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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Reading December 7th 2020

Reading is a picture post card town. A nice cathedral ruins on a little hill with a backdrop of a meandering Thames and Kennet rivers, embracing (sometimes too tightly during floods). That's Reading, 45 mins by Great Western Train from London Paddington to Reading main station. It was my first holiday during the infamous Coronavirus alias Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 which initiated a lockdown in United Kingdom in March 2020. I simply had to capture the English summer with one day trip to make it memorable as government was discouraging public to travel for leisure. Train was almost empty. I took my bicycle into the train at Hayes and Harlington station and got down at Reading. As per the new rules of social distancing, only one household per lift or me and my cycle in the ... read more
Greens by the river
Rush of water from the locks
Caversham Locks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor September 16th 2019

16 September 2019, Monday Day 15 on Thames Path, a rest day in Windsor and visit to the castle. Day 30 of travel. A new day dawns and it is a rest day--yah! For some reason we thought daily mileages were decreasing after Marlow; instead every day is longer than indicated in the national trails guide book. A nine mile day is thirteen, an eleven mile day turns in to a fourteen mile day--it is most distressing 😒. And fatiguing. The night before, Julia had smoothed the ruffled feathers of four tired, frustrated travelers as they arrived at her door. She served tea in her lovely parlor, shared information of the area (important information such as, "Where is the nearest laundromat?") and sent us off to a local pub to get a "nutritional attitude adjustment." We ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire September 14th 2019

14 September 2019, Saturday Henley on Thames to Bisham Abbey National Sports Center day 13 Thames Path day 29 of travel Henley is a most beautiful village. Yesterday, when, with weary feet, we arrived at Marsh Lock, it was as if we had come upon Brigadoon. Marsh Lock is unusually situated in midstream and you reach it via a long, wooden causeway. Then one goes past a Georgian lock house, sporting hanging flower baskets, and then you go back to the bank again by a second causeway leading to pretty cottages at the foot of Mill Lane. A grand floral entry to a superb English village. - But now, after a welcome night at the Row Barge Pub, we saunter down West St., in the beautiful sun, enjoying the morning. It is difficult to imagine this ... read more

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

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Pangbourne September 11th 2019

11 September 2019, Wednesday Wallingford to Pangbourne Thames Path day 10 day 25 of travel. Why the Thames Path? - reflection by Karen A number of people have asked the above question. Here is the 'short version' answer. UK National Trails - there are fifteen National Trails. The Thames Path would surely be classified as one of the easiest. For almost three years, since the fall that resulted in a broken hip, I had been thinking of a 'doable' long distance walk. Long walks get in your blood and, after a period you get itching to hit the trail for an extended period. As Alfred Wainwright, the famed creator of the Wainwright Coast to Coast Trail said, "The only way you get to know a country is to walk it." - One day, picking up a ... read more

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

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor May 28th 2019

Blog 2 Special Day at Windsor Castle – remembering family A short blog as today has been a very special day. We have been thinking about Uncle Alex Robertson’s funeral on Monday in Gympie and then the sad passing of great Aunty Margaret Robertson from Geelong on Monday night aged 92. We decided that we would honour them both in style. Being in Windsor we thought if St George’s Chapel was good enough for the Royal Family then it was the place to light a candle for our special Robertsons. Rest in peace Aunty Marg and Uncle Alex. Special hugs to Aunty Estelle. Love from Leanne and Graham (Photos inside chapel aren't so good. Had to take them sneakily as no photography allowed inside - eyes everywhere!!)... read more
Everyone loves a rose (1)
Gorgeous ceilings
Got to love a great  castle and Windsor is all of that

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Cookham March 22nd 2019

A stroll through the village of Cookham as part of our Thames Valley tour. There are some hidden gems in the UK.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Maidenhead March 22nd 2019

Maidenhead is a lovely town on the River Thames in Berkshire, west of London. You pass through lovely villages and towns, as well as navigating very narrow lanes, just hoping that nought is coming the other way. On some roads, there was evidence of a horse float, but not towed by a car, rather like the size of a bus. One loves GPS Sat Navs and their short cuts (NOT). Maidenhead has a lovely walk available beside the tidal influenced River Thames. Old and new boats as well as ones being repaired, maybe restored, are dotted along the banks of the River.... read more

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

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