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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Heathrow Airport September 1st 2019

Hello again to all! Hello as well to anyone who is a first timer of our blog. We have done a blog when we went around the world in 2017 and we called it Thelma and Louise's World Tour! In keeping with that tradition, Chris and I are off again on an extended trip to Europe. We have purchased EurRail passes, got backpacks and have decided we are going to travel Europe somewhat like we did in the 1970's! Maybe not quite but we are going to take this opportunity to ride the rails and experience all those places we just didn't get the chance to do! If you receive this email it is because we feel that you are a friend and that you may be interested in what we see, what we do and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon August 25th 2019

Dear All Greetings from Croydon! Yay! I have arrived back safely, after what has turned out to be really quite an adventurous, challenging, and thoroughly enjoyable trip. Whilst a few days towards the end of my journey didn’t quite turn out as I’d expected, or as I would have wished, I really enjoyed my final few days in South America, and had an excellent flight back on Friday night. I am so happy now to be back in my wonderful home, resting, recuperating and now beginning to reminisce on these past five and a half weeks. I believe I last wrote getting ready to leave Quito and fly back to Lima last Tuesday, having just about recovered from the storm in my stomach. On my final day in Quito, on the Tuesday morning, I still felt ... read more
Guinea Pigs
Me, Machu Picchu, 2002

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 23rd 2019

Today was Buckingham Palace day. The State rooms are only open 10 weeks a year and a friend told me there was an Exhibition called QUEEN VICTORIA'S PALACE on at the moment so I booked online before I came over and off we went. I love the show Young Victoria so I was really looking forward to it. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, a special exhibition, Queen Victoria’s Palace , tells the story of how the young queen transformed Buckingham Palace from a private house into a working royal residence. Together with Prince Albert, she made Buckingham Palace a rallying point for the nation, a powerful symbol of the British Monarchy, and a family home for their nine children. You can see more of the exhibition url= read more
The Australian Gates at Buckingham Palace
Other side of The Australian Gates at Buckingham Palace
Changing of the Guard

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

Janet and Robert were catching the train down from Bakewell this morning so we needed to meet them at St Pancras Station at midday. We caught the bus (getting very good at that - also getting good at beating people to the front seat on the top!) into the British Library, it is the largest national library in the world by number of items catalogued. It is estimated to contain 170–200 million+ items from many countries. The building is HUGE. They had an exhibition called Writing:Making your Mark which followed the history of writing, from Egyptian hieroglyphs to digital breakthroughs and everything in between. It was very interesting and we both really enjoyed it. We had a bit of a look around the library and then off to meet the train. St Pancras Station is an ... read more
St Pancras Station
The Palace Theatre
The Palace Theatre

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 21st 2019

A quick summary of the Stevenson’s plans for 2019. I, Jon, am in England now and will be here for the wedding of Rich and Ness on 26thAugust. Then I head off to Spain for 6 days and return to England to watch two test matches with Muzza, my mate from Parkdale CC. Once the ashes are over, I then meet up with Leanne, Nathan and Leanne’s cousin, Craig in Malta. We have three weeks together to see Malta, Sicily and the Aeolian Islands before the three Stevenson’s head home again. Craig, being an Amezdroz, doesn’t get to come home with us. He must continue his 12-month journey around the world. But that is another storey. Don’t feel sorry for him!!! It’s a bloody long way to England. I guess you already knew that, but at ... read more
Pub grub
O2 Arena
Victoria Docks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 21st 2019

Travelling solo for the morning as Jim had some work to get done. Caught buses into Harrods for the obligatory visit. The facade was covered in scaffolding as were a lot of the buildings in the area, so it didn't look as welcoming as my previous visit 22 years ago. My favourite place is the food hall. So many amazing products and all presented so very beautifully, also all costing a pretty penny. The flowers were stunning, I was admiring a beautiful bunch and then looked at the price - £200!!!!! Oh boy! The Harrods merchandise section that was a small corner 22 years ago has morphed into most of the basement. You can buy anything imaginable with the Harrods logo on it. Continued down Brompton Rd and came to Brompton Oratory , the parish church ... read more
Brompton Oratory

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 20th 2019

Well here we go, another tip and another blog :) Flew Thai Airlines from Perth-Bangkok-London, good fights as 22hr flights go. No airsickness yay! which meant I could sightsee out the window. Things that struck me: Bangkok is HUGE. Flying in at night and looking at all the lights was amazing and they went forever. Bangkok airport is a very grey uninspiring place with long convoluted process to get to your next place and no-one smiles! Loved looking out the window and seeing lights and trying to identify on the flight tracker where we were. There are wind turbines in the sea off the coast of England! I seriously thought I was seeing things! It is quite incredible to see ships passing through them and to marvel at the size they must be and how.... Amazing, ... read more
The patchwork farm quilt of South-West England

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 18th 2019

August 18, 2019 OK. Our hotel is just down the street from Victoria Station, which is our Underground “hub”. We’ve been here for a few days and have been passing this really interesting men’s grooming salon. My hair looks like CRAP. It’s been six weeks since my last cut, which is 2 weeks overdue. I. HATE the way it looks. H.A.T.E. the way it looks! I was going back and forth – should I go? What if it sucks? What if they ruin my hair? What should I do? Which is worse, the current sucky cut, or the unknown? SUCKY is WAY worse! I’m going in! The salon is called Adam. The stylist is from Turkey, and his English, while good, is not great. Uh. OH. What did I get myself into? I didn’t even ask ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 17th 2019

August 17, 2019 London, UK Saturday morning. A glorious day!! No rain in the forecast (fingers crossed). We are going to believe. Yesterday, when walking through one of the many, MANY TUBE stops Christopher noticed a poster advertising the Chihuly Exhibit at Kew Gardens. WE. TOTALLY. FORGOT! I wanted to go to Stonehenge – that is until I saw the Chihuly poster. Stonehenge is going to be around for a while longer. The Chihuly – closes in October. Choice is easy. Kew Gardens – here we come. We take the Underground out to Kew Gardens and the Royal Gardens. Easy Peasy!! The “park” is beautiful. So many, MANY species of tree, flower, grass etc.; all well and good….we’re here for the glass! SHOW. ME. THE. GLASS! Glorious. Amazing. Wonderful. These words hardly express the grandeur and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 16th 2019

August 16, 2019 London, UK OK….today we have a plan! Westminster Abbey, the V&A Museum, and Cream Tea here at the hotel. We even went so far as to purchase tickets online for the “Abbey,” so we won’t have to queue up. YAY!!! The Rueben’s Hotel has a lovely breakfast which is included in our room…we have been VERY GOOD about rising at a proper hour to be able to partake. SO…for those of you worried about Christopher’s ability to obtain Poached eggs and Avocado toast, fear not. AVAILABLE…and quite good. We BOTH ordered – must admit, the bacon jam SEALS THE DEAL! I don’t even like bacon LOVE BACON JAM!!! We are a bit early for our entrance time at the Abbey, so a walk around the area is in order. In 1968 & 1979, ... read more

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