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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City March 27th 2019

HE SAID... We touched down at Heathrow Airport at 11:30am. It had been a long flight, and we were happy to finally be out of a cramped plane seat. Ren’s sister Romany and niece Kirsten met us in the arrivals area, where we jumped into an Uber and travelled to their home in Harrow. We arrived at midday, 33 hours after we left our home in Tasmania. It was such a good feeling to arrive. We settled around the kitchen table and snacked on Sri Lankan beef pan rolls and fish cutlets as we talked through the afternoon. It was an incredibly relaxing and warm atmosphere, and a great way to ward off jet lag. Romany cooked goat curry (my absolute favourite) for dinner, and it was incredible. We didn’t move from the table – we ... read more
streets of harrow
streets of london
street art

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City February 14th 2019

I only ever go to London on short trips; get the train down, do something touristy, eat something foodie, see a show, sleep, go back home, cry when I see my bank balance. In truth I don’t know if I like London much. It’s crowded, and I find that overwhelming. It’s so focused on tourism such that I don’t believe I’m in the real London. You know the real London; Chelsea Pensioners, Pearly Kings, the cast of Eastenders arguing, doing the ‘Lambeth Walk’ (Oi!), flower sellers, the occasional ‘ore wiv an ‘eart of gowd, guvnor, Sid James laughing, the musical genius of Chas and Dave (that’s enough cockney clichés). The ‘City’ one visits is like a movie set surrounded by an ocean of suburbia where real Londoners live. It... read more
London Bridge
Coldstream Guard

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City January 21st 2018

It's hard to believe that two weeks have passed. Today's our last day in London. Although I'm eager to get home to Andrew and the kids, I'm also sad for this trip to end. I've gotten to see and do so much. It's been incredible, and it's hard to have such an amazing experience come to a close. Today, we were on our own for the day. I think some people were excited to have the whole day to themselves, but I'd been dreading it for a while. We're supposed to stay in pairs, which means I have to find someone to tag along with. I'd passed along the message that I'd wait in the lobby at 9:30am for anyone who wanted to go out. At first, it appeared no one was coming. But then, thankfully, ... read more
The Sherlock Holmes "Museum"
Beatles Store
The British Museum

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City January 20th 2018

Tonight, Jesse had planned an optional activity for us: a stop at the Globe Theater. I wasn't really all that interested in seeing the Globe, but I definitely was interested in getting out of the hotel and spending some time with others. I think it ended up being a pretty great night. We crossed over the River Thames on the Southwark Bridge, and we had lovely views from the bridge. Once at the theater, we were paired with another amazing tour guide, Fi. She was really into helping us picture London and the Globe in the 17th Century, and she talked a lot about the audience and their participation. I thought it was a lot of fun. She also gave us information about the original Globe, a second version that had closed, and this modern version ... read more
Southwark Bridge
Courtney & Jesse at the Globe
Our Tour Guide, Fi

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City September 16th 2017

Three days that did not exactly go to plan.... the itinerary not being written in stone has suffered many pleasant adjustments. Regent's Canal Towpath On Thursday the 14 I did begin the walk along the Regent's Canal Towpath at 10.20 beginning at Little Venice near Paddington Station and heading east with LimeHouse the intended final destination. There are masses of flat river boats moored along the edges of the canal. The centre of the water is still open enough for other barges to pass. Unless one has permanent mooring rights at the price of what a regular flat would cost in the city, ones barge must move every two weeks heading in the same direction for at least 20km/mi cant remember which. Penalties for not moving come to 25GBP/da.Along the towpath as far as I went ... read more
PAssage under a road
British Museum thru the Fence
Gothic Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City July 26th 2017

The UK’s weather has not been very kind to us on this trip. Everyone keeps telling us about the heat wave earlier in the month but that isn’t reassuring when we see the forecast and see what is predicted to drift in from the west. So today we get our coats and brollies ready for a day out in London. Our focus will be the Museum of London and the exhibits featuring the early settlement of the city. With Oyster card at the ready we leave Northwood on the Underground traveling through the northwest suburbs of London such as Harrow and Wembley. From above ground we can see the stadium and backyards of homes backing onto the rail corridor. Blackberries beside the track are ripening but unfortunately impossible to get to. Perhaps we need to head ... read more
London
London
London

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City October 23rd 2016

This time we had a short break in Poland only and I have to say that the excitement about heading off somewhere again simply wasn’t there... maybe it was the weather? Cold dark mornings, temperature dropping rapidly, sad grey days... and at the same time so cosy at home sitting by the fireplace... Croatia certainly seemed like a more exciting destination than London – there was a chance we could get some sun rays by the Adriatic Sea still, but London? Wasn’t it just another huge city? Loud, busy... and expensive! Weren’t we just going from one grey place to another? I don’t really know why but London simply didn’t seem attractive to me at all... I've been there once only and only for a day so there was plenty to explore still... yet I was ... read more
Old and new...
The Tower Bridge
Beautiful colours of autumn

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City October 23rd 2016

With our flight home not scheduled until the afternoon, Kevin and I wanted to get up early in order to get in one last bit of sightseeing before making our way back home. We started walking to this place we had gotten a recommendation for breakfast called Bill's on Kensington High Street. As we cut through a neighborhood, we found a bike rental stand and had the great idea to rent bikes for the morning for our sightseeing. With our newly rented bikes, we rode the rest of the way to Bill's for breakfast. With our stomachs filled and bodies warmed up with coffee, we rode our rental bikes through the cool crisp morning towards nearby Kensington Park. The park was peaceful at this early morning hour as we rode through the park where the leaves ... read more
Bike Riding through Kensington Gardens
The Fall Colors in Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City October 22nd 2016

At breakfast this morning, we ran into Faisal who had shown up to the hotel to wish safe travels to those who were heading out today. We hung out with him for a bit on the outdoor terrace while having some morning coffee before Kevin and I were picked up by our taxi to take us to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Our flight to London was on Royal Jordanian Airlines. I had purposefully arranged our flights to ensure we had an overnight layover in London and some time to take in some of the important sights. Kevin had connected with some friends of his who lived in the area and they were going to pick him up upon arrival at Heathrow airport in order to hang out. That left me to explore London this ... read more
The London Underground
London Museum of Natural History
Harrod's

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City September 17th 2016

The tourist trail has prevailed during our London days. The London Eye was't here when I lived here, so that was our first port of call, quite a spectacukar engineering feat, the views were splendid and we came pretty close to planes turning finals for Heathrow!! the next few hours were spent in the London traffic on the open top tour bus with a recorded commentary!! The traffic was like Auckland, but we took in the sights Eastwards and by the time we got to Tower Bridge we were over inching along on our double decker bus and returned to the Embankment via a river cruise, which took in all the bridges crossing the Thames. The second part of our open top tour was more interesting as we headed West this time as we had a ... read more
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The London Eye
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