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    • Day 104

      Hello London!

      July 3, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      Miles: 6.9 Steps: 16148
      Flights stairs: 4

      We left Norway this morning, bright and early at 5:00am. We had a 20 minute walk to the tram station (for an hour ride to the airport). Unfortunately, the forecast was finally right and we did the walk in the pouring rain! Was tough starting our day all wet, but we survived.

      After our absolutely miserable experience in Amsterdams airport last flight, we were pleasantly surprised at Bergens airport. It was so efficiently run - probably the best setup and run airport I’ve ever seen. No lines to check in - you did a self check in, printed your own luggage label, and even scanned and put your bag on the conveyor belt yourself. Pretty slick process. And security was run even better. What a nice experience.

      We got into London and got oriented as we usually do. Felt our way thru the mass transit system. We could definitely see why their metro is called “the tube”. It was so narrow and tight, it felt like you were literally in a tube.

      Saw neat things as we walked around the city getting to our hotel. Weird to see the cars on the left side of the road - and we even walk on the left side when in busy areas. And crossing the streets everywhere they have signs on the road telling you what direction to look for traffic in, since there’s so many one way streets. Very helpful actually.

      Tomorrow we’ll go out and start exploring this massive city! Can’t wait.
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    • Day 2

      Chapel street market just down the road

      September 5, 2023 in England ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      32 steps up a steep stairwell to get into our accommodation and then… another 20 stairs to the upstairs bedrooms. What a mission carrying our bags up. Narrow stairwells aren’t easy to manoeuvre. Lots of laughs. Not the best accommodation in London that’s for sure.Read more

    • Day 3

      Redemption for breakfast this morning

      September 6, 2023 in England ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Up early and been out for a walk in the cool. Brekkie is on its way. Headed into ‘town’, well trying to find a TK Max to purchase a new bag for me as mine has started coming apart at the seams! Australian product!!!
      Anyhow, Louise went off with her mate Mimi, and the rest of us got on the bus. after getting on a bus (we are using City Tracker) and getting off at the ‘right’ stop, started walking towards Oxford Str. turns out we were going back to where we came from 😆. And did I mention it was bloody hot at 9am? I mean 25 deg hot….
      Finally got back on the bus and went back to where we originally got dropped off from. Did lots of walking thru lovely shops, but not purchases cos we have to keep our bags under 20kg for the other flights within europe. Lunch at a lovely airconditioned pub, then down to Liberty to look at all the beautiful things.Credit cards were twitching but managed to stay firmly in their place.
      Dinner out a Trullo, goregous italian restuarant that Louises friends son is the Head Chef. Food was glorious…shame our ‘kitty’ currency card decided to shit itself and blocked. So out came the mastercard and sorting that out tomorrow.
      A very very hot day, got to 34 and of course we are not used to that. Feet swelling, sweat pouring…. Paris tomorrow and another hot hot day to come.
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    • Day 5


      August 23, 2022 in England ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Staying near Lizzie near Angel & Islington and enjoying part of London that is unfamiliar to me. Really like the area - it feels a bit like Paddington - bustling, restaurants and shops in the main area and then a lovely calm residential feel just a few streets back.

      Regents Canal is at the end of her street- some great cafes along the towpath.
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    • Day 79


      June 4, 2023 in England ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Daniel went for a run this morning before we jumped on the tube into London. We started the day with a visit to the British Museum, ensuring we got there at opening time as we only had a couple of hours before needing to leave!

      We explored the museums many displays, ranging from Ancient Egypt and Greece, Roman, European, Middle East, Asian and even Australia. We browsed through the exhibitions in the limited time we had, knowing that we would have a lot more time coming up in museums in Europe!

      After a couple of hours we began our walk to our lunch spot, passing through Angel Place along the way. It was so so sunny in London and lots of people were out with it being a Sunday!
      We arrived at the Old Queens Head pub in Islington to meet up with the old CU crew for Sunday roast! We enjoyed a delicious roast of lamb and beef while we chatted with Charis, Chessy, Damo and Damo’s partner, Colleen. We swapped stories and caught up as some of us had not seen each other for over 4 years! We shared stories of our travels as well as learning about their time living in London and upcoming plans :)

      We then made our way back in Harefield in the afternoon to do some admin and organising for our next travel movements.
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    • Day 50

      More West End...

      March 21 in England ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Relatively new to the musical scene, Hadestown was our next show. And what an amazing show!
      The story of Orpheus and Euridice, Hades and Persephone, is told in the 1940s style of black jazz-rock. With a beautifully varied cast we are told the story by hermès, the fates and the gods, who also accompany the main characters through the narrative of their descent into the underworld.

      I later on met up with the Ali sisters for dinner, whom I met last year in Bali. Such a funny reunion to get together again almost exactly one year onwards.
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    • Day 452

      First time on the canal

      June 1, 2021 in England ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      The Thames isn't the only waterway that adds presence and beauty to London; there's also the Regent's Canal which snakes a more northerly route. It links the Grand Union Canal with docklands downstream from Tower Bridge, and was opened in the early 19th century. Canals have been the venue for numerous holidays and much messing about in boats gave rise to the "first time" remark by some amused bystanders. (I deny all involvement in that particular trip but salt was added to the wound by said bystanders not being locals or even English).

      The eastern stretch of the Regent's Canal emerges from a tunnel at Islington and passes through a delightful stretch which has been called the Hanging Gardens of Islington. Continuing through the edge of Hackney, it swerves towards Old Ford and Bow, where traces of old industries remain. Regrettably the request to respect the residents isn't always observed.

      The home straight, running past some landscaped greenery, yields a panoramic view of the Canary Wharf towers before emptying into Limehouse Basin and finally the Thames. An excellent 6-mile workout in perfect weather with more canal walks to follow.
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