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    • Day 22

      Sonntagmorgen in London

      September 25, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Heute Morgen bin ich mit Verena aufgestanden und haben dann mit unseren beiden Gastgebern klein aber fein gefrühstückt.🥰

      Dann sind wir mit dem Pastor zusammen in die Innenstadt gefahren. Die beiden wohnen fast eine Stunde mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel von der King‘s Cross Station entfernt, weshalb es sehr gut war, dass wir in die Stadt mitgenommen werden konnten. 🚙

      London ist eine schöne Stadt und auch in ihr gefahren zu werden, macht Spaß. ♥️🥰
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    • Day 7


      June 8, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

      We arrived In London yesterday afternoon on the overnight flight from Vancouver. We successfully navigated via the Tube & train to Stephanie and Chris’s lovely home. Today is a quiet day exploring Wimbledon and the commons.Read more


      check out this mud hen's feet.


      Looks like they were made for a much larger bird and yet they are as fashionable as a pair of exclusive boots!


      Watching it walk was like watching a toddler wearing their a parents shoes! 😂 [Liz]


      Does it feel as timeless and relaxing to be there as it looks?

    • Day 1

      Ein schnelles Pint nach Dienstschluss

      December 5, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Ich finde ja London irgendwie schon sehr nett. Und auf zwei Dinge freue ich mich immer ganz besonders, wenn ich unsere Europazentrale in Battersea besuche: den herrlichen Blick auf die Albert Bridge und ein gepflegtes Pint Ale in einem gemütlichen Pub nach Dienstschluss.

      Das Duke of Battersea liegt praktischer Weise gleich ums Eck und begrüßt uns gemütlich vorweihnachtlich. Ein wenig überrascht war ich über die neue Bierauswahl - jede Menge schottischen Brewdog für die österreichischen Gäste und Stiegl für die Einheimischen. Ich meine es gibt bei weitem schlimmeres, aber irgendwie halt auch lokaleres.

      Na wie auch immer - das Hazyjane New England Pale Ale hat jedenfalls bestens gemundet.
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    • Day 15

      The Last Skywalker

      January 4, 2020 in England ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      A longstanding itch for Henry was scratched today when we went to Barnes to see "The Last Skywalker", The London Coles' local cinema is fantastic. It started as a dance hall, then was a cinema, and from the 60s onwards it was a recording studio and before the movie there was footage of all the famous bands that recorded there - Rolling Stones, Beatles, Led Zepellin, Queen, Pink Floyd...

      During the night however we received some worrying news from home. Our Mum had had a fall at the beach and had been taken to hospital. After a flurry of phone calls it was still a little unclear what had happened. We were so thankful to Soph and Ross who pulled themselves off their flight to Malaysia to return to Wollongong and take care of Mum.

      I was glad to be with George - it is hard to be far from home when bad news comes in.
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    • Day 1

      Angekommen im Hotel - The Lodge

      May 29, 2018 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Nachdem wir fleißig umgestiegen sind, kommen wir um 10:30 Uhr am Hotel an. Der erste Eindruck ist schon mal gut. Die Lobby ansprechend und die Gegend auch gut. Anscheinend gibt es in der Umgebung einige 'neighbourhoods', in die man nur per Code/Schlüsselkarte,... hineinkommt.

      Wie erwartet ist unser Zimmer noch nicht bezugsfertig. Aber das ist nicht weiter schlimm, weil wir unseren Koffer im Hotel lassen können. Damit können wir unbeschwert und Sightseeing starten.

      Nur leider zieht es sich gerade zu und beginnt zu tröpfeln. Mal sehen, vielleicht suchen wir uns auch gleich eine Indoor-Besichtigung.
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    • Day 10

      Palaces, pasties and more pubs

      June 15, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Hello from London.
      We’ve had an interesting week. Last Thursday we drove in tandem from the Northern parts of Wales down
      to Pembrokeshire on the west coast of Wales. For 3 days we rented a holiday cottage near the town of Cardigan, (as in the sweater. ). The cottage had a personal hot tub which we all enjoyed and there was a pool for the kids. Our first day in the area we hiked part of the Pembrokeshire coastal path. ( thanks Cathy and Doug for the very useful guide) It was very muddy and slippery in parts from, evidently, record rainfall this month. The hiking was scenic and a bit more challenging than the gang was expecting. We were rewarded for our efforts with a pub lunch in the very picturesque sea side town, Tenby.
      We spent our second day exploring the locale near our cottage including visiting a working flour mill that is still using a water wheel powered by the local river. Kaleb loves to bake and he really enjoyed seeing the workings of the mill with the very old grinding stones. We also visited a prehistoric burial site with the same rocks as in stonehenge. Unfortunately , the weather in Wales continued cool and damp but we managed to enjoy ourselves between showers. Mike and Tara ventured to the southern town of St,David’s for a day trip.
      On Sunday we dropped off the rental cars- much to our drivers’ (Mike and Ryan) relief- enough narrow roads and left-hand driving. We took a bus into London. It was more excitement than we wanted as our bus broke down on the M4 and the traffic was horrendous. But we finally crawled into London and Helen welcomed us aboard her lovely home.
      We’ve spent the past three days seeing different parts of London. Since the boys were first-timers, they did the hop on hop off bus for a day seeing the usual palaces, churches but mostly lots of London traffic. Mike, Tara and I wandered through Chelsea and NottingHill. It was very rainy yesterday so our choices were a bit limited. The London jail museum was a hit with lots of torture devices to play with! We’ve had the full London experience with lots of bus rides, packed tube stations and boat rides along the Thames. The family is spread between a 2 bedroom Air b and b and bunking in with Helen. Last night we headed to the Soho district to take in a musical theatre production, Matilda. We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening. A great show and always a memorable experience to see live theatre especially a good musical. A first for the kids but hopefully not their last.
      Today we all hit the British Museum to check out things like the rosetta stone and the Elgin marbles, the Egyptian exhibit and even a head from Easter Island. Mike and I split off to the Portrait Gallery while the rest of the Parrys did the Harry Potter tour. Tonight the adults are out for dinner and the kids will stay in with a movie.
      Tomorrow we head to Stanstead to fly to France for the next week of our trip.

      Mason says the best part of the trip so far has been the big castle and the Musical; Kaleb says climbing Snowdon and Matilda and the flour mill; Rogan says Snowdon, Matilda , the coast trail and all pubs ( 1 through 20)

      That’s it for now. More from France
      Tata for now.
      Heather xx
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      A lot less wine than the boat deck on the Canal du Midi.


      Love all the travel blogs Heather! As always you do an amazing job of including us in your adventures. We would pass on the broken down bus and the traffic on the M4 🥴.


      Having driven the M4 I can only imagine the traffic! Great blog Heather!

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    • Day 2

      Leaving for Heathrow

      October 13, 2019 in England ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      It was great spending the evening with Jessica, Chris, Toby and Lorna last night. Thanks and apologies to Toby and Lorna for the early start.

      At least it’s dry and still. The underground is surprisingly busy for 7:15 on a Sunday morning. We were expecting a carriage to ourselves but there were very few seats free and it filled as we travelled closer to Earls Court. We guess they were travelling to a half marathon as someone had a number on their shirt saying that. Lots of trainers! Bun tells me I mustn’t take a picture down the carriage 😞Read more


      Lovely family photo! See you on the other side...... 💖


      Have a billiant trip. How much do those packs weigh? They look enormous.

    • Day 174

      Back to school for Mommy and Poppy

      July 21, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      So we had about two hours for a whirlwind tour of Cambridge and decided to show the kids some of our old haunts. First stop: Pembroke College, kicking it off with a reprise of one of Mommy and Poppy’s wedding photos, taken in the archway leading from the main courtyard. We toured the grounds a bit, and also the chapel where Mommy and Poppy were married. Next was a brief pause at Fitzbillies to sample their famous Chelsea buns, followed by a trot through King’s College Chapel. Good thing we told the kids in advance it was a place of worship and that we should be quiet inside - just as we opened the doors and were greeted by a cacaphony of multi-lingual tourist babble. Final stop: Trinity Hall, where we managed to fly through the chapel, check-out the grounds, locate a bathroom for the kids *and* get our afternoon punt rentals sorted - all in record time.Read more

    • Day 174

      Packed day up in Cambridge

      July 21, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Hmm... what else to try to pack into a full day jaunt up in Cambridge? How about a stroll along the backs - the lovely tree-lined avenue leading to Trinity, a wonderful but ultimately unsuccessful wander about the market in search of Haggis’ friends, lunch with Uncle Lee’s growing family who just welcomed new twin boys Eric and Jake, a lightning quick art workshop with the Studio Sunday team at Kettle’s Yard, and still some time left to enjoy a few beers on Jesus Green with the local ruminators. Phew! Was quite the day - we just managed to grab some sandwiches for the road and catch our ride back to Wimbledon with a few minutes to spare.Read more

    • Day 1

      Wer den ganzen Tag isst, ist hungrig.

      March 21, 2017 in England ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

      Ich finde ja jede große Reise sollte auf einem Bahnhof beginnen. Am besten auf einem großen, altehrwürdigen, imperialen ... oder zumindest einem coolen architektonischen Gustostückerl ... oder Du vergisst in der Früh Deinen Pass zuhause und haust den ganzen Plan dadurch über den Haufen, dass Du natürlich heimfährst um Deinen Pass zu holen und, weils so praktisch ist, dann gleich mit dem Auto weiter zum Flughafen.

      Wenn der Tag für jemanden, der so gut wie nie frühstückt, mit einem köstlichen Frühstück beginnt (Mr. Bean's in Mödling, kann man wärmstens empfehlen, aber das ist eine andere Geschichte), dann ist klar, dass man zu Mittag in der Firma Hunger hat und einschneidet. Und am Nachmittag in der Flughafenlounge Hunger hat und einschneidet.

      Und im Flugzeug natürlich auch die obligatorischen Cloud Hoppers sofort verzwickt. Ich frage mich jedes Mal, auf wieviel Jahre die AUA wohl einen Liefervertrag mit Soletti abgeschlossen haben muss, dass es die nach all den Jahren unverändert immer noch gibt. Ein echter AUA Klassiker mittlerweile.

      Nach einer langen Uber Fahrt endlich in Battersea angekommen, ist es dann aber auch allerhöchste Zeit für's Abendessen. Doch leichter gesagt als getan. Im halb leeren local pub Deiner Wahl meint man nämlich, noch mehr hungrige Gäste könne man jetzt aber beim besten Willen nicht bedienen, wo doch heute schon so viele zum Essen gekommen seien. Und auch der Arbeitseifer eines Londoner Chefs kennt schließlich seine Grenzen.

      So landen wir also beim Italiener am Eck, und sind positivst überrascht: nicht nur dass der italienische Koch scheinbar einen besseren Tag hat, als sein englischer Kollege, und für uns sogar kochen mag, das Melanzana in der Westbridge Road serviert uns schlussendlich die beste Pizza die ich seit Monaten gegessen habe. Danke Pub dass Du uns weitergeschickt hast. Manchmal meint's das Schicksal ja gut mit einem. :)
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