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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading September 12th 2019

12 September 2019, Thursday Pangbourne to Reading, day 11 of Thames Path, day 27 of travel. -The Elephant Hotel had an old India decor and charm with a husband/wife team comprising a Romanian bar tender and Jamaican waiter. We sat at the classy table and chairs for dinner. Chairs are made of large rough old boards and have 6 feet high backs. Several photos are included of the hotel including the knit elephant adorning our bed. The table was used for the fruit and cereal buffet the next morning. -We have a delicious breakfast at The Elephant. By the time the specially ordered porridge arrives we have satiated ourselves with freshly made raspberry yoghurt, fresh fruit, and nuts and finished with lovely chocolate croissants. -Fueled for the day we set off for Reading--a techie, business park, ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading September 2nd 2019

1 September 2019, Sunday Day 16 of travel. Meeting Jo Finestead, Norma Wiebe and Karen at Heathrow. Train to Kemble. Ibis Hotel in Reading was comfortable on 13th floor. The hotel is really funky and clientele punk rock. After breakfast Hotel I walked to the train station to take the Railair bus to Heathrow. The 0945 bus left me, my backpack and 2 bags at Heathrow terminal 3 but Not my Tilley's Hat! Ugh. Norma arrived at 0615 on United flight from ORD in terminal 2, enjoying the arrivals lounge before meeting us at terminal 3 arrivals. Karen and Jo were 2 hours late on their American flight landing about 1050. We wheeled our bags to train station and bought tickets to Kemble. It was just before this I realized I had left my hat. But ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading December 21st 2018

I decided to book a couple of nights in Reading because we hadn't been there before and it wasn't too far from Heathrow from where we were to fly to Copenhagen. Well I can't really say that I very impressed with what we saw of the town but no doubt the rain didn't help the enjoyment of the place. We did only have one full day there, and for at least half of the day the rain was pelting down. But for us the best thing about Reading was the Reading Musem and the ruins of Reading Abbey, both of which we explored. Because of its Royal patronage, the abbey was one of the pilgrimage centres of medieval England and one of its richest and most important religious buildings. The museum had a great Story of ... read more
A model of Reading as it was in medieval times showing the huge abbey
Part of the Bayeux Tapestry replica
Bayeux Tapestry replica showing Halley's Comet

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading September 24th 2016

Geo: 51.455, -0.969088Breakfast at the Black Horse Inn was interesting, no option for cereal but the bacon sandwich (not toasted, on white bread) was popular! We decided to go to the much acclaimed Warwick Castle which opened at 10 today instead of the usual 9am. While we were waiting, we found out that 'thousands' of cubs and scouts were going to be there today. Given the noise that the first 20 were making, we decided to head to the hallowed city of Oxford.Despite setting the Satnav to 'country lane' mode, we were soon hurtling down the M? at 70mph so we diverted to Banbury, of 'ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross' fame. We did see cock horses, the cross and the fine lady. Another pretty town, with a canal though the middle so we watched ... read more
Breakfast at the Black Horse Inn
Banbury Cross
Cock Horses at Branbury Cross

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading August 8th 2015

In an hour, we will be packing the taxi and heading off for the airport! Hopefully, all of our stuff will fit and none of us will need to walk to the airport! The cases have been packed and re-packed. All the weights have been checked and now we are filling the time! Some of us are doing the things we all do before a holiday! Have you got the passports? Who has the money? Did we pack ...? Is .. easy to get to! Suzy has disappeared to the allotment to pass some time and I have turned to the blog - after Rob pointed out that the original had a spelling mistake! Tim is juggling in the dining room with 18 suitcases and 6 rucksacks! Rob is pruning a bush after cutting the lawn! ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading March 1st 2015

Nick: So, after 18 months or so of planning, the day we finally packed up our things and left our beloved little home had finally arrived. We had already had a week off work to sort the of house out and stow away ours things before handing over the keys to our new tenant Andy, and all that was left today was to tie up some loose ends, finish the cleaning and pack our bags, but the adventure wasn't due to start in earnest just yet - our flights to Rio were not until the following day. Instead, we had the chance to have one more evening with our friends (and family) Simon and Hayley, who were kindly putting us up for the last night before we left. A very enjoyable evening was had by all, ... read more
In other news, this photo to makes me look like the Snowman when he is reflected in the bauble!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading July 29th 2014

My bags are just about packed, term has finished, I've had an amazing leaving do with wonderful people, the rest of my things are in storage (my poor Granddad probably has more of my belongings at his house than his own at the moment-thanks Granddad), I have a pile of paperwork stamped, signed and organised and am ready to set off tomorrow to spend the next year in Vietnam. Should probably be nervous but am just incredibly excited!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading July 13th 2014

Day 27 - Who needs a map? After breakfast and checking out of our hotel we headed west to Ruislip, a community that Tony found that is within easy travel to the offices in London. Unfortunately we found out that Anne's Phone stopped receiving Data some time in the last few days and the map didn't work anymore. We had to navigate the old fashioned way, using road signs. Tony's good memory and Anne's sharp eye got us in the right direction and we found Ruislip without too much difficulty. It's a nice town with some interesting areas, definitely a possibility. Next it was on to Reading for lunch very Kindly hosted by Ben and Katie. Tony had worked with Ben last time he was in Windsor. They have two children Michelle's age that are just ... read more
A short walk down the road

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading June 9th 2014

All packed and ready to go. Me (TP) and Welshy just brushing our teeth before our last sleep in the UK for more than 3 months. Our flight is nice and early tomorrow morning so we shall be meeting the boys at the crack of dawn at Heathrow. I don't think it has quite set in yet that in 36 hours time we shall be taking our first steps in the South American continent however every now and then a rush of excitement hits me. Santiago, Chile is our first stop where according to the weather guide we should be expecting low temperatures - around 10oC - and rain. It appears that after travelling halfway round the world the better weather may for once be back home! Not much has been planned for Chile yet but ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading January 28th 2013

So I am all set and ready to go... NEARLY. So flights are booked and work all finished. I have planned where I will be stopping on my trip to Aus. I am going to start in Perth with family for just over two weeks. Then I am going to fly across to Melbourne where my buddy Rach is. I am going to have 1-2 weeks there and enjoy exploring and planning to stay in St Kilda. I will then work my way up to Sydney where I will spend the majority of my time 2-3 weeks. I am going to visit the Sydney Opera House, sky tower, harbour bridge and bondi beach!!! I will then work my way up the gold coast to Brisbane for my final stop. I will then fly home from there. ... read more




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