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  • Day13

    First full day in London

    September 11, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    It’s now Thursday morning, but it was too late to write up then. Having had a LONG sleep on Tuesday night, we felt ready to hit the town...but actually, I have to say that I did feel a bit fuzzy despite plenty of sleep. But we did quite a lot. After breakfast, which is included in our accommodation this time, we set off, walked through Hyde Park, saw there was a September 11 memorial, which was ignored even though it was today sept. 11. Nearby there was a butterfly biosphere...a tent with many species of butterflies in a very tropical tent, so we went in just for fun.

    Then we walked along, through Mayfair towards the British Museum where we spent a few hours looking at the fascinating things there. After we wandered the streets, such lovely buildings (mostly) and in passing picked up our tickets for Mamma Mia from the Novello theatre in Aldwych, (that is for Friday) and also for the concert tonight (Thursday) from St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square.

    After more wandering we actually took the underground to Knightsbridge - getting a little wearier by then - and walked to South Kensington, lots of eateries there...had a pre dinner drink at happy hour, then a pizza and salad before walking to the Royal Albert Hall for our Proms concert. Realised we were joining quite a crowd walking in the same direction...there is a real atmosphere at the prom concerts. Found our seats and enjoyed the whole spectacle. Virtually full house, with always people standing in the middle . We thought it was a concert of Bach orchestral suites - it was, but unbeknown to us there were other very short non-Bach 21st century works interspersed....(they can never have a concert there days without something new and “enlightening” it seems!)...however, this did not detract from the Bach...just lovely. It was an orchestra from Dunedin NZ (their equivalent ACO i imagine)...

    So we walked back after the concert, and decided to have our complimentary drink in the bar at the hotel (because we are such faithful silver Accor members!)...so it was almost midnight when we went to bed, and of course, having been fighting sleep during the soothing Bach at the concert, we found ourselves wide awake....

    So here we are, Thursday morning, slept in till almost 9, ready for a new day!
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  • Day14

    Another London Day

    September 12, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Tonight I’ll try writing up before going to sleep, while the day is still fresh in my mind.

    So we set off after a fairly late breakfast and took the tube to Hyde Park Corner. We can walk all this (yesterday Amr’s watch said we walked 22 kms!) but decided to save it for the later walking. So we had a very pleasant walk round St James Park, Green Park, past Buckingham Palace, looking at all the sights. Ended up in Trafalgar Square and thought we’d have a session in the National Gallery.

    This turned out to be a superb choice. For the beginning of the day I had felt annoyingly fuzzy still, but wandering through the gallery looking at the fabulous art was very soothing, and we both got a new lease of life. We efficiently worked our way through almost everything, and found it was 5.30! Without even the tired hips from museum walking! So it was perfect timing to go to nearby Leicester Square for a meal, and then back to St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square for our Bach concert.

    This was divine. I don’t think I’d ever been inside the church itself. Lovely for a concert, good acoustics. It was the London Concertante who were playing, and they played 4 Bach violin (one actually violin and oboe) concertos, and they too put in a few short non Bach “interlopers”, but they were also lovely - Telemann, Corelli, Piazzola. So a lovely day altogether, and here’s hoping we will fall asleep correctly today! (I think Amr already is!). Will include a photo of the new line in London buses - they have gone sleek and curvy!!
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  • Day15

    Friday in London

    September 13, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Must quickly report Friday before we go off to breakfast - now Saturday morning. It was a great day....we first had a walk around - along Piccadilly, Burlington Arcade, had a pot of tea in Fortnum’s, and ended up in Leicester square to see Downton Abbey the movie. So good!! A feel good movie that anyone who enjoyed the series would love. A continuation of events in the lives of all the people, and gorgeous visually of course. So that was lots of fun, and relaxing, and at 6 o’clock we met Omnia, who is now back in the UK, and going to spend the weekend with us here before we go back to Liverpool with her on Monday.

    So we found an amazing Basque restaurant right near the Novello theatre where we went to Mamma Mia. We had been going to have Italian yet again, but Amr spotted this place and it was absolutely fabulous!! Really special, and not madly expensive, but divine food, and really artistically presented. The only photos of this day will be food!! After that great meal we went round the corner to Mamma Mia....such fun. Full theatre of ABBA fans, and great show, energetic and happy...so altogether a feel good, happy day. Must get ready to go to breakfast!
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  • Day12

    1-8 Corfe Castle

    August 1, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Tsja. Het begon best mooi over een rustig weggetje the New Forest uit. Ik kwam uit in Christchurch. Raar, en mooi!
    Daarna had ik me verheugd op een lang stuk autovrij langs de kust. Was inderdaad autovrij........ En je mag er niet fietsen in juli en augustus. Ik dacht dat het een paar meter zou zijn, maar nee hoor: 12 km (ik dacht eigenlijk nóg langer). Dus ik probeerde paralel: knetterdruk. Ik heb dus het meeste toch maar gefietst (voorzichtig). Wat een hufters.
    Daarna klein stukje naar de pont..... die uit de vaart is, stuk. Geef je natuurlijk pas aan vlak voor de pont, niet op de splitsing van fietsroutes. Het was ook maar 27 mijl om. Ik probeer nog een overtocht te regelen, lukt niet. Is de route om de baai toch onverwacht leuk zeg! En omdat ik gewoon mag fietsen op mijn fietspad, schiet het nog op ook! Lunch in een regional park. Ben ik daarna zomaar in de buurt van de Jurasic Coast! Heb ik daar vanochtend per ongeluk een foto van genomen denk ik. Laatste stuk wel weer een drukke weg, maar die laatste 8 km deed ik zelf, daar had ik nog omheen gekund.
    De camping is leuk. Er schijnen heel veel vogels te zitten. Mijn plekje is wel een beetje erg scheef en helaas geen wifi. Ik blijf toch. Ga morgen naar de kust en misschien naar het kasteel.
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  • Day8

    Im Hafen von Tilbury

    December 11, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Wir konnten den Hafen von Antwerpen auf Grund zu starkem Seegangs nicht verlassen. Wir sind erst heute morgen um 4 Uhr losfahren und erst heute Mittag um16 Uhr in Tilbury angekomme. Die neuen Passagiere sind daher auch jetzt erst später an Bord gekommen. Der safety Drill findet um 22 Uhr statt und danach fahren wir erst Richtung Amsterdam los.
    Heute habe ich dafür dann frei 😊. Morgen früh heißt es erstmal arbeiten und dann Amsterdam besuchen.

    Meine Mitbewohnerin und ich haben keine Lust auf Putzen und die Uniform zur Reinigung zu bringen. Daher Haben wir seit gestern einen cabincleaner. Er kommt 2 die Woche und kümmert sich um alles 😅. Pro Person nimmt er nur 30 Euro im Monat. Wofür sollen wir uns den Stress machen
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  • Day16

    En el London Eye

    February 23, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Despues de almorzar Fish and Chips nos subimos al London Eye. La cola era enorme pero avanzaba bastante rapido. Teniamos entrada 14.30 y mas o menos a esa hora subimos.

    La vuelta al mundo es enorme, y tarda 30 min en traerte abajo nuevamente. Desde arriba se veia toda la ciudad, y el cielo despejado ayudaba a que las vistas sean mas lindas.

    La sensacion de estar en esa capsula a 150 mt de altura es increible!! Nos encanto a los 4, y los 30 min se nos pasaron volando. De tan lindo todo no nos importo mucho que el Big Ben estuviera abajo de los andamios.
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  • Day15

    Tarde de sol en Londres

    February 22, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    El viernes a la tardecita caminamos bastante, aprovechando el dia de sol. Recorrimos Buckingham, el parque de St.James y Westminster hasta llegar al rio.

    Quisimos fotografiar el Big Ben, pero lo estan restaurando y esta tapado por andamios.

    Para volver nos tomamos un barco que nos trajo desde el London Eye hasta la puerta del hotel. Y aprovechamos el paseo para sacar fotos de las vistas que teniamos desde el rio.
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  • Day16

    3er dia consecutivo de sol en Londres

    February 23, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌫 7 °C

    El sabado fuimos a recorrer la ciudad con un walking tour. Nos sorprendio el clima sin una sola nube y con 17 grados al mediodia. En Febrero!

    Recorrimos Covent Garden (que nos encanto), el palacio de Buckingham, el parque de St.James y terminamos caminando por Westminster.

    Hermoso dia para caminar por el parque. Medio Londres estaba de paseo aprovechando el sol.
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  • Day4

    St Martin in the Fields

    March 5, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Nach dem Ausflug eher an den Rand von London, sind wir zum Trafalgar Square gefahren, wo wir dann in der Kirche St Martin in the Fields in einem freien Konzert waren. Das war sehr interessant. Etwas anstrengend, aber auch spannend.
    Eine kleine Mittagspause später haben wir von einem der vier Pastoren eine Führung durch seine Kirche bekommen, wo wir dann auch zusammen gesungen haben. Vier stimmig und mit super Akustik. Interessante Geschichten hatte der Pastor zu erzählen. Die Gemeinde bezieht nämlich den Buckingham Palast mit ein - also ist die Queen ein Gemeindemitglied.
    Ein lieber Mensch, der sich mit anderen sehr für Obdachlose einsetzt. Sehr beeindruckend.
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  • Day7

    Tee Pause

    March 8, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Für die letzte Stunde saßen Giulia und ich in einer Café Kette am Trafalgar Square. Wir haben Tee getrunken, geredet und ich hab die ersten Footprints für heute geschrieben. Nur noch das von dem Abendprogramm kommt noch, aber es war ja auch echt schon nicht wenig!
    Ich liebe London, vielleicht hab ich das langsam oft genug gesagt, aber man weiß ja nie! Ich liebe London!
    Das Internet reicht nicht um die Footprints jetzt hochzuladen, aber geschrieben hab ich sie jetzt ja schon mal!
    Bis nachher!
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