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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City May 21st 2015

Another big day as we decided to leave our affluent leafy suburb that we have become accustomed to and head into London for a self guided tour. Steph met us at 9 for a nice healthy breakfast. We had made plans to see the changing of the guards, so our day would revolve around that. After hiring bikes, we peddled our way to Buckingham palace. I probably got warned three times for riding on the footpath, but the other option was to join the busy traffic and die on the roads. Just told them I was from Australia which seems to work. Along the way we were lucky enough to see the police/queens horses in training. Changing of the guards was ok, but you wouldn't rush back. Seems a lot of trouble for someone knocking off ... read more
Typical bus
Big Ben

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City January 21st 2015

London was like coming home. We are all very fond of this big city and it felt very familiar and cosy to return after a 7 year gap. Very, very little has changed from our year of living here in 2007. We made sure we stayed in a hotel in Hammersmith (Aviva apartments) so we could get our bearings quickly and visit our old haunts. It felt like putting on a well-fitting coat that you thought you had lost: snug and comfortable. Practically the first thing we did was find a Costa Coffee cafe and each of us ordered our old favourites. Not longer after this, we found a Cafe Nero. It's funny the things you miss! It was great fun to just walk around and remember stuff like: Big, comfortable lounges in cafes (very unlike ... read more
Natural History Museum
Hieroglyphics at the British Museum
One of the girl's favourite parks in Holland Park

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City November 6th 2014

Mouahahahahahah!!!! Je kiffe cette ville!!!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City November 1st 2014

East End - London's largest Art Gallery In September I, Ake, went to London over a weekend. A friend of mine celebrated his 40th birthday and as a birthday gift his wife had bought them tickets to London and arranged a whole program of activities there. One of the activities was a walking tour in East End, a walking tour focused on street art. This walking tour I was lucky enough to be able to join in on. I'd like to start by pointing out that street art is not the same as graffiti. Much of the art you can see on the photos in this blog entry is legal. The owners of the houses, walls and buildings have allowed the artists to use their structures as a canvas. Some of the art has even been ... read more
Better than a gray wall
Illegal - but not vandalism

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City November 1st 2014

They made the ultimate sacrifice. A relative remembered - killed in action 21st March 1918.... read more
Tower Hill
Tower Hill
Tower Hill

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City August 26th 2014

Today was our last day in London. We took a London Black cab to the rental car place. The driver said "Allo Guvnor" to us when we got in the cab. The cab seems a lot bigger on the inside than the outside. We then drove a rental car to Halifax in Yorkshire.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City August 24th 2014

Today I went to the Natural History Museum to see the dinosaurs. We saw a fossil of a dinosaur that still had it's skin. My favorite part was the robot T-Rex.... read more
T-Rex robot 2

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City August 22nd 2014

Today I went to The British Museum. The coolest thing there was the Lindow man. They think he was murdered and thrown into the bog over 2000 years ago. The mud in the bog preserved him and turned his skin into leather. other cool things were the statue from Easter Island and the Rosetta Stone Which scientists used to translate Egyptian hieroglyphics. We also went to the London Museum and learned... read more
Pharao's fist
Museum Atrium
Easter Island statue

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City June 21st 2014

Day 5 - London Calling We are finally caught up to local time. A early start, before many of the restaurants were open, saw us into London at Paddington Station before 9AM. Our first stop was King's Cross station, Platform 9 3/4. We all tried our hand at getting onto the platform. From there, we jumped on the tour Bus to Trafalgar Square, wandered over the Thames a few times, and stopped for a meat pie lunch at the Red Lion across from Downing Street. Afterwards we headed to see the Cabinet War Rooms from WWII. The line was so long we decided to wait until another time. We walked through St. James Park and saw a great variety of bird life. From there we climbed aboard the tour bus at Piccadilly Circus. The bus was ... read more
Muggles are so oblivious to the magic all around them.
No Death Eaters in sight
Big Ben...

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City June 20th 2014

Day 4 - We've Got a Ticket to Ride A better night's sleep had us waking up at 10:30 and heading into downtown Windsor again for lunch with some friends at another pub, the King and castle. The menu showed how multinational this area can be with items from many parts of the world. After lunch we headed to the train station and worked our way by rail into London. We saw countryside and city out our windows. We even saw a fox being harassed by a crow at one stop. The train ride gave some of us a chance to take a little nap. After one transfer we made it to Victoria Station and walked towards Buckingham Palace. We spent some time getting oriented and then decided to get a two day hop-on/hop-off bus tour ... read more
Oooo... Nice Car
Which Way do we go George?
Trains Make Michelle Slee....

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