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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City July 29th 2022

FRI, 29 JUL 2022 – “Day 5: Leaving Tenby in the morning, you begin your return journey to London. You travel past the big industrial cities of South Wales to the outskirts of Cardiff, for a visit to the outdoor National History Museum (an optional drop-off for anyone wanting to end the tour in Cardiff is available). From here, it’s time to say goodbye to Wales. You take the Severn Bridge back into England, where you have one final break at Castle Combe. This gorgeous Cotswold village perfect for a relaxed stroll amongst 16th century ironstone cottages. From here you will head back to central London.“... read more
St. Fagans National Museum of History – Cardiff, Wales, UK
St. Fagans National Museum of History – Cardiff, Wales, UK
St. Fagans National Museum of History – Cardiff, Wales, UK

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City June 18th 2022

I am finally free of the oppressive heat! What a good feeling getting off the train and watching people put on a sweater. Someone at the Paris train station said it was over forty degrees there because the glass ceiling acts like a greenhouse. That heat, plus the stress of missing the train to England because the first French train was more forty than minutes late for no apparent reason I could see except that it sat on the tracks too long, nearly did me in. This must happen a lot because the office gave me a ticket for the next train out without asking questions. I would have loved to bend their ears but there was no time. It took thirty minutes to get through two customs checks plus the luggage X-ray security. Finally I ... read more
Beautiful train station
Selfie with a few bug bites remaining
Double decker

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City June 8th 2022

Today we had to get up early so we could go get our pre-flight home covid test. We booked and paid ahead of time and it was not cheap. It was a quick walk to the clinic and the test itself took less than 30 seconds. We then went back to the hotel and had breakfast. This was the best breakfast of all the hotel breakfasts included in our trip. Not only was there the standard Full English buffet, there were pancakes, waffles and you could order off the menu. I ordered Eggs Benedict. Poached eggs were perfect, hollandaise sauce needed serious help. Jerry did standard scrambled and cheese melted on top. After breakfast we were off. This is our third trip to London, so we have done much of the standard sights, London Tower, Buckingham ... read more
Royal Observatory
Prime Meridian
Scotch Egg

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City June 7th 2022

It was very nice to have the train steps just outside our hotel. We got up showered and rolled out to the station. We were on the Avanti 1st class so breakfast is provided on the train. The journey is 4 ½ hours from Glasgow. We passed more Scottish country side, then English Country side. It was a relaxing journey (seats could be a bit more comfortable.) Breakfast was actually cooked on the train, not pre -fabed airplane food. We both just had simple scrambled eggs and toast. They were pretty consistent with the beverage cart so coffee and water were plentiful. A bit about train travel. We get most of our train advise from the Website Man in Seat 61. He has excellent information regarding train service and routes. However, I do disagree with him ... read more
Blvd to Buckingham Palace
Savory Tea Items
Sweet Tea Items

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City May 16th 2022

Our Oxford experience was spread over parts of two days, so no separate entry for May 15. We drove back to Heathrow that day after finishing our tour of Oxford University. We were to spend our final two nights of the trip in a hotel at the airport in one of the terminals used by Delta. As it turned out, it meant that we still had to walk almost the distance from downtown London to Heathrow to reach our terminal. But before that occurred, we had one final day in London, and it had been reserved for "fun" stuff or to pick up things we had missed initially. There is now a non-stop speedy train from Heathrow to Paddington Station every 15 minutes. We took the train and then got a taxi to Abbey Road Studios. ... read more
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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 February 28th 2018

As a result of enjoying the A to Z of Scottish places, I wanted to see what else I could do with the idea and over the winter had been formulating a plan to see if it was possible to “alphabet” in a single day. Coupled with a desire to have a few days break in London the A to Z of London Landmarks germinated from a passing idea to a full-on project.After some serious planning I churned out a first draft route of 35 miles (!) into something close to 30 and using google walking routes and some local knowledge of parks and walkways from previous trips, I managed to compile a route that was interesting and quieter than some parts of the metropolis. The end of February seemed to be a sensible time to ... read more
cenotaph
downing strreet
eros fountain

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




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