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  • Day9

    Zum Hotel im Regen

    March 10, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 4 °C

    Beim Trafalgar Square haben wir eine kurze Einkauf Pause gemacht und uns Abendessen besorgt. Da hab ich mich in einem Spiegel gesehen und hatte den Aussetzer, dass ich Giulia aufgefordert habe auch in den Spiegel zu gucken um mich zu sehen...
    Mit Essen bewaffnet sind wir den Rest unserer nun schon bekannten Strecke gegangen.
    Richtig geregnet hat es dann ab der Regent Street auch gar nicht mehr!
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  • Day853

    London family weekend

    December 1, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    I have just spend a weekend in London to bake cookies, go to the musical the phantom of the Opera and see winter wonderland at Hyde Park. It was great to see may family again and spend some time with them! Christmas is coming!Read more

  • Day11

    London, United Kingdom

    September 13, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    From Ireland we flew to London where we spent three nights. It was nice relaxing and not doing any of the tourist things in the city which we've done previously. This time we focused our trip around visiting several friends we have living there which was a lot of fun! We went out to local pubs and restaurants and even got to catch a football match. We had great seats a few rows behind the goal in Fulham's supporter section. They were losing 0-1 most of the match until they tied it in the final minutes of stoppage time. Great game and great atmosphere in a 100+ year old stadium.Read more

  • Day64

    Cultural London

    October 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    ... wir waren in zwei Kunstgalerien - das wird den Titel jawohl rechtfertigen können!
    Anders als bei meiner letzten Fahrt nach London (am Mittwoch...), stand ich dieses Mal auf der Hinfahrt. Der Zug ist echt schnell, also hat mir das nichts ausgemacht. Unsere erste Station in London war die 'Royal Academy of Art', das schicke Gebäude, was man auf dem ersten Bild sehen kann. Wir haben eine Ausstellung von Jasper Johns' Werken besucht. Ich hab wahrscheinlich zu gut wie kein Werk verstanden, aber ich konnte auf jeden Fall die Farben genießen und das Können bewundern.
    Nach einem kleinen Mittagessen waren wir dann in der National Portrait Gallery und haben uns vor allem die Tudor Gemälde angeguckt. Ich hatte echt Glück, weil ich in Mike einen genialen Tourguide hatte, der umsonst war und wirklich alles wusste! Leider war die 'Luther-Ausstellung' ziemlich enttäuschend: zwei Bilder, eine Texttafel und ein Zeitstrahl, der nach den Thesen Luthers Namen nicht wieder aufgreift... Dafür war die britische Geschichte, die Mike mir erklärt hat interessant.
    Zugegebenermaßen hört hier der kulturelle Teil auch schon wieder auf. Nach einem Mocktail (also ohne Alkohol), haben wir den Covent Garden besucht und sind einfach durch ein paar Stadtteile, Läden und Straßen gelaufen. In dem Prozess hab ich auch das Theater von 'The Cursed Child' gesehen, der Himmel war so schön, dass ich das nicht nicht hier mit aufführen konnte.
    Als quasi letzte Station waren wir dann bei Selfridges. Da sind wir mit dem Bus hingefahren, was bedeutet, dass ich heute das erste Mal in einem echten Londoner Bus gefahren bin! Aufregend! Der Himmel war echt beeindruckend auf dem Weg dahin. Ähnlich beeindruckend, aber deutlich abstoßender war dann die Weihnachts (!) Deko in dem großen Laden. Auf der Dachterrasse, aber drinnen, haben wir dann Pizza gegessen. Vicki hat angemerkt, dass ich zu müde bin um vernünftig meine Pizza zu schneiden. Das erwähne ich nur, weil es dann mehr Sinn ergibt, dass ich die ganze Zugstrecke zurück geschlafen habe, bis ich von Vicki kurz vor unserem Stop geweckt wurde. Danach bin ich nur zum Auto getorkelt, aus dem Auto in mein Zimmer getorkelt und habe diesen unglaublich spannenden Post geschrieben, bevor ich jetzt gleich schlafen werde. Ich bin echt kaputt. Also gute Nacht! (Sorry für alles, was ich geschrieben habe!)
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  • Mar17


    March 17, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    London is, as everybody told me, just a really pretty big city. Like New York, it has architecture both old and new, many museums, and many cool new neighborhoods comparable to several in Brooklyn. My roommate from college was my host here, and she lives in Hammersmith on the west side in a flat with her boyfriend and two other couples. They'd been in this living situation for three years, and although it's a wonderful way to save money in an expensive city, they were over it and looking in the area for a new place.

    Shoreditch was also very cool, lots of spaces repurposed as bars and restaurants, like many other cities. But one thing I noticed across London was the amazingly creative and efficient use space! We found restaurants, bars, art exhibits, shops, and more that were built into, over, or under the rail lines. In places you'd least expect. So I loved that about London. I kept thinking "this would never fly in New York". A friend and I walked from Shoreditch to White Chapel, where Brick Lane is. If you like Indian food and have any interest in middle eastern cultures, this is an incredible place to be. So diverse and lively and fun, and deliciousness all around.

    We hopped on the commuter boat to take in the sights. We got off at Westminster and got some good views of Parliament, Big Ben (which was under construction, so, underwhelming), and the London Eye. Great way to see the big picture of things and then diving into the ones that interest you by foot!

    My favorite experience in London by far was my walk around Hackney on the Far East side of London. I came from the "Here East" business park and started walking south along the canal. I was loving the sight of the house boats on the water, each so individual and cute. Then I came upon a RESTAURANT boat. I was hooked instantly, and hopped on. Apparently it stays stationed in this spot. They have a lower deck inside where the kitchen and bar are located. So cozy and elegant! I sad on the upper deck, outside, where I could take in views of the water. It was gorgeous and so calm! I sat next to a man and his dog, enjoying a glass of wine and a sandwich. I found out it was his birthday and he lived nearby, and therefore the two of them do this walk daily. He pointed me in right direction to walk after my lunch. It was absolutely lovely.

    We also visited Abbey Road! Totally worth the visit if you're a Beatles fan or even just a music fan. Awesome history, you can stop traffic and reenact the album cover, write your name on the wall, and shop in the gift shop. Very cool spot and not too too touristy. Just great to see!
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  • Day27

    London, the last few days.

    January 9, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    After Essex, most of what I did and where I went were no photo places but here's the report.

    Sunday I spent the entire afternoon in the British Museum with a very distant cousin on my mum's side. Had a ball.

    Monday Jenn and I visited a small 'museum' known as Denis Severs House. Google it as its a bit hard to explain - a sort of living still life art installation which has recreated rooms in the family home of Hugenot silk weavers over various generations and circumstances.

    Monday night we saw the musical Rent which had been on my wish list for 20 years.

    For my last day in London we saw Charles Dickens' house. A residence he occupied for a few years when first married is furnished almost entirely with his actual furniture. We also saw the original, handwritten, first draft of Oliver Twist.

    The last museum I dragged my poor daughter through was The Museum of London which traces the history of the city from before the first humans to the 2012 Olympics.

    I'm composing this in flight en route to Bangkok where the last adventure awaits.
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  • Day1

    London, England

    April 15, 2013 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    15.04. - 20.04.2013

    Der Austausch ist in diesem Jahr gestrichen, dafür fahren wir so nach London. Die Jahrgänge Neun und Zehn müssen sich zusammen raufen um die Reise zu überstehen.
    Unsere Station ist Elephant Castle. Mein Lieblingsmotiv ist Big Ben. Mein Alptraum ist als ich im U-Bahn-Fahrstuhl mit dem gesamten Kurs stecken geblieben bin und ein Engländer meiner Lehrerin gesagt hat, sie solle mich doch bitte beruhigen und unter Kontrolle bringen. Kathi und Cosis Alptraum wird wahr als sie, weil Max ja unbedingt springen musste, im Hostel Fahrstuhl stecken bleibeb, während Ronja und ich ahnungslose zwei Stunden auf unserem vier Personen, vier Quadratmeter Zimmer verbringen.
    Wir besuchen Hogwarts - zumindest laut Kathi, denn eigentlich haben wir nur das Warner Brothers Studio besichtigt. Eine großartige Aussicht auf die London Skyline erhaschen wir, als wir im London Eye mitfahren. Dabei haben einige festgestellt, dass sie unter Höhenangst leiden. Im Madame Tussaud verliert sich unsere Gruppe immer wieder, dafür hat am Ende aber jeder mindestens eines seiner Idole gesehen und fotografiert.
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  • Day279

    London, UK

    March 10, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Luckily we're still in the EU and the Schengen agreement still applies so the only country we need to obtain a visa for is Russia.

    After many days of researching, reading forums, and trying to call the Visa people we've both decieded to use a agency in our respective countries to aid the application process. £25 in addition to the consular fees seems like a fair price for by-passing the myriad of conflicting and confusing information out there on getthing the visa.

    As a tourist you can get a 30 day single double entry visa for £175 if you are a UK resident and for around EUR 35 if you are German!!

    I decided to use the attractively named "Stress-Free Visas" agency in London where they arranged my invitation voucher and met me on the day to go and do the biometric data collection in London. After some interesting exchanges with the guy behind the counter and a need to nip outside to my "fixer" (!) I left my passport with them and hoped that I would get it back within the promised 6 day window!
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  • Day281


    March 12, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    I’m pleased to announce the latest arrival to my bike family!

    Specification –
    Strength – able to carry 20-40 kilos of kit
    Reparability – using fairly standard / universally used components which can be easily maintained or replaced on the road.
    Longevity – must be able to do the distance for 4 months
    Size – as a 5ft 2 woman it’s not always easy to find sports equipment that’s not just for “Joe Average”.
    Cost – should be a good price – performance ratio. (Budget circa £1000)

    It was going to be fairly tricky to find something pre-existing, either new or used to meet that spec as well as having it in Germany ready for the trip so it was decided that Peter would use his existing Surly Karate Monkey and up-spec various components to make it touring-suitable and for me to have a new build.

    We have a downhill frame – In-bred OnOne
    29 inch Marathon Tyres by Schwalbe
    Forks - Surly Ogre
    Rims and Spokes - DT Swiss
    Casette - Shimano
    Disc Brakes - AVID

    To be added -baggage racks, low-rider racks and a bar bag.
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