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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon July 16th 2019

Dear All Greetings, on the eve of another summer journey! The holidays have arrived, and I have packed my bags once again, ready for a five-and-a-half-week trip to Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, which begins tomorrow – yay! My current system of “Latin America, Africa, Asia” continues, as I return this year to Latin America once again. This will be my fifth time in total in Latin America. In actual fact, it’s a journey that began in the pipeline nearly 20 years ago, in the year 2000 at the tender age of 22, when I felt the world was just waiting to be explored. I had just finished university and took my first teaching job as an English language teacher in Paraguay. During my summer holidays there, I took an epic two-month journey by bus, ... read more
My Travel Kit
My Travel Packs

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Kensington July 16th 2019

I'm off again, this time on my own. While I believe that I live in the best country in the world - Australia - the only thing about it is when you travel to the Northern Hemisphere you have to put up with what Geoffrey Blainey called "The Tyranny of Distance" which unless you're sailing means a long haul flight. Needless to say, while it's the only way to get from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphewre it is not something I like. Didn't Cole Porter include in one of his songs "Flying so high with some guy in the sky is my idea of nothing to do" which says it all. Nevertheless my idea was to read the next book which our Book Club is discussing "Boy Swallows Universe" by Trent Dalton so I ... read more
Greeted by these beautiful flowers near Paddington station
Charlotte about to enter Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 10th 2019

July 8th I awake knowing that this is truly going to be a special day. Doug and Joan surprised Tom and I with tickets for the whole family to go to Wimbledon. As soon as we booked this trip Tom started looking into getting tickets for this Grand Slam event but came up empty handed. Not only are we going to the tournament but we actually have tickets for Court 1 during the 4th round of play. Tom and I have been to Roland Garros (The French Open), US Open in New York, and the Indian Wells tournament in the Desert. Being able to go to Wimbledon is a definite bucket list item and we couldn't be more excited. Doug decided that he and Tom must go to the Hyde Park tennis courts and begin our ... read more
Murry Hill Wimbleton
Wimbleton 4
Wimbleton 7

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 8th 2019

From my trip to Wimbledon in 2009. Today is day one of the tournament. It might be a little too warm for me there, right now! I had a very refreshing and intoxicating drink at Wimbledon last week, and again today. Here is more about it. I may start drinking it when I get back home. With Wimbledon kicking off this week it seems like the whole world has tennis fever. Even if you don't know your backhands from your forehands, the tournament is a good reason to sample one of Britain's tastiest exports: the Pimm's Cup. Traditionally made from Pimm's Cup No. 1, lemon juice, a soda like ginger ale or 7-Up (or sometimes lemonade and soda) and garnished with a cucumber, the cocktail first made its mark in the mid-19th century as a British ... read more
American teen sensation, Amanda Anisimova
Me at Wimbledon!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 7th 2019

The Stones arrived yesterday July 6th at London Heathrow airport on two different flights. Tom and I arrived first on a Virgin Atlantic flight. (without a doubt this was the best flight to Europe I've ever experienced) We walked from terminal 3 to 2 and waited for the rest of the family to arrive on another flight. The trip to Europe is always harsh and laborious but such is the small price to pay for the pleasure of new experiences through travel. Once together we traveled by express train to Paddington Station then walked to our VRBO flat which promised via the pictures to be a 3 bedroom 4 bathroom luxury flat near Hyde Park. Well the flat IS near Hyde Park. but no where near as luxurious as the pictures promised. It is roomy but ... read more
First Night in London
After Lunch Treat
London Eye

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 28th 2019

Leaving Melbourne on Sunday afternoon we finally arrived in Heathrow 48 hours later eager to see Glenn, Josie and our newest little grandson Archer. Only six nights in the UK but we managed to catch-up with family as well as enjoying lots of baby cuddles. Now waiting at Heathrow for our flight to Africa, sad to leave but we will be back. ... read more
Archer Young

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 24th 2019

Today we slept in a little. The alarm was set for 7:15 am rather than the ungodly hour of 6:15. It was almost like a vacation. Now anyone who has traveled with me and my family knows one thread weaves it’s way through most of our adventures. Tragedy. There is usually someone on the plane who gets sick, is dehydrated, can’t breathe, has swollen ankles, etc. The list goes on and on. As a trained EMT I have been called upon to treat them all on one trip or another. Then there is the lost person who misses the coach, the pickpocket at the Vatican Gift shop, the lost passports, the broken camera, on and on. Each time we take a trip something goes awry, but this trip, this perfect trip through Britain was almost tragedy ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 22nd 2019

British Tour – Highlights - Blog I Sixteen days ago, we landed in England with our long-time travelling companions for an adventure to first honour the medical achievements of our friend’s uncle, intermixed with social get-togethers with various family members all combined with a certain degree of tourism. One of our first adventures was a trip down the Thames from Westminster Pier to Greenwich where finally after six attempts over the last 15 years we finally got the opportunity to visit and step aboard the Cutty Sark, one of the last remaining tea clippers. On previous visits the ship, which is in a dry dock in Greenwich, was closed for special events, restoration, including being shrink-wrapped following a fire. Now the ship is open for inspection from below her keel to the main deck and everything ... read more
#2 - Working aloft
#3 - Figure Head
#4 - London's iconic bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 11th 2019

Our overnight flight to London was absolutely perfect. Cathy and I were treated to the exit row seat so we had about 4 feet of room in front of us, and, since the plane was configured 2-5-2 there was no middle seat. The bathroom was directly in front of us as well. Absolutely perfect for sleeping. Now, as many of you may recall from previous flights, I am often called upon to help in some medical emergency. Someone is always getting sick or dehydrated or having a heart attack. This time, the flight was quiet, no one got sick and I slept about 4 hours of the 6.5-hour flight. One thing I must point out. Before you fly, call the airline and check your food options. Cathy has some weird issues with food right now, seems ... read more
Enjoying London
Thames River, Parliament, Big Ben
London Eye

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 11th 2019

Tuesday was our first formal day on tour. We had an early start to the day about 6:45 in the morning. I jumped out of bed and headed to the window to get a view of the weather conditions to be very pleasantly surprised to see a cloudy but dry day. I checked the weather and was pleasantly surprised again to see a forecast of 64 degrees and a slight chance of rain. We got dressed and headed down to breakfast. Now tour breakfasts are a feast for sure. We were treated to a full English breakfast served buffet style. There was baked beans, cooked tomatoes, sausage, eggs (powdered for sure) potato fritters, a feast of salami and hams and cheese and finally watermelon. They also had a continental breakfast area filled with many bread choices, ... read more
Some very expensive real estate
Buckingham Palace  The Queen was in residence
Changing of the  palace guard




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