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  • Day15

    Staying Local

    Yesterday in the United Kingdom

    I decided to explore the local area a bit today. I started out with Kensington gardens and palace. Even following google maps I had to turn around twice. The gardens weren’t that exciting although I didn’t explore them fully.
    The palace was interesting, highlighted were William and Mary’s rooms, Victoria’s rooms and an exhibition of Diana’s outfits. I’d forgotten that Kensington Palace was where Victoria was born and raised as a child. It was all very interesting. I wasn’t all that interested in Diana’s outfits but quite enjoyed it. They looked quite different in person.

    I had lunch at the palace, soup and a slice of Victoria sponge (the Queen’s favourite). It was a bit hard to eat as there were wasps around but as no one seemed all that bothered by them I ignored them.

    I headed over to Portobello rd to take a look at the market. It wasn’t one of the main days but there was still quite a lot there. I needed the toilet so ended up in a distillery. I had a very nice berry summer drink but no alcohol.

    Last stop for the day was the physiotherapist. I’ve been in quite a bit of pain with my calf muscle. It’s just a sprain though and already feeling better. I’m going back tomorrow for a proper massage.
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  • Day14

    To London

    September 17 in the United Kingdom

    Just one night in Paris. The Eurostar was closed over the weekend for maintenance otherwise I would have travelled straight through to London. I didn’t do much in Paris. I managed to navigate my way from Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord but I was grateful for the experience 2 years ago in using the French railway system. My hotel was by Gare du Nord, an area like many that surround train stations. I did find a really good vegetarian Indian restaurant for tea though.
    The train ride was uneventful, I watched a movie “The Angels’ Share” which was set in Glasgow and came with sub titles.

    My visit to London is really just a transit to Ireland but also to break up the travel. I’m staying in an interesting area. I got off the train at Paddington and to get to the hotel I passed through what look like council flats to get to Prince’s Square. The immediate surroundings are more gentrified.

    I stopped for lunch at a pub. I gave the fish, chips and mushy peas a try to see if either my tastes have changed or they way they prepare the mushy peas has. Alas no, I still don’t like mushy peas. The fish and chips was okay though.

    The hotel is actually serviced apartments. I’d say it is several buildings joined together and a real rabbit warren. I’m in the basement. I’d booked a studio (one room) but have a two room apartment. The kitchen/living are is connected to the bedroom/bathroom via a corridor. I also found a bed made up in the living area. It takes up most of the area and I can’t help wondering if the room was actually prepared for someone else who didn’t like it. When I stopped at reception the two people in front of me were both complaining about their rooms. I’ve asked that they return the extra bed to a sofa tomorrow. It was nice having a home cooked meal.
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  • Day30

    Notting Hill

    July 31 in the United Kingdom

    Decided to walk to Notting Hill today, tried to look like Julia Roberts but couldn’t find Hugh Grant so had to give that up!!! Ha ha. Walked the length of Portobello Road, looking very drab and every stall holder was either Indian or Middle East. I was a little disappointed but it has been done now. Very busy today. Went across to Hyde Park again, today very busy, probably because the weather is a little better. I spent some time organising to do research when I get back here and rang a couple of relatives, so all good. Catch the train to Ely in Cambridgeshire at 10 tomorrow morning. Looking forward to being up there again.Read more

  • Day27

    Salzburg to London

    July 28 in the United Kingdom

    Lovely time this morning with Bruno & Gabi, they took me to the airport where we had coffee before I said goodbye for now. I will be forever grateful for the wonderful time I had with them showing me their home country seeing places I would never visit. Superb to say the least. Plane to London uneventful, train to Paddington then cab to hotel. Just finished dinner at hotel, not too bad!!! Tomorrow s wall around Hyde Park then ‘High Tea’ at The Dorchester in Mayfair with Sandy, daughter of Bruno & Gabi. Will post photos, watch this space!!! Random photos now.Read more

  • Day28


    July 29 in the United Kingdom

    After 30 degrees in London over the last ten days the rain and wind set in last night with the temperatures dropping today. Didn’t get out for a walk as too wet. High Tea at The Dorchester, amazing, what a place!!! Champagne poured from a magnum, beautiful dainty sandwiches then a series of little cakes beautifully decorated. Tea from Royal Doulton china. Very special indeed, but I couldn’t do that every day!!! Had to walk it off when I got back to my hotel, just as well Hyde Park is opposite!!!Read more

  • Day29


    July 30 in the United Kingdom

    I set off this morning through Hyde Park just in time to get in a shower so had to take refuge under a tree. Walked a total of 13.6 km taking in Buckingham Palace, St James Palace walked around Mayfair and Belgravia before going to Harrods. As like 1998 NZ wines cheaper than in NZ, crazy. Saw the NZ war memorial and then walked back via Kensington Palace. Absolutely knackered. Good though. Lovely through Hyde Park. Typical tourist today!!!Read more

  • Day2


    August 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Beautiful weather and clear blue skies awaited us in London. Getting in early meant we had to put in a full day before going to bed, so that's what we did. Luckily for us, the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's biggest street party, was hotting up just as we were about to head out, basically right on our door step.

    First stop though was to buy a data pack, and with that in hand we were on our way.

    The end of the main street was being cordoned off ready for the parade, so we just had to follow the crowd and wait. The Carnival is a celebration of the Caribbean culture, so there was plenty of colour and lots of loud horn blowing (called vuvuzela). There were loads of people and when Craig went out later in the evening to forage for food, he felt as though he was in a distopian movie as there were so many people moving around. Finn commented his first impression is that people in London all travel in "gangs".

    Unfortunately the parade wasn't quite as coordinated as we would have hoped, so to save waiting around, we watched the first little bit and headed off through Hyde Park on our way to the Natural History Museum. Contrary to my sister's experience, we walked right in without lining up for an hour.

    After that, we went next door to the Victoria and Albert Museum, and ended up having some scones with clotted cream and jam in a rather ornate tea room.

    By this time, the feet were getting weary, so we jumped on a bus and headed home for an early night. Given we are at the tail end of summer, we were in bed before the sun went down (which the children thought was peculiar).
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  • Day2

    Along the Thames..

    September 16 in the United Kingdom

    Day 2: A bit of jet lag, we were up at 4am but had to wait until 7 to have some brekky. I had my Oyster card and straight into the Metro, well the "Tube" as it is called here. Our first stop was the Tower of London" and the Crown Jewls. Being Sunday it was ok to catch the train early to beat the crowds. We first visited the jewels display and then spent a bit of time to look around this place, the audio guides came in handy, highly recommended. As ee left the towerwe could see long queues to get to see the jewels.

    After the tower we had some lunch and then headed for the Tower Bridge. Less considerably amount of people here, the place is definitely worth the visit and the glass floor on the upper deck is quite a show..

    We grab the "clippers" and headed along the Thames to the Parliament house and big Ben. A bit disappointed that the big ben is covered but a jungle of scaffolding due to some must needed restoration, such is life. We skipped the London eye and just spent the rest of the evening checking out people strolling along the river.
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  • Day7

    Meet Dick.

    April 28 in the United Kingdom

    This bus driver was a dick, and I don't mean his name was Richard.

    Left us standing outside in the rain while he played with his cell phone for 10 mins. I get that bus isn't set to leave for 10 more mins, but could we not sit inside the bus? He let us in right at the pull away time and not a moment sooner.

  • Day1

    2 day in London (HARRY POTTER)

    August 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    I went to the studio where all 8 HARRY POTTER movies were made. This studio has all the effects they used in the movie. Inside the show all the rooms, props, costumes and the people they go on. This studio has the models, the drawings and other sets

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Bayswater, בייזווטר, बेज़वॉटर, ベイズウォーター, بیزواٹر

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