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    • Day 8

      London

      June 11 in England ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Today we're visiting The Tower of London (built in the 1200s ) where Kings Henry and Edward and William the Conquer lived. Also the crown jewels have been kept here since 1661. Unfortunately we could take pictures of everything else except the jewels (but have taken pics from the book) Incredible history here!!!
      Thanks to Nicki and Mark for your generous hospitality and for taking the time to show us London over these last few days. We have had a fantastic time here!! and it has made us appreciate how old this city is.
      It was also great to see Luka and Eva (and your 3rd Spoilt child Roxy (the dog).
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    • Day 17

      London Baby! Day 1️⃣ Part 1️⃣

      May 29 in England ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

      We slayed London!

      ✅Buckingham Palace
      ✅Westminster Abbey
      ✅Houses of Parliament
      ✅Big Ben
      ✅Churchill War Rooms
      ✅Fish & Chips
      ✅The New Scotland Yard
      ✅Changing of the Guard
      ✅ St. James Park
      💹 10 Downing Street

      God gave us a perfectly sunny ☀️ day and all the energy we needed!

      Crazy how busy London was, it was insane!

      We thought it was because people had found out that we were visiting London.

      But we later found out the Champions League Finals are going on 🤪!
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    • Day 40

      Full Circle

      June 1 in England ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      I have gone full circle and arrived back in London ready for my journey home.
      I went to the Royal Albert Hall last night hoping to catch a concert but nothing was on. It wasn’t even open to have a tour. It was also too late in the afternoon to visit any of the museums as by the time I would have got to the front of the entry queue it would be closing time. I had to settle for a walk in Hyde park in near storm conditions.
      It has been a fabulous month and thank you for coming along on my unpredictable journey. Stay tuned for my next adventure.
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    • Day 36

      London day 3

      June 9 in England ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Nice final catch up with Andy and Tommy X 2...met friends of Andy that were very nice....gave young Tommy his 1 year old birthday present...a size 2 years all black jersey and a cool book that hopefully he will enjoy.

      Plans of going to a celebrity soccer match fell through...but thankfully that means no stress with not having to worry about getting back to hotel for a booked taxi at 4.50am to Dubai...where it will be 40 degrees!

      Back in time visit to Kensington high St where I lived with great aunt Mary and worked at David clulows opticians.

      Mary was 3rd floor above gap clothes shop...but I think it is the Rituals shop now. Stayed also 1 foor down with nice gay man called James...did so when Jason Lind needed a place to stay.

      After that it was a long bus ride to an outlet store by Wembley park station... stadium.

      Not worth the time but I got 2 items vs 1 from v...so I won 😎
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    • Day 37

      London. Part 1.

      June 14 in England ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      So we have made it to London. Went to the apartment to drop some things off and train into the city center.

      London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Ben got to meet Big Ben!

      The boys even got a haircut to look fancy for tonight. We are off to the Sonheim theatre later on to watch Les Mis. Can't wait!Read more

    • Diana: 25 years on…

      June 15, 2022 in England ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      It is always a reflective time when I visit Kensington Palace. Sure, I love all the history, particularly related to Queen Victoria and Princess Margaret who both lived here. But, obviously my biggest reflection is Diana. Everybody remembers where they were when they heard the news. I was living in London that year and remember feeling devastated as I travelled around France and Spain at that moment in time. I watched the funeral in Spain and the normally busy streets were completely void of people. It was eerie. Such a waste… Such an outpouring of grief. Can’t believe that it is 25 years this year. I couldn’t wait to get back to London. I lined up to sign the book of condolence at Kensington Palace and I saw the amazing floral tributes in front of Kensington Palace. They were as high as me and as far as you could see…💐🌹🌺🌸🌼

      Today all I had to do was walk out of my hotel room and cross the road to be at the palace. How fantastic is that? ❤️👑 I have visited and toured the palace many times but I get just as excited 😆 when I am doing it again. Today is no different! Last visit I saw Diana‘s dresses 👗 exhibition and this time the exhibition is ‘…life through the Royal lens…’📸

      And, what an exhibition it is! So many wonderful photographs… some never before seen. Queen Victoria started the photographic craze mid 1850’s with her reign. There is one photograph that shows her face smudged. Queen Victoria did this to the negative because she did not approve of the way she looked. It was with her children and they all are untouched. I simply devoured all the information around the photography and how it completely changed the public perception of the Royal family… as expected, the Queen calls all the shots when ever she has a photography session.✊🏻👑

      There was another story about Queen Mary crying for three days when she was to marry William. But, it became a true love story because William would not leave her side for weeks, even setting up a bed right next to her when she was sick and eventually died of smallpox.😢

      I am now standing in a quiet alcove admiring the serenity of Diana‘s statue. You are no longer allowed to walk around in the sunken garden which I was at first disappointed about, but then I spoke to the gardener who explained that a sunken garden is supposed to be appreciated from a distance, as a whole… It made complete sense and made it much more serene and respectful ❤️❤️❤️🪴🌸🌹🌳🙏

      This was indeed another highlight of this trip! There were not too many people so you had to complete silence to just admire and reflect. Beautiful moment 😢❤️🌹

      PS: I went a little bit crazy in the gift shop! Whoops! Rule Britannia! 🤪👑 🇬🇧 🇬🇧
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    • Day 3

      Day 3 Kensington Palace Hyde Pk The Mews

      June 2 in England ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Seen princess Dianna Menorial, & childtens playground
      Itslian gardens, Peter Pan monument
      Squirrel in a tree can u spot it
      Lots of flowers & lots of what we call weeds
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    • Day 44

      Flåm

      June 10 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux
      Flåm is quite scenic. We managed to restrict ourselves to taking only 164 photos and videos in the 22 hours we were there, not all of which we plan to share with you.
      Today (2nd June) we catch the Oslo train from Bergen, alight at Myrdal, then board the historic Flåm train. Very crowded. On the side of the train it says “One of the world’s most beautiful train journeys”. Hard to argue. The train line drops from about 900m at Myrdal to just above sea level at Flåm. One of the steepest in the world. It is 20km long and takes about an hour. Not fast. There’s a 5 minute stop at Kjosfossen to admire the waterfall. Spectacular, see video. There’s a dancer high up on the rocks and some haunting Norwegian music.
      When we arrived at Flåm there were people milling around everywhere. Maybe because it is a sunny summer Sunday. We have an apartment booked for the night but check-in is not until 3pm. It is now about 1pm. The entry codes don’t work. We have a fjord cruise starting at 3pm and need to park our suitcases. Ursula phoned head office (in Oslo). They ‘changed the time zone’ then the code worked.
      Flåm itself has the fjord in front but is ringed by steep mountains. Spectacular (overused word, but appropriate). It is actually like a holiday village with some shops, lots of accommodation, a big hotel a couple of restaurants and a food market with lots of temporary stalls.
      Our 2 hour cruise goes down the Nærøyfjord to the little village of Gudvangen. Big electric catamaran with lots of people on board. Stunning scenery as we had expected. There’s a shuttle bus to take us back to Flåm.
      The many tour buses have departed, taking most of the hordes. Flåm is now a lovely village. Very peaceful meal in the pub, followed by a restful night in our apartment, which is about 50m from the railway station, ready for our trip to Oslo tomorrow.
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    • ‘Cause we Can Can Can ☀️🍷🏨💃🏼

      June 23, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Slept in this morning and went across the road to Starbucks for a leisurely breakfast. We packed our bags and rolled across to Maidavale Marriot Hotel for a ‘Staycation’ treat 🍾

      We purchased the package where we get free drinks 🍹 & nibbles from 530 to 830 and complimentary coffees & non alcoholic throughout the day. We have full access to the gym, pool and saunas which I spent a couple of hours making use of this afternoon. (Not the gym 🤫).

      It has been so relaxing 😎 just to chill out and enjoy the luxurious atmosphere. I’d say we both deserve it after all the planning, activities & sightseeing.

      The only downside is that we are surrounded by foghorn American 🇺🇸 folk 🫤👎🏻

      Everything else is lovely 🥰

      6.30pm UPDATE! We are at the complimentary nibbles guess what? It’s hideous! I cannot tell a lie:

      Bags of crisps
      Green salad
      Chicken 🐔 nuggets (dry)
      Samosas (dry)
      Black Forest cake

      The yanks are loving 🥰 it and DEMANDING more! We are drinking as much wine 🍷 as is humanly possible to block it (and them) out!
      🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️
      🤨🤨🤨
      🤣🤣🤣
      🤮🤮🤮
      One of the cranky yankies demanded lemon cake because “…I can’t eat chocolate 🍫 cake 🍰…”
      Fucking wanker! 👎🏻

      So. Richard & I looked at each other and said: let’s get outta here and go see a musical 🎵 🎭

      Within 10 minutes we had purchased great seats for MOULIN ROUGE, ran for the tube 🚇 and was at the Piccadilly Theatre 🎭 in the heart ❤️ of London in 15 minutes!

      …Because we CAN, CAN, CAN!

      💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
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    • Day 3

      Out and about on a sunny London day

      April 29, 2023 in England ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Who said London has poor weather?
      Today was glorious blue skies and pleasantly warm as we tackled a few significant points of interest.
      We left the apartment just after 8am to walk to St. Paul’s Cathedral for our first tour of the day. The architecture of the building is amazing and the audio tour was very informative. A real highlight (especially for Loss) was to hear the pipe organ being played while we were there.
      After seeing all the main features of the building, we then climbed right to the top of the dome for some great views across London. The narrow, winding staircase is definitively not for the claustrophobics!
      After this, we caught the tube to Queensway station then walked down through Kensington gardens to Kensington Palace. In the grounds is a memorial tribute to Princess Diana who lived there from the time of her wedding until her death 16 years later.
      As it happens to be a holiday weekend (and the weather was so nice - testified by the number of English out sunning themselves) we were only able to secure tickets for a tour of the palace itself at 4.30pm. This gave us a few hours to see some other things in the interim, so we walked /tubed back to Whitehall, and then toured the Churchill war rooms - the bunkers underneath Whitehall where Churchill and his war cabinet planned and executed WW2. The whole place is preserved exactly as it was in 1945 and gives a sense of the fortitude and conviction of Churchill and his nation of the time.
      As we were leaving Whitehall (hoping to go to number 10 Downing Street), we happened upon a changing of the guard.
      Alas, Downing Street is no longer accessible to the public - totally protected by police and steel fences - quite different to my last visit in 1974 when you could stand right by the door.
      We spent a little time down on the banks of the Thames (amid throngs of people, a large protest outside Whitehall and many shirtless British men who were finding the 19 degree temperatures way too warm to stay fully clothed), with some photo ops of the London Eye and Big Ben while we were there.
      It was then time to return to Kensington Palace for our 4.30pm tour. We walked then tubed to Paddington station first (mainly for the benefit of the grandchildren who love Paddington bear) - then another 20 minute walk saw us back at Kensington where we enjoyed a tour of the palace - not the section where Diana lived - but rather where Queen Victoria was born, lived and worked.
      After another walk / tube and walk, then a shopping diversion for some groceries - we returned ‘home’ at 7pm after clocking up 23,000 steps today.
      A great day all round, rounded off with Loss preparing another amazing meal in the kitchenette.
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