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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City August 14th 2015

We decide that this morning we will explore Hyde Park. We start at the Italian Garden which has lots of ornate fountains and stonework. We think that it must be quite authentic, as there are lots of Italian tourists here. We keep walking south along a lake called Long Water. We don't think that this is a particularly imaginative name. Issy says that she doesn't think some of the names of the Underground stations are all that imaginative either. She's says that she has seen stations called Embankment, Arch, Borough, Temple, Oval and Bank. The area around our hotel is called More London. Issy says that she doesn't think much of the imaginative powers of the person who came up with that name either. We get to the bridge that marks the end of Long Water ... read more
Bridge over Long Water, Hyde Park
Deck Chairs for Hire, Hyde Park
Victoria Memorial from St James's Park

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City August 13th 2015

The weather forecast says it will start raining at about 4 o'clock this afternoon and it will then keep raining for many hours. We have bought a 24 hour ticket on the hop on hop off bus. This still has a few hours to run, so we decide we will ride around on this for a while while it is still dry. We have already seen a lot of the bus route, so we decide to catch the Underground to Hyde Park Corner and get on the bus there. We haven't seen anything beyond this yet. Some of the tunnels that are the exits from Underground stations seem to be almost as long as the distances between the stations, and if you go out the wrong exit you can end up a long way away from ... read more
Sign outside a pub
Issy in a telephone box
Issy in rain gear

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City August 12th 2015

I start the day with a session on my knees washing a handful of shirts in the bath. I think I have just saved us about $200. It is still a bit grey but not raining, and cool but not cold. Issy puts on a jumper, but I decide to brave it without one. I think that I might regret this later. We walk across Tower Bridge towards the Tower of London and join a tour with a Yeoman Warder named George. He has a very loud voice but I am still struggling to understand him because of his accent. He tells us that there has been a fortress of some sort in place here since Roman times, and it has been gradually expanded over the years. When they decided they needed a moat they got ... read more
Yeoman Warder George
Entrance to the Crown Jewels
Wire Statues, Tower of London

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City August 11th 2015

We check out of our hotel. The man at reception asks me where we're going. I say we are going to London on the train. He says that St Pancras station in London, where the train terminates, is very nice. He then goes on to say that everyone in France thinks that Gare du Nord station in Paris, which is where we get on the train, is very dangerous. I don't ask him for any more details. I'm not sure I want to know. I hope he means that there are lots of pickpockets and other sleazy characters there. I hope this because if that's not what he means then about the only other thing I can think of is that the train tracks are dangerous. I think we can probably protect ourselves against pickpockets, but ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City June 24th 2015

Wednesday 24 June 2015 This is the day we make our much anticipated quick trip to London to attend a concert at The Wigmore Hall, where our daughter Joanne Is to sing. As proud parents we are delighted to have this rare opportunity to hear our opera singer perform at this highly regarded concert venue. Our day started early with a short drive to Menningen Airport where the budget airlines make dreams come true. So early did we arrive that we managed breakfast and were still first in the line at the counter to show our NZ passports and get the seal of approval to proceed through security. One of our party received the full body pat down after many beeps and worried looks from the staff. Perhaps the odd metal screw in one foot caused ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City May 24th 2015

seperate post for some supermarket pics.... read more
Dessert cups on ice
Cookie bar
Cup cakes and flans

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City May 24th 2015

Started the day with a sleep in as all a bit tired. Michelle and I spent the morning exploring the shops as we weren't meeting Steph till 1pm. We had been into Tesco, Sainsbury, Marks&Spence and Morrisons, but today we found Whole Foods and is the best food retailer we have ever seen. Met with Steph and headed in to explore St Paul's Cathedral, another must do in London. You do a self guided tour with headphones on, so as to get the full history. After exploring the cathedral floor we started the long climb to the top. Michelle went halfway due to the warnings of tight spaces and slow moving people in the last two levels. Steph and I ventured up and got stuck for about 5 minutes waiting for the crowd, it was hot ... read more
Main Altar in St Pauls
Main dome in St Pauls
Stairs to climb St Pauls

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City May 23rd 2015

Steph came round and off to the usual cafe for a healthy breakfast. Heading back into London today, we caught the bus so Michelle could ride the double decker. Embarked at Trafalgar Square for a few more pics. London was noticeably busier today as it is Friday and the weather is ok. Walked past the national museum to see the theme is about British cavalry so the horses were on display. Also here was our first look at how security has been tightened up as there were police in full kit and armed with automatic weapons. Continued along past 10 Downing St, also heavily guarded. Walking over the bridge to the London Eye, the scammers were out today, with different distractions to pick your pocket. Michelle was quick to move me along. Lol Rode the eye ... read more
Streets of London
Streets of London from the bus
Outside London Museum

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City May 22nd 2015

It's Stephs 23rd birthday yeah! Today is all about Steph, so it's her pick for everything we do and everywhere we go. She had booked for us a canal tour from a place called little Venice down to Camden markets. Michelle wanted to take the bus to experience a double decker, as with the trains they come every 7-8 minutes. Waiting at our stop for number 70 would see about 30 buses (double deckers) come and go. Then number 70 bus turns up and it's a single decker just like the buses at home. It was so funny, but I guess you had to be there. Found our canal boat and we were off for a relaxing and informative ride down to Camden markets. The canals in London have played a big part in London history, ... read more
People living on the canals
Loch system for the canals
Another English pub

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City May 22nd 2015

I have been to London twice before. Once as a young girl with my mum during the traditional Autumn Holiday, and once after a crazy New Years Eve in Portugal celebrating the arrival of 2006. I don't remember much apart from China Town from my first visit and my disappointment of Portobello Road from my second. Thus, I must admit I was not exactly over enthusiastic when my boyfriend dreamt of us visiting London. However, last year for his birthday I gave him a plane ticket to London, and finally we found the time to fit in a long weekend trip. But seeing as it is a long time since any of us visited London, we wanted to make the most of it. Most of all I have been looking forward to the pubs. Ever since ... read more
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