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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland May 18th 2019

There are 22 photos - scroll way down to the bottom after the blog to see them. If you click on the first photo within the blog it will take you through the photos. It was a wonderful day. We didn't have to talk to anyone. Those of you who read yesterday's blog will understand that comment. There were other Americans at breakfast - we didn't say a word, just sat a little away from everyone. We are at our B&B in Edinburgh. The shower is HUGE compared to our shower in London. I can turn around with out bumping the water off. The controls are a little weird. Lot of trial and error to get hot water, but it works. Both places we have stayed so far have towel rack warmers. Must be the thing ... read more
Fun T Shirt
Chris and Greyfrier Bobby
Greyfrier Bobby's Grave

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland May 17th 2019

There are 21 photos included. Scroll all the way to the bottom, after the blog to see the rest of the photos. I was sorry to say goodby to our lovely B&B in South Kensington, but I am afraid I will have some bruises. We love our B&B but the rooms in London are so tiny. I kept bumping into the chair, the door, the shower. The shower is so small you have to enter it sideways to get through the door. We had some time to kill before our train so we walked around our neighborhood enjoying the sights. In the photos you can see some of the real estate options that are available. For the low price of 1,395,000 pounds we can get a 3 bedroom flat. Or for 1,990,000 pounds you can get ... read more
Needs complete renovation for 1,990,000 pounds
Wandering around S. Kensington
I just love the signs

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

There are 10 photos posted. This blog site puts most of the photos way at the bottom after the blog. Since I know most of you only want to look at the pictures, I will note the number of photos at the beginning of each blog. Breakfast at our B&B starts at 8 am. It is all Americans staying here and of course, we all swarmed the breakfast room at 8 am on the dot. Filled every table. Felt sorry for the poor lady who has to fetch all the coffee, tea and toast. We had tickets for a special exhibit at Westminster Abbey this morning. We hadn't been inside the abbey in years. On our last couple of visits the lines and crowds were crazy. Dot got us tickets in advance to the new Queen's ... read more
Westminster Abbey, London
Selfie
View of Parliament from the Bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London May 15th 2019

8 photos in this entry. see note at the end The flight from Chicago to London didn’t seem as bad as usual. 7 ½ hours. Of course we are too cheap to pay for business or first class, but we did pay a small amount extra for a few more inches of leg room and it was worth it. We could easily cross our legs. Food was terrible, but we had the individual TVs with lots of movies to pass the time. We also got lucky on the seating. The plane was configured with 3 seats on each side and 3 in the middle. We booked an aisle and middle in the middle section. The guy sitting next to Dot (on the other aisle) got up before take-off and never came back. Just disappeared. So she ... read more
Natural History Museum
Iced Tea
Cut right off the hoof

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London May 14th 2019

Day 15 The day started with a walk to the post office, to mail off some more clothes that we were not going to be needing, since the weather does not look like it is getting cold during the day any longer. We also put purchases in the box so we wouldn’t have to lug it around the next 3 days. After that, we walked over to the Churchill War Room. This is the location during used by Churchill and his staff, leading the fight against Germany and the Nazis. It was put below ground for protection from the bombs that were falling on London and destroying everything. No. 10 Downing St. was bombed as well. After they started using the basement, they reinforced the floor above with steel flooring channels, and 3 feet of cement ... read more
Meeting room where the chiefs all met
Sir Winston Churchill
West Finchley

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds May 13th 2019

Hey, This is my first new entry in my travelblog before I set off to Brisbane next week. Added a few pictures from my npower leaving drinks. Keep in touch. Its been emotional... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Walthamstow May 13th 2019

in my last blog it should read beatrix potter, not beatrice potter. here are a few photos of the english countryside. i did not take them. i use them as my screen savers. susan :)... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London May 13th 2019

Day 14 Today we started out with breakfast around 7AM to get a good start on the day’s activities. On our list of things to do today, was to see Westminster Abbey, the Tower of Big Ben, Hampton Court and return home. Sounds easy enough considering Big Ben’s Tower and Westminster are close together. Well, as seen in pictures from yesterday or perhaps the day before, Big Ben, or the Tower of Queen Elizabeth that contains the bell Big Ben, is closed for repairs. Westminster Abbey is open, and we took a taxi and were able to stop and see Buckingham Palace, No. 10 Downing Street, or at least the security gates that keep folks like us from going by it. No pictures inside Westminster Abbey, so just words to describe what we saw. The history ... read more
On the way to Buckingham Palace
The Queen Victoria memorial
Morning at the Palace.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London May 12th 2019

Day 13 Today we knew was going to be full of things that we wanted to see and do, so we got started early. Breakfast on Sunday morning, is a bit later than other mornings. Most of the places we saw, opened at 8AM every day except Sunday, which they opened at 9AM. We adjusted, and found one that opened at 8AM, popped in, and had breakfast. We are trying to experience the local food and customs as much as possible. The full English Breakfast consisted of the sausage, beans, eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms. Off the ride the tube, and go to see the Tower of London. We decided to use the Oyster Card, which has nothing to do with oysters, but that is what it is called. It is one of the cards that let ... read more
Scrambled Eggs and bacon
Breakfast had some sweet things
Waiting for the train.  Just missesd it by 1 minute.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cheshire » Tarporley May 11th 2019

it's hard to believe it is already the middle of may. sadly i have booked my flight back to vancouver for the 31st of may. my cruising adventure has been an amazing and memorable experience but i think i am ready to go home. it gets very tiring living out of a suitcase. since my last blog i have been to stay with my turkish father and his family in southgate, and spent a week with my arcadia friend tony at his home in cheshire. tony and i were on a tuk-tuk in colombo, sri lanka only a few weeks before the terrorist attacks. i remember passing the hotels that were targeted. southgate is very near to wanstead where my godmother lives. it was nice to see my father and my half sister and brother again. ... read more
china town with rose




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