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    • ‘Cause we Can Can Can ☀️🍷🏨💃🏼

      June 23, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Slept in this morning and went across the road to Starbucks for a leisurely breakfast. We packed our bags and rolled across to Maidavale Marriot Hotel for a ‘Staycation’ treat 🍾

      We purchased the package where we get free drinks 🍹 & nibbles from 530 to 830 and complimentary coffees & non alcoholic throughout the day. We have full access to the gym, pool and saunas which I spent a couple of hours making use of this afternoon. (Not the gym 🤫).

      It has been so relaxing 😎 just to chill out and enjoy the luxurious atmosphere. I’d say we both deserve it after all the planning, activities & sightseeing.

      The only downside is that we are surrounded by foghorn American 🇺🇸 folk 🫤👎🏻

      Everything else is lovely 🥰

      6.30pm UPDATE! We are at the complimentary nibbles guess what? It’s hideous! I cannot tell a lie:

      Bags of crisps
      Green salad
      Chicken 🐔 nuggets (dry)
      Samosas (dry)
      Black Forest cake

      The yanks are loving 🥰 it and DEMANDING more! We are drinking as much wine 🍷 as is humanly possible to block it (and them) out!
      🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️
      🤨🤨🤨
      🤣🤣🤣
      🤮🤮🤮
      One of the cranky yankies demanded lemon cake because “…I can’t eat chocolate 🍫 cake 🍰…”
      Fucking wanker! 👎🏻

      So. Richard & I looked at each other and said: let’s get outta here and go see a musical 🎵 🎭

      Within 10 minutes we had purchased great seats for MOULIN ROUGE, ran for the tube 🚇 and was at the Piccadilly Theatre 🎭 in the heart ❤️ of London in 15 minutes!

      …Because we CAN, CAN, CAN!

      💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
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    • Day 4

      Day 3 - May 21

      May 21 in England ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Today was a typical English day. We started the day with a Full English breakfast (actually we had a half) at a family run cafe. Feeling full of energy and ready to tackle a day of exploring, we set off for a day of visiting museums. We began with a lovely walk through Hyde Park with stops at Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens. A particularly moving moment when we wandered the Sunken Garden that Princess Diana used to enjoy, and saw the monument that her sons commissioned in her honour for what would have been her 60th birthday. From there we encountered some swans and ducks in the pond, and a particularly mischievous swan who tried to steal from my backpack. We enjoyed and learned so much during our tour at the Royal Albert Hall, an ncredible feat of engineering and fascinating historical stories were a few of the highlights. We then continued to the Museum of Natural History and the Victoria and Albert Museum, both of these were interesting but didn't hold the same appeal for me. Mother Nature did her part to ensure we experienced a true British day with a downpour to walk back to our hotel. Dinner at the local pub concluded a quintessential British day.Read more

    • Day 1

      Tag 1

      May 1 in England ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Wir starten mit Tesi in den Tag mit einem Full English Breakfast, danach gehen wir im Olympiapark spazieren. Danach machen wir uns auf den Weg in die Innenstadt, schlendern zu den unterschiedlichen Touristen Hotspots, sind sogar bei einem Pferde-Garde-Austausch dabei, essen Zmittag am Borough Market lecker und teuer Streetfood und lassen unseren Tag mit Fish and Chips ausklingen.Read more

    • Day 6

      London

      May 3 in England ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.” – Elizabeth Drew
      We arrived at 5:30am (thanks flight scheduling) into a grey foggy Heathrow. After a flurry of WhatsApp calls we found our driver for the trip to Highgate. She was Eastern European and did the driving jobs to support her studies. Nice electric SUV.
      Warm welcome by Sue and Blaise. Ursula acclimatised by socialising and a couple of local walks. Tony, for the first time ever feeling poorly after the flight, rested for several hours. Sue: “You looked grey faced with blue blotches”.
      Thursday 2 May. On our first full day in London we completed our Regents Canal walk. The canal runs from Little Venice to Limehouse Basin on the Thames River. We have done 2 previous sections on other trips. Remaining is Islington to Limehouse, right near the apartment in which we used to live.
      There was a little interesting back-tracking and bus travel before we finally found the towpath. Then it was a lovely long walk featuring the canal, locks, a stop for a really nicely made flat white coffee, varied and new housing, lots of narrow boats, long stretches of lovely parks, lots of cyclists and joggers. Walked past our former apartment at Limehouse to Canary Wharf for lunch. Then back home via DLR and bus. We much prefer the slower and cheaper bus over the tube. MUCH more scenic, especially from the big front windows up the top.
      Dinner out with Blaise and Sue at 500 Restaurant. Sounds much classier in Italian – Cinquecento. It is named after the famous Fiat 500. Had a delicious meal there last time we were in London (2017). The restaurant is Sardinian. Caught the bus there and back. Too much to eat. Too much to drink. Perfect. Food still as good.
      Friday 3 May. Grey miserable looking day. After the usual healthy and stimulating breakfast we set off to the Science Museum. (Stimulating because Blaise introduced us to Worldle, another brain game to add to our Waffle and Wordle morning warmups.) For the museum you have to pre-book online because of the large number of tourists. Went by tube this morning and realised why we prefer the bus.
      At South Kensington there is a long tunnel leading to the museum precincts. Full of tourists but protected from the steady but light rain.
      Fascinating few hours here. 3 floors of exhibits. We looked at Science City (1550-1800), Mathematics, Information Age, Flight, and the Energy Revolution. Could have stayed all day.
      Lunch at a café in South Kensington. Whole area was heaving with people. In the evening Sue had invited daughter Jo and Andrew for dinner. Lovely food and very interesting conversation. Late finish.
      On Saturday, 4th May we bussed to Westminster. Walked across the Thames at Lambeth Bridge and along the South Bank walk. The VERY LONG national Covid Memorial Wall lines much of the walk. About 239,000 children and young adults died, and there is a small red heart painted for each one. We were stopped by the seething wall of humanity caused by Westminster itself and The Eye. The uniformed man Tony spoke to said £45 for a ticket ($85.41 Aus). The web says £30 if you book in advance. Further away from the river the crowds die out and we found Archbishop’s Park. Green, peaceful with people playing tennis, hockey and football.
      We are meeting Patrick and Margaret (whom we met on a cycling holiday in France in 1994!) for lunch at the Garden Café in the Garden Museum. Green peaceful setting like the park. Lovely food. Nice to catch up with old friends. Afterwards we had a good look around the museum. Margaret and Tony climbed the 131 steps to the top of the tower. Spectacular views, somewhat cheaper than The Eye.
      Tomorrow, Northern Ireland.
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    • Day 11

      London!

      May 20 in England ⋅ ☀️ 52 °F

      We made it to the Capital City! Soon after checking into our hotel at Charing Cross, we changed our shoes and started walking. We walked along the Thames to Tower Bridge, we walked back to Charing Cross, we took a break and rubbed our feet, then we walked to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Palace of Westminster before kicking off our shoes and calling it a night. Tomorrow, I think we'll ride the "Hop on Hop off" bus just to save our soles!Read more

    • Day 11

      London - Day 2

      May 20 in England ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      The unthinkable occurred today - David agreed to a BUS TOUR! And, he liked it! We booked a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour of London today and we BOTH enjoyed the views and the history that came along. We 'Hopped-off' at Buckingham Palace and walked through Hyde Park before we 'Hopped-on'. Our soles were saved today :)Read more

    • Queens (…VERY GAY) pageant 🌈

      June 5, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      I could’ve sworn, if no one had told me otherwise, that I was at the gay Mardi Gras! I have never seen so many sparkle and glitter and sequins, feathers and baubles! 🌈🌈🌈 Even an ABBA float blasting out “Dancing Queen”!

      The atmosphere around Trafalgar Square, where I finally found somewhere to stand with a decent view was absolutely electric ⚡️ The crowd went wild for each of the buses which represented a decade in our Queens fantastical reign! Yes, I would have seen more on TV but to be part of the crowd waving my union Jack 🇬🇧 was like something you would only dream about!

      It is hard to describe how it feels to be in London and attend every single event and be part of the crowd worshipping our Queen 👑It was magical and I will never forget it for the rest of my life! There are no words, sometimes, for experiences…

      I am so thankful that I didn’t have any phone to distract me when I was out amongst the crowd either… It made it even more special to actually live right there, in that moment! I swore that I would get here for this if I could and I can’t believe that I made it happen! It is more than I can ever really imagine! I am going to re-live every moment on the telecasts when I get back home and will pinch myself remembering that I was actually there!

      One funny moment today… There were obviously a lot of short people in the crowd who couldn’t see anything so they held their phone up high above their head… One husband said to his wife, what the fuck! You’re gonna look back at that in 70 years time and say why did I take that picture? You just took a picture of the street sweeper sweeping up horse 🐎 shit! Fuck I laughed! Later, she got me to check what she was taking a picture of! I told her, it’s okay this time it was one of the buses! Ha ha 😜😜😜

      Something else to note… Every single minority, race, colour, and socio-economic group have nothing but praise, honour, care, excitement and true love, honest reflection and pride in Queen Elizabeth… I cannot even think of anyone who commands such respect from every single group…

      Every single television station, every single newspaper, every radio station and every pub, shop, window and balcony had messages of goodwill for the platinum jubilee. It is hard to explain and I can truly say you had to be here… And I was ❤️❤️❤️
      If Ed Sheeran tribute doesn’t bring a tear to your eye then you probably should check if you’re human! LOL 🇬🇧❤️👑🥰😘

      And then! To top it all off! The Queen made a triumphant appearance on the balcony to the absolute and undisputed love of every single person there for her! ❤️❤️❤️ Truly a historic moment ✊🏻✊🏻✊🏻

      Simply:
      A dream 💭 come true!
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    • Day 3

      London

      February 2 in England ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Second day in London did start with me doing my assignment which we didn't capture in photos (is on a tiktok later), but luckily I finished and we got to walk around. We went to St Dunstan in the East Church Garden which was a cool decrepit church. Next we went to a random church we found that had a cafe and a dog inside who is our new best friend. We visited St Paul's but we were too late for the tours. We went to Postman Park just for the Pat joke and some really sad plaques of heros. And finished with a Harry Potter store which Emily spend too much money in!Read more

    • Day 84

      Talk tomorrow

      November 26, 2023 in England ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

      Today started as the most quiet day that we've had in quite a while. We went out to get breakfast using the amazing app that lets us buy food about to be tossed by cafes. After that we spent the rest of the morning cleaning the flat in preparation for leaving tomorrow.

      Once the cleaning was complete, we went for a walk to go see King's Cross station and to get our daily exercise.

      Once we got back home we rested for a while before going to pick up none other than Andrew from the train station! Then it was time for our favourite: Sunday Roast.

      After the roast we hit up lots of bars and spent the rest of the night emptying our wallets, this was posted before we got home - so hopefully we are as enthusiastic tomorrow as we are right now 😅

      Step counts: 18.6k
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    • Day 80

      Nothin' like a nice cuppa tea

      November 22, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      This morning we woke up feeling spoilt since we were able to sleep through the night without using earplugs and praying! We got up in our own time and made ourselves a hot drink and had some biscuits, a good start to English cuisine!

      We then started wandering towards our main activity for the day. While doing so we stumbled across many famous London landmarks, first was Picadilly square and the national gallery. Then we found ourselves walking down The Mall, past the Royal Society and out the front of some place called Buckingham Palace. Not sure what goes on there, but they have a bunch of people with pipe cleaner hats.

      After a while we made our way to the Victoria coach station to board a high tea bus! This classic London double decker was to tour us around the city while we sat and enjoyed a high tea. It was excellent. We saw many more places, too many to mention. We were also lucky enough to be up on the top floor. And with only the two of us for a booth for four!

      Eventually the bus trip came to an end, we rose to the challenge and polished off all of the sweets and sandwiches with a few cups of tea to help. We waddled out of the bus and towards our next destination, Winter Wonderland a Christmas market in Hyde Park.

      This market was the biggest we've seen by far (not that there have been many other ones to compare to...) It had dozens of food stalls, as well as rides and random junk for people to buy.

      We slid down an icy hill in an inflatable tyre and then went in a refrigerated tent that contained heaps of carved ice sculptures in the style of Norse mythology, they were amazing!

      Later on we went into an ice bar that was -10°C, fortunately that was also in a refrigerated tent and the outside temperature was much warmer than that.

      Bec also managed to find herself a food item which she had been praying to find while in the UK: A slice of roast beef with gravy and veggies wrapped in a flat Yorkshire pudding... It was delicious and just goes to show how far science has come.

      After we had exhausted ourselves (and our wallets) we wandered back to our apartment for the night.

      Step count: 28.2k
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