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  • Day62

    Matilda and British museum

    August 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    Today we went to the British Museum and saw Matilda the musical. We walked to the British museum and I recorded some notes and some photos while I was there. Firstly, (photo below) is a decorated limestone sxarphagus and is a coffin. It said that a boy aged 11-12 years died and put him in there.
    Secondly, the jar in the middle was used to make oil flash and was a perfume pot, made in 1857.
    Lastly, there was a iron tyre that was made in 300-200BC and the next picture is the wheel of the carriage.
    That was all I 📝 recorded down, but I also have another one. The Rosetta Stone had things written in 3languages. 1greek, 1hierogryphs, and the other one was the demotic script. I am happy that I learned that. :)
    I had raw salmon and rice and was deeeelicious!
    I didn't know if I would like Matilda, but I actually did. Everyone did. I got a Matilda Tshirt from Nanny and Grandads money,( thank you!!) Matilda was being played by Lilian Hardy, Miss trunchbull was being played by a man! and my favourite character was the mischievous 😏 🙏🙏(rubbing hands) boy called Bruce I think because he was funny. Very funny. Hahaha! But I realised it was very different from the book because in the book when I read it, it didn't have the part of Matilda's story, or Miss Honey was the actual child of Matilda's story and that Miss Trunchbull was related to her, so that was new to me! Matilda was fun and next I want to watch school of rock!
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  • Day2

    Earls Court

    October 2, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    We're staying in Earls court.... Seems really nice

    We have spotted more ferraris, lambos etc here in 2 hours than we did in a week in Dubai.

    We also found the tardis... Still looking for the doctor..

  • Day4

    Dinner with Jacqui & Hayley

    October 4, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    We caught up with my cousin Jacqui (and her daughter Hayley) for dinner. It's been over 40 years since I saw Jacqui!

    We met in the city and went to a lovely restaurant.

    It was so nice to catch up, thanks girls!

  • Day2

    First Views of London

    August 20, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    We arrived in London some three hours late, not landing until about 10:30 am. Then we had to go through customs and passport control. We were obviously not going to meet our appointment to tour Kensington Palace. We initially did not see the representative from British Cars, but after just a few minutes he showed up and took us from Heathrow Airport to the Kensington Olympia Hilton Hotel. Although our room was not ready, we were allowed to check in and to store our luggage with the concierge. He advised that the fastest way to the Globe Theater was by taxi. We caught one in front of the hotel, but the traffic, according to his own admission was worse than usual. He attributes the problems to the current mayor's efforts to turn every major highway into a bicycle path. We passed Buckingham Palace, as well as the site of the Blackfriars abbey on our way, arriving at the Globe shortly after 1 pm. We bought a sandwich, which we split, and a small salad. As You Like It was hilariously funny. We decided because of Glenda's arthritic hip, not to walk up to Trafalgar Square, but to take a cab back to the Hotel. Besides, it had started to rain lightly, and all of our rain gear was still packed up and locked in the offices of the concierge. When we got back to the hotel our room was ready, and we again enlisted the services of the concierge to reserve tickets for a tour of Buckingham Palace on Saturday. Instead of dining in the expensive restaurant at the hotel, we walked back down toward Hyde Park and found a wonderful, inexpensive Thai restaurant called the Blue Lagoon. After our meal we just went strolling back down toward the memorial for Prince Albert, and we decided to stop into a little shop owned by a young Egyptian from Alexandria to buy bottled water. I had a short conversation with him, then we continued our walk. Almost back to our hotel, even though she was holding my arm, Glenda's hip seized up on he and she dropped like a rock onto the sidewalk. Bystanders stopped to assist. They were very kind and concerned. She was all right except for skinned knees and elbows. We came back tot the hotel and settled in for the night. At this point we have been awake for over thirty-six hours. Sleep will come easily tonight.Read more

  • Day3

    A Day on the Town

    August 21, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    We mastered the bus system in London to arrive at St. Paul's Cathedral and took an excellent tour of that wonderful building given by a guide who obviously loved the place. The tombs of Wellington, Nelson, John Donne, and Wrenn are there. I feel as though I am in the place that actually formed the world in which my parents and I lived our lives. We saw Churchill's underground bunker, the home of Baden-Powell, the site of Blackfriars. On the way back to the hotel, I took a seat in the front of the top level of the double-decker bus, and got some acceptable shots of London street scenes. Note that the shot taken at 1:05 pm is a picture of the Admiralty Arch just west of Trafalgar Square. The bus brought us back to the hotel precisely in time to start the C. I. E. Panoramic bus tour of London. We stopped on the South end of the Tower bridge for photos. Since we had already visited the Globe Theater and St. Paul's, we were starting to feel as though we know our way around. At 6:00 pm we will go downstairs for a complimentary drink before dinner. I think the main purpose of this gathering is to let our guide David learn our names and to give us some common information for the rest of the tour. At 8:25 pm we just returned to the room from a supper of shepherd's pie, cod, and chicken. We met some of our fellow travelers and received further information from David. It will be good to get to bed early tonight.Read more

  • Day4

    London in Depth

    August 22, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    Much of the morning was spent visiting the Tower of London with new friends we met on the trip. In the afternoon we took a boat ride from the Tower to Westminster. On the Westminster Close we grabbed a hotdog from a street vendor, then started the walk to Buckingham Palace for our appointment there. We had planned to take the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus back to our hotel on Kensington High Street, but found that they stopped running at 5:30 pm. We tried to catch the No. 9 city bus, but found that the buses do not accept cash, only Oyster Cards. A kind bus driver saw our plight and let us have a ride back to the hotel.Read more

  • Day62

    British musum and Matilda japanese

    August 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅

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  • Day1

    Earls Court - Umsteigen und Lunch

    June 11, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Mit der Underground geht es leider nicht direkt bis ans Ziel, also mussten wir bei der Haltestelle Earls Court umsteigen von der Piccadilly Line in die District Line. Da wir leider außer dem Frühstück noch nichts gegessen hatten, haben wir die Gelegenheit genutzt und was kleines zum Essen geholt. Da wir noch mit Koffern bepackt waren sind wir einfach kurz in den McDonald gesprungen. Andere Auswahl als daheim. Sehr leckerer Veggie Burger aber keine Mayonnaise! Drama für Nadine. Die Straße direkt am Earls Court hat beim ersten Blick die Schönheiten der Straßen in London gezeigt.Read more

  • Day3

    London by bike

    July 6, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    Our first day in London, and considering I woke first at 1.30am and thought it was 4am or later I haven't done too badly. I did get more sleep but it was all over the place.... Still, didn't feel too bad in the morning so munched thru breakfast when it arrived while trying again to get online Wimbeldon tickets with no luck so headed out from our apartment in Earls Court and caught the tube to Waterloo to join the half day bike tour of London that we had booked.
    The sun was shining brightly as we kitted up with our pushies and headed off. It was great to see that my bike had one of those big wide seats - something you can actually plant your butt on.
    A 30C day in London, couldn't believe our luck! Wonderful to be out and about.
    As usual it seems mandatory that people that can't rides bikes feel the need to learn whilst in another country by booking on a bike tour. This equates to entertainment and disaster. Interesting combination in traffic!
    I have to say cycling thru London in the traffic was certainly more disconcerting than cycling thru Paris or Florence. Felt as though there were moments of russian roulette and also saw two accidents.
    Whilst cycling around we saw the Houses of Parliamemt, Big Ben, MI5, MI6, Samual Johnsons house, Covent Garden (where I found time for a gelati), Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square and London Eye.
    We made it back to base late but unscathed and headed off on foot to walk thru Borough Market which is a very nice food market with lots of cheese, fresh meats (crocodile, kangaroo, wild boar, camel, zebra), fresh pasta, breads, cakes, fruit and veg, wines and more). Something for Vic Market to have a look, as its more like South Melbourne market.
    From here we walked over London Bridge to the Monument to the Great Fire of London. Phil decided to climb it when we got there, 311 steps each way and then we walked down along the Thames for a way towards Tower Bridge before walking back, finding a little pub for 'refreshments' near the river before battling the peak hour tube ride home.
    The day was finished off with dinner at a nice little Thai restaurant and a chat with local people on the table next to us.
    Walking home and almost at our apartment one of the Wimbeldon courtesy vehicles stopped and a player with a huge bag of racquets and companion walked into our apartment building right before us. Although the face looked familiar I can't think of his name.
    The night before another vehicle had also dropped a player further up the street so its nice to know they all want to stay near us!

    Phil- I woke at 3.30 am ready for a big day. First time I have had jet lag and now understand how people can be confused. The bike ride could have been a disaster and riders could have been hurt. Weaving between cars and going too fast, the guide had no idea how to run a good tour. The traffic is bad. The population has grown but the streets have not. This is what Melbourne will be like in 10 years. Proved my fitness level climbing to the top of the Monument. Mind you, I was stuffed when I got home.
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  • Day24

    So about that accomodation in London...

    September 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    Lovely breakfast and goodbyes to Chris and Alma (sad face). Then train to London. Arrived 3ish and figured out the tube to get to our Airbnb and pick up the key at 4pm...

    Slight problem.

    Massive water leak that morning and apartment uninhabitable. But our host was nice enough to let us stay in another place. Unfortunately the other place was next to a train line, noisy, small and generally not what we were after (or paid for).

    So it was on to airbnb to find somewhere else. We managed to find what looked like a great place, then did some sorting out with airbnb to get most of a refund (we decided to spend one night in the train side place). Airbnb was quite helpful in this regard (although having a phone with credit was also useful)!

    Wandered around Earls Court that evening to look for some dinner and finally settled on Korean. The kimchi pancake was delicious! The place also had karaoke which we briefly considered doing. Instead we decided to eat Snickers ice creams and watch Power Rangers. One of those things was great.
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