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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool July 10th 2018

Days 16 and 17 - A magical, mysterious, trip to Liverpool and the other International Wilsons One outing Anne was really looking forward to this summer was a day trip to Liverpool. Michelle agreed to go but wasn’t all that interested and Tony suggested we go while he was in the office. So, Anne booked two tickets “to ride” and a magical mystery tour for her and Michelle. They left early out of Euston Station and Tony walked them safely to Waterloo before going back to meet some friends. The International Wilsons who were coming in from Argentina (just as Anne and Michelle left). Tony has known Dave since college, and our families remain close. Tony offered our flat as a place to freshen up and have some real breakfast while they waited for their flat ... read more
Allons y!
Liverpool...colder than London
Meanwhile, back in London

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent July 7th 2018

Days 13, 14 and 15 - A Driving Tour of (part of) Kent When planning our summer, everyone had some ideas of what they wanted to do. One area that appealed to everyone was the Southeast area of England. Tony put together a general list of places to visit and we set off by train on Saturday to Ashford to rent a car. Much easier than renting in London and trying to drive out. Our first stop was the sound mirrors near New Romney. They were used during WWI to track aircraft flying over the channel from France. They were the preceding technology to RADAR and were pretty successful while they were being used. The access to the site is only open two days a year and we happened to be able to catch one. The ... read more
Madonna Inn?
Water
Dry Moat

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark July 4th 2018

Wednesday was a quiet 4th of July here in London. Anne and Michelle spent it doing laundry, relaxing, catching up on some video editing, and grocery shopping. Dinner in the flat followed by a nice evening walk and some strawberry shortcake made it a great day. Thursday, Anne and Michelle took the train to Brighton to shop in the second hand stores and check out the seaside. The ride was not long and they found some pretty neat stores as well as a pretty cool toy museum. Michelle bought a few pairs of flowy pants and they spent some time at the Brighton Pier amusement park. They wandered up the beach and through the historic shops on the Lanes. They took the second to last train back to London, which ended up being quite crowded, and ... read more
Big Ben in a Box
PINEAPPLE PANTS
Under London Romans

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 2nd 2018

Days 8 and 9 - Disneyland and Paris, the office and Football Anne and Michelle had an early train so Tony arranged an Uber to the station and went along to see them off before heading into the office. The train ride was only 2.5 hours to Paris and then another 1 hour out to Disneyland. Everything went pretty smoothly on the way there and they were in the park about an hour after opening. There are two parks at Disneyland Paris; Disneyland and Disney Studios. Disney Studios is similar to California Adventure in that it has shorter hours and seems to focus on the newer Disney franchises. Some of the rides are duplicates of other parks (Rockin Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Flying Carpets) but they have some unique rides including Crush’s Coaster and Ratatouille: ... read more
We made it!
The only Mickey Bars we saw
Lunch Time

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 30th 2018

Day 6 and 7 - Potter and Friends Today we revisited the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios. We first went 4 years ago but had a somewhat rushed trip. This time we were able to get our fill and see some new additions to the tour since we were last here. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter films and enjoy getting a look behind the scenes (and have a decent attention span) we highly recommend this tour. There are enough tidbits and details to make you want to watch the series all over again. Pro Tip 1: Get tickets early… insanely early… they are booked 2-3 months in advance. Pro Tip 2: Get early tickets (as in early in the day). We opted for 10:30, and spent 3.5 hours, and still had time ... read more
Age Limit
Open wide
So small

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark June 29th 2018

Day 5 - An Animal Zoo and a People Zoo Last night was Anne’s turn for a sleepless night. So, while Tony got up and headed into work “early”, Michelle and Anne had a later start. It’s worth pointing out that “early” today meant leaving the flat at 0930. Tony has decided that he will leave the flat at 0700 from now on. This morning, he was sitting in stopped traffic for 20 minutes out of his 50 minute bus commute. Michelle and Anne decided today was a great day to visit the zoo. The London Zoo has a long history and it was interesting to see the layers in the different exhibits and enclosures. It can be found in Regent's Park and is bordered by Regent’s Canal. It is the Home of the reptile house ... read more
Naughty Monkeys
Water Taxi
I'm on a boat!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 28th 2018

Day 4 - Out and About It was up early in the morning today so Michelle and Anne could walk with Tony to the office, having a quick breakfast along the way. Anne and Michelle seem to be doing fine with jet lag, but Tony was up a lot overnight. Still 2 out of 3 isn’t bad. It was less than 2 miles to the office and a nice way to wake up, especially given how foggy and cold it was outside. Even at 730 AM, there are a lot of people out and about. Tony thinks that Google has the best walking routes configured, because each time they went off the prescribed path, they ran into rundown or smelly areas of town. Michelle and Anne took the Underground across the city to the Portobello Road ... read more
Morning Snack
Whoa!
Pick a stamp

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 27th 2018

Day 3 - Visiting a favorite Tony’s “avoid jet lag” plan is a success, so far. We all went to sleep at a normal London time (10 pm or so), and woke up by ourselves between 8 and 9 am, having slept comfortably throughout the night. This has not always been the case on international trips. We ate a light breakfast in the flat and headed out to Waterloo Station to catch a train to Windsor (singing Abba in our heads, and out loud). Having just been in Waterloo the night before, we are, of course, experts into how to enter and exit… so of course, we got lost again, and found a new entrance, which we realized had already gone to years ago. After an hour ride on a mostly empty train, we arrived at ... read more
Exclusive Peek
Hidden Beauty
Mind the gap

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark June 25th 2018

Days 1 and 2 Travel to LAX and on to London We were up bright and early to pick up our rental car and pack the last bits before driving down to LAX. It was cheaper - and more convenient - than flying out of San Luis Obispo’s regional airport. The rental company upgraded us to an “SUV” and we ended up with a real “take the top and doors off and go 4 wheeling” Jeep. Not the smoothest of rides. Michelle loved it, Tony was ambivalent and Anne was a firm “no” on the vehicle. Since we had time, and to break up the drive, we stopped by UC Santa Barbara to do a brief look-see and eat lunch. The campus is much flatter than CPSU and had many more roads and access ways for ... read more
UC Santa Barbara
Not to worry
And So It Begins

North America » United States » California » Atascadero July 31st 2016

Day 33 (and a bit) Santa Fe to HOME! Since there was minimal set-up last night we were able to pack up and get on the road early this morning. It was roughly 1000 miles between Santa Fe and Atascadero. We planned to go as far as Needles today and split the trip into two days. Our first stop was Albuquerque for breakfast. We found a nice cafe off of I-40 and had a great breakfast. After breakfast we were racing the thunderstorms again. We flew down I-40 through Gallup and into Arizona. once we reached Flagstaff we were back on the route we started on over a month ago. We were making pretty good time and expected to hit Needles in the early afternoon. At this point we noticed two things. I-40 was closed just ... read more
Arizona
Worlds Largest Thermometer
Nevada




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