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    • Day3

      London Day 3

      January 7 in England ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Die Tower Bridge wurde so gebaut, dass man sie in der Mitte für grössere Schiffe öffnen kann.⛴️
      Es kostet 0£ um die Brücke öffnen zu lassen.

      Heute war das Wetter typisch London🌧️ die Tageskarte in der U-Bahn hat sich auf jeden Fall ausgezahlt🚇 Es ist unvorstellbar wie gross das U-Bahn Netz unter der Stadt ist.Read more

      Super, herzlichen Dank für die schönen Fotos. [Emilia]

       
    • Day2

      Westminster Abbey

      June 3, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Die Westminster Abbey ist DIE Kirche in London. Sämtliche Englischlehrer hätten es mir nie verziehen, wenn ich dieses Gebäude nicht besichtigt hätte. Und ich muss sagen, es hat sich richtig gelohnt. Sehr selbst!

      Das Gebäude ist Schauplatz zahlreicher Veranstaltungen. Egal ob Krönung, Hochzeit oder Beerdigung...jeder hat wohl schon einmal in irgendeinem Zusammenhang davon gehört. Das vielseitige Gebäude beherbergt gotische Elemente genauso wie den Tudorstil (hab ich gelernt! 😄). Das Grab des unbekannten Soldaten erinnert an die Opfer des ersten Weltkrieges. Neben Monarchen liegen hier auch Persönlichkeiten wie Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill und Isaac Newton begraben. In der Poet's Corner kann man unter anderem Charles Dickens gedenken.
      Am schönsten war für mich die Lady Chapel, eine eigene Kapelle in der Westminster Abbey.
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    • Day2

      Feeling very British today!

      June 3, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Heute ist so viel passiert! Es wird mehrere Einträge geben, entschuldigt 😀
      London ist wirklich wunderbar, voller Menschen und vielseitig. Ich habe den Tag bei bestem Wetter mit einem Spaziergang an der Themse begonnen. Der Kaffee musste natürlich sein und landete zu 20 Prozent auf mir und meinem Ticket für die Westminster Abbey. Ein Glück ist niemand dabei, der sich Fremdschämen muss 😉 In die Abbey durfte ich trotzdem, dazu später mehr. Nach dem Besuch marschierte ich weiter Richtung Buckingham Palace. Dort machte sich zum ersten Mal das Thronjubiläum der Queen richtig bemerkbar....leider eher negativ: großflächig umzäunt konnte ich nur von der Ferne die Fassade des Palastes erahnen. Zahlreiche Fernsehteams gingen ihrer Arbeit nach und ich muss schon sagen: man kommt in Stimmung! Ich habe nicht wirklich Ahnung von dem Königshaus, aber die Faszination hat auch mich dann etwas gepackt. Leider kam mir auch im Park des Palastes kein Prinz entgegen, schade!🤣

      Weiter des Weges kam ich am Kaufhaus Harrods an. Beeindruckend, voller Mamor und schöner Menschen und sehr sehr teurer Ware. Ich blieb nicht lang, denn irgendwie machten mich die Einkaufenden neidisch. Nächster Halt war dann die berühmte Downing Street und der Trafalgar Square. Am Nachmittag zog ich erneut mit einer Tour um die Häuser, diesmal durch das Viertel Soho. Dazu gibt's die Infos auch extra.

      Wenn ihr bis hier hin gelesen habt: entschuldigt den ganzen Text. Es ist wirklich wirklich viel passiert! Ich kann den Abend gar nicht mehr nutzen, so müde und erschöpft bin ich.

      Liebe Grüße 😊

      PS: Es hat noch nicht einmal geregnet. Und ich hab mich noch nicht in der U-Bahn verlaufen.
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      Traveler

      Gute Nacht! Schlaf schön! ⭐🌛😘❤️

      6/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      Das ist alles großartig, nun bist du bestimmt soooo müde und musst mal ruhen. Privat ist eben schöner, als in der Gruppe, kannst anschauen was DU willst. Weiterhin viel Freude 😄🏙️

      6/3/22Reply
      Jessica Weise

      Danke ihr Lieben :)

      6/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      Wir stoßen auf dich an🍻

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    • Day8

      Churchill's War Room

      April 13, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      We were able to visit Churchill's WWII war room, below the streets of London near Downing Street. The importance of this intelligence center cannot be overestimated when it comes to the defense of Britain in the 30's and 40's. Many feet of steel reinforced concrete cover this secret bunker, which includes communications, map rooms, strategy centers and sleeping quarters. The visit also covered a museum dedicated to Churchill's life and times. Lots to see and absorb.
      We also walked through much of London where I actually walked my feet off. That's right, nothing but ankles hitting the cobblestones. Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, etc. Great day.
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      Traveler

      Very interesting!

      4/24/22Reply
       
    • Day9

      The Tower of London

      April 14, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      We walked to the closest stop for the "hop on, hop off" bus today, with the Tower of London as our main objective, and Harrods as a secondary target. Tomorrow is a travel day, so we pushed it hard with a bag of "crisps" and a bottle of water 💧 as lunch. We also took the Underground a couple of times to help us get around. We only got lost once, and I swear it was due to poor directions from the Underground staff.
      Big crowds today due the upcoming holiday, so seeing the Crown Jewels had a one hour queue. Checked out the towers, medieval castles, torture chambers etc. The Scots and the English seem to have a talent for torture techniques. 😬
      Flying to Porto tomorrow!
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      Traveler

      Thus picture reminds me of your wedding. The explanation of what Linda collects! 😂

      4/24/22Reply
       
    • Day2

      London

      January 3 in England ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

      Teil 1 des Tages beinhaltete klassisches Sightseeing. Wir hatten eine free Walking Tour gebucht, in der wir in 2h bei „bestem England-Wetter“ zu den wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten geführt wurden. Im Anschluss ging’s zum Camden Market, mit ganz vielen Street Food Ständen zum LunchRead more

    • Day105

      London!

      July 4, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

      Miles: 8.1 Steps: 20135
      Flights stairs: 17

      Beautiful day in London today!

      We had a great day seeing many tourist sites. Rode the top level of a classic double decker bus and then went to the London Dungeons. It’s a 90 minute haunted house kind of atmosphere walking you through the gruesome history of London - like 15 “scenes” with actors portraying history live with us as participants. It was very entertaining, scary but I actually learned a lot of the history. Unfortunately no pics allowed so only had the one they sold us in the end.

      Then we headed to Kings Cross station to see platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter - or what they set it up to be for the tourists. Cute. On the same vein, then went across town to see the Abbey Road crosswalk. Funny to watch everyone try to get pics on an active street without a street light.

      We walked thru Hyde Park, saw Buckingham Palace, Queen Victoria fountain and then strolled thru St James Park. It was very beautiful.

      We eventually hit Admiralty arch, and Trafalgar Square - the direct center of London. Down the street we saw 10 Downing Street, the amazing looking Parliament and of course Big Ben (which was smaller than I imagined). We finished off our day with a ride on the London Eye - takes about 30 minutes to make a full rotation. Each pod holds 25-30 people. Went really high and really cool to see the city from that vantage point.

      Overall, it was a great day seeing the city. London is pretty cool.
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      Traveler

      Glad you’re enjoying London. We have our fast pass tickets for the London Eye on July 16th.,

      7/5/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      We didn’t have a fast pass, and the line WAS extremely intimidating… but in reality, it moved VERY fast. When they’re loading 25-30 people at a time, it moves quick

      7/5/22Reply
      Traveler

      Looks fun!

      7/9/22Reply
      Traveler

      We have one here in Boise that they brought over😳Converted it into a mobile coffee shop😜But not that modern or fancy:)

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    • Day2

      Sleepwalking through London

      December 15, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      We’d arrived! 26hrs later and 6am on the dot. London Baby!
      Gatwick airport was very quite on a brisk early Sunday morning. Our tired, red-eyed faces were graced with the fresh, brisk air of London’s winter as we downed our long desired coffees and set on off to navigate the intrinsic railway network of London.
      We managed to make the 40 minute express train ride into London Victoria station without any qualms. Passing all the quaint terraces homes and small towns outside London
      We purchases our unlimited underground railway passes for the week’s adventures and after taking several wrong turns with our massive winter packed suitcase in tow, we finally managed to find our way to the correct train, next stop; Earl’s Court, our home for the next 7 days.

      Earl’s Court is a stunning suburb just south of Kensington, full of incredible old terrace mansions, now operating as various hotels and bed & breakfasts. From the moment we walked out of the station we were taken in by this place. As we lugged our monster suitcases to a little luggage storage place near our Airbnb, we couldn’t wait to get out and explore this place. We had a few hours to kill before our little apartment was ready so with excited/quite exhausted spirits we set off on foot towards Hyde park.

      After dreading the prior weather forecast of rain, London really turned it on for us with sunshine and clear skies. We strolled through the surprisingly massive Hyde park, from one end to the other. What better way to stretch out the legs after more than 24 hours of travelling.
      We were taken away by the beauty of Hyde park. Even in Winter with it’s bare trees it was quite stunning. We managed the lengthy walk to the other side where we discovered London’s Winter Wonderland. This picturesque winter show was something to behold. Smells of delicious BBQ mixed with fresh cinnamon donuts assaulted our noses as we wandered the many stores serving up delicious food & drinks. We started off with a steaming hot cup of spiced mulled wine which warmed your entire body before moving on to shishkebabs, German sausages and hot Nutella crepes. We mossed on out of the wonderland going against the crowds and crowds of people heading in for their Sunday afternoon. With our Airbnb still not quite ready we set of to tick more major tourist hotspots. This one was a big one, Buckingham Palace.

      We weren’t really expecting to head here on day 1, tired and sleep walking, but we were in the area so why not?
      Buckingham palace is one of those places we thought we’d seen lot of after binging the entire 3rd season of The Crown, but it’s sheer size when you actually walk up to it’s front gate is pretty impressive. Jo was in her element! We snapped the essential photos, waved to Lizzy and kept moving, we were craving a bit of horizontal time.
      Our Airbnb still wasn’t quite ready so it was to the classic English pub down a cobble stone side ally while we waited. Rested and refreshed we picked up our massive bags and headed to our apartment for hot showers and a chillout.
      The time difference was catching up to us and with sunset at 4:00pm it wasn’t long before we started falling like flies for bed. We were all in bed by 6:30pm an that was it. A great sunny start to our London leg of the trip!

      Asher ☺️
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      Traveler

      💗💗

      12/16/19Reply
      Traveler

      The best!! 😋

      12/16/19Reply
      Traveler

      What a fabulous first day! 👏

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    • Day3

      Early Bird Explorers

      December 16, 2019 in England ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Wide awake at 1am is never fun, especially when your husband is snoring himself off the bed, quite literally! Asher actually almost fell right out of our small double bed last night. Save by fast acting wife reflexes and sleep depriving affects of jet lag.
      It was a bit of a rough morning, all of us extremely tired but still unable to sleep any longer. We were all out in the lounge room by 6am which is pretty much unheard of in our house. Outside it was still pitch black like it was midnight, sunrise wasn’t until 8am.
      We killed a bit of time taking it easy and dosing on the couch while we waiting for the sun to come up, checking out the morning news. Turns out there was an epic 50 million pound jewellery robbery right around the corner from us throughout the night.
      We showered and gathered our weary bodies and set off for the day. We hit up a few shops on High Kensington St, just near our place, walked past the scene of the previous night’s robbery, and then jumped on one of those big red buses London is famous for and headed towards those infamous squares. Piccadilly Circus was first, with a hustle and bustle of classy shops and one whopping big screen. We couldn’t resist checking out M&M world and of course LEGO world. Then it was Leicester square with it’s rows and rows of musical ticket booths. We checked out some pricing for shows we wanted to see and booked a few tickets.
      It wasn’t long before we made it down to Covent Garden, a beautiful part of town with many quaint alleyways and markets. We stopped for lunch on the beautiful street and explored some of the markets which included more mulled wine of course, and then continued on our way.
      Next up, Trafalgar Square. This enormous square was quite impressive. Named after the Battle of Trafalgar where the British navy defeated Napoleon’s French and Spanish fleets in 1805. The huge column dedicated to Lord Nelson is surrounded by 4 huge lions which were so much bigger than we thought they’d be. Very impressive!

      From there we moseyed on down to the river, stopping to check out the household calvary, the scaffold covered Big Ben (very disappointing), and of course Westminster Abbey. This place was spectacular! The sheer size, ornate architecture and simple beauty of this old building was stunning. Everywhere we go in this city we’re taken back by the incredible old buildings and architecture. It’s style has lasted through the ages and each building is so rich with history.

      We rested our weary legs overlooking the river Thames and with the sun gone by 3:30pm we decided to head back. We were all feeling pretty tired still, none of us had had much sleep and our beds were calling us once again.

      We hit up the local pub for dinner and the patisserie next door for a bit of dessert and hot chocolate before zonking out for the day. We needed a good nights sleep before the big birthday shenanigans tomorrow!

      Asher ☺️
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      Traveler

      Great love nana n grandpa xxxxx

      12/18/19Reply
       
    • Day4

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO!

      December 17, 2019 in England ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO!!
      It was a relatively early start to the birthday celebrations. We had big plans which meant we needed to be on the Underground by 8am. We filled a big paper bag with delicious pastries and coffee from Paul’s patisserie (our local) before jumping on the train, destination, you guessed it, Harry Potter World at Warners Bros studios to celebrate the big 24th birthday!
      It was about an hour on a few trains before we made it to the Night Bus bus stop at Watford Junction. It was cold and rainy, the perfect day for exploring the world of Harry Potter.

      We rolled in on the bus, grabbed our audio guided tour kits and got in line for the entrance. We entered the entire studio through the great doors of the Hogwarts Great Hall. As it was her birthday, Jo had the honours of actually opening the doors for everyone! It’s true, I may have been more excited for her than she was.
      And then we were off into the world of witchcraft and wizardry!

      There was soooooo much to see in this place! From interesting facts about the making of, to thousands and thousands of genuine props used throughout the 8 Harry Potter Films. We couldn’t believe the amount of effort and detail that actually went into making these movies. The amazing special effects and the tiniest of detailed props that went into the sets was remarkable. It was pretty surreal for Jo to be able to look at the making of one of her favourite stories from childhood.
      As we wandered through this amazing world, we hit lunchtime and hadn’t even scratched the surface. We stopped for delicious butter beers and questionable hot dogs before continuing on.
      It was so so impressive to see how they put these films together and interesting how it was literally hundreds of people's entire lives for the 10 years of production. Once you enter the studio it was just another world.
      Highlights would have to have been the sheer scale of some of the sets like Gringott’s bank, the detail in the huge Hogwarts model castle they used for long shots, and of course the Hogwarts Express steam train. All in all it was an incredible experience!
      To be able to see behind the scenes of some of the greatest movies made was amazing.

      From there we headed back home before Jo and I headed out to dinner and a show to keep the birthday celebrations going. Dinner was an amazing rooftop Italian restaurant for pizza, pasta and delicious desserts before we heading off to the world's longest playing play, The Mousetrap, an Agatha Christie classic.
      The play was excellent, however both of us were so tired we did struggle through it. Jo actually fell asleep right before the killer was revealed and missed the most critical moment in the whole play. A brief overview was of course given on the train home.
      The lead actor swore us to secrecy in the tradition of Mousetrap and we made our way back home. Exhausted from a big day of celebrating we snuck back into the house trying not to wake the little Lynch family and crashed out.
      A pretty unique birthday well spent! 🎉

      Asher ☺️
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