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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside May 31st 2013

Thursday, I slept in, after getting up at six or earlier for the last two weeks I figured it would be okay. I bought a hop on, hop off bus tour ticket, it was good for 24 hours and the routes include all the major attractions. You also get earbuds so you can follow along with a commentary of what you are seeing and the history of what you are seeing. Many of the museums and galleries don't charge any entrance fees, they are free to the public. I visited the British Museum, that took most of the afternoon and I could have spent more time there. In the entry you could create a small mosaic that would be added to a larger design to be added to the museum.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside May 31st 2013

Today is Friday, my last day in London. I used my hop on, hop off ticket and saw the princess Diana memorial fountain and the Albert Memorial on my way to Harrods. Harrods was overwhelming, their handbag department alone was the size of some stores and the displays were meticulous. After lunch I took a Rock and Roll tour for the afternoon. I crossed Abbey Road around 4:30, apparently I can check on the Internet and see me doing this. The tour included points of interest for the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Madonna, the Rolling Stones and many more. There was also a quick stop at the Sticky Fingers bar. We were given the chance to take pictures of the Stones memorabilia. I finished off my day by taking a ride on the Eye, the wait was ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside May 30th 2013

On day 14 we visited Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford upon Avon. His dad was a glove maker, the items he made were works of art. Later we made a quick stop at Anne Hathaway's picturesque thatched cottage. This was the background for our group picture. I may not see my traveling companions again but I have a nice picture to remember them by. Our last stop was at Oxford, I didn't realize it's made up of 39 colleges. There is also a shop called Everything Alice dedicated to Alice in Wonderland in this college town. Then we were back on the road to London and the end of our tour. Until tomorrow, Bob out... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside May 30th 2013

Day 13, we left Edinburgh and stopped at a cute medieval town, Alnwick, home to the Duke of Northumberland and the Tenantry Column. We got a quick look at a part of Hadrian's Wall in route to York. Later on we arrived in York, the city still has the medieval walls surrounding it. A walking orientation included a stroll through the Shambles, another name for a collection of shops in a village setting, it was like stepping back in time. A cute word they use for alley, sniggleways. York is known as a haunted city. At the end of our day we enjoyed a farewell dinner, it was the last dinner we were all together. I have met a number of fun and interesting people,it's kind of weird to think I may never seen any of ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside May 30th 2013

Well I guess I left off when I was in Edinburgh. We did in fact go to Edinburgh Castle, it was very windy and cold, it sits high above the city and is still used for military purposes. From the top you can see for miles. I don't know if you knew this but I didn't; Arthurs Seat is a park area near Edinburgh Castle, if you look at the silhouette of the Hill, it looks like a crouching, lion. Later in the day we went to Rosslyn Chapel. It's a 15th century building famed for its association with the Knights Templar and the Masonic movement. This building was also home to some of the Da Vinci Code movie filming. In the evening a group of us went to a Scottish show and dinner. It was ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside August 12th 2009

First order of business is Shakespeare's Globe Theater which is short one block walk from our Bankside House. We enjoyed the exibition and tour of the Theater. Next we went to the pier and took the clipper ship down the Thames to the London Bridge and the Tower of Londin. We toured the Tower (really like a midevil city), viewed the Crown Jewels, and had lunch at the Armory - Cafe inside the Tower. We reboarded the clipper ship to cruise back to Bankside pier. I still had sore feet and was tired so I went back to my room and rested (we took a nap). Next we got ready to go see "Blood Brothers" at the Phoenix Theater. We met the Fringe Group an took "the Tube" to the west end theater district. We surfaced ... read more
Model of Globe Theater
QEI costume on display
Elizabethan costumes on display

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside August 11th 2009

Our flight from Portland was delayed long enough to make us almost miss connections in Philadelphia. We needed to walk from C wing to A wing. Even with "people movers" it was a long way and we arrived at the gate for London flight just in time. The London flight was long and I didn't sleep much - mostly read. At last we arrive at Gatwick Airport and a blue badge guide collects us on to a coach for a whirlwind tour of London. Along the "motor way" we go to all the major sights of London for a quick overview and a few picture stops. Changing of the horse Guard at Buckingham Palace, Tower of London & London Bridge, Prince Albert Hall and Memorial in Kensington Park, St. Paul's Cathedral, and stop at Covent Garden ... read more
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Prince Albert Memorial
Royal Albert Hall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside August 10th 2009

Every day is so full here, I've decided to just write for now about one great day we had, last Thursday. We decided to visit two great art museums, the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern, and we took advantage of the "Tate-to-Tate" boat service to travel along the Thames in between. First up was the Tate Britain, which focuses on British artists. I particularly like the Victorian-era painters, the Pre-Raphaelites, etc. (By the way, there is currently a TV series on in England about these painters, called “Desperate Romantics.”) They also had some good modern work, on the theme of Classification that were very interesting. One featuring an alleged collection of primitive artifacts, called the Chapman Family Collection. The more you looked at these, the more you realized that they were not authentic, but instead ... read more
On the South Bank
On the London Eye
Skate Park on South Bank

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside July 4th 2009

The flight went very smoothly and most of the students seemed to sleep quite well. I wish I could say the same for me but as always I spent most of the flight wide awake and uncomfortable. I really do hate flying!! When we got to London we were greeted by very misty weather. The heatwave they have been having in England was over and the forecast was very heavy showers. Luckily the weather forecasters got it wrong and we survived the day without getting wet. In fact the afternoon was beautiful, about 25 degrees and very sunny. From Heathrow airport we caught the tube to the hostel, left our luggage in the store room and then walked to Tower Bridge, where we had a traditional English breakfast. Then we went to Borough Market, a sensational ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bankside May 25th 2009

We always thought that whenever we go to London, it will be my official visit & Sonu's personal along with me.IN fact not only London but also all visits abroad.But you know what, so far its been the opposite. Its always been her official visit & my personal visit.This time was no diffrent.After transitioning from Asia Rates to EMEA Rates in late 2008,Sonu has streamlined the Options piece of EMEA Rates in very short span time.To add to team's knowledge, Management at JPM thought it would be worthwhile to send 2 key people from Mumbai to London for training with Middle office.Ofcourse Sonu was part of that. After making sure that all shraddha rituals for Baba are done, we left for London on Feb 14th.What could have been a better B'day gift than this to Sonu? ... read more
With Tom Cruise
The Eye
Tower Bridge




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