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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark July 17th 2018

Days 23, 24, and 25 - Rest, Recreation, and Re-dying In our original plans Tony was going to be in the office mid week so we had not made too many plans between our weekend trips. Even though Tony’s business plans changes, this lull turned out to be a good thing as we needed time to unpack and unwind, and to work on the blog. After a morning of laundry we went out in search of a gaming store so that we could pick up some things for a planned Dungeons and Dragons campaign with local friends. We walked so that we could try and maintain our average daily walking miles from our time in Greece. We did take the time to see a West End show this week. Matilda has been our favorite since seeing ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark July 4th 2018

Wednesday was a quiet 4th of July here in London. Anne and Michelle spent it doing laundry, relaxing, catching up on some video editing, and grocery shopping. Dinner in the flat followed by a nice evening walk and some strawberry shortcake made it a great day. Thursday, Anne and Michelle took the train to Brighton to shop in the second hand stores and check out the seaside. The ride was not long and they found some pretty neat stores as well as a pretty cool toy museum. Michelle bought a few pairs of flowy pants and they spent some time at the Brighton Pier amusement park. They wandered up the beach and through the historic shops on the Lanes. They took the second to last train back to London, which ended up being quite crowded, and ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark June 29th 2018

Day 5 - An Animal Zoo and a People Zoo Last night was Anne’s turn for a sleepless night. So, while Tony got up and headed into work “early”, Michelle and Anne had a later start. It’s worth pointing out that “early” today meant leaving the flat at 0930. Tony has decided that he will leave the flat at 0700 from now on. This morning, he was sitting in stopped traffic for 20 minutes out of his 50 minute bus commute. Michelle and Anne decided today was a great day to visit the zoo. The London Zoo has a long history and it was interesting to see the layers in the different exhibits and enclosures. It can be found in Regent's Park and is bordered by Regent’s Canal. It is the Home of the reptile house ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark June 25th 2018

Days 1 and 2 Travel to LAX and on to London We were up bright and early to pick up our rental car and pack the last bits before driving down to LAX. It was cheaper - and more convenient - than flying out of San Luis Obispo’s regional airport. The rental company upgraded us to an “SUV” and we ended up with a real “take the top and doors off and go 4 wheeling” Jeep. Not the smoothest of rides. Michelle loved it, Tony was ambivalent and Anne was a firm “no” on the vehicle. Since we had time, and to break up the drive, we stopped by UC Santa Barbara to do a brief look-see and eat lunch. The campus is much flatter than CPSU and had many more roads and access ways for ... read more
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And So It Begins

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark August 7th 2017

I didn't get a great night's sleep. The hostel was very close to the Borough Market. Ferny and I checked Southwark Cathedral and walked through the market several times. There’s tons of great food there. I settled on a venison meat pie, a scotch egg and a raw oyster. We ran into the Aussie from our hostel again and it became a running joke from there on. We biked to St. Paul’s Cathedral. I had already been inside of it, so instead I wandered around One New Change Mall and went to the Library to do trip research and blogging. I met Ferny a couple of hours later where we went to Canary Wharf. It’s the financial hub of London and it’s the area where I stayed that last time. We met Conor at Dishoom and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark August 6th 2017

I slept from 3:00 am to 9:30, then fell back asleep until 11:30. Surprisingly, I didn't feel that bad. Only as if I had a late night out back home. I cleaned up and we headed out with Conor and his girlfriend to hopefully get Sunday roast at a place called Blacklock in Soho. The restaurant was fully booked. We waited for 45 minutes at a Korean place called soju & co. Ferny found another place on his phone called The Crown and Two Chairmen. Places only cook so much roast on Sunday. Luckily, they had exactly four plates left. This was our first proper meal in London and it was spectacular! I am going to try to reproduce this meal, but there were many aspects to it. Yorkshire pudding, roasted veggies and potatoes, roast of ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark August 5th 2017

Ferny and I race walked our asses off of the plane to customs. The last time I was at Heathrow in 2012, I was stuck in that queue for over two hours. Ferny's colleague made him aware of the wait as well. Surprisingly, the lineup wasn't more than 30 minutes. We bought return tickets to Heathrow from Paddington Station because both of us will be flying back home through London. The weather was colder than expected, in the high teens at most. We stopped and grabbed a donair, our first real meal in 12 hours. We got to St. Christopher's Inn London Bridge. It's located above a traditional pub and has live music until 1:00 am. The place is pretty old and the bathrooms are kind of gross. Unpacking I discovered I left my gym shorts ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark June 27th 2017

It was forecast to rain early, so instead of leaving my bags until later, I decided to go to The Cumberland early to see if they could hold my bags. After a 15 minute bus ride, I arrived at the Cumberland which is directly across from Marble Arch. Its in the same area that I stayed in during my last trip overseas. Happily I was able to access my room right then and there! This place is all about security. They had a man stationed at the entrance of the elevator that made you check your card before getting on to the elevator. Then you had to use your card to push up or down to call the elevator. Next, once inside the elevator you had to use the card again before pushing the floor your ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark June 26th 2017

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London. The bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal tensionforces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical components of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bas... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Southwark March 7th 2017

The previous day had been about going underground for refreshment. Today, we were aiming higher. 32 floors to be precise. The Northern Line was behaving itself and we alighted at London Bridge early for our “appointment”. The rush hour was in full swing. The army of commuters were speeding towards the office. Latte to go in hand. Sneakers, or trainers in the local dialect, on the feet. As one group headed towards their fat salaries, another group seeking the good life was already up as early. A long line had already formed round the corner on St Thomas Street outside the Immigration Office. A good start in any British culture test - a test we are assured will be our salvation going forward. If you can’t queue, fitting into the British way of life can be ... read more
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