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  • Day14

    London day 3

    September 15 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Another full day in London - breakfast then train and tube into Camden Town for the markets (yes I know - we go to a lot of markets 🙄). These really are huge with well over 1,000 outlets and shops. Heaps and heaps of bag shops and Anne likes to visit each one (you’ll often find me loitering outside). Had lunch on the “Italian food alley” didn’t get what I ordered and got charged almost twice the price - I think that was supposed to be part of the Italian experience 🤨.

    There’s a canal that runs through the middle that works on a lock system (with manual wooden gates) and it was fascinating to watch a boat come through dropping about 3 meters.

    Next, my highlight of the trip so far - a trip to the Beatles Abbey Road studios and I got to walk over the pedestrian crossing made famous on the cover of the Abbey Road album😃. It was Sunday afternoon but there was still a heap of people all disrupting traffic doing the same thing (I was much more considerate of traffic - but I’d hate to live and drive around there).

    Got back about 4.30pm needed and had a rest.

    Ohh and we saw Simon Pegg the movie ⭐️.
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  • Day10

    Drive to Calais

    September 11 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Up reasonably early (breakfast in the apartment) and packed the car ready to head-off. But first we had to walk down- town so Anne could have her morning-starter Café Crème to kick the day off. The drive was just under 200 kms and staying off major roads took about 3 hours with a brief stop for some French pastry. At one stage we passed a very Ditch looking windmill looking thing and I thought Anne’s navigation had brought us to Holland!!!! One of the small villages we passed through had a road closure and a detour sign pointing to the left. This would have been fine if there were further signs getting us back on the road but there wasn’t ☹️. We ended up doing a couple of 3 point-turns in dead-end streets and then going down an increasingly narrowing country lane getting caught behind a 🚜. We stopped to get out to have a look at what was being farmed, which was something we don’t see in Australia very often (if at all), - sugar beets. I actually had to pull one of the ground to see what it was, then a vehicle came up behind us so I threw it in the paddock and 🚶‍♀️back to the car pretending “nothing going on here”. Eventually we made it back to the road. It was overcast,with occasional rain most of the way, but the trip was ok. When we got to the hotel we were staying overnight there was a father and son from Austria with an old MG the dad had done up. They were off to the UK Goodwood for an MG rally that would end up in Spain. We had a chat with them (they were pretty excited), the young fella was drinking an Austrian 🍺. I’m not sure how many he’d had, but it was more than one🤭. They asked if I wanted to try one of the beers but I politely declined 🤔. The hotel was cheap - it was clean but we got what we paid for (a very very basic room, not even a kettle for tea/coffee☹️). Drove into town for dinner (Anne had fish and chips and I had the best toasted ham and cheese panini - most of the cheese was on top!!!). My attempt to order in French failed miserably, the waiter said he thought I was speaking Spanish 🤨). A quick reconnaissance of the car terminal then back to the room. Looking forward to the car ferry trip tomorrow (hopefully no hassles at the border - when you tell immigration that you don’t have a ticket back to Australia, they ask a few more questions 🙄) and then driving on the left (even if driving from the passenger side). With any luck London tomorrow.Read more

  • Day11

    Calais to London

    September 12 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Up reasonably early, breakfast then off to the Ferry terminal to board a P&O car ferry. Boarding was easier than I thought - through French border control for a an outbound passport stamp, collect a boarding card, then through UK immigration and a very quick check of the car that took about 30 seconds (open the boot, make sure no stowaways in the spare- tire compartment) and that was it. Got lost on the drive to the boarding area (cars line up in lanes ready to drive in). It’s a big dock and easy to get lost especially if you don’t follow the arrows, we had a couple of cars behind (us as we went around in a big circle). Finally we found the marshalling area. I went for a walk and when I came back to the car I had a walk around to see if there were any scuff marks and tapped on the passenger window to talk to Anne. When the window wound down a strangers face was looking at me - I was at the wrong car!!!. I could hear the lady laughing at me as I walked away. Funny thing was that she then went for a walk, and when she got back she went to get into our car 😛 - I got to laugh at her 😁. The Ferry is huge (9 levels I think) with cafes, duty free shops, bars and pokies (for a minute I thought I was back in a Qld RSL) - all for a 90 minute crossing. The white cliffs of Dover are quite a sight just before docking. It was good to be back driving on the left side of the road (if slightly awkward sitting on the left side of the car). We made it to our (again little) apartment (we’re actually on the outskirts of London in East Croydon, but it’s only a 15 minute train ride into the CBD). Tomorrow (hopefully a lucky Friday the 13th) we’ll organise oyster travel cards and head into the city....Read more

  • Day13

    London - a lazy day

    September 14 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Nice slow day with a bit of exploring of Croydon. The centre has a huge pedestrian mall which was used as a market - plenty of fruit/vegetables, fish, cooked food and clothes. Basically everything was £1. My shoes have all but given up, but still couldn’t bring myself to replace the old faithful pair, even for one pound. Lunch then back to the apartment. Walked back later to one of about 6 barbers, all within a 5 minute walk, and got basically a head-shave (Anne doesn’t think it’s a good look).

    Barbers are normally pretty chatty; but nobody wants to talk about Brexit!!! It is all over the news, but no-one has any idea of what is going to happen. Luckily (I think) we’ll be back in Europe by October 31.

    I thought once we got to England we could stop having to pay to use a public toilet. No such luck and the conversion rate in London is shocking - 30 P converts to one pee and no change given !!!!!
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  • Day75

    London

    July 29 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Buckingham palace is a place we have not been too for many years so a refresher was required. Walked the Mall afterwards. Has the Mall got longer somehow? We then took a Thames boat cruise to see the city from a different perspective.

  • Day74

    Purley London UK

    July 28 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today we attended Oak Hall Church near Purley where we are staying. This church has just moved into a new multi purpose building which also has three apartments on the top story for it's staff. In the afternoon we walked around the paddocks near Andrew and Jenny's house, enjoyed the summer flowers and found or all about the "chalk downs" which this part of England is famous for. We also walked on the old Roman road which was the main road London to Brighton. Andrew and Jenny's house is right on the paddocks where this ancient road is located.Read more

  • Day30

    Disc Golf European Style

    April 18, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

    First time to play a DG Course in Europe! Hit up Llyod Park just outside London proper. Rough was a little knarly with thorns and stickers on a few holes but other than that all good! Also a first time to take a train to go disc golfing!

You might also know this place by the following names:

Croydon, London Borough of Croydon, CRY, Croydon kerület

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