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Shepherds Bush

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  • Day2

    Arrived at My Airbnb in London

    January 21, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 37 °F

    My flight landed in London and I took the train to Hammersmith station then a taxi to my room at an Airbnb. Met my hostess Isabella and her boyfriend Ed. It is a nice location close to the conference and tube station is not far away either < 1 mile. Its cozy but will do for my stay here in London.Read more

  • Day7

    Addison Gardens London

    January 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌫 30 °F

    Back to Isabella & Ed's Airbnb flat for the night. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11290436

    It was a very long day and I had a great day seeing the sites though. I need to pack to fly out to Edinburgh. One thing I realized is that I PACK TOO MUCH STUFF. Note to self: Need to start minimizing what I bring on journeys as I typically end up only using less than half of the clothes, computer equipment, etc. that I bring because lugging heavy bags around is not fun especially when you're trying to plan how to get to the airport via walking and the Tube!Read more

  • Day49

    The Shard, Greenwich and Golf

    September 12, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Hoch hinaus auf die Spitze von the Shard mit einer überwältigenden Aussicht. Danach über die Themse mit dem Boot von Westminster nach Greenwich, wo wir auf Ashleigh trafen. Fotoshooting am Nullmeridian und weiter ging es nach White City, wo wir mit Bridget zufällig umsonst fancy Minigolf gespielt haben.Read more

  • Day4

    Auf dem Weg nach Wembley

    October 14, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    In der Hammersmith & City Bahn auf dem weg nach Wembley. Einmal umsteigen an der Baker Street Station in die Metropolitanen Line und aussteigen bei Wembley Park. Auf geht's! Schon ganz gespannt auf das Spiel.Read more

  • Day2

    Das Hotel

    April 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    K-West Hotel & Spa heißt das Haus, in dem wir momentan beheimatet sind... einfach ein Träumchen 👌🏻 deshalb haben wir beschlossen den Abend, im schön eingerichteten Empfangsbereich des Hotels, bei zwei Cappuccinos ausklingen zu lassen .. und wir haben es genossen. 😁 In diesem Sinne: Good night London, see you tomorrow again 😉😴Read more

  • Day3

    Good morning London !!

    April 29, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    .. auch in der Sache Frühstück hat uns das Hotel nicht enttäuscht 😋😋
    Gestärkt und voller Tatendrang haben wir uns auf die Führung quer durch Westminster begeben, um den geschichtlichen Teil von London ein bisschen näher kennen zu lernen.Read more

  • Day3

    Einfach, aber wertvoll..

    April 29, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Der heutige Abend fällt in die Kategorie „zu wertvoll, um zu posten“ .. Tiefe Gespräche, bei gutem Essen, in einem schönen Ambiente.. Das Alles wird da bleiben, wo es hingehört, in unseren Erinnerungen.. und bleibt den Weiten der virtuellen Welt und des Papiers verborgen. Bevor es jetzt zu poetisch wird, beschließen wir diesen Tag und morgen geht es weiter in alter Frische (gut neuer Frische, wäre vllt besser 😅)Read more

  • Day2

    Back in the Motherland

    August 29, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Happy to report the flight was uneventful and more pleasant than I anticipated, no doubt in large part to modern pharmaceuticals. I obtained the seat assignment I'd originally requested, so I had my window to lean against while I caught some sleep. The flights were on schedule and my bag arrived, so things are off to a good start!

    Once I got to London I did the housekeeping stuff- obtained cash, got a transport card for the Tube, bought and installed a SIM card and made my train reservations for the remainder of my trip. I have a month-long Britrail pass but was unable to obtain seat reservations on the internet. You have to be in the UK to do that, which is frustrating.

    After dropping my bags at the hotel, I headed off via tube & train to hit my first sight, Highclere Castle, aka "Downton Abbey". I watched a documentary on the home and learned that it costs $1,000,000 pounds annually to maintain the estate. No wonder they have to make it a tourist attraction, albeit only during the summer. They are largely closing the attraction at the end of the month, so I made it here just in time to see it. They allow you to wander the grounds, gardens and much of the interior of the house BUT you are not allowed to take pictures inside. The excuse is that the "Lady" doesn't want their to be pictures taken of their private home. Yet she is happy to have such pictures sold in many forms (postcards, books, etc) in their gift shop. She also is quite enamored with placing photos of herself throughout the home. I promise you there are no less than 6 photos of her in each and EVERY room. From the documentary I also learned that several of the story lines in Downton are based upon some of the history of the family- for example the estate was once in jeopardy of being sold due to a lack of funds but the Lord had married a rich American woman, who ended up 'saving' it with her finances. Also, the same woman/Lady did spearhead turning Highclere into a hospital and rehab center for military personnel during the 2nd World War.

    On the trainride to Newbury, which is where Highclere is located, I sat next to a lady with her 3 little girls. They were really cute and there is something enchanting about hearing little kids speak with an English accent. Of course they are just like siblings the world over, pushing one another's buttons, etc. One of the kids had opened something incorrectly and her older sister said "Well done but not in a good way." Later she scolded her sister about a game saying "That's not the proper way." LOL I can also tell you that apparently little girls the world over are enamored with the colors of pink, purple and all things unicorn. Based upon what I overheard in their conversation, they also think they know everything. One of the girls had obtained a book full of pictures of kittens and cats and I have never seen someone so rapturous in looking at a book of kitten pictures. That kid really needs to have a cat but unfortunately her mom said she's allergic. Guess she finds out at a young age that life can be cruel!

    While Highclere Castle is indeed very large, it is nothing compared to say, Biltmore House. The original house was much smaller and fairly nondescript. In the 1900's the present structure was built arround the original one and the architect, Berry, is the same one who designed Parliament, and the style is very recognizable as a result.

    The interior rooms were nice but some of the rugs and furniture was a little tatty looking due to how old it was. Some highlights were a desk of Napolean's and some incredible silk wallcoverings. I wish I could have obtained a picture of those wallcoverings.

    In each room there were Downton set pictures to let you know what key scenes had taken place there. There was no guided tour, it was self-guided, but there were docents in each room who could answer questions.

    The day was sunny and the temps were in the mid-upper 70's, so it was quite nice wandering through the gardens.

    They also had an exhibit about the one of the former Lord's Egypt discoveries. The current Lord's grandfather financed the ultimately successful hunt for King Tut's tomb. Having spent a few weeks in Egypt on a prior trip, this didn't hold any interest for me, so I didn't bother purchasing a ticket for it. That said, the connection is interesting.

    I caught my train back to London and then had dinner at an Indian restaurant, whick was no better than that which I've had in the states, and called it a day. I am certainly hoping to find better curry later in the trip. Other than India, I can't think of a better place to eat Indian.
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  • Day1

    Queens Park Rangers - Wolverhampton

    January 23, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    In London angekommen, machte man sich direkt mit dem Bus auf den Weg in die Stadt. Dort angekommen, schnell Geld umgetauscht und dann ging es auch direkt mit der Underground Richtung Loftus Road. Erster Ground auf englischem Boden. Geil! Ein absoluter Traum wird wahr! Netter Ground, mitten in einem Wohnblock - so stellt man sich England vor! - Das Spiel endete nach einem soliden Spiel 1:1.Read more

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