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  • Jun19

    Mamma Mia: The Party 🎉🕺🏼🌺☀️🥗

    June 19 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    A balmy 23 glorious degrees as you enter the island 🏝 of Skopelos. Crickets 🦗 chirp & Greek music 🎵 plays as you are strategically and well organised taken to your table under the pergola entwined with vines 🍃and flowers 🌺 Authentic & welcoming… served delicious Mezze 🫒 of olives, dips, breads & tangy Greek salad 🥗. Musicians circle, chat and mingle. And, then…

    The hits begin!

    What an amazing interactive performance it becomes… All of the actors & musicians circle the entire venue and make everybody feel part of the action! 🕺🏼💃🏼🕺🏼💃🏼 The waiters become actors and enthusiastically embrace the surroundings.

    You are reminded how many amazing songs ABBA actually have. It is hit after hit after hit! Even some of the lesser known songs from the back catalogue are used to perfection in the performance. Everybody in the audience/tables feel like they are on the stage and the emotion is palpable. I honestly had a tear (…actually quite a few) in my eye just thinking how lucky I am to be here! 🥰

    By the way: the food is superb. Everything is cooked to perfection & really delicious and fantastic quality. Extremely clever and appropriate menu of Greek delights! Tender lamb and beef with tantalising lemon potatoes & zucchini. Speaking of delights…the boys in the show are beautiful too 😝😍 😝

    Benny and Bjorn are Masters in manipulative marketing! I mean that in a really good way: Even if you were not an ABBA fan (unlikely in this room) you would still be completely and utterly transported away to the island they are representing here. It is absolutely amazing and beautiful. What a truly wonderful experience. This will allow ABBA’s astonishing music 🎼 to continue on for generations to come. The most amazing part of the experience is that you actually feel like you are on an island in Greece (even down to temperature of the room!) and this is all happening around you; literally & naturally. Who can do that?
    Only ABBA! ❤️❤️❤️

    You never have to wait for anything; food, drinks, service: there are enough waiters and waitresses who double as performers to cater for your every need. Yes! I am gushing but I am so glad that I was not disappointed. It is pure magic! 👍🏻🌺

    The next 24 hours will have me an emotional ABBAwreck! 😜

    There are 3 acts which are skilfully and purposefully wrapped around each deliciously prepared course! It’s a whole lotta bang for your buck! Well worth every cent. The ticket 🎟 price is high but we were upgraded as well: to a table right inside the action…no value or price can be associated with such a privileged ‘experience’ 🕺🏼

    Not only do you get this thoughtful & well produced show (slightly resembling the original Mamma Mia) but the entire room becomes a gigantic glitter ball ABBA disco! Everybody goes joyously crazy, as they should!

    I can only imagine what future generations will think of this amazing band and a legacy they have left! The absolute beauty of this is that we have people from all ages and all walks of life enjoying every moment!

    ABBASOLUTELY Brilliant!

    🕺🏼💃🏼💃🏼🕺🏼🥰❤️🎉
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    Looks and sounds amazing [Jules]

    Troys Travels

    It is well worth every cent… It was quite expensive but it is basically a three act show, a concert, a disco and a meal all in one!

    wow Troy it looks great what amazing start to the next step of your ABBA experience the concert to morrow night will be great too xx [us]

    Troys Travels

    It was fantastic! They do such a fantastic job… I am really looking forward to the voyage concert tomorrow… x

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  • Day1

    Londoner Luft schnuppern

    June 2 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Der Kurzurlaub begann wie immer: Nach dem vierten Dienst in Folge, mit nur vier Stunden Schlaf, aber mit maximaler Energie. Das Tagesziel war eigentlich nur, London auch wirklich zu erreichen. Nach dem ersatzlos annullierten Flug ab Dresden wurde kurzfristig einer ab Berlin gebucht. Dazu ein Flixbus, der aber viel zu spät da gewesen wäre (was mir immerhin gestern schon aufgefallen ist 🤭). Also hieß es dann heute: Ab mit dem Auto nach Berlin, mit der S Bahn zum Flughafen und tadaaaa! London! Ich fasse es nicht.

    Diese erste kleine Reise allein wollte ich unbedingt. Und auch unbedingt allein. Aufregend, bereichernd. In der Realität vermisse ich bereits zwei Stunden nach Ankunft eine Begleitung 🤣

    Heute habe ich einen kleinen Rundgang an der Themse unternommen und die Tower Bridge aus jedem Winkel fotografiert. Vom Thronjubiläum der Queen merke ich bisher nicht allzu viel, aber ich denke da wird sich in den kommenden Tagen vielleicht etwas dran ändern. Nun steht noch eine Tour an, die auf Spurensuche zu Jack the Ripper geht.
    Morgen dann mehr, liebe Grüße 😊
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    Eva Mi

    Wunderschön, genieße es, noch viele schöne Dinge.

    Marcel Glomba

    viel Spaß wünsche ich dir. Iss n bisschen Fish& Chips :D

    Jessica Weise

    Ein bisschen :D

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  • Day2

    Tower of London

    June 16 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Unser Nachmittag gehört dem Tower. Der Tower of London ist eine der berühmtesten Festungen der Welt. Er wurde 1086 von Wilhelm dem Eroberer gebaut, und immer wieder erweitert. Die Ringburg mit zwei Festungsringen diente den englischen und britischen Königen unter anderem als Residenz, Waffenkammer, Werkstatt, Lager, Zoo, Garnison, Museum, Münzprägestätte, Gefängnis, Archiv und Hinrichtungsstätte. Die UNESCO erklärte den Tower 1988 zum Weltkulturerbe.

    Als erstes widmen wir uns den Kronjuwelen, die man leider nicht fotografieren darf. Zu den Kronjuwelen gehören, unter anderem, verschiedene Kronen, wie die St. Edwards-Krone, mit der gekrönt wird, Zepter (entweder mit einem Kreuz oder einer Taube), Reichsäpfel, Schwerter, Sporen und Ringe. Zusätzlich werden auch verschiedene Kleidungsstücke, wie die königliche Robe, zu den Kronjuwelen gezählt. Insgesamt ist der Kronjuwelen-Besuch entspannter als vor 25 Jahren.

    Wir wandern ein Stück auf der Mauer, sehen uns den White Tower und den Gefängnisturm mit seinen berühmten Graffitis an, essen ein Eis, und zum Abschluss hüpfen uns dann noch die berühmten Raben des Towers über den Weg.
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    Bastrock B.

    Hach der Tower!!! 😍 Eine schöne Burg!

    Hase und Ritter on tour

    Wir haben Dich schon vermisst 🤗😘

    Bastrock B.

    War nur verspätet 🤗!

     
  • Day1

    Jack the Ripper Tour

    June 2 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Jack the Ripper - Jeder hat diesen Namen schon einmal gehört! Ich hatte Langeweile, es gab eine Tour - here it is!

    Unser Tourguide Nathan, studierter Schauspieler und Philosoph, nahm uns mit auf eine fesselnde Rundtour durch die Straßen Londons. Wir schauten uns die Ecken an, an denen Jack the Ripper seine Opfer zurück gelassen hat. Der Legende nach sollen es zwischen fünf und zwölf Opfer gewesen sein - alle brutal ermordert. London im 19. Jahrhundert war wohl alles andere als schick. Dreckig, stinkend und arm, voller Prostitution und Elend. Zu dieser Zeit trieb ein Serienmörder sein Unwesen und konnte nie gefasst werden.
    Auf den Spuren der Opfer Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Cathrine Eddowes und Mary Janes Kellys zeigte uns Nathan auch Orte mit Beweismaterialen, z.B. das Goulston-Street-Graffito oder einen anynomen Brief. Wir rätselten gemeinsam, wer der Mörder hätte sein können....wer nach London reist, sollte sich diesen gruseligen Ausflug nicht entgehen lassen!
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  • Jun20

    Sky’s the Limit! 🏙

    June 20 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    After discovering the most delicious little French bakery for breakfast (Brekky plate with soft boiled egg 🥚croissant 🥐 fresh bread 🥖 juice 🧃 & coffee ☕️ £10) we headed to Skygarden in the building known as the ‘Cheese Grater” for obvious reasons! London likes to give nicknames to all their buildings: such as Gherkin or Shard.

    It was beautiful within the gardens. Perfect place to relax & unwind post Mamma Mia & pre-Voyage…Got an ice cold Cider 🍺 and just sat on the comfy sofas.

    We visited the impressive Superbloom moat of colour around the Tower of London. It was absolutely stunning. Planted to commemorate the 70th Jubilee celebrations. It will now be an ever-changing permanent living artwork! 🌺🌸🌼🌻🌷☀️ The flowers chosen were all part of Queen Elizabeth‘s coronation dress 👗

    We wandered along the Thames until we found a riverside pub. Guinness 🍺 and Scampi 🍤 with mushy peas 😋

    Weather heating up again! Big news 📰 is, unfortunately, biggest rail 🚊 strike for rest of week! Thanks a bunch of Superblooms you fu##ing Unions! 😵‍💫💩😤
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    Robyn McCabe

    Flowers & weather sound lovely 😍

    Troys Travels

    Both were amazing 😻

    What a perfect day [Jules]

    Troys Travels

    Indeed 🌼🌼🌼☀️☀️☀️

     
  • Day2

    Longitude Zero

    June 25 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 66 °F

    We landed at Heathrow Airport and, because we were carrying our luggage, breezed through immigration and customs. The Viking representative snagged us just outside the door of luggage claim to put us on the bus. The ship’s crew needed some time to debark our predecessors and make the ship ready for us, so we drove to a palatial Sofitel at the edge of the airport, where we killed about an hour and a half feasting on coffee, cinnamon buns, cheese and fruit. Another 90 minute bus ride brought us through Kensington and Chelsea, and along the Thames to Greenwich. There we boarded a tender that took us to the middle of the river, where the beautiful new Viking Mars awaited us. This ship is only one month old, and ours is only its second cruise. It is good to be in Greenwich again. We walked through the beautiful green lawns of the Old Naval College, saw the clipper ship Cutty Sark, and passed the church of St. Alfege, which contains the body of British General Wolfe, who was killed on the Plains of Abraham at the Battle for Quebec. He and his family were parishioners in this church. The congregation here also displays behind a glass panel the old organ keyboard used by the noted baroque composer Henry Purcell, who was choirmaster and organist here. The Royal Greenwich Observatory winked at us from high atop its hill at exactly 0 degrees of longitude. We grabbed a quick lunch at the World Cafe and found our stateroom prepared for our arrival. Much of the history of the English speaking world took place a stone’s throw from here and we are about to dive into it.Read more

    Kathy Dickson

    Happy memories

    Bette Franken

    So glad you are situated and already enjoying the trip!!

    Angela Hallman

    So thankful you two are safe! Have a wonderful time. Love you guys!

     
  • Day20

    Durch die Tower Bridge!

    April 9 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Das war ein ganz besonderer Moment: Nicht nur weil kaum ein Schiff die Tower Bridge passieren darf sondern vielmehr da wir am Nachmittag zuvor die Hiobsbotschaft erhalten haben, dass aufgrund von Demos und Protestanten die Tower Bridge besetzt wurde. Daher war es ungewiss, ob wir überhaupt am nächsten Morgen durchfahren können. Wir hatten dementsprechend eine schlaflose Nacht vor uns, in der ein neuer Plan mit neuem Anlegehafen und neuen Ausflügen erstellt werden musste. 15h standen letzten Endes auf der "Stechuhr". Glücklicherweise hat dann in London jedoch alles planmäßig geklappt und wir haben uns erstmal ordentlich der einheimischen Küche gewidmet. 😄Read more

    André Kuwan

    Geil direkt an der Belfast 🥰 du weißt gar nicht wie sehr ich dich dafür beneide 👍😊

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    Dany Michael

    Ja, das war schon was Besonderes. Wir mussten immer über die Gänge der Belfast laufen um ans Land zu kommen.

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  • Day8

    Tower of London

    May 3 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    We had the BEST Beefeater tour guide. We walked right into the Tower of London as he was starting off. He's beefy409 on Facebook.

    This is the place of kings, queens, and executions. The crown jewels are houses here (no pictures allowed).

    The Beefeaters are the Queen's personal guard and still live here. They must serve 20 years in the armed forces before being able to apply. More people have been to space than have become Beefeaters.

    Legend has it that as long as the ravens still live at the Tower, England will not fall.
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    Pamela D.

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  • Day3

    The Forgotten Genius

    June 26 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    When we returned from our excursion to Westminster Abbey, we grabbed a quick lunch. I was ready to re-visit the Old Naval College, the Maritime Museum, and the Royal Greenwich Observatory. I can’t imagine why Glenda wouldn’t want to see the chronometer that John Harrison developed in the eighteenth century. I mean, it completely changed the world. But I guess there’s no accounting for taste.

    Today was a perfect Sunday afternoon with bright sun, a gentle breeze and a high of about seventy degrees. I still lacked a thousand steps to meet my Walkingspree obligation, so I set off for the Old Naval College. It was originally called the Old Sailors’ Hospital, but the word “hospital” has changed meanings since then. A hospital was not primarily tasked with healing illnesses, but with providing a home for the elderly. So old, worn-out sailors who had given their life to the King’s Navy often retired with no home or family to tend them in old age. To meet this need the British government set up hospitals for old sailors, and a similar hospital for old soldiers (which still exists, by the way). When society changed so that almost all sailors did have families or the means to pay for lodging, their facility became the Naval College, something like our Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

    I had to admire its beautiful architecture very quickly because it was already almost four o’clock, and the places I wanted to visit closed at five. I did a quick run-through of the Naval Museum, wondering at the hardships of a life at sea. I didn’t have time to re-visit the Queen’s House, the very first totally neo-classical building in England. (Architect Inigo Jones should be proud.) I walked quickly up a stunningly beautiful hill called Greenwich Park to the Royal Greenwich Observatory, the place where longitude was first officially determined. Finding one’s longitude requires two elements: first, knowledge of the exact time. This can be ascertained by looking at the motion of heavenly bodies such as the sun or the moons of Jupiter. An observatory is a good place to see such things. Secondly, it requires that the ship seeking its longitude to have a clock that is insanely precise. Then the captain compares the time at the ship’s location with some standard (such as the exact time at London, well Greenwich) to calculate his longitude. No clock in the eighteenth century was sufficiently precise to give longitude. The rocking and heeling of ships in storms rendered pendulum clocks useless. However, in an epic struggle taking 31 years, clockmaker John Harrison finally made a timepiece that was sufficiently precise and robust to be used at sea. The British Navy took his double-gimbaled clock and declared it top secret. No other nation in the world had the capability to measure longitude until another generation had passed. The British government did not even acknowledge that they had such an instrument, and therefore, they could never recognize nor compensate Harrison for his genius. His son persisted in his efforts to have his father’s genius recognized, and finally the nation acknowledged Harrison’s accomplishment many years after his death.

    Unfortunately, as I approached the Royal Observatory it was about to close, and a guard denied me entry. Still, I have some photos I took on my last visit, and I still have profound respect for John Harrison, the unacknowledged genius.
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  • Day145

    London

    June 8 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Trotz einer intensiven und langen Reise, konnte ich es nicht lassen, wieder früh in denn Tag zu starten.
    Ich war zwar extrem Müde, trotzdem ging ich um 7:30 Uhr bereits in eine Morgen Klasse, um wieder etwas in Schwung zu kommen. Dafür lief ich 30 Minuten durch ein Stadtviertel und bekam so perfekt zu meinen ersten Eindrücken von London bei Tageslicht.
    Kaum wieder in Europa eingereist, sind keine Parallelen zu den letzten Ländern mehr zu sehen. Und natürlich auch die Temperaturen sind wieder verglichen mit vor ein paar Tagen extrem kalt. 😬🙈

    Nach einem intensiven conditioning Training mit nur dem Coach und mir, ging ich anhand seiner Empfehlung Frühstück essen, anschliessend direkt wieder eimal zu dem Barber, zurück ins Hostel und dann, bevor der Tag dann richtig startete, kurz in einen Wäschesalon.
    Damit ich dann auch endlich der bekannte Stadtteil und etwas Geschichte von London sah, buchte ich eine Tour mit dem alt bekannten "Hop-on hop off Bus", und startete die drei Stündige Bustour beim "London eye". Als ich die Tower Brücke überquerte, verliess ich den Bus und stieg auf ein Schiff um. Wir fuhren auf der Themse in Richtung Big Ben und auch hier wie bereits in Singapur, war ich vor allem von den unterschiedlichen Prachtshäusern, den unterschiedlichen Brücken, Bankenvierteln und der Architektur begeistert. Vor dem Big Ben stieg ich wieder auf einen klassischen roten Doppelstöckerbus um und wir fuhren die andere Stadtseit in Richtung Buckingham Palace ab.
    Nach schlussendlich einer ca. 3 Stündigen Tour bekam ich so einige bekannte Orte zu sehen.
    Tower Bridge / The Monument / Rotal Exchange Bank / St Paul's Cathedral / Big Ben / Bucking Ham Palace / National Gallery / Cleopatra's Needle etc.
    Alles in allem eine spannende Tour und perfekt um in kürze einen Überblick der Stadt zu gewinnen.
    Nach erneut vielen Eindrücken und einem langem Tag, ging ich kurz etwas Essen nachdem ich mit Vanessa, Leo, Sina und Mischi telefonierte.

    Müde lag ich ins Bett, jedoch vor lauter Vorfreude Mogren Vanessa und ihre Freunde zu sehen, konnte ich kaum einschlafen.
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