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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor September 23rd 2018

Wow! We went to bed last night at 6:30...actually it would be more accurate to say that we passed out AFTER I almost set another small fan (I brought one with me...don’t ask) on fire. I give up—small appliances just do not work in Europe. Sigh. Luckily, I was so tired I didn’t miss its “white noise”. In fact, according to John, this hotel lies on a major flight path out of London. Who knew. I never heard a thing until I woke up at 7ish this morning. Yay me! At any rate, we had a great night’s sleep and were ready to go this morning, albeit slowly. We did wake to rain and cool weather—in the high 40’s. After we had breakfast and then left the hotel to get in a walk around the town, ... read more
Front of our hotel
Dining area of our hotel
John on stairs in older section of our hotel

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor September 22nd 2018

Whew! We have had a LOONNGGG day today for sure! I am still running on the sleep I got before I posted yesterday evening. Can you spell “screaming, sobbing and hysterical tantrum”? And that was just the mother of the child who was sweaty and LOUD two rows up and one row over from us on the plane...ALL night long!! That kid has one strong set of lungs for sure and the mother needs anger management courses. It was an experience. We arrived in London at 10:20 making us a 7 hour flight that usually takes 8 hours. We were late leaving the gate in Nashville, and the pilot made up the lost time and then some on the way East. Kim you were correct...it is a very long hike from Gate 5 to get to ... read more
Check out the hidden garden in the house below
Jersey Pearl—Front view
Jersey Pearl—Rer view

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor April 27th 2018

Well we did say it’d go quiet for a while, well it did for sure. The search for the right RV has been more difficult than we ever imagined it would be. But... finally we hit gold. An obscure sequence of events and conversations lead us to a vehicle that we unanimously and almost immediately said, Yes!! This is the one for us. We are in no rush so we left it with a workshop, cue’d the music (as they say on Top Gear) and left to start buying toys to help us on our travels. I’ll leave it there for now and do a more detailed post when we finally take delivery. That should be very soon so please do watch this space...... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor December 26th 2017

So we got back to the UK, safe and sound. It was a great trip back and so nice to have booked all the Hotels en-route. Ibis all the way, cheap, clean, good food, and secure parking. Good job too with our life, or at least part of it packed into the back of the Pick Up. So Christmas has come and gone, a lovely Christmas at that, spent with my beautiful daughter Emily and her lucky boyfriend Alex, in thier new home. Brilliant!! Thinking of our Melampo Friends, it appears they all had a good Christmas too... As for our new home, Motorhome that is, well we've decided that our vehicle of choice will be an American RV, not a massive half mile long thing, but just something that big enough to be comfortable for ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor July 20th 2017

The English summer is true to form. There’ll be some rain, cloud and sunshine today. At the moment there is light drizzle. After we get our chores done we prepare for our trip to Windsor. We have not visited Windsor before but have seen the castle tower from afar. We will call today’s trip an exploratory trip, we won’t be visiting the castle. We offer to drive our hosts on this outing. We leave Jane behind and use local knowledge to get through the highways and by-ways without going on the dreaded M25. We are equipped with jackets, raincoats, umbrellas, sun hats, and cameras. It is a picturesque approach to the town. Tree lined streets, nice houses, and the River Thames meandering by. We follow a sign to a convenient carpark close to the centre of ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor April 7th 2017

The last few days have brought glorious weather to England, for which we are eternally grateful - days so far have been 17-19 degrees and sunny. But before that - a word on Frankfurt airport -its HUGE. We had to change planes there with a 1 hr 40 min switch-over between landing at one gate and taking off for London at another. Fine, right? WRONG! We ended up late getting off one plane, partially due to some disobedient passenger standing up when she should have been in her seat, leading to the us taxi-ing down the runway with pissed off cabin crew shouting into the intercom "SIT DOWN NOW!!!" ...so by the time we disembarked we had about 30 minutes before boarding the next flight....which just happened to be so far from the gate we landed ... read more
Evie and the Telephone Box
An important piece of information
Uncle John, Aunt Tina, Evie and I

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor December 27th 2016

We slept in a little longer today, since we only had one item on the itinerary and that was a day trip to Windsor to tour the castle. We walked from our hotel to Waterloo Station. It was about a 20-minute walk across the Waterloo Bridge over the Thames. The train we would be taking is basically the commuter system for greater London, similar to LIRR or Metro North, just more comfortable and less crowded, well except for the two stops full of children on their way to a zoo or something. It was pretty easy to figure out which train and buy our tickets, it helps when it is all in English unlike when we are on the Continent. The trip was about 50 minutes passing through the outer part of London, suburbs then countryside. ... read more
Waterloo Station
Windsor Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor August 25th 2016

Thursday and our last full day in London and its going to be another perfect warm late summers day. Today we have a plan to visit Windsor Castle and get it ticked off the bucket list. Our previous trips to London have seen us staying either out the east side or south of London Bridge and too far away to make Windsor a day trip without leaving really early in the morning. From Brentford though we are just a stone’s throw away, so to speak. Actually it became a bit of a logistical nightmare to select a transport route to get to Windsor mainly because there was a slightly closer over ground railway station called Kew Bridge which Google wanted us to use yet there were infrequent services from there to take us to the line ... read more
The outer walls of Windsor Castle and open double decker bus
Queen Victoria outside Windsor Castle
The old moat is now a beautiful garden,Windsor Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor June 20th 2014

Day 3 - Exploring Windsor We did't make it through the night. We were all up for about 3 hours around 2 AM and then slept in until 9:30. After breakfast at the Chocolate Cafe we headed to Windsor Castle to watch the changing of the guard. A group of the Guard march through Windsor from their barracks to the castle where there is a guard changing ceremony. We watched from the street and then got tickets to tour the castle and grounds. The castle is huge and only a few parts are accessible on the tour. It still took us 3 hours to see everything we wanted to see. Two of the highlights are Queen Mary's dollhouse and the special papers collection. The dollhouse was designed as a showcase of the Queen's collection of miniatures ... read more
All shagged out after a long squack
Beer and Horses?
Windsor Selfie

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor June 18th 2014

Day 1 and 2 - Don't Go to Sleep We set off for England Tuesday afternoon. The trip took over 14 hours between the flight from SLO to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to London and then from the airport to Windsor. Michelle enjoyed the variety of in-flight movies. By the time we reached the hotel, it was 2PM, local time on Wednesday. We are staying at the Christopher Wren Hotel in Windsor, right on the Thames. Our room even looks out over the river. We checked in and tried to avoid sleeping until a reasonable time. Looking for something to eat, we stopped at the cafe across the street. The Chocolate Theater Cafe has over 25 different types of hot chocolate, including the American hot chocolate (with marshmallows), the penultimate hot chocolate, the ultimate hot ... read more
Pillow fight in row 44
Hamster settles in for some tunes
the UK Border




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