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Round Pond

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  • Day2


    August 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    Beautiful weather and clear blue skies awaited us in London. Getting in early meant we had to put in a full day before going to bed, so that's what we did. Luckily for us, the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's biggest street party, was hotting up just as we were about to head out, basically right on our door step.

    First stop though was to buy a data pack, and with that in hand we were on our way.

    The end of the main street was being cordoned off ready for the parade, so we just had to follow the crowd and wait. The Carnival is a celebration of the Caribbean culture, so there was plenty of colour and lots of loud horn blowing (called vuvuzela). There were loads of people and when Craig went out later in the evening to forage for food, he felt as though he was in a distopian movie as there were so many people moving around. Finn commented his first impression is that people in London all travel in "gangs".

    Unfortunately the parade wasn't quite as coordinated as we would have hoped, so to save waiting around, we watched the first little bit and headed off through Hyde Park on our way to the Natural History Museum. Contrary to my sister's experience, we walked right in without lining up for an hour.

    After that, we went next door to the Victoria and Albert Museum, and ended up having some scones with clotted cream and jam in a rather ornate tea room.

    By this time, the feet were getting weary, so we jumped on a bus and headed home for an early night. Given we are at the tail end of summer, we were in bed before the sun went down (which the children thought was peculiar).
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  • Day30

    Notting Hill

    July 31, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Decided to walk to Notting Hill today, tried to look like Julia Roberts but couldn’t find Hugh Grant so had to give that up!!! Ha ha. Walked the length of Portobello Road, looking very drab and every stall holder was either Indian or Middle East. I was a little disappointed but it has been done now. Very busy today. Went across to Hyde Park again, today very busy, probably because the weather is a little better. I spent some time organising to do research when I get back here and rang a couple of relatives, so all good. Catch the train to Ely in Cambridgeshire at 10 tomorrow morning. Looking forward to being up there again.Read more

  • Day28


    July 29, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 68 °F

    After 30 degrees in London over the last ten days the rain and wind set in last night with the temperatures dropping today. Didn’t get out for a walk as too wet. High Tea at The Dorchester, amazing, what a place!!! Champagne poured from a magnum, beautiful dainty sandwiches then a series of little cakes beautifully decorated. Tea from Royal Doulton china. Very special indeed, but I couldn’t do that every day!!! Had to walk it off when I got back to my hotel, just as well Hyde Park is opposite!!!Read more

  • Day27

    Salzburg to London

    July 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 66 °F

    Lovely time this morning with Bruno & Gabi, they took me to the airport where we had coffee before I said goodbye for now. I will be forever grateful for the wonderful time I had with them showing me their home country seeing places I would never visit. Superb to say the least. Plane to London uneventful, train to Paddington then cab to hotel. Just finished dinner at hotel, not too bad!!! Tomorrow s wall around Hyde Park then ‘High Tea’ at The Dorchester in Mayfair with Sandy, daughter of Bruno & Gabi. Will post photos, watch this space!!! Random photos now.Read more

  • Day5

    Morning run in Hyde Park

    October 11, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    One of the lovliest runs I've ever taken. 3.6 miles through Hyde Park. There was a half marathon getting ready to start. The 8 mile sign says "Kick a Conker yet?" A conker is a buckeye! The Ohio State Conkers just doesn't sound as nice.

  • Day5

    St. Matthew's Church service

    October 11, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    Attended worship in a beautiful old church. The pastor gave an excellent sermon. We really liked the service - lots of spoken and sung responses. There were only 4 women and 1 man in the choir, but they were all strong singers. The acoustics made it sound like there were 20 of them.

  • Day29


    July 30, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    I set off this morning through Hyde Park just in time to get in a shower so had to take refuge under a tree. Walked a total of 13.6 km taking in Buckingham Palace, St James Palace walked around Mayfair and Belgravia before going to Harrods. As like 1998 NZ wines cheaper than in NZ, crazy. Saw the NZ war memorial and then walked back via Kensington Palace. Absolutely knackered. Good though. Lovely through Hyde Park. Typical tourist today!!!Read more

  • Day1

    2 day in London (HARRY POTTER)

    August 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    I went to the studio where all 8 HARRY POTTER movies were made. This studio has all the effects they used in the movie. Inside the show all the rooms, props, costumes and the people they go on. This studio has the models, the drawings and other sets

  • Day3

    3 day in London

    August 30, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    After we went to the very small shopping centre we took a fast train to THE MONUMENT. After the Monument we went to the TOWER OF LONDON. At the Tower of London I smelt soggy air. I felt people walking by me. I saw pigeons flapping fast above my head and heard trains passing by the station. Inside the tower we saw the the amazing, glittering CROWN JEWELS. They have weapons, weapon cases, robes, shoes, belts, bracelets and cutlery. Not long after lunch we walked across one of the biggest bridges in London, it was spectacular (tower bridge). The river we walked over was called the THAMES. To go to the BOROUGH MARKETS we took a train. They held the markets under the train line.Read more

  • Day1

    2day in London

    August 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    Hi, today I went all around the monopoly board and I thought I was one of the little people. I went to BUCKINGHAM PALACE, and saw the guards slowly changing places. They were wearing big black fluffy, long red shirts and long black pants. After that we walked to WEST MINSTER ABBEY the history inside the giant building was really old tomes and lots of famous people like kings and queens. The patterns inside the building were amazing and so meany carved by hand. When we walked outside we saw things like BIG BEN and HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT. No 10 Downing Street were the prime minster lives. The big tall men on there big tall horses were there being very serious. We went to M&M WORLD there was m&m everything 4 levels of fun.Read more

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