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  • Day4

    Singapore to London

    September 4 in the United Kingdom

    Taxi to the airport to find plane delayed for an hour due to thunder, lightening and heavy rain. Finally left at 10am. Was pleased to get on the plane but novelty quickly wore off. 13 hour’s later we arrived at Heathrow! All went smoothly there apart from bag pick up which was chaotic as they were removing bags from the carousel and stacking them around the area to make room for more, everyone was slightly panicking and roaming around searching. Spotted ours reasonably quickly. Were on the underground in no time at all (useful to have done it before) and at Holiday Inn Kensington by 7. Quickly refreshed and out heading through lower Kensington where we shared a pizza. Wandered up to Harrods to find it still open. Spent an hour wandering around and in their souvenir shop. Saw some beautiful things and loved watching who was shopping there. Wandered back via The Stanhope Arms where we finished the night with a drink.Read more

  • Day7

    London Day 3

    September 7 in the United Kingdom

    Headed off to the Natural History Museum which was about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. It is an incredibly huge and beautiful building and entry was free. We spent three hours here wandering the many halls looking at the exhibits. All so beautifully displayed and the atmosphere was lovely. Thousands of people but calm, quiet and families (mainly preschoolers ) everywhere. We left to catch the tube to Notting Hill and Portobello Rd. Enjoyed a drink and very small plate of fries at old pub and then looked around the quirky shops full of jewellery, antiques and souvenirs. Surprised to find the shop people not very friendly or enthusiastic. Searched for the blue door from Notting Hill movie as the book shop has gone. Found the door but can’t believe that was the one as just like any other doorway and led to an alley. Caught the tube to Bond St station and separated to look around the shops there, including Selfridges. So many people and difficult to make your way down the footpath. Decided to walk back to our hotel via Hyde Park. Turned into a very long walk due to a wrong turn but enjoyable despite a few spits of rain. Finally arrived in South Kensington just 10 minutes from the hotel. Found a very cool restaurant The Honest Burger where we ate dinner. Pleased to get back to our room and in bed by 8.30 pm.Read more

  • Day6

    London Day 2

    September 6 in the United Kingdom

    A wonderful day in London. Just love this city. Still woke early despite need for sleep! Set off for lovely walk through Hyde Park. Spent considerable time spotting squirrels which we love, so cute and friendly! Came out at Hyde corner and made our way to Buckingham Palace for our tour of the staterooms. It too was excellent. The audio guide was particularly useful and easy to navigate. It was so beautiful and finished with scone, cream and strawberries in the cafe overlooking the royal gardens. Wandered back through the gardens (more squirrels, but no royals) and headed to West Minster Abbey. That too was amazing and again the audio guide was useful. No photos allowed though but David did get one at the door. We then caught the tube back to our hotel where we had a rest before dressing up for our night out. Headed by tube to Covent Garden and looked at markets before enjoying a nice drink at bar there. We then found a great restaurant for dinner. By then the streets were becoming quite busy and the atmosphere was great. We headed round the corner to the Aldwych Theatre to see The Tina Turner musical. Wow, definitely a highlight of the trip so far. It was so good- best musical we have been to. The lead was an incredible singer and dancer and her energy was exhausting. The music was wonderful and everyone was up singing and dancing for last few songs. We made our way back by tube with no trouble and the words of “Simply the Best” buzzing in our heads.Read more

  • Day98

    Eislaufen in London

    December 1, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Ich muss mich mal wieder im Voraus für die unsinnigen Sätze entschuldigen, die ich ohne Frage hier gleich schreiben werde. Ich hab quasi auch eine gute Begründung: Mein Tag ist Begründung genug dafür, dass ich jetzt so müde bin.
    Ich bin ziemlich früh aufgestanden heute. Das hatte mehrere Gründe. Zum einen musste ich ein paar Sachen zusammen suchen für London, aber vor allem musste ich mich um meine Adventskalender kümmern. Jap, das soll Plural sein. Ich hab die allerbeste Familie der Welt. Das bedeutet, dass ich zwei Adventskalender von denen habe und dann auch noch zwei, die ich aus England habe. Einer ist von Vicki und den anderen muss ich mir wohl selber gekauft haben... Das an sich kostet schon Zeit, aber ich habe es mir auch mal wieder zur Aufgabe gemacht eine Adventskalender Geschichte hochzuladen (da wo ich andere von meinen Geschichten auch hochlade) und außerdem eine andere Geschichte zu verschicken. Ich konnte morgens jede extra Minute, die ich wach war, gut gebrauchen!
    Nach der Fahrt zur Schule hab ich mir erlaubt Weihnachtsmusik zu hören und ich hatte die allerbeste Stimmung überhaupt. Mit dem Bus bin ich dann nach London gefahren. Die Fahrt war schön. aber ich hab vor allem gelesen und nur dezent aus dem Fenster gestarrt.
    In London hab ich mich dann mit Maria getroffen. Wir waren zusammen im Englisch LK und heute bei einem Ivy Café und dann beim (und im) National History Museum Eislaufen. Das hat unglaublich viel Spaß gemacht. Ich hätte nichts besseres am ersten Dezember machen können. Alles hat mich mit unglaublich viel Vorfreude, aber auch einfach generell Freude gefüllt! So viele kleine Menschen und große Menschen verschieden sicher auf den Schlittschuhen, aber alle ähnlich glücklich. Es war einfach nur toll!
    Nach unserer Stunde auf dem Eis waren wir dann in dem Museum bevor wir uns schon wieder verabschiedet haben. Gerade beim Frühstück haben wir aber echt viel gequatscht. Es war einfach nur schön. London ist atemberaubend wie immer und die Aktivitäten waren einfach perfekt!
    Wieder Zuhause gab es dann Abendessen. Ich hab beim Essen kochen für die Party morgen (SPOILER) geholfen und schlafe jetzt bald irgendwie im Sitzen ein... Also geh ich jetzt mal. Morgen ist wieder gut was los, aber ich hab ja Weihnachtsmusik! Eine erholende Nacht. Bis Morgen!
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  • Day2

    Taipei to Gatwick and our Motel room

    September 15 in the United Kingdom

    We disembarked around 6am local time in Taipei and started the walk from one end of the airport to the other looking for a coffee shop. The airport is clean and full of duty free stores selling the usual alcohol and tobacco plus chocolates at prices higher than the local supermarkets. MDW is looking for a chewy mint for the flight to London but nothing like a minty is available anywhere. I buy a coffee and hot chocolate ( extra hot) from a coffee shop. Prices similar to Australia but the quality was poor, and both like warm, could even say undrinkable, although I managed to consume half of each. Not going to waste my money!
    We board China Airlines flight 61 to Gatwick and it is full. Not many westerners but we settle into our rear corner of Premium Economy. One other excellent thing about China Airlines are the seatbelts. They are the most comfortable ones ever, you don’t mind having them on for the entire flight. It’s a 13 hour flight and I think I might get the window seat next time because MDW went to the toilet many more times than me. MDW kept asking if I was getting excited yet but for some reason it hasn’t hit me yet.
    I’m still wondering if St George has beaten South Sydney.
    I did have a mushroom burger which was very nice but the nuts were not nuts but some sort of tofu flavoured crunchy stuff. And root beer was not ginger beer but maybe sarsaparilla. Not too sure but not too good.
    Managed to get a few hours sleep in but still felt a bit exhausted when we arrived at 4:30pm London time.
    As we walk into the airport I immediately connect to free wifi to discover St George have lost by a point....
    That’s a bit disappointing but we join the snaking queue through customs. Actually it’s Border Force now as it is in Australia. My mother always said don’t trust things when there is a name change or the packaging is different as it won’t be the same, (I know she was talking about food) I wonder if that’s true about Customs/ Border Force.
    We efficiently collect our bags and get on the Gatwick Express to Victoria station. At Victoria Station we head to the Underground and I carry our two bags down the steep steps as the lift wasn’t functioning. I’ve go to get rid of the toiletry bags, they add an extra kilo. Standing on the platform I ask a nearby commuter if this goes to Gloucester Road Station. “No the other side” he replies. Back up the steps, wave the Oyster card to get to the other side, complain to a London Transport person who tells us we didn’t need to exit but he lets us back in for nothing. Three stops and we are at Gloucester Road and walking the few hundred meters to our hotel.
    Checkin is easy, the room ok but no fridge!!! Looks like the milk for our tea will sit in the sink or window ledge at night. The wifi is painfully slow but we are eager to have a meal that doesn’t include duck so walk down the road to a local pub. The hotel receptionist recommended the pub down the road for good fish and chips. The pub is called Steak & Co but cod and chips is on the menu. Very popular, have to wait 20 minutes for a table so have a drink whilst we wait. In Australia most clubs and pubs have several if not the choice of 10 beers on tap, not here, only 1, Stella. So a pint of Stella it is and a coke for MDW. The food is great and after completion we walk back to our room. It’s almost 9:30pm and we are both tired but have a cup of tea before dozing off. I slept through the night but MDW was awake from 1am till 5am. Whilst doing our blog we have a few cups of tea out of those tiny motel room cups but the tea made from tea bags is nice. A bit cool this morning and being Sunday not much is happening before 10am. Our holiday begins.
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  • Day3

    Visiting the Queen of Australia

    September 16 in the United Kingdom

    One thing we haven’t done previously is go to Buckingham Palace. So feeling we had recovered enough from our flight, we turned into tourists, well I’m trying to turn MDW into one. Caught the underground to Westminster then walked towards The Palace. Walking down Birdcage Walk we saw the Royal Guards practising their “Changing the Guards” routine. At first there were a handful of spectators but this became 100’s, all with their phones to video or take photos of the practice run.
    On we walked, and walked, fighting our the crowds until we were at the ticket office. Apparently the crowds weren’t there to welcome us but watch the real Changing of the Guards, a daily event subject to weather conditions. As we had seen the practice run we felt we didn’t need to see the real event so we purchased our tickets at concession rates (do we look that old) no proof required. Must say the 15 state rooms were incredible, but the Queen must feel guilty having all that wealth and still charge people money to see what she owns. Shame on you Elizabeth.
    After exiting the Palace gardens we found our way to Victoria Station, not our intended underground station. After changing to the Piccadilly Line we exited at Knightsbridge so we could walk around Harrods. It’s just a huge department store with lots of expensive stuff for sale. I think overpriced but it’s an experience.
    MDW wanted to visit the ladies and I wanted a cup of tea. Logic says where food is offered a toilet will be nearby. We found a couple of food halls but no rest rooms. Eventually MDW noticed a sign pointing to the Bathroom so off to the loo she went.
    I asked a security guard where the tea rooms were and off we went following his directions downstairs. We were shown a table for two and given the menu. I think we were in the wrong place because it was High Tea not Cup of Tea. We just got up and back up to the security guard who then pointed in a different direction which was to the coffee bar. No seats available so we snuck past the security guard to the exit and ended up at The Bunch of Grapes. No tea but an icy cold beer and a couple of soft drinks for MDW. To get a table we had to say we were having food so we took the advice of having their famous fish and chips. Not as nice as last nights but fortunately the mushy peas came in their own bowl, not contaminating the fish.
    We were worn out by today’s effort and got back to the hotel around 5. I dozed off and MDW woke me around 7 to see what we were doing for dinner. A few cups of tea and a punnet of raspberries was the decision. Might go to the markets tomorrow.
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  • Day15

    Walking around London

    August 10 in the United Kingdom

    Walking around in the rain in London trying to figure out what to do 😕 you take a lot of pictures of statues, LoL 😃 try to guess who they are 👍

  • Day157

    Day 158: Science Museum

    July 22, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    As Shandos had her free day alone yesterday, I decided to have a free day alone today! So I went into the Science Museum in central London which I'd been keen on visiting a couple of months ago but hadn't gotten around to doing.

    Was glad I did as there was lots of good stuff there: Puffing Billy, the world's oldest locomotive, right through to the command module from Apollo 10. James Watt's workbench, Fleming's penicillin mould dish, an actual moon rock, the first ever ECG machine, an original daguerrotype camera from 1835, and a bunch of cool planes upstairs as well. There was a place we'd visited in Ireland, Clifden, where the world's first transatlantic flight had "landed" by crashing into a peat bog. The original aircraft was here which I was quite chuffed with!

    Met up with Mum and Rae at the front of the gallery as well and spent the first hour-ish going through stuff with them, before we had a coffee and they headed off to see other stuff for the day. Was good to see them again one last time, as I'm not sure when the next time will be! Could be quite a while!

    After finishing at the museum I wandered around in Kensington a little bit, not quite sure where to go as it was raining and all of the nearby food places were crowded. Decided to just cut my losses and eat at Pret since it's cheap, easy and tasty. Also had a delicious cookie from a nearby cookie place! Considered retracing my steps to visit the V&A but it was back the other direction. And the queue for the Natural History Museum was out the door and a hundred metres down the street, so that was out of the question!

    In the end I got a tube train over to the Strand and looked for a cheap camera shop to buy an extra SD card for storage - my videos are chewing through storage space! Even though I've obviously got backups of the final copies stored on YouTube, I don't like throwing away the source footage or the Premiere project files either. Managed to find a good price after a couple of false starts, including one place that wanted 140 pounds ($250 Australian) for a low-capacity card!! The shop I used to buy my computer gear from sells those for about $50.

    Decided to head home by heading across Waterloo Bridge to the station and then grabbing a train back to Twickenham. Not the best idea in inclement weather, and I ended up getting pretty soaked on the way across. At least the train was warm and left promptly! Got home and settled in for the evening, doing nothing of note as usual.
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  • Day2

    Albert Memorial / Kensington Gardens

    April 23 in the United Kingdom

    The Albert Memorial commemorates the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, who died of typhoid fever in his early 40's.
    The statues in the 4 corners represent Europe, Asia, Africa and America

  • Day6

    National History Museum

    January 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Visited the museum along with several hundred school children. Its located near Cromwell Road which appears to be where many of the embassy are. Saw the French, Yemen and Nigerian embassies as well as police patrolling the sidewalk with SMG. ( http://www.nhm.ac.uk/ )

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