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    • Day 2

      Paddington and Hyde Park

      September 27 in England ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

      This half of Hyde Park is much prettier than the part I was in before. Apparently I found the boring part last time :P This part even comes with its own archetypal pigeon guy! Side note, the Paddington area I'm staying in is super cute!Read more

    • Day 12

      You know when you are in London......

      May 29 in England ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      You know when you're in London when you see...........( photos)........

      Hey Arfer, you seen anything of Graeme?

      I haven't Terrance, I haven't! Thought he might have called at the Safari club for a pint of Ruddles and to off-load some expired Immigration permits he had from 1986.

      Reason asking Arfer is that Delboy said Graeme wanted to rent the Reliant Robin.

      I hope Delboy charged him a pretty quid Terrance. He never can trust those Colonials to deliver it back in one piece.
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    • Day 13

      It's been a hard days night........

      May 30 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      ....and I've been sightseeing like a dog...........

      My first full day in London and I had to make a stop at Abbey Road Studios. While tours of the studio were not running, I did the famous walk across that crossing and visited the gift store.

      After checking out Abbey Road, I went to the Natural History museum. Whoever would have thought that such a museum of old bones, rocks, and skeletons would hold so much interest. I had to queue for 2 hrs to get in the door, and then it was a " bun fight" to get around inside. Altogether I spent 3 hrs there and could go back for more. I saw the oldest and largest complete skeleton of a dinosaur ever discovered, and that only occurred in 2014 in Argentina. It has only recently gone on display. It's called a Titanosaur. It's massive, and you wouldn't want that running through the Redwood bush in Tawa... NZ got a mention as to some very old rocks, etc, and I saw some of the worlds biggest uncut diamonds and jewels. The museum was just amazing. I was fascinated that Britain has so many mineral deposits that they are trying to mine for electric car batteries.

      Speaking of cars, I passed by the Lamborghini sales office, and they also sold Maseratis as a side line. Very nice!

      Those excertions filled my day, I forgot about crowds in London, the time on the underground and busses and those queues!
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    • Day 14

      He works on the Thames Barrier!

      May 31 in England ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Hello John, got a new motor? Hello John, got a new motor?
      He works on the Thames Barrier. He works on the Thames Barrier.
      Is there life in Peckham? Is there life in Peckham?
      ..........with apologies to Alexi Sayle ( 1980's muso) but that song of his fascinated me in the 1980's about the Thames Barrier and I never went to see it, so I finally made the pilgrimage. Yes, I know what you're thinking (has this lad got nothing better to do?) but it was worth the visit as the Barrier is one of the great modern wonders of the world. London flooded in the 1950's causing a lot of deaths and since the barrier has been in place, it has been activated 3 times, saving serious flooding. London is very low lying, and it's hard to imagine it flooding, but it has.
      While in Nth Greenwich, I took the opportunity to go on the Thames Gondola, that too was amazing.

      The area where the Gondola is, used to be a waste land in the 1980's and now there are endless luxury apartments and an international London airport which was created by a NZer who convinced the Brits there was room for an airport closer to London. I can remember the day he flew his prop plane onto the makeshift runway to prove his point.

      I took the opportunity to do a London river cruise back(while having G&T) from Greenwich, which is a fitting way to return from that part of London.

      Today has been a day for British engineering feats as I also visited the old Battersea Power station that has been restored into a hotel, shops and apartments along with a lift in one of the old chimney stacks. The power station in its time was the largest coal powered station in Europe, powering 20% of London. The station was decommissioned in 1983, and I can remember when they were contemplating knocking it down. However, a Malaysian group bought it and spent galzillions of dollars upgrading it, and what a great job. I had heard of the lift in the chimney, and that alone was an experience not to be missed, better by far than the London Eye (and no queues).
      The shopping centre represented the top end, so purchasing anything from the shops was slightly out of my league.

      Later in the day, I just had to stroll up Oxford Street in the maddening crowd. That was hard work.

      I do love the British sense of humour and it came out in the "graffiti " photo I took.

      After dinner, I walked around Kenningston Gardens and walked down a street housing a large number of embassies.

      The end of day walk was a perfect wind down to yet another exciting day in London.
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    • Day 15

      Kensington Gardens

      August 20 in England ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Kensington Gardens, once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, are among the Royal Parks of London. The gardens are shared by the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and sit immediately to the west of Hyde Park, in western central London. The gardens cover an area of 107 hectares.

      The open spaces of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park, and St. James's Park together form an almost continuous "green lung" in the heart of London. Kensington Gardens are Grade I listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
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    • Day 2

      Day 2: Hit the Ground Running

      September 13 in England ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      After a long, long, long, trip we touched down at Heathrow Airport at 6.10am....a full day ahead of us before we could sleep. Luckily our Air BnB host let us know we could have an early check-in, so we arrived at our 1st home at 9am, a gorgeous old 17th Century manor type house which use to belong to Wilkie Collins - author of The Woman in White - and a good friend of Charles Dickens. 4 quick showers later, we set out to explore Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, as they were just around the corner - I am sad to report that both could have benefited from a few hours of me and my mower! We found Harrods and went in for a look...and came out again very quickly with a delicious, but expensive bread stick. We jumped on the Hop on/Hop off bus to do a 3 hr lap of the tourist sites, but hopped off at the 2nd stop to have a pint (or 2) of beer - and Matt made a friend! Hopped back on the bus, but hopped back off to find a loo (due to the beer). We found a loo - in a pub - and had another pint, before Matt and I hopped back on to finish the circuit. After successfully working out the Tube system, we arrived home and hopped into bed - a full 48hrs after we woke in Mount Rankin to begin our trip.Read more

    • Day 4

      Day 4: A day of Kings.

      September 15 in England ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      The Tower of London was 1st up today. My favourite part was standing on the walls, touching the stones that the archers would have touched whilst defending the tower 800 years ago. My least favourite was The Crown Jewels - no photos allowed. We had lunch under a tree; egg and cress, sandwiches - so very British, and then met the Cambeys at Liverpool St Station for a train ride out to Windsor castle to visit with Charlie and Camilla...they must have forgotten we were coming because they weren't home. Not many photos from here because you weren't permitted to take any - but sooooo much history! The castle is HUGE, but strangely elegant - my favourite place so far. We walked past Queen Elizabeth's burial tomb, and stood on Henry the VIII's. The day was so hot we bought an icecream each that claimed they were made from milk from the Kings own cows, before heading into the village of Windsor for a pint at one pub and dinner and another pint at another pub. Trained it back home exhausted.Read more

    • Day 5

      Day 5: A Palace and a soccer game.

      September 16 in England ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Today we headed out to have a look through Buckingham Palace - it felt a bit surreal to be standing in front of the balcony. No photos allowed, but an amazing building just reeking of history at every turn. We walked up the Mall to Trafalgar Square, then the boys headed out to Tottenham Stadium to watch a soccer...sorry, football.... game while Di and I did some shopping at the Camden markets and Marks and Spencer. Di and I were very impressed with our navigation skills, catching buses and trains all over London. Matt was very glad Cambey made him go to the match....he said he had never seen anything like it. They were both so impressed with the very public urinals on the way to the stadium that they thought they'd better take some photos!Read more

    • Day 6

      Day 6: Gardens, Churches and Beer

      September 17 in England ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Today Matt and I set off to see Kew Gardens (a place I've wanted to see for a long time) and I wasn't disappointed. I got some great ideas for our own garden including the glasshouse, the pond and the rose walk. Matt found some blackberries that he reckoned needed poisoning. On the way to Kew Station we decided to stop at a pub for a quick pint and were getting a bit worried when we were almost there with no pub in sight; then we saw Tap on the Line - a pub right next to the station. We then went to a gothic church dating back to 606!!! We happened to get there just as the choir were singing - magical. Then it was off to the Bermondsey Beer Mile - a mile with a dozen or so craft brewerys, underneath the railway lines. We staggered home exhausted, but happy.Read more

    • Day 3

      Our First Morning

      April 29 in England ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Nik - We're both early risers and it's no different here on the other side of the globe. After 4am call home we ventured out for an early morning walk and explore all rugged up. Google told us it was 8° and yes it was cold...but not as bad as I thought.

      With no real plan to speak of we just wondered through Bayswater and Notting Hill Gate. We found an old church, coronation flags flying and even signs of fellow Eurovision tragics. Then a lovely breakfast at a place called Dr Power.
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    Bayswater, בייזווטר, बेज़वॉटर, ベイズウォーター, بیزواٹر

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