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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 6th 2019

I hope everyone got yesterday’s blog all right. I have heard that some of you were faced with an incorrect hyperlink in the email notification. Everything looks OK from this end, so I assume that the TravelBlog website was on the fritz yesterday. You ca always go directly to the website if you search “travelblog WmMorris”. Today I did quite a bit of walking around London and used several modes of public transportation to get to all the places I wanted to see. First I walked to Kensington Palace to see the special exhibits on Queen Victoria. She was born there 200 years ago and spent her childhood there, too. (After she became queen at age 18, she moved to Buckingham Palace.) The displays were interesting and I liked walking in the same hallways that she ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 5th 2019

Today started out rainy in London, so I shelved my outdoor plans and decided to see a couple of museums instead. First I took the Tube to the British Library to see the old bibles, manuscripts, maps, etc that are displayed in the Treasures gallery. Entry is free (£5 suggested donation) and I also paid the fee for the interesting special exhibit on the history of writing - from cuneiform up to Apple computers. The rain had stopped by the time I left, so I walked to the British Museum nearby. It was crowded and uncomfortably warm in those galleries where the air conditioning is spotty, but the museum is always rewarding and I concentrated on the displays having to do with Scandinavia since I will be visiting those countries later in the trip.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 4th 2019

Greetings from London! I have started this year’s trip in London because it’s a great place to get over jet lag and it’s a good jumping off point for my next destination, the Scandinavian countries. Plus, there is always plenty to do here. I chose a hotel in a different part of town from where I’ve stayed before. I am near Paddington Station which is convenient for the London Underground (subway) and also for train travel. There is a new train that runs from Heathrow to Paddington in 16 minutes. The last time I was here, Maggie and I stayed in the South Kensington area and the Underground from Heathrow took nearly an hour. I had a bit of time this afternoon to walk around and I enjoyed seeing the canals in this part of town. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 27th 2019

This is technically the first day of our holiday, so it warrants a blog entry, but it's going to be a little dull as the day consisted of going to the airport and flying right through until the next day. It was an early start, but it was no where near as anti-social as it could have been. The flight was at 11.10am, so we aimed to be at the airport at around 8.00, hopefully allowing loads of time given that we have almost had a previous holiday ruined by the M25. We had booked the “meet and greet” car parking, but there were no signs for that so we followed the signs for “valet parking”. Wrong! Could someone explain the difference between “valet parking” and “meet and greet parking” to me please? The valet parking ... read more
Tourist Rip-off

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

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