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  • Day1

    A Night in the Cells!

    June 4 in the United Kingdom

    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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  • Day3

    Breakfast in London...

    August 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    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.

  • Day5

    London day 2

    August 21, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    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

    London

    August 20, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    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

    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

    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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