Castle, the Royal mile, Holyrood House in the shadow of Arthurs Seat and the new Scottish parliament buildings. Tonight we will go to a Scottish show for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing. I've been forewarned this will be the night I'll be trying hagis. It's been hard to find free wifi so I may not be able to post until we return to London on Wednesday night. The usual cost is around 10 pounds for 24 hours, stay tuned.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews May 26th 2013

Day 11; I can't believe how fast the time has passed, in one week I will be on my way home. Today we headed south and stopped in a picturesque little village called Pitlochry. It's a small theater town with the usual touristy shops. There is also a salmon ladder here that actually counts the number of salmon that swim up the ladder. This area is known for its salmon fishing, permits are required. We then traveled to Blair Castle, the home of the Duke of Atholl, who is the only man in Britain to have a private army. Again there are no words to describe the beauty of the architecture and finishes of this still inhabited castle. Next stop, St Andrews, my picture is at the 18th hole of the Old course, not really a ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Aviemore May 25th 2013

It was another glorious day, around 17 degrees. I didn't realize that the daylight hours are extended here, I think it was only dark for about three hours last night. Good thing the curtains blocked the sunlight; I understand it was shining brightly at 4 in the morning. Anyways, today we traveled through the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Skye. I even saw the loch ness monster today and I had my picture taken with her. We visited the Clan Donald Centre, this is an excellent place to discover the history of the kingdom of the Isles and trace your genealogy. They also have spectacular gardens and today there was a local craftsmen show. A lot of driving and scenery today but far from boring, our travel director, Rachel is ... read more
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