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Richmond upon Thames

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  • Day16

    London, England

    September 4, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Day 2 in London Town. We started the day going on the Hop on Hop Off bus but it was very slow going around Buckingham Palace and Fleet Street, not necessarily the quickest way to see London. After lunch we took a short boat cruise from Westminster Pier to Tower Bridge, then spent the rest of the afternoon at the Tower of London. It was not crowded so had an enjoyable afternoon. After the Tower of London it was a walk from Tower Bridge along the Thames to Millennium Bridge then across to Southbank. By this time it was 6pm so headed back to our hotel.Read more

  • Day152

    Day 152: Back to London

    July 17, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Back down to London, as we take a bit of time off and prepare for the next legs of our journey! We left our flat at around 10am, walked up the road to the bus stop and caught a bus into the centre of Manchester (all of our luggage in tow). Got there just in time for the enormous station to be evacuated, then five minutes later to be told it was a false alarm!

    We had plenty of time before the train so we had an early lunch - I decided to Eat Fresh while Shandos had some sushi, and we just sat on a bench inside the station. Our train left exactly on time at 12:30, and chuntered fairly quickly down the length of the country. Very familiar sights by now, mostly flat, neat fields, small scattered herds, motorways and settlements everywhere.

    Arrived at London Euston at 2:41pm right on schedule, where we caught a Tube to Vauxhall, then an Overground service out to Twickenham where our house-sit is located. It's a long way west of the city, about half-way to Heathrow, or 30 minutes on the train.

    Our house-sitter Dominnique picked us up from the station in her BMW; she seems quite wealthy and confident. She's a businesswoman originally from South Africa and she was heading to Croatia for a week for some meetings. She talked a mile a minute, but was gone very quickly as she had a plane to catch.

    We introduced Schnitzel and Bailey, the cocker spaniel we're looking after for the week, and they seemed OK together. The house is quite compact (a 2-bed terrace), but definitely enough space for us. We got settled and then headed out with the dogs.

    Twickenham is a pretty upmarket area, with a nice high-street and the Thames lazily rolling past on its way up to Oxford. We walked along the river and stopped at a nice pub called the White Swan where we had a couple of ciders each. Nice to know I didn't have to drive!!

    The pub is also home to a rowing club and thus a small "beach", where Bailey promptly jumped into the river. Apparently he loves to do this, though he didn't appreciate the wash when we got home!

    Settled in for the evening watching Netflix and catching up on internet!
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  • Day84

    Day 84: London Pass Day Three

    May 10, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Final day of the London pass, so time to finish off packing in everything that was included under the ticket umbrella. The first stop for the day was the final World Heritage site in London - Kew Gardens. We managed to get out of the house fairly early, and on the tube heading south-west.

    Kew Gardens is one of the world's oldest botanic gardens, and was founded in the late 18th century on the site of an already-existing royal palace garden. The first Director was Sir Joseph Banks, who brought new species in from across the globe, collating them and studying them in the name of science.

    The park was huge and very well maintained, not just in the manicured sections but in the other sections too. There were a couple of large pavilion buildings that contained greenhouse-style displays and preservation rooms, including one pavilion with 12 different temperate zones (hot & humid, hot & dry etc). Also a large section of Australian plants which felt quite odd to see - standing in England looking at eucalypts and bottle-brush!

    Stopped off at the Orangery building for a tea and scones break, then did some more wandering. Lots of wildlife about too, ducks and geese and squirrels and that sort of thing. We also did a brief walk around of Kew Gardens Palace, which was the companion building to the (since-destroyed) main Kew Palace where King George IV lived during his long degenerative illness. The remaining building was where his Queen and daughters lived, and was quite well done. Well preserved and maintained, though they were at pains to mention repeatedly that they received no funding from either the government or the crown! We gave them a donation.

    Back to the station where we grabbed a couple of sandwiches for lunch and hopped on the train. Next stop was the Beefeater Gin Distillery where we were meeting my brother Sean and his girlfriend at 3pm. Actually managed to properly organise things this time and the meet-up went smoothly. Was great to see them both after several months away!

    The tour was interesting - I didn't realise that gin is basically just raw alcohol infused with flavourings (juniper berries, plus Beefeater use orange peel, lemon, liquorice and a few other things). It's their only distillery, which seems small for a world-wide operation, but apparently the factory and it's four (4!) employees churn out 10,000 litres every day. Crazy.

    The tour also included a free gin and tonic in their lounge afterwards, so we indulged of course and had a good catch-up session. But it didn't last too long, as they needed to head off to a function of some sort. So we said our farewells and parted for the next 24 hours. Back home for us, where we had a night in of work and another dish of spaghetti with pesto!
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  • Day153

    Day 153: Working

    July 18, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Knuckled down today and got all of my work done! Finally caught up with videos that needed editing - I had to finish some from Ireland and England, as well as the one from Westminster Abbey. I'd been putting that one off because I wasn't able to film inside Westminster Abbey and would need to source non-copyright images from official channels, but it was easier than I thought and the end result was quite good (I think!).

    Also finally finished my "About Me" video which has been a work-in-progress since about week 2 of the journey. It's just so different from my other videos, I really need to be in the right frame of mind to work on it.

    Happy with the amount that I'd gotten done, and ended up watching Netflix until quite late in the evening. Also took the dogs for a walk during the day.
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  • Day154

    Day 154: Relaxing

    July 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Not much happening today at all. Went to Tesco's to buy more supplies (our lunches are their 3 pound meal deals of sandwich/snack/drink, and our dinners are often their pre-prepared chilled meals which are cheap and tasty).

    Took the dogs for a walk. Did a bit of research for Netherlands and Belgium coming up. Played a bunch of Diablo 3 which has a new expansion, whoops. Watched some Netflix. Good fun.Read more

  • Day155

    Day 155: See Yesterday's Entry

    July 20, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Basically copy and paste that for today. More gaming, a bit of work. Eating, walking the dogs, relaxing. Listening to podcasts. Big thunderstorm overnight, so we broke the rules and let Schnitzel sleep in the bed since he was quite unsettled.

  • Day155

    Day 156: And Again

    July 20, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Same as yesterday, minus the thunderstorm. Only different today was some visitors!

    In the evening we met up with my old flatmate James and his wife Anna. We'd last seen them the night before leaving London two months ago, which seems almost hard to believe! Went back to the White Swan with them and enjoyed a nice dinner sitting out in the sunshine and having a few drinks. The weather has been very up and down all week - sometimes it's sunny, sometimes it buckets rain, sometimes warm, sometimes cold. England in a nutshell really, but it was nice to have at least one warm evening!Read more

  • Day156

    Day 157: Day Alone

    July 21, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    More relaxing, Netflix, gaming and dog walking today. Today's difference was that Shandos went into London on her own, where she visted the V&A and the Saatchi galleries. I wasn't super interested so decided to stay home and mind the dogs.

  • Day3

    London day 3 Wed 25 April 2018

    April 25, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Breakfast a bit hit & miss. Corn flakes & Coco Pops... Off to Hampton Court Palace built by Cardinal Wolsey & gifted to Henry Vlll just before his execution. Five of Henry VIII six wives lived here. It was a favourite residence of Elizabeth I. Charles I also lived here. Started with the young Henry story audio tour, then the Georgian story audio tour, followed by the audio tour of William III apartments missing Henry VIII apartments by accident. Bus and walk to Kew Gardens, officially called the Royal Botanic Gardens. Wandered about and looked at plants both inside and outside a number of greenhouses, including the Alpine House, Palm House, Temperate House and Waterlily House. Saw a Wollemi Pine and Monkey Puzzle trees both of which have different male and female seeds on the same tree. Dinner at Kew Hotel, then train back to Acton Town hotel.Read more

  • Day3

    Kew Garden - die Rosen

    May 31, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Die Zeit wird immer enger und was wir noch eigentlich sehen wollen immer mehr, wir beschließen für heute noch kurz einmal quer durch den Garten zu laufen und kurz vor dem Verlassen nochmal den Rosengarten zu bestaunen.

    Der Rest des Gartens muss bis zum nächsten Besuch warten, er lohnt aber auch jedenfall den Besuch und hinterlässt beim ersten kurzen Spaziergang einen wunderschönen Eindruck. Wir kommen hoffentlich mal mit etwas mehr Zeit wieder.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Richmond upon Thames, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, RIC, Richmond, Richmond-upon-Thames, RCU

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