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    • Day 7


      June 10 in England ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Today we visited St Paul's Cathedral (where Princess Diana got married) and walked up those same steps she did. A magnificent building built in 1675. We then had a browse around Harrods, just amazing, you can basically buy anything you want from all over the world, (including NZ) and as you can see Lyndon found a nice pillow, and it was on special for 279GBP (about NZ$580) The experience of wandering around the streets of London is surreal and as for the Underground, thats a whole new level (Not Lyndons fave place, let's just say... Crocodile Dundee in New York, and we'll leave it at that)Read more

    • Day 42

      Spuren alter Zeiten in London 🇬🇧

      August 29, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Weckerklingeln um 3:45 Uhr und Frühstück aus der Papiertüte im 4:15 vor dem Hotel. Euphorisch am Flughafen angekommen, wurde auch dieser neue Flug gestrichen und umgebucht auf Mittwoch. Nach mehreren Versuchen, trotzdem am heutigen Dienstag zu fliegen, haben wir uns unserem Schicksal gefügt und sind Richtung London City gefahren (Kontakt mit British Airways ist ausschließlich über App bzw Homepage möglich. Diese werden derzeit so sehr in Anspruch genommen, dass sie erst gar nicht mehr funktionieren 😫und zusammenbrechen).
      Auf Spuren unserer ersten Auszeit 2014 fuhren wir nach Chiswick (…beste Grüße an unseren 3jährigen Hund Chiswick 🧀), besuchten unser altes Wohnhaus, spazierten an der Themse, besuchten Kews Garden, testeten neue Pubs und kauften benötigte Wechselwäsche (Gepäck ist ja ordnungsgemäß von uns aufgegeben und befindet sich in Heathrow, die andere Hälfte der Sommersachen wird hoffentlich gut auf Vanvouver Island benutzt 😤).
      Wir möchten noch keine wirkliche Prognose für unsere Rückkehr geben, es ist wohl derzeit alles möglich.
      Auf jeden Fall konnten wir nach dem ersten Schock den ungeplanten Tag in London sehr genießen und sind für Mittwoch bereits eingecheckt, will aber nichts heißen, waren wir heute früh auch schon
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    • Day 5


      June 8 in England ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Had a good flight to London. Staying with Nicki (Lyndons cousin) and Mark for the next few days. Off to see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and House of Parliament, Downing St, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and Henry VIII's Hampton Court palace. Just so amazing to see them all in real life!!Read more

    • Day 35

      Goodbye London😓

      October 1, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Just a few pictures to share from the end of London. First, the NFL game I attended (AHHHHHH IT WAS SO FUN). It seriously was a blast. I had a great seat, sat by myself but was surrounded with amazing fans that were super invested in the game which is truly the best, and I got a T-shirt. The whole area was decked out in Jacksonville stuff so I became a Jaguars fan for the day. My last full day in London was on October 6. It really was a blast. I went with Sarah and Mitchell to a test kitchen in Notting Hill. We paid 7 pounds to get in, they seat you in a bookstore, and then you are served a 3 course meal. They try new recipes daily. It was super good and such a fun experience. Then we went shopping at Harrods… love. I found the most amazing pair of sunglasses that I decided to pass on as it would be a poor financial decision. BUT I did buymyself a curling iron because I was tired of my straight hair. Unfortunately I will now forever have a curling iron that plugs into a UK outlet. So I will always need an adapter to use it hahaha but I’d say it was worth it. Lastly, I put together a very short video (a “reel” as we like to call it) of some clips from London for you to see.
      Overall, London was fantastic. It seriously is the most beautiful city with beautiful people. It is big, there are so many things to do, so many different types of food, great public transportation, and we really lucked out with great weather for our time there. I MUST go back soon. The next update will detail how our group finally made it to Berlin after a cancelled flight:) stay tuned
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    • Day 8


      May 27, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Saturday morning, I took care of dirty business--my laundry. While it was having a whirl, I had coffee at a nearby cafe and found myself in the midst of a promotional video shoot for a sports team that was playing later that day in the local champions league.

      Cafes had already become a bit of a habit, but I did try to take snacks and drinks from the supermarket with me later in the day so I'd stay away from them!
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    • Day 5

      Another day in London

      September 10, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 79 °F

      When in London with a lifelong soccer referee, you can’t NOT go see the world famous Wembley Stadium. Adam was thrilled. It holds a few “best and biggest” titles - it is the 3rd largest stadium in the world, has the most toilets in any facility in the world (over 2600), it is built in such a way as there are NO posts or obstructions in the entire facility, it has an amazing retractable roof, and lastly, was the venue for the world renowned Live Aide concert in 1985. It was a fantastic tour.

      We then took a boat ride down the Thames to Greenwich park, Maritime museum, and the Royal observatory. Again, can’t NOT visit when in London with an Astrophysics major. Fascinating learning all about the Greenwich Mean time and seeing the historic facility.

      Then I coaxed Adam onto the the London Cable Car across the river. (Really didn’t know he had such a fear of heights - the things you learn when traveling together). Beautiful views.

      9.11 miles
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    • Day 5

      Wembley Foo Fighters Tribute Concert

      September 3, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Taylor Hawkins Tribute mit allen Größen: Josh Homme, Roger und Rufus Taylor, Justin Hawkin, Bryan Johnson, Bryan May, Lars Ulrich, Sir Paul McCartney, The Pretenders, John Paul Jones, uvm Sechs Stunden feinste Unterhaltung 😍Read more

    • Grand Union Canal; Paddington Arm

      May 10, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      The Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal is 13.5-miles long, lock free, and runs from Bull's Bridge in Hayes to Paddington in central London; its only junction is with the Regent's Canal at Little Venice towards its end.  The Paddington Arm was opened in July 1801 to give boats access to central London rather than via the River Thames and encouraged the establishment of many well-known firms along its route.

      From Bull's Bridge, the canal towpath is shared with the Hillingdon Trail for the first couple of miles as it passes through Southall to Northolt; Northolt is the home for Engineer’s Wharf with its pricey moorings and adjacent Grand Union Village, which was built on the site of an old brick works.  The route passes through a long stretch of open countryside as it goes through Horsenden and Alperton - Greenford, Perivale, and Ealing are a little further south.  A large aqueduct takes the canal over the busy North Circular road (A406) before we pass through an area where Wormwood Scrubs open space is on our right and then the huge Kensal Green cemetery, resting place of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is on our left. 

      We pass the outskirts of North Kensington and Maida Vale; Trellick Tower, a Grade II listed tower block on the Cheltenham Estate in North Kensington with a separate access tower and abutting plant house, is an example of the so-called "Brutalist architecture" of the 1960s.  We are getting close to Paddington now and finally reach Little Venice - it has been a long day, an almost 21-mile walk (along the flat).
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    • Day 57

      London - How do you want to do this

      October 24, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Vielleicht etwas dekadent, aber trotzdem wunderschön. Für die erste Live Show meiner Lieblingssendung "Critical Role" in Europa reise ich kurzfristig nach London und erleben in der Wembley Arena ein unvergessliches Abenteuer.Read more

    • Day 1

      Def Leppard & Motley Crüe

      July 1, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Izkāpjot no metro uzreiz ir skaidrs, kurā virzienā jādodas. Vemblija stadiona arka redzama jau pa gabalu. Pēc cilvēku masām, kas plūst arēnas virzienā ir skaidrs, ka visi dodamies viena mērķa vadīti.
      Plūsmas organizācija izcila. Viss ir daudz un galvenais - pietiekoši. Rindās nav jāstāv ne pie ieejas, ne pēc alus un pats galvenais - arī ne uz tualeti.
      Alus kā jau sagaidāms padārgs - 7.85£, bet ko padarīsi. Šodien iekšējais žīdiņš jāatslēdz un jābauda koncerts.
      Tā kā koncerts ir garš, tad visiem ir sēdvietas. Mūsējās ir tieši pret skatuvi stadiona otrā galā. Pašus māksliniekus redzam kā punktiņus, bet ekrāni ir lieli un skaņa arī tiek līdz mums. Un kas par skaņu! Īpaši izteikti skaļi Motley Crüe laikā, jo Vinss vokāli vairs nav tik spēcīgs kā astoņdesmitajos, tāpēc tas tiek kompensēts ar pamatīgu bungu un basģitāras tusiņu. Lai vai kā, man baigi patīk tāpat. Def Leppard dziedātājs Džo Eliots manāmi labāk sevi uztur formā un tas uzreiz ir sadzirdams. Viņš var dziedāt dzīvajā - un kā vēl! Tomēr brits Vemblijā. Neliekas, ka varētu būt labāka vieta, kur uzstāties.
      Kopā 6h ko pavadījām arēnā paskrēja nemanot. Vai koncerta kvalitāte tieši skaņas ziņā, ne mākslinieku izpildījuma ziņā bija izcila? Drošvien ka nē. Vai tas mums traucēja un nepatika? Arī drošvien ka nē! Neko nenožēlojam! Dodiet vēl koncertu biļetes! Nākošreiz tikai Vemblijā vajadzētu tirgot biļetes arī pa visu laukumu. Lai arī stadionā bija ap 60'000 apmeklētāju, 58'000 no tiem izskatījās, ka stadions ir pustukšs, jo centrālajā laukumā bija tikai puse izklāta ar sēdvietām. Pārējā puse mērķtiecīgi atstāta tukša. Kāpēc? Nezinu.
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