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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City April 20th 2012

We have left the European mainland. Sadly, our stay in Paris was all too short but this family holiday must come to a close now and that will be in London. We depart for home from Heathrow airport on Sunday evening. We boarded the Eurostar train to London from Gare du Nord around 11:00am after passing though border control and security checks. The Eurostar train seemed to be a bit older, noisier and nowhere near as smooth as the French TGV train. Still it moved quite fast and we were in London about 2.5 hours after we left Paris. Apart from that, things seemed the same as the ride into Paris - the weather was cool, dreary and damp, the countryside was flat, green and punctuated by fields of yellow daffodils. With a little less than ... read more
London Double Decker Bus
London Museum of Science

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City April 16th 2012

I have a fear of dying. I guess all people fear dying to some extent, but when I think about dying, my chest constricts and my breathing is strained; I feel nauseous and fight the reaction to cry. I don’t know why I have this fear. This could possibly extend from my fear of missing out, that if I die, I will miss out on my own life, completing my own goals, standing triumphant over my achievements, watching my children grow, spending my life laughing with my most loved. Being privy to my bosses email, I just read a blog one of her friends had posted, a 28 year old man who has just been diagnosed terminally ill. As much as the blogs broke my heart I could not stop reading them. 28 years, that will ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City February 17th 2012

Day one, First stop Singapore, very excited to finally be leaving. There is a buzz around but i think thats coming from andys sock draw. Bags are packed, again, mostly with the contents of andys sock draw but a few essentials also. Wont be back in London for 4 months. Bye x x... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City February 13th 2012

Last weekend, Lindsay and our friend Matt visited London. I had already been to London last summer with the education class and I loved it when I was there. This time was just as great. We went to all the main tourist stops: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, and the Tower of London. While I had seen all of these places before, this time I got to go into the Tower of London. It was worth all 18 pounds of admission. Since I have recently been teaching British history, I was fascinated with the various towers and the exhibits within them. Ann Boleyn was held captive there by Henry VIII and the Tower of London is famous for the mysterious disappearance of the young princes Edward and Richard. I am going to ... read more
Big Ben and Parliament
Florence Nightingale and I
Tower of London

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City February 7th 2012

So, flight into London was with a budget airline called easyJet. And it was _seriously_ budget. It was 5 hours from Amman to London, there were no drinks/meals, no assigned seats (so it was a free for all) and the seats didn’t recline either. Despite that the flight was still ok for the most part (I was in the aisle and didn’t have to sit next to anyone in the middle) but the pilot wasn’t very polished. It seemed like there were some overly quick drops and turns made. Landed ok and was then given the 3rd degree by the customs official asking me more questions than I’ve ever had to answer before. He was very nice about it and told me that they’d normally like to see proof of insurance and funds, etc but that ... read more
Giant Raven at the Tower of London
Tower of London
More Tower of London

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City February 6th 2012

We went to the Tower of London today. It was impressive, even though in my head I pictured a really tall, skinny tower instead of the thick, square tower with a fortress around it. It was a fun place to visit. There was still snow on the ground, which made the Tower Green very beautiful. The ravens (they were huge) stood out so starkly against the snow. The Crown Jewels were stunning, but I can't imagine having to actually wear them. They must be so heavy. There were so many crowns of different styles and gems. The armory in the White Tower was one of my favorite parts. It was full of entire suits of armor (for men and for horses), weapons of all types, and artillery. There was a suit of armor that was three ... read more
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tower bridge (7)
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City February 4th 2012

We hit the Harry Potter pilgrimage site of Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station first thing this morning. They had a sign and half a trolley sticking out of the wall for pictures. After that, we went down Euston Road to the British Library. Most of it was closed off from tourists, but they did have a square section in the middle that went up several floors. It was just shelves and shelves of books behind glass. I want a library like that. Next we went further down to North Gower Street to see where BBC Sherlock films the outside of 221b Baker Street. Amy is a rabid fan and I have a strong feeling that I will be too once I start watching it. The picture will hopefull be really cool one day. The ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City February 3rd 2012

I AM IN LONDON! After train delays and changed plans, I am in one of the most spectacular cities in the world. I arrived just in time to catch a cab to the Criterian Theater to see "The 39 Steps" with Amy Soukup. With 5 minutes to spare, we both checked in our bags and found our seats. The theater was right on the Picaddily Circus and while small, had beautiful architecture and flair. The show was absolutely phenomenal!! It was a comedy based on Alfred Hitchcock's drama, "The 39 Steps." There were only four actors. The main character, Richard, stayed the same the whole time. He looked almost exactly like Cary Elwes from the Princess Bride. The other three kept switching characters by changing their clothes, voices, or poistion on stage. Sometimes they did conversations ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City January 15th 2012

So we are in London preparing for the trip, but before we Elgin this we want to thank all those who have supported us, whether that was , financially, morally or through planning and booking the necessities! At the Moment i am very Stressed merely because im Honig Out of my comforT zone, but i Hope that will pass as Time goes by!!Anw thank u everyone for making this come true we will make sure that we have a great time and return safely back home withgood moments to share. C u later..... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City January 11th 2012

As far as my actual route, here is what my past 26 hrs have looked like: 1/9-16:30 (CA time): left SFO on my flight to London Heathrow. Really bittersweet. Sad to be leaving the people I love back in the states for a while, but excited for the adventures ahead. 1/10-11:00 (London time): With a 10 hour flight, a short delay, and the time change, I lost about half a day, but its OK, I'll get it back. The flight was pretty standard- I sat next to a nice family from London. Everytime thhey spoke I felt like I was in a Geico commercial. This was the first time I flew Virgin Atlantic, and it was nicer than I was anticipating, so that was nice, but I still wasn't able to sleep like I was hoping. ... read more

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