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    • 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

    • 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 29

      Frameless and The Gunpowder Plot

      May 26 in England ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Today we went to an immersive art experience. It had all the classic art works, like The Scream, Starry Night, and The Persistence Of Memory. There were four rooms, which all had a different theme. One had artworks about the world around us, while another was abstract. My favourite room was interactive and was called Colour in Motion. There were screens on the ground and walls, which showed paintings. But every now and then, the artworks turned into dots, which went on to the floor, and when you walked, the dots parted.
      We then went back to the hotel room, and Mama and Papa had a sleep.
      We went back outside, and went to the underground, which we took to Tower Hill. When we got there we went and did a Interactive escape room like experience about the Gunpowder Plot. "Remember, Remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and a plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot". The Gunpowder Plot was an attempt to blow up parliament and King James the 1st in 1605 by the Catholics to bring an end to the Church of England . With the help of VR, we escaped from the Tower of London in a zipline with a chair. We then saved a Priest and helped with the plot. We met Guy Fawkes, who was the person who was found about to light the fuse. He was played by Tom Felton, who is the same person who plays Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter. My parents say it was him but he was only in the VR bit where we were taking the gunpowder to parliament by boat, and again when we went through time and saw the different ways the Brits celebrate The 5th of November, but I don't believe them. It was kind of scary, but also a lot of fun.
      Tomorrow we go to the Tower of London,
      See you then,

      Lucca
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    • 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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    • Day 83

      A walk through history

      November 25, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

      Today we headed to The British Museum to see all the artefacts that the British stole. Objects that we should have been able to see in our previous countries - Greece in particular.

      It felt like the museum was originally a casino, there were no windows or clocks and that's how we happened to have spent 4.5 hours inside. Definitely nothing to do with Phill's reading speed...

      We saw all the things we wanted, including the Rosetta stone, the missing statue from the Erechtheion, with a special mention of Egyptian mummies.

      After the museum we were both brain dead and starving, so we headed homebound with a detour at Tesco to buy lunch/dinner which we enjoyed before heading out for a late night shop and planning our next week.

      Step count: 12.3k
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    • Day 14

      James Smith & Sons Umbrellas

      August 19, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      It was founded by James Smith as a single shop in Foubert's Place in 1830. Further branches were established in Savile Row and New Burlington Street and the main premises is now in New Oxford Street. The shop-fittings there were constructed around 1865 and the shop still has a traditional Victorian character.Read more

    • Day 5

      Sightseeing in London

      August 29, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Nach 4 Fahrtagen ist heute ein Tag Pause geplant. Diesen Pausentag möchten wir für ein bisschen Sightseeing in London selbst nutzen.

      Die Entscheidung erst gaaanz in Ruhe zu Frühstücken und damit den Berufspendlern in der Bahn aus dem Weg zu gehen, ist genau die richtige Entscheidung.
      Von Wembley Park aus fahren wir mit der Jubilee Line bis zur London Bridge und gehen die letzten Meter zur Tower Bridge, die wirklich ein Hingucker ist. Dann schlendern wir am Wasser entlang zur Millennium Bridge. Ich finde sie ganz cool, aber meine Mitreisenden sind nur so semi-begeistert.
      Also fahren wir mit der Bahn zum St. James Park und lassen uns einen Mittagssnack im Café des Parks schmecken.
      Beim Buckingham Palace schauen wir natürlich auch vorbei und gehen dann nach einer kurzen Bahnfahrt vom Oxford Circle aus die Regent Street zum Picadilly Circus runter.
      Auf der Einkaufsmeile stocke ich meinen Teevorrat für Daheim wieder auf (Tee kann man einfach nicht genug haben 😄) und beenden dann den Tag ein einem kleinen urigen Pub etwas abseits des Londoner Trubels.

      In Wembley zurück entscheiden wir uns nach einigen Überlegungen in das Restaurant „wagamama“ zu gehen und sind positiv überrascht. Das Essen ist wirklich lecker (asiatische Küche).

      Jetzt freue ich mich aber auch schon auf den morgigen Fahrtag 😃
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    • Day 4

      London Town

      July 31, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      First day out in the big smoke. The tube was hot, the legs are sore…loved it. Started with a walk around the standard spots: Southbank, Parliament, Downing St, Trafalgar, Piccadilly, Horse Guards, The Mall, Westminster. Explored the Natural History Museum though with some rain and with school holidays it got very busy. The Pliosaur, and the minerals a highlight for me (H). We had our first British pint in South Ken; a Brixton Lager and one “Level Head Session IPA” an ode to St Edmund beheaded by Vikings in 869 (and miraculously re-joined to his body hence the sainthood); appreciated the design for both flavour and the pint glass. Lunch was a cash only buffet in Chinatown, a rushed choice after getting a little too hangry (H again)…we attempted to use old £ notes Mum and Dad gave us from their last trip, but was not accepted hehe. A trip to the bank will be next. Thank goodness for Issy and Livvy who navigated, had extra cash and generally were lovely tour guides!Read more

    • Day 2

      Day 2: Hit the Ground Running

      September 13, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      After a long, long, long, trip we touched down at Heathrow Airport at 6.10am....a full day ahead of us before we could sleep. Luckily our Air BnB host let us know we could have an early check-in, so we arrived at our 1st home at 9am, a gorgeous old 17th Century manor type house which use to belong to Wilkie Collins - author of The Woman in White - and a good friend of Charles Dickens. 4 quick showers later, we set out to explore Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, as they were just around the corner - I am sad to report that both could have benefited from a few hours of me and my mower! We found Harrods and went in for a look...and came out again very quickly with a delicious, but expensive bread stick. We jumped on the Hop on/Hop off bus to do a 3 hr lap of the tourist sites, but hopped off at the 2nd stop to have a pint (or 2) of beer - and Matt made a friend! Hopped back on the bus, but hopped back off to find a loo (due to the beer). We found a loo - in a pub - and had another pint, before Matt and I hopped back on to finish the circuit. After successfully working out the Tube system, we arrived home and hopped into bed - a full 48hrs after we woke in Mount Rankin to begin our trip.Read more

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