Tony Wilson


Tony Wilson

My name is Tony Wilson. I, my wife Anne, and my Daughter Michelle live in Atascadero, CA, and lead typical lives, we like to think.
We love traveling... all over the place. Often, our travels are routine, or only slightly exciting for a short time. Good things in life come in small measures. However, on occasion, we do have more epic journeys and people like to hear about them. These are our travel sagas.. I hope you enjoy them.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham July 10th 2019

We arrived in Birmingham at about 4:30, and found a mooring in the very center of town, across from a LegoLand exhibit and next to the Aquarium Center. We grabbed the last mooring on Oozle Street Loop, and our beautiful boat was visible by everyone in the square. After a quick shower, we went into town to find food. 5pm is a bit early for dinner, and most places were not quite open. However we found a fabulous Indian restaurant where the food was spicy and the water was plentiful, as was the Naan. Birmingham didn't have as many "big old buildings" as London and other towns we have visited. It seem that the majority of Birmingham grew up during the industrial expansion and either there were not many buildings prior, or the expansion just consumed ... read more
An Escape Room
Success!  Huzzah!
The City Before You

Time runs together on the Canal. It's hard to believe that hours go by, and then you can't believe it's only been five minutes since the last bridge. We are doing the Black Country Loop near Birmingham, in a counter-clockwise fashion, starting out of Barton Turns Marina (and ending there). Rather than give a mile by mile (there are 86), lock by lock (more than 100), pub by pub (yummy meat pies), or bridge by bridge (we stopped counting)... for the remainder of the canal trip, we will talk about interesting highlights. We split out our time in Birmingham into a separate entry, after this one, since that was a short escape from normal Canal life. We'll mention that Anne and Tony (mostly Anne) were sick during this part of the trip, so we may not ... read more
Oh, It's Sunday
Round Tower

Day 5 We woke early, excited for our Market trip and Canal boat adventure. The breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express was less than stellar, so we decided we would get some food at the Market. The Longborough market is said to have won recent awards, and has been around for 800 years. It sounded amazing and exciting. The weather had different opinions. The drive through the driving rain took a lot longer than we expected. When we arrived and grabbed the last parking spot, we saw dozens of people leaving the open air market, hiding under umbrellas (it had just started raining in Longborough). All of the prepared food vendors were shut, and we didn't spend long at other shops outside of Boots and a few fruit and bread vendors. Even if the weather had ... read more
Hamster Entertainment
The Way Out

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » East Lothian » Haddington July 5th 2019

This morning we woke early to breakfast at the Hundalee house. The hosts and their family were very friendly, as were their dogs. We went on a walk about the property, met a fine horse and a finer peacock, then headed into the town of Jedburgh to tour the Abbey. As we walked into the ruins, Michelle played the music from the Temple of Time in Zelda - Breath of the Wild. The buildings reminded everyone of the video game temple, and we were all inspired. A climb up skinny and steep circular stairways in the tower (and then back down), some discussion about the engineering of the rooflines, and then speculation about the usage of some of the lower rooms made up the typical Wilson historical site tour. During breakfast we had rolled dice for ... read more
Room of Unknown Purpose
The Abbey Front

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Roxburghshire » Jedburgh July 4th 2019

Jet Lag? We Don't Got No Stinkin' Jet Lag Up early and, if not bright, then at least with a little glow, we ate breakfast (full English of course!) at the hotel restaurant before taking everything out of our luggage and packing it back in so that we can leave most of the suitcases in the car for the next few days. Driving on the left was, again, second nature to Tony, and we fell back into our habits of Anne as Navigator, and Tony just trying to get into the correct lane to exit the roundabouts. Our first goal today was to head to Hadrian's Wall. Tony has wanted to see it since he was little and living in England. Michelle is interested in the Roman history surrounding it. Anne wants to go because walls ... read more
It's a very nice fort
Sitting on Hadrian's Wall
Raised Floor

Once again we are off on a long summer trip. This time, the originator of the trip is a North Sea cruise aboard the Disney Magic, leaving from Dover, England. We decided to add on a few things to our itinerary and make it a full month trip. This trip has a unique feature. Michelle has her learners permit and is driving us partway to LAX. We left nice and early to have plenty of time for the trip. We were so early we decided there was time to watch Spiderman: Far From Home in Calabasas. The shopping center the theater was in had a big fountain with a multitude of turtles. One turtle was crossing the parking lot when we drove in so Tony jumped out and put him back in the fountain. The theater ... read more
Because... Disney
Luggage Woahs
VIP Hamster

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 5th 2018

Day 42 - To Home. London, We will Miss You We finished packing up in the morning and tried to eat all of the remaining food. We arranged a car through a car service, which ended up being less expensive than Uber or Taxi to LHR has been. We had 7 rollers and 3 backpacks and were not interested in navigating the underground, even on a weekend. Because of our checkout time, we ended up at LHR 5 hours before our flight. That was good because it took nearly 30 minutes to re-balance our bags so they were all under limit (which they strictly enforce on occasion). I am glad we bought Michelle 2 bags! During the flight, Tony opened the window shade as we passed over the east coast of Greenland. It was beautiful with ... read more
Typical Flight
East Coast of Greenland
Welcome Home

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 31st 2018

Day 37 to 41 - Dragons, Zoo, Bard, Boat, Friends Our last week in London turned out to be pretty busy, and very social. During this trip, we have been able to share our time with several groups of friends, some from the US, and some from the UK (and one from Argentina). It has really helped us feel like this was a summer living in London, and less like a London Holiday. Earlier in the trip, we have visited the Ellis family in Reading (as we do every trip). While we were there, we discovered an interest in Dungeons and Dragons (tabletop game), and arranged for Tony to run a one day beginner adventure for the family. On Tuesday, the 6 adventurers (one of them a Kobold.. because.. why not) shipwrecked on an Island had ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Pastena July 30th 2018

Day 36 - Italian Countryside Our Italian countryside driving day started out like any of our other driving days this trip, with a frantic and slightly frustrating trip to the rental office. Luckily, our flat in Rome was only a few blocks from a major street. After hauling our luggage down 5 flights of marble stairs, we only had to carry them for a few minutes over the rough, cobblestone streets to the nearby bus stop. Cobblestones are not kind to rolling luggage. When our bus finally came, and we made it to the rental car offices at the central Rome train station, we were first in line… at the rental desk… where the power was out. After waiting a while in the hot building, we got signed in, and had to walk another quarter mile ... read more
Driving in Italy
Echoing Entrance
Deep Pool

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome July 29th 2018

Day 35 - Colosseum and the Roman Forum Sunday, we woke up very early so that we could be at the Colosseum when it opened at 8:30 AM. The Roma Pass let us skip the lines, but we also wanted to skip the crowds. We caught the city bus at 7AM so that we could eat at a cafe near the Colosseum. It turns out that none of the cafes directly across from the monument are open before 9am, which confused Tony a lot. We went around the corner to find one open cafe called “Coming Out”, with rainbow signs, and lots of colorful clients. Apparently, this location also doubles as a night club and a hostel of sorts. We had some great conversations about music and strange dance music videos, and then headed out to ... read more
So Quiet
The palace on Palatine Hill
Nothing could go wrong

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