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Published: April 11th 2016
We’re near the end of our travels, but not ready to go….just yet. The past two months have been an incredible journey, taking us to places we thought we would never see and around every bend there was more to experience, from the White Desert in Egypt to the incredible views of Wadi Rum, to the snowy mountains during the train ride on the Glacier Express. We just had a great time in Paris and now it was time to board a train for the final journey in Europe…to London via the Chunnel.
In past blogs, we’ve stated how much we like train travel and this afforded us yet one more time to take in the countryside of two countries, France and England. We’re terribly impressed with the Chunnel, and there we were, onboard the Eurostar on our way towards another of the world’s great cities. The Chunnel, which has the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world, at cost of some $21 billion dollars….wow. Over 10 million people passed through the Chunnel last year, so we’re not as special as we’d like….but we’re incredibly impressed nonetheless.
The train ride was over much too quickly, but we
Dave & MJ
Fun in London
arrived at St. Pancras station and checked in to our hotel. And there we were….back in London once again. We headed out to St. Martin in the Fields near Trafalgar Square as Merry Jo wanted to hear some choral music…and since it was Easter Sunday, the churches’ choir was in fine voice in a setting with great acoustics.
Our time in London was short and we had planned quite a bit, including meeting more TravelBloggers. Weather became a factor early, as early spring strong winds prevented a trip west of London and cancelled our meeting up with Deni and Dax denidax
. We hope our next trip to the area will allow us to meet. We were able to meet Chris Chris and Nikki
and had a great meal and conversation, which of course was way too short to really enjoy the company of a TravelBlogger. Chris was one of the first fellow travel bloggers that we started emailing with back in 2008 so it felt like meeting an old friend.....those who have been fortunate enough to have such rendezvous know exactly how this feels.
The reason we added the London segment on to our return trip is we wanted to
track down our old friends Ian and Olaf. We are all busy with life and we’re down to a couple of emails a year and a Christmas card. We don’t want them slipping out of our lives. Excitement abounded -- We first met them about 12 years back in Fiji of all places and have had the great fortune to remain connected through the years. They are raising a great family and we got the chance to get caught up and also meet Albert and Hugo, who are beyond cute. Once again…a great evening that should and could have lasted much longer….but the clock said otherwise….
On our last day we headed west of town see “The Stones.” Not the rock group of course, but Stonehenge. We had visited this site some 18 years ago and were quite excited to go again. Both of us are enchanted by this place that by all accounts remains largely unexplained, but then again….that’s the draw. We’ll leave the details to your reading about it on the internet, but we find the site quite fascinating. It’s become a UNESCO site and the access has changed since our last visit, but was still quite
enjoyable. The historical mystery of the site is boundless…..
Our last night included taking in a show in the theater district. London has a great many shows playing, rivaling New York for its many productions and great theaters. We saw "Beautiful" a Carol King musical in a quaint theater. It was a great cap to a great journey…..the next day saw us on a flight back to the States…..and the trip had ended. The memories are incredible, the sights unforgettable, the people….well…all the great people we were able to spend time with made it all the more fantastic.
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