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Shepherds Bush

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  • Day9

    Holland Park

    March 10, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 9 °C

    Nachdem wir sowohl Hyde als auch Kennsington Park hinter uns gelassen hatten, sind Giulia und ich in den Holland Park gegangen.
    Natürlich war nicht sehr viel Blütenpracht zu bewundern, aber in dem Garten, wo wir waren konnte man schon ein bisschen was erahnen. Der Fukushima Gedenkgarten war echt schön - eine kleine Oase nicht ganz im Herzen von London.
    Als wir auch durch ein paar andere Gärten gegangen sind, haben wir bei Byron Burger gegessen. Das war sehr lecker, wenn der Kindergeburtstag neben uns auch sehr laut war - unsere Ohren mussten heute Morgen erst einmal ganz schön was durch machen!
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  • Day2

    Harry Potter, Big Ben und Co.

    August 7, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    What a day. Nach den heutigen Tag habe ich das Gefühl, dass ich schon mindestens eine Woche da bin.
    Piccadilly Circus, Soho, Chinatown, Harry Potter Tour, Shakespeare Globe Theater, Streetfood und Straßenkünstler an der Themse, London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace und zurück zum Piccadilly Circus um den Tag im Hardrock Cafe abzuschließen. Und zwischendurch kauft sich Mini auch noch einen English Breakfast Tee. Deswegen erwähnenswert, da die Auswahl aus rund 8000 verschiedenen Teesorten nicht gerade einfach war.
    Jetzt liegen wir alle im Hotel, sind Hunde müde, aber spätestens ab heute der Meinung, dass London einfach eine großartige Stadt ist.
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  • Day1

    Anreise und covent garden

    August 6, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Aufstehen um 3.30 Uhr - eine echt unchristliche Zeit. Das Flugzeug startet ziemlich pünktlich um 7.00 Uhr. Fast alle sind relativ aufgeregt. Mini: sowieso immer ein bisschen aufgedreht, Rosie: zum ersten Mal im Flieger, Viki: die einzige total entspannt und ich: Fluangsz :-(
    Es klappt alles perfekt. Wir haben alle einen Fensterplatz und der Flug ist ruhig und ohne Turbulenzen.
    Bei der Ankunft in Stansted holen wir uns erst mal einen Kaffee. Naja, die Engländer verstehen anscheinend was anderes unter Kaffee als wir - es war eher eine “Kläschn“ als ein Kaffee, aber egal.
    Weiter gehts mit dem Bus nach London. Dann machen wir uns auf die Suche nach unserem Hotel. Mit Unterstützung der netten Londoner finden wir es wirklich und es ist echt nett. Sehr klein, aber very british. Obwohl wir echt müde sind machen wir uns anschließend auf den Weg zum Covent garden. Ein toller Ort voller Leben. Straßenkünstler sorgen für Unterhaltung und viele wundervolle kleine Lädchen wechseln sich ab mit equisiten Geschäften. Die Stimmung ist einfach toll.
    Zum Abschluss unseres ersten Tages finden wir in Hammersmith sogar ein tolles Lokal. Natural Fastfood - typisch für Mini und Viki!
    So, jetzt genießen wir den Abend in unserem Hotel - morgen gehts zur Harry Potter Tour.
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  • Day3

    Slow down

    August 8, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Nach den gestrigen Tag, mit vollem Programm, wollten wir es heute entspannter angehen. Zuerst machten wir uns auf den Weg nach Neals yard. Ein wunderschönes Plätzchen an einer kleinen Gasse. Frisch gepresster Saft und Kaffee. Einfach nur relaxen. Mini hat einen sagenhaften Apfelsaft getrunken, der großartig schmeckte.
    Dann gings zur Abbey Road. Genau heute vor 50 Jahren entstand das Coverfoto zu “Abbey Road“ von den Beatles, was für ein Zufall.
    Wer in London echt toll essen möchte, muss nur zum Campden Market fahren. Bei unserer 3. Station durften wir dieses so richtig genießen.
    Weiter ging es zur Tate Gallery of Modern Art. Die Mädels waren beeindruckt von den Exponaten und ich genoss beim Shakespeare Globe Theater einen Kaffee. Ich brauchte mal eine Pause. Eigentlich wollten wir ja das Stück “as you like it“ ansehen, aber die Vorstellung war leider ausverkauft.
    Umso entspannter ging es dann weiter, weil ja nichts mehr auf dem Programm stand. Also überquerten wir gemütlich die Millenium Bridge und bemerkten so die wunderbaren, nur ca. 2-3 cm großen Kunstwerke, die auf den Fußweg aufgemalt waren.
    Und am Ende der Millennium Bridge entdeckten wir ein wundervolles, beeindruckendes Gebäude, das wir eigentlich gar nicht besichtigen wollten: die St. Pauls Cathedral.
    Den Tag beendeten wir im “the swan“, einem typischen englischen Lokal. Dort lernten wir, dass man zum Apfel nicht äpel sonder apel sagt. (So wie auch die mäp eigentlich map heißt :-) )
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  • Day11

    Goodbye to Phil ....

    August 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    The forecast is for rain - but it looks okay outside. Today was all about going to Buckingham Palace - its high on Mary's must do list. Seemed easy, take the train to Regent Park and wander over to the Palace. Mary saw a toilet on the way, but I said, come on, we don't want to be late and there'll be plenty of toilets there ....

    We had booked through the Royal Collection Trust for the £20 audio guided tour for people over 60 to visit the 19 State Rooms. They let you in at your allotted time - we had booked for 9:30 before the big rush and high demand for tickets. You can book guided tour, but it is more expensive and you need to book well in advance. Having secured our tickets I asked about toilets. Well, there were none at the start of the 2 1/2 hour tour - but some at the end. We were directed to public toilets down the road and of course got lost. Found them in the end - Mary had to pay for the privilege but we made it back in time for the tour start.

    Buckingham Palace is great. The rooms have the standard you expect from any palace in Europe, but they are more interesting because they include rooms we have seen on the telly for royal occasions. I would highly recommend a visit. We didn't see Price Phillip on his final day of work - but he was there somewhere - in the parade grounds I think.

    After the tour of the State Rooms you leave via the gardens, a fairly long walk out the back. Of course it started to rain, then got heavier and heavier. We found a pub, I tried my first Ale for this trip London Pride - Yuk, and Mary did more of her diary as we dried off.

    Took the train back to our hotel and had a relaxing afternoon resting on the hotel bed [no room for chairs in our king sized room] and planning more of our holiday - you do need a break when travelling.

    Dinner was at Jamie Oliver's Italian at Shepherds Bush. We have been to his Convent Garden restaurant before and again the service was super friendly and happy. Nice meal too.

    Home for a glass of red and some chocolate - life is good.

    Tomorrow we pick up the hire car and head out of London to the north of England around Durham way - Mary navigating.

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  • Day31

    So good, I bought the t-shirt. Again.

    May 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    It was a wonderful end to a long day. Yesterday started on Belgium, then through France to the ferry. (Total Europe RHS driving distance = 3466 kms) . Though back in the UK, it was the end of the day I was looking forward to.

    A concert. A concert I booked tix for in January. Jon Gomm on guitar, live. I last saw him in Melbourne April 2012 and never thought I'd see him again. Just getting there meant driving my 7.5m x 2.3m camper through inner London and through VERY SKINNY bridges to Shepherds Bush, and somehow park it. H was brave. I was laughing with excitement.

    Last night WAS SO satisfying, and even better than hoped. I'm so glad I was encouraged to go. Thanks. Search youtube for Jon Gomm Passionflower to get an idea of what we saw. (Yes I did buy the t-shirt. Like last time).
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  • Day8

    London calling

    July 31, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    It's time to leave Stockholm. Today is the first test of our ability to get up early, pack and be on our way. We needed to be down to reception by 7:30am - not that early really. Well Mary and I worked like old professionals - handle things just once [don't put things down, put them away] and we cruised through the getting ready process. After paying for the room, we had only spent about $A160 for five days on snacks and drinks - well done I say.

    We used a taxi to get to the train station [$A24] and caught the express train to the airport. No problems with our bookings - thanks Samone - and in no time we were on board. Don't know about other airlines but SAS call you, board you, close the doors and take off, all in a few minutes.

    The flight to London was 2.5 hours and mainly cloudy.

    When we arrived in London we went down to the train station and had the "train for London" staff help us each get an Oyster card for the week. They explained everything and were very friendly and helpful. Nothing can stop us now.

    The hotel is right next door to the train station, great planning by me eh! Problem is, the devil is in the detail - to leave the train station there is a long flight of stairs, no lift and no escalator. So with hand luggage and 2 x 23kg suitcases - it was a struggle.

    We had an upgrade when I asked if we could have the best room available [based on the amount we had already prepaid]. We were moved to a king sized room - and no it's not king sized - very small indeed. By the way, the lift wasn't working, but staff carried our cases up the stairs.

    The hotel is in a good spot - next door to the Shepherds Bush market on one side and a huge Westfields shopping complex on the other.

    First to get some money - used a street ATM to get 200 pounds [$A340] and then to get a Sim card. We bought a "EE" card for 15 pounds, 10Gb and more than enough calls and SMS for a month - cheap as chips. Found a Cath Kidston store, so we can get Sara a new bag - great.

    Time for my first beer. Two corner pubs nearby both offering Sunday roasts. Had a London Pale Ale for me and a G&T for Mary only to be told all roasts had been sold. Skulled our drinks and moved to the next pub, same story - no roasts left. Had a Hell beer and Mary a Prosecco. Mary had Fish and chips and I had Cambridge Sausage and Mash.

    Took a little walk around Shepherds Bush to get the lay of the land ... more to explore tomorrow.

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  • Day9

    That's not a clock - this is a clock ...

    August 1, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    First full day in London - a Monday I think. We started with a walk through the Shepherds Bush Market. I hoped it would be like the Victoria Market in Melbourne, and it was similar, but there were a lot of clothing shops - mainly with middle eastern styles. It was a bit smelly and not attractive enough for Mary to buy anything [yes it was that bad!].

    We decided on a change of pace and returned to the Westfield shopping centre - Mary and I took turns in trying out the Tesla cars - I want one please.

    Next it was the turn of Harrods. We went to see if Julian Assange was on the balcony - but no. Inside Harrods was amazing - such a clean department store, wide aisles and high quality stock. I was looking out for Mr Selfridge to pop out from behind a counter. Bought Sara some gifts - and others, why is it when you are holiday you spend so much time buying stuff for others, well it is for Mary's enjoyment I suppose.

    On one floor they have 5 luxury home layouts - I liked the clocks. A tall West Indian man [straight form "Death in Paradise" I expect] and with a pommy accent asked if he could help. I said, "how much for the clock [mate]". He said "you guess", well it did have some precious stones on it, so I said £35,000, he said "Close, it's £125,000" ... that won't be leaving the store with me. He apologised saying all our expensive stock is sold I'm afraid, and these are all we have left [poseur].

    I hear someone had acid thrown on their face by a passing motorcyclist last night outside Harrods . They say they do this to steal their bikes and then use them to commit crimes ...

    Pub meal again - why don't they have dark larger like White Rabbit, Tooheys Old or Carton Black? Tried a London Draught - it'll do.

    Tomorrow Museums - time for Deep Heat on the knees ....

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  • Day10

    Aint no mountain high enough .....

    August 2, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    I booked a Buckingham Palace tour for tomorrow, so for today we went into central London and do some shopping and museum visits.

    Took the rail to Kings Cross Station and sought out our next London Hotel and the Hertz Rental Car depot in Russell Square. We return to London in late August and I like to know where we are going beforehand if possible. We have stayed in Russell Square on the last two visits to London and love the area. Having walked past the British Museum so many times, I have always wanted to go inside - so a trip to the museum was essential.

    What a magnificent building both outside and inside. We walked past an unbelievable collection of antiquities - some from 6,000BC. We were amazed at the skill of the craftsmanship from so long ago - both small pieces and huge statues. Definitely worth a visit if you like old things.

    Next we had to decide, either go to another museum [Peter] or go shopping [Mary]. We couldn't decide so we just walked around London, ending up in Coventry Gardens then Leicester Square. The temptation to go to a West End Show hit us ... all the last minute stalls were offering very cheap prices. We thought we could go to Beautiful [the Carole King Story], Mama Mia or the Book of Mormon. The best seats we could get were for "Motown" and what a good choice that was. We stayed in the city and got the tube to the Shaftesbury Theatre. Great seats. We knew just about all the songs and a full theatre standing ovation at the end said it all.

    Well here we are going home on the tube at 11:00pm on a Tuesday night. There were so many people about, in bars, on the streets and on the tube. About half of them were office workers on their way home after a few pints ... what a lifestyle?

    Another great day on London - tomorrow to visit the Queen and celebrate Prince Phillip's last day on the job .... and maybe some more shopping?

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  • Day5

    Westfield London

    January 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 34 °F

    I explored the Westfield Mall ( https://uk.westfield.com/london ) which is enormous. Massive shopping mall with all the top brands including Tiffany's, Tesla, Bentley, etc. You could definite spend some serious cash (or go into serious debt) at this place.Read more

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