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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London March 22nd 2015

Touch down!! here in London........Heathrow on the 13rd March. After leaving Taiwan and a stop over in in Guiongzou China we have arrived in London Town. Very cold and windy not that we planned on being here so early, as we where planning to travel to Japan then on booking tickets Glen found the best tickets to England at a steal. So we booked them instead and here we are, freezing but still here in London. I haven't been home in 26 years so you can imagine the change. We have found a nice place in Kensington, everything is so expensive here in London but you expect that. Their is a mixture of cultures and nationalities but everyone has a London accent, quite strange if you haven't been present to seen this progress. Purchasing a few ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London March 17th 2015

At this moment, I am on a flight returning from a glorious and relaxing ten day trip to the United Kingdom. Having moved to Washington, D.C. from Chicago for the past year and a half, London I realized is a magnificent and slightly familiar place. For a city of over 8 million people, I was astounded by how clean, safe, efficient, and aesthetically gorgeous it is. There is much that American and global cities can learn from not only London, but from British structure and English traditions. The weekend before I was supposed to leave for England, I was extremely nervous and for the first time in years, I felt… scared. I used to never be afraid, of anything. I left for Syria a day and a half after I had a plane ticket, I moved ... read more
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Natural History Musem
Serpentine

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London March 17th 2015

I arrived at Londons Heathrow airport at 5am on Monday morning and was on the London Underground in no time. I arrived at Pimlico Station and walked 10-15 minutes to get to the Travel Joy Hostel I was staying at. At around 8am I walked to the city through Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St James Park.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Islington March 15th 2015

I've been to London so many times, it's always a treat to try and find something I haven't seen or done. Since it's always changing, it isn't too difficult to accomplish. Today was a day for staying close to home. I took the opportunity to pay close visits to the 2 tallest new additions to the cityscape: the Gherkin (aka 30 St Mary Axe) and the Shard, the tallest building in the EU. Frankly, I just wanted to see them up close, and when I did, I moved on. I got to cross over London Bridge twice, and I got to see things in the distance that I had already seen up close - Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, St. Paul's, the Thames. I finally got around to seeing Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross ... read more
That's a big Gherkin
Emirates Stadium
The Shard is tall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London March 13th 2015

So, I flew into London-Gatwick this morning. What a nightmare. We did arrive early, and my first experience with Norwegian Airlines was fantastic - it's got to be the best night's sleep coming to Europe that I've ever had. But everything between getting off the plane and meeting up with Eno was a disaster. I always figure that the worst part of any trip to Europe is the first few hours - jetlag, getting the phone to connect, crowds... This experience, though, takes the cake. I guess if I hadn't had high expectations for being able to use my American phone in Europe this time, things wouldn't have been so troublesome. But I've been on the ground now for 6 hours, and my phone still hasn't connected. I'm glad they had wifi at Gatwick, so I ... read more
First calories in Europe
Greggs!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London March 10th 2015

This past weekend was London. People kept saying that it'd be expensive, but Zurich already set the high water mark, so we barely noticed. What was noticeable was the insane density of people around there. Coming from Rural Alberta, where being in the same room is considered sharing personal space, it was mind boggling to see thousands of people on a single boardwalk area. I have no idea how they manage to keep that place functioning. Otherwise, we did the standard tourist thing - parks, palaces, parliaments, etc.. No pubs to report on this time though. Saturday, we popped back to the hotel for an after dinner nap that turned into a 12 hour crash. I blame the fish & chips. Photos as always. Cheers, Joel... read more
Albert Memorial
Big Ben & Parliament-2
Big Ben & Parliament

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London March 1st 2015

Here I sit in Heathrow International Airport, Terminal 2 - after flying all night from London, Canada - and I am actually enjoying every moment of being here. (I really did feel like I was entering the Twilight Zone though - having started the journey in London, Ontario - check out the photos - the airport was so empty......and then on to Pearson International in Toronto and, again, ......no one around ......so weird!) As I was writing this on Sunday, I was sitting in a lovely, Italian café, enjoying a latte and skyping with Jade (in Lithuania) - as we figure out how to upload photos for the travel blog. There is fabulous French music playing in the background.......the latte (while not Starbucks) was yummy (reminding me of the fabulous time in Rome last year with ... read more
My home airport twilight zone
Pearson International Airport Abandoned
Pearson International Toronto

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London February 28th 2015

So this is the first of hopefully many posts recording the stories from my travels around the globe. I want to be a globe trotter, I want to visit every country and experience it for myself, not just have seen pictures in travel guides. What an amazing thing it would be to say that there was literally not a country on earth I hadn't seen. Of course this would mean i'd have to go more than 5 new countries a year for the next 60 years... (is my maths right there?) Anyway I'm rambling. This post is basically to explain that since my travels last year to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and South East Asia, which were my first independent travels, I have fallen ill with the infamous and incredibly clichéd travel bug, for which there ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London February 24th 2015

I was asked to make a list of my favorite places to eat worldwide. First of all I'd like to recommend you T.G.I. Friday's wherever you go, it's like a life saver. I ate there in several places (NY, Miami, Madrid, Budapest) since it's a huge chain located in almost all over the world. Here you are my list, enjoy! And let me know yours! XO London, United Kingdom Candy Cakes The Piazza, Jubilee Market, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8BE Flagstaff, AZ Dunkin' Donuts 1020 S Milton Rd, Ste 101, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA Humboldt, AZ Mamma's Kitchen 2735 S Hwy 69 Humboldt, AZ 86329, USA Tombstone, AZ Big Nose Kate's Saloon 417 E Allen St, Tombstone, AZ 85638, USA Las Vegas, NV ... read more
Big Nose Kate's Saloon Tombstone
Big Nose Kate's Saloon Tombstone
TGI Friday's Budapest




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