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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 11th 1980

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236Drove to Gatwick, then flew home.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 22nd 1980

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236The sun came out today! For more than five minutes! It was on and off all day. Cosmic! (Literally.)Anyway, we got into breakfast at a respectable hour. Following, we went to Harrod's for Bob's Brass Billings. Actually, they were window locks. We, of course, wandered around. It was an entire block, five stories. We only got lost twice. I would have liked to have spent more time there (who wouldn't) but it would take a couple of days. Well, if all you did was look, it might just take a day.Westaway and Westaway was our next stop. They had four different stores, but I, miracles of miracles, found what I wanted almost right away. Ann, however, took longer. Unfortunately, she found nothing she really liked, so she got nothing. I got a hat and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 21st 1980

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236It was no wonder we were late for breakfast. Ann didn't get to sleep until 2.00h. it was mostly her fault we were late. (Don't argue, Sis. Just read.) Anyway, after breakfast, we took the underground to Petticoat Lane. Then we wandered down to the Thames and got on a boat going down-creek to Greenwich. We ate lunch there, and returned to the Tower of London. Our guide was dressed as a beefeater and absolutely hilarious (well, funny). We went into the White Tower, Bloody Tower, and two galleries. What was disappointing, though, was the fact that we were too late in the day to see the Crown Jewels. Or the Torture Implements.Next, we took a bus all over London. Well, partially all over London. There was no tour guide, so we had to ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 20th 1980

Geo: 51.5002, -0.12624I'll pick up from after we landed in London Gatwick. It took at least an hour and a half to get Ann's and my luggage. Mum and Pas' came out on one of the first loads.We took a train into Victoria Station and from there the subway to Gloucester Road (Yes, as in Duke of, Richard III). We had absolutely no idea where the Linsday-Vail was, so Mum and I deposited Ann and Pas and went out scouting. It took us a while, but we found it.During the late afternoon, we all caught up on some much needed rest. For dinner, we ate at an Italian restaurant. Afterwards, we wandered around our London neighborhood. I absolutely loved it! The apartments were all old, but most were quite classy. And there were so many shapes ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 19th 1980

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236If you can't remember the disaster this afternoon, you're in serious trouble. It was bad enough that we left the house a half hour late, but Pas didn't have to forget the Avis card at home. And, not only that, traffic was miserable and the Laker terminal was a zoo. We had no lunch, but we did have dessert! Our seats were aisle middle in the smoking section, two rows apart. And the plane left over an hour late. But I survived!I see no reason to give a full account of the trip. But one can't just ignore 10 hours in an airplane. Therefore, I shall make a few points and leave the rest to posterity to forget. 1. On either side of us, we had kids. One was a US girl from Santa ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 16th 1980

We have just returned from our holiday in Europe I thought I would upload some photos of my 1975 trip to Europe as well What surprised me was the photo of myself standing outside 10 Downing Street the official residence of the Prime Minister. In 1975 I was able to have my photo taken standing on the doortsep but in 2007 the area is bounded by a large security fence and police guards. Times really have changed In 2007 all we could do was to look through a high security fence... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London September 15th 1974

Day 3 Sunday Patricia Dorsey Murphy London Rainy all day Ate roll and butter, coffee in hotel Went on a nice tour of St Paul’s, Tower area, Buckingham Palace and watched the changing of the guard. Had lunch off Trafalgar Square. Ate fish and chips Went on tour of Windsor Castle and Hampton Palace. Tonight we went to the Lyceum, London’s oldest theater. We saw a Vaudeville type stage show. Very unusual and different. Dianne Dorsey Parker Gilbreath Place: London (Harewood) Weather: Rain & Fog Awoke at 7:30 am and dressed, ate and in bus for tour at 9:00 AM. Had nice British Lady “Biddy” as guide. Showed us the St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abby & Buckingham Palace. Saw Big Ben & Tower of London. Ate Fish & Chips at Piccadilly Circus and then boarded bus ... read more
London Tower
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Queen's Guard

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Willesden February 13th 1972

Sunday February 13th - day 1. It is 7am on Sunday morning and I am too nervous to eat much breakfast. It is time to pack the rucksack with the final items and to use this opportunity to leave a few more items behind. Arrived at London Victoria train station at 9.15am which means it is only 45 minutes before the train leaves. Three of us are starting this journey - Michael (an old school friend from Bournemouth), Heather (his girlfriend) and myself. There are about 10 people standing on the platform to wave us goodbye - relatives and friends - who knows when we will see them again? We have reserved seats and in 12 hours time we will have arrived at our first destination Koblenz which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Willesden February 12th 1972

It is 41 years ago that I was sitting in my flat in London counting down the hours before my 4 month trip to Australia started. I guess it is the same for most people but chance played a big part. I had started a new job which did not live up to expectations as instead of career development, I was required to spend months learning the company ways starting at the bottom of the ladder. Luckily an Aussie girl was temping in the office and she created the desire to travel. My flatmates and I returned from the pub one night and there was an advert on TV for the £5 emigration package to Australia. We decided to investigate but by the time I had collected paperwork from the Aussie High Commission, the other three ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 15th 1964

1964 Diary Entry "The next morning we got up and had breakfast and then we started to pack for that day we were leaving for London. At about 10 o'clock we got a taxi to the airport. There we had our baggage checked and then we went into the flight waiting room. Soon after that we were called aboard the plane. When we got in we prepared for take off. After take-off we rose and levelled off and after about an hour we landed in London. There we went through passport control and customs. Mum saw Auntie Beth out the door. After we'd finished we went out and saw Auntie Beth." .... and that's where the diary ends. Passport stamps and other assorted evidence tells me that we stayed in London until 11 September, interspersed with ... read more
Trafalgar Square, with Big Ben in the background
Buckingham Palace
Tower Bridge




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