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King's Cross

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  • Day4

    Sonniges London

    May 22, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Am Hafen in Dünkirchen angekommen fuhren wir nach etwas Wartezeit auf die Fähre und schipperten dann über den Ärmelkanal. Ich wagte mich zuerst in den Linksverkehr und so fuhren wir auf der "falschen" Seite Richtung London. Eine seltsame Erfahrung, an die man sich aber doch schnell gewöhnt. Nur die Kreisel bleiben einfach komisch, da man auch in diesen in die "falsche" Richtung fährt. Und Engländer LIEBEN Kreisel, wie es scheint!

    Das Auto parkten wir etwas außerhalb und fuhren nun mit der Metro in die Stadt hinein. Nach einem kurzen Fußweg waren wir dann an unserem Hostel angekommen, wo sich herausstellte, dass mein gesamtes englisches Geld abgelaufen war und bei der Bank of England umgetauscht werden musste. Das wollten wir am Tag unserer Abreise aus London erledigen. In 4 Jahren kann sich viel ändern.

    Wir bezogen unser (im Vergleich zu Brügge) winziges Hostelzimmer, in dem wir zu sechst schliefen, planten unseren morgigen Tag und dann ging es auch schon ins Bett.
    Geweckt wurden wir von stickiger Luft, denn irgendjemand hatte die Fenster nachts geschlossen und nun war der gesamte Sauerstoff verbraucht. Eklig.

    Viel zu früh waren wir also wach und beschlossen, unsere gewonnene Zeit zu nutzen. Um 8 Uhr frühstückten wir also im Hostel, dann wagten wir uns in den Londoner Berufsverkehr.

    Da scheinbar fast alle Geschäfte erst um 10 Uhr öffnen, verbrachten wir den Morgen im Hyde Park bei blauem Himmel und Sonnenschein. Der ständige Regen in England scheint bisher nur Klischee zu sein...

    Vom Hyde Park aus liefen wir zu Harrod's, einem großen Kaufhaus in der Nähe. Ich wusste zwar, dass es ein etwas gehobeneres Kaufhaus war, aber von all dem Luxus und den Designermarken waren wir doch sprachlos. Um in etwas bezahlbarere Bereiche zu kommen, fuhren wir mit der Tube nun in Richtung Oxford Street, wo wir zunächst den dreistöckigen Lush-Laden besuchten (ein Traum!) und uns anschließend mit Burgern stärkten.

    Mit neuen Energiereserven machten wir uns nun auf zum British Museum, wo wir uns Mumien und alte Skulpturen anschauten. Anschließend setzten wir uns in einen nahegelegenen Park, der quasi überfüllt war. Überall saßen Menschen auf der Wiese und genossen die Sonne und die warmen Temperaturen.

    Mittlerweile waren wir fix und fertig von unserem Trip quer durch London und so machten wir uns wieder auf in Richtung Hostel. Wie bereits gestern auch, kochten wir uns wieder Abendessen in der Hostelküche, dann fielen wir in unsere Betten.

    Nach einem ausgiebigen Frühstück packten wir am nächsten Tag unsere Sachen. Nach einem kurzen Abstecher zur Bank of London, wo ich mein Geld auf den neusten Stand brachte, ging es dann auch schon in Richtung Parkhaus und unser Besuch in London war zu Ende.

    Nächster Halt: York
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  • Day16

    Back in London

    December 26, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    We made it back our into London at 5pm. We found our hotel with ease and settled into our very small room. This was a regular size London room which was about the same size as our bathroom in the last one. The Best Western really brought us back to reality.

    There were a few stores I wanted to go to before we left London so we headed off to Harrods...on Boxing Day. It was a bit crazy but not as crazy as I thought. We found the last Paddington Bear and to find mulled wine. I love mulled wine but there is something about mulled wine in London that gives me all the feels. Then it was off to find dinner. This was a bit tough as a lot of places were closed for Boxing Day. We finally found a place that was open and served fish and chips. Which were delightful.
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  • Day3

    Breakfast in London...

    August 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Die ersten "royalen Eindrücke" habe ich mir in London geholt - eine schöne, bunte, volle, laute, offene und stolze Stadt. Jetzt noch einen schönen Kaffee und auf geht es in den Südwesten nach Bournemouth.Read more

  • Day1

    A Night in the Cells!

    June 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Following last year’s marathon Trans Siberian / Japan railway journey, I thought I would follow up this year with a rail tour of Europe, before Brexit kicks in, with its threat of border controls, visas and queues for non Europeans. I have always longed to go Inter Railing, but it was for years seen as the province of the under 26s. Now there are Inter Rail passes for adults and even seniors. I opted for the 4 week pass covering (most of) Europe from the UK all the way to Turkey, and decided to splash out on a 1st Class pass. Well, if you can’t treat yourself when you retire, when can you?

    Although the Inter Rail pass covers you for unlimited travel in most countries, it only allows one outward and one inward journey in your home country. So, on Monday 4 June 2018, following a 10 minute trip on the Cathcart Circle from Shawlands to Glasgow Central, I boarded the 0940 Virgin Pendalino train to London Euston. Soon I was tucking into my Great British Breakfast and watching Scotland slip into England on a smooth journey. The train hostess patiently explained all the options available for breakfast, including eggs benedict or crushed avocado and bacon, when a wee Glasgow voice pipes up: ‘Can I jist hiv a roll and fried egg and tottie scone, hen?’

    Rather than squander my hard earned cash on an expensive London hotel, I opted for Clink 78 - a former Court House close to Kings Cross, where Punk band The Clash had stood trial and where Charles Dickens once worked. The old Court has been transformed into a lively hostel with quirky decor and real cells as accommodation.

    A pleasant walk round London and then off to the Southwark Playhouse to see a rarely performed musical - The Rink - written by Kander and Ebb, composers of CHICAGO and CABARET. Then back to me cell in time for curfew…
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  • Day7

    Day 6. Lazy London Day

    October 16, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    A lovely lay in, the first for my holidays!! Breakfast in the hotel and off I go. Took the tube (underground train) to the national gallery to see some amazing paintings! The off to my favourite shopping store "Primark" to finally get some clothes that are my hiking gear, hours later and lunch too, finally hands full of supplies I ventured to the rest of the shopping street, Oxford street, I've missed this place. Now a chilled night, dinner in bed a hot shower and some rest. Lots to do tomorrow.Read more

  • Day7

    Day 5. Off to London!

    October 16, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After an amazing time in Paris, it's time to say goodbye and head off to London. For something different I'm taking the train (Eurostar) wow it was cool, very fast and super comfy the train station is huge. But French and British immigration in the station so technically sitting in Brittan borders in France 🤔Read more

  • Day5

    London day 2

    August 21, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Some days things work out, others not so much. This morning was not so much. We had it all planned to go to The Natural History Museum today. We found it no problem, but we were too early ( big surprise I know) and it wasn't open. So we thought we'd hop on the tour bus to fill in the hour, turned out we picked the extra long tour bus and it was Monday morning so lots of traffic, we did see quite a bit of area we missed yesterday though. Eventually we decided to get off and go back on the underground, except the line we needed was down. Grrr so off we went to find a bus, again with the traffic. By the time we got back to the museum it was about 11 and the line to get in was three blocks long. No way were we doing that, the museum will have to wait for another day.

    Plan B was to visit Kew Gardens. Turned out to be a great idea. The day was a bit overcast so it was nice and cool for wandering around the gardens which are just beautiful and absolutely massive. So much to see around every corner! We had a lovely four hours out there, and although there were lots of people in the gardens it's so massive they just disappear!

    It was late by the time we left and thanks to some advice from the ladies on the counter of the gardens and the train we found a great little pub in Richmond for dinner!
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  • Day4


    August 20, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    2 seven hours flights later and we arrived in London on Sunday morning. The second one was streets ahead of the first, makes a difference having the exit seats. I'm a Qantas fan after this trip, we sat opposite a lovely air hostess who gave us some tips on where to get a good lunch, the easiest way to pay for the underground, and some sights to go see. Unfortunately she couldn't get us through immigration any quicker and we had to take our turn with a thousand of our fellow travellers. I'm so glad we don't have to see another airport now for seven weeks.

    We found the underground and our hotel without much trouble and got rid of the luggage. We don't really have too much when you see what some other people drag around, must make it hard for them, but I was glad to dump it.

    We took the underground back to Paddington where our friendly hostie had told us about a lovely local pub to have Sunday lunch at. The Duke of Kendal, It wasn't far from the station and the Sunday roast was just as good as she promised. Had a chat to the publicans Grandad who was a shoemaker and made all the ballet shoes for the Royal ballet. Plus a couple of pairs for Princess Diana.

    We were trying to figure out how to get to Big Ben and in the end hopped on the tour bus for a while, nice way to get around and see most of the sites and have a bit of a sit down at the same time. Eventually we got off at the Tower of London. Amazing place was so much history, went on a tour with one of the beefeaters, well worth it. Then a river cruise back down to Westminster just in time to hear Big Ben ring for five o'clock. He's being turned off for four years for maintenance so we were lucky to hear him today.

    Graham really wanted to see St Pauls so back on the hop on hop off bus to get there. They were just about to have evening service when we arrived and we stayed for that. It was lovely, never thought I would go to a service in St Pauls let along take communion.
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  • Day6

    London Day 3

    August 22, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    So today we were going to make sure we didn't miss the Natural History Museum so we were off early and were there about 9. Not another soul in sight. Graham went off to get some coffee and cake and I stayed to guard first place in the queue. Plenty of friends came to join me soon enough and we had a lovely chat to an English couple who were there with their granddaughter. She was about 4 and had been to the museum heaps of time. Their daughter had told them they had to get to the Whales and the Dinosaurs first. So as soon as the door opened The little one was off and even though grandma and grandpa Werner too sure she knew where she was going, she got us to the whale in record time!

    Wow what an amazing place, the displays are pretty spectacular, but the building itself is absolutely stunning and was really the highlight for us! After a couple of hours we were museumed out and the crowds were getting thicker so we headed off to Leicester Square to get some show tickets. There are so many shows on in London, how on earth do they all manage to sell all the tickets? Anyway we found some pretty reasonable ones for the Book of Morman.

    Went for a walk around to Trafalgar Square and then Piccadilly circus! Lots of street performers, some pretty clever ones! Plenty of crowds too by this time. Time to go rest up for the show!

    Book of Norman was hilarious, we loved it! The Prince of Wales theatre was quite a bit smaller than I expected but we had good seats and a great view of the stage. Plus they sell you everything from wine to ice creams at interval and let you take them back in.

    All the theatres in the West End must finish at the same time so it was a bit of a battle to get back home on the tube but we made it!
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  • Day7

    London Day 4

    August 23, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    This is our last day in London and I realised last night we hadn't seen Buckingham palace. So the plan is to head in early before normal tourists get out of bed, but we're are a bit over the crowds so giving the changing of the guards a miss. It is a massive place, was all I could do to get it all in the camera lense. Wonder what the queen thinks every morning when she looks out the window at all the tourist down here. Anyway she's in Scotland at the moment and no doubt is coping with a different set of tourists. So while the queen is away you can tour a couple of rooms of the palace. I thought that might have been fun until I saw the line for it. There is a queue for everything here and as you probably all know I'm not the best at waiting in line, so we gave that a miss too.

    Headed over to have another look at Westminster Abbey and the Silent Big Ben. He looks the same except for a bit more scaffolding holding him up! We hadn't been for a ride in a London Black cab yet, so we jumped in one to take us up to Borough Markets. Graham loves to talk to taxi drivers but this one wasn't having any of it. Didn't even bother to answer after he knew where we were going! Except of course when he wanted some money!

    Borough Market OMG what a lot of lovely food they have at that market! Lots of taste testing going on. A friend of mine told me once when her daughter lived in London with a friend anytime they were strapped for cash they would come to Borough Market for a free feed! So we did a Dani and had a bit of everything until we got to a whole pig complete with cracking and that was it, I had to have a plate of that!

    This pace is London is taking its toll and we had to come back for a rest before venturing out tonight to see The Girl from the North Country! We had a bit of time so we braved the line for The London Eye! You do get some great views but it's all a bit sterile!

    We walked up to Waterloo looking for somewhere to eat before the show, tried two pubs both packed and couldn't find us a table. We were just walking past this little chinese place and a man in the doorway told us it was the most popular chinese for miles. It was packed inside, but someone was just leaving so we got s table pretty quickly. Tiny little restaurant and bloody hell so noisy but the food was great. Never know what you might happen upon!

    It's been great to see all the sights of London and we've enjoyed it all, but we won't be sorry to hopefully leave the crowds behind for a while!
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