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United Kingdom

Curious what backpackers do in the UK? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • Trafalgar Square is a traffic intersection in central London. It's beginning was a courtyard of the Great Mews stable for Whitehall Palace. It has undergone many changes over the years to be a central gathering place for major events and celebrations.

    There is lots to see here. Enjoy the views

  • The Banqueting House is the last remaining of the Whitehall Palace.

    The renowned architect Indigo Jones began construction of Banqueting House in 1619, after which it was known to host the finest court masques, entertainments and receptions of the 17th century.

    The the long cube room in the center is where the celebrated artist Peter Paul Rubens magnificent ceiling is housed. The paintings were commissioned by Charles 1st in 1629, to celebrate the reign of his father James 1st. It took four years for Rubens and an associate to produce nine paintings. The painting are huge, measuring 2m x 9m x 6m. I took these photos while laying in a bean bag chair on the floor. It was truly breath taking.Read more

  • So sometimes I don't pay attention and things seem to slide right on by me. I was searching my bag for something and was handed a small suede draw sack. I thought what a great little travel pouch for my backpack. I thanked my guy and continued my search until he said, we'll there might be something in it.

    So upon further investigation there was a little something in the bag, a sparkling new bauble.....have a look. I still claim I have the "Best Guy" everRead more

  • For most of the years we've known each other, Jo and I have sought to take a Green holiday together - either 'do it ourselves', such as when camping, or searching for someone that provides the more sustainable kind of holiday venue.

    This year, for the first week of our March hols in Cornwall, Jo found Bangors Organic Farm B&B near Bude. We love being able to relax and forget about: the food not being organic; the bedding washed in bad surfactants; toxic cleaners used to clean everywhere; waste not being recycled etc. Here, we are really enjoying daily meals of locally produced foods, produced and consumed by local people and visitors like ourselves who appreciate the effort and benefits of true Taste.

    Our hosts are Neil and Gill, who came to Poundstock in 2004. We love your farm!
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  • After arriving on time to Heathrow we caught a cab to the hotel. What should have been a 30 min ride took over an hour as most of the downtown core was cordined off due to the terrorist attack at the Parliament Building yesterday.

    We reached the hotel, dropped our bags and did some strolling. Here are a few of the sites along the river near the hotel

    Not sure what the statue is, but assume it is a tribute to the blue collar dock workers.og days gone by. The next two are photos of a yacht hotel moured just outside the convention center. The next one is of an old dock crane used to load and unload ships, there were several along the way. And the last two are of the London City Airport in the distance and my attempt to capture a plane in decent.Read more

  • I wanted to visit this church because I like old pipe organs and I wasn't disappointed.

    This is still an active Anglican congregation with 20 different services at various times. The congregation receives over 700,000 visitors a year.

    The first church on this site, in an open field at that time, was recorded in 1222. I know your thinking old the oldest building right. Nope the original church was demolished in 1721, to rebuild the current building. Check out the pipe organ.Read more

  • At this museum you can see the country's collection of 13th to 19th century art. The museum first opened in 1824 during the reign of King George IV. The museum was originally in the home of a Russian banker. The collection grew to a massive 2300, paintings which are not housed in a grand neo-classical building on Trafalgar Square.

    The photos below are of the amazing building architecture. The following posts are of Michelangelo representing the Renaissance artists. 17th century artists Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Rubens. More recent impressionist and post-impressionists include Van Gogh and Renoir. Other works are by da Vinci, Claude Monet and Botticelli.

    Enjoy these spectacular works of these exceptional artists. I was in awe.
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  • So we booked this trip in a flash one Sunday afternoon. While I was booking the airfare Bryan was browsing hotels. Before giving me the option to review, he booked and we were in. Now, at this point in the story it's important to recall the boutique hotel we had in Vienna.

    We arrived to a lovely new Holiday Inn, with a reservation for one bed and a pull out sofa. Since the bed was going to be European cozy I asked for a room with two beds. The desk was happy to oblige with two single beds, Bryan is 6'5". So, we opted for the original reservation. Let's just say the shower looks inviting.

    The first two photos are of the lobby. The third is the and the fourth is the shower. Number five is Bryan's bed and wait for it, wait for it, the last is mine. See what I mean about the shower.

    Note to self, no more hotel booking privileges for the boyfriend.
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  • After a much needed sleep today is my first day of siteseeing. On this walk we'll hit the Covent Garden Market area and the Trafalgar Square district.

    But, before I can see the sights I have to figure out the transit systems. Yes systems, there are buses, trains and the tube. I'm not feeling confident at the moment, but I'm pretty good with a map and my mother taught me to read every sign I see so here we go.

    Our first adventure, the transit systems. The photos below are of the train platforms, the tube, my first Red bus and last my preferred mode of transportation.
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  • The first stop is at Somerset House. This is a spectacular neo- classic building in the heart of London between the Strand and the river Thames. They host open-air films and concerts and art exhibitions of some of the modern greats.

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