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  • Day3

    London

    June 2 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We have now traveled 7,800km.

    I think we avoided jetlag mostly because we flew overnight. Surprisingly, what was just helpful for combating my nerves on the plane was juggling kids and a beer. Demi stayed up all night until we landed and waited for the plane to taxi, of course. Adalynn stayed up until 4:30am Texas time, while Old Lady Mabel fell asleep at 11:30pm. The flight was thankfully very smooth! Once we landed, kids began to melt - big surprise. Adalynn was crying and said "I just don't know why I crying or what is the matter." We made it to our hotel and just chilled. Mabel fell asleep finding Waldo.

    Already, we have encountered cultural differences that are fun. Such as, specific trash bins for all the things, so I tried to throw my food trash into a hand sanitizer station and looked like a goober. The toilets flushes differently, lack of public restrooms (but really clean ones when you find them), great tap water access for drinking, elevators are called lifts, someone told us to get on the 490 and I tried to get on the 419 (they anunciate much more than us) and farms right by the airport. I almost forgot.... Demi broke out in a face to hips itchy rash, so we had to hunt down some Benadryl. That was on our list while in London as well. Poor kid! She is doing much better now.

    The next day we ended up taking the tube into London also referred to as "Lindin" by our two blondies. Turns out lots of things were closed for the celebration, so seeing the city was our best bet. We went knowing we had half melted children and lots of crowds, so we would just get a taste of London.

    As we stood on the London Bridge seeing the sights, planes and jets flew overhead in formation with streams of red, white and blue in honor of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. What a privilege to be on this adventure at this time! So MANY people, but so memorable. We managed to see the London Bridge, Big Ben, The Eye of London and a cathedral that was just beautiful. We meandered through the market and ate a Cornish meat pie with fresh strawberries.

    My favorite was sitting along the streets of London while eating at The Fish and Chips Shack. Tiny cobblestone streets, English taxis, and tasty battered fish just made the evening.

    The next day we are ready to head out with our two backpacks into the countryside, but first hit Houndlow's Little Urban Farm.
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    Roxanne Veatch

    Oh the photos are so wonderful!!

    Joanne Rowell

    Love it! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

    Mark Blanck

    just WOW!

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  • Day1005

    London Spring

    May 17 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Von einem Dorf in Paraguay in eine europäische Millionenmetropole! Dieser Sprung dauert heutzutage nur einige Stunden. Wir fliegen über Bogotá, das uns mit seinem großen und mit bequemen Liegestühlen ausgestatteten Flughafen schon sehr beeindruckt. In London nehmen wir in dem Vorort Woolwich Quartier der die Themse abwärts östlich der Stadt liegt. Hier wohnen viele Einwanderer aus dem Raum Indien und Afghanistan und englisch ist höchstens Zweitsprache.
    In den 5 Tagen besichtigen wir einige der Sehenswürdigkeiten der Themsemetropole, besuchen Harry Potter Drehorte und fahren viel mit den berühmten roten Doppeldecker Bussen.
    Die Freundlichkeit, Hilfsbereitschaft und Serviceorientierung der Londoner beeindruckt uns sehr. Alles ist sehr gepflegt und organisiert, stets wird uns orientierungslosen Touristen Hilfe von Passanten oder speziell dafür geschultem Service Personal angeboten. Menschen aller Hautfarben und mit verschiedensten kulturellen Hintergründen leben in dieser wuseligen aber gut organisierten Metropole friedlich zusammen. Nach eineinhalb Jahren Südamerika sind wir von den gepflegten Parks und Fußgängerzonen, den riesigen gastronomischen Angeboten Europas positiv geschockt.
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    Monika Prem

    Nun seit ihr ja schon sehr nahe. Also nur mehr ein Katzensprung bis München. Ich und wir alle freuen uns sehr, wenn ihr kommt. Ich werde oft gefragt, heute war ich mit Rahel und Jael zu Fuß von Frött bis

    5/26/22Reply
    Monika Prem

    Fröttmaning bis zum Odeonsplatz unterwegs. Liebe Grüße Monika, Mama,Momi

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    Monika Prem

    Ist das das Tate Museum? Momi

    5/27/22Reply
    Monika Prem

    Süß, das Foto, Aliza mit Samuel von hinten. Momi

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  • Day2

    Westminster Abbey

    June 3 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Die Westminster Abbey ist DIE Kirche in London. Sämtliche Englischlehrer hätten es mir nie verziehen, wenn ich dieses Gebäude nicht besichtigt hätte. Und ich muss sagen, es hat sich richtig gelohnt. Sehr selbst!

    Das Gebäude ist Schauplatz zahlreicher Veranstaltungen. Egal ob Krönung, Hochzeit oder Beerdigung...jeder hat wohl schon einmal in irgendeinem Zusammenhang davon gehört. Das vielseitige Gebäude beherbergt gotische Elemente genauso wie den Tudorstil (hab ich gelernt! 😄). Das Grab des unbekannten Soldaten erinnert an die Opfer des ersten Weltkrieges. Neben Monarchen liegen hier auch Persönlichkeiten wie Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill und Isaac Newton begraben. In der Poet's Corner kann man unter anderem Charles Dickens gedenken.
    Am schönsten war für mich die Lady Chapel, eine eigene Kapelle in der Westminster Abbey.
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  • Day2

    Feeling very British today!

    June 3 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Heute ist so viel passiert! Es wird mehrere Einträge geben, entschuldigt 😀
    London ist wirklich wunderbar, voller Menschen und vielseitig. Ich habe den Tag bei bestem Wetter mit einem Spaziergang an der Themse begonnen. Der Kaffee musste natürlich sein und landete zu 20 Prozent auf mir und meinem Ticket für die Westminster Abbey. Ein Glück ist niemand dabei, der sich Fremdschämen muss 😉 In die Abbey durfte ich trotzdem, dazu später mehr. Nach dem Besuch marschierte ich weiter Richtung Buckingham Palace. Dort machte sich zum ersten Mal das Thronjubiläum der Queen richtig bemerkbar....leider eher negativ: großflächig umzäunt konnte ich nur von der Ferne die Fassade des Palastes erahnen. Zahlreiche Fernsehteams gingen ihrer Arbeit nach und ich muss schon sagen: man kommt in Stimmung! Ich habe nicht wirklich Ahnung von dem Königshaus, aber die Faszination hat auch mich dann etwas gepackt. Leider kam mir auch im Park des Palastes kein Prinz entgegen, schade!🤣

    Weiter des Weges kam ich am Kaufhaus Harrods an. Beeindruckend, voller Mamor und schöner Menschen und sehr sehr teurer Ware. Ich blieb nicht lang, denn irgendwie machten mich die Einkaufenden neidisch. Nächster Halt war dann die berühmte Downing Street und der Trafalgar Square. Am Nachmittag zog ich erneut mit einer Tour um die Häuser, diesmal durch das Viertel Soho. Dazu gibt's die Infos auch extra.

    Wenn ihr bis hier hin gelesen habt: entschuldigt den ganzen Text. Es ist wirklich wirklich viel passiert! Ich kann den Abend gar nicht mehr nutzen, so müde und erschöpft bin ich.

    Liebe Grüße 😊

    PS: Es hat noch nicht einmal geregnet. Und ich hab mich noch nicht in der U-Bahn verlaufen.
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    Yvette Weise

    Gute Nacht! Schlaf schön! ⭐🌛😘❤️

    Eva Mi

    Das ist alles großartig, nun bist du bestimmt soooo müde und musst mal ruhen. Privat ist eben schöner, als in der Gruppe, kannst anschauen was DU willst. Weiterhin viel Freude 😄🏙️

    Jessica Weise

    Danke ihr Lieben :)

    Sophia Weise

    Wir stoßen auf dich an🍻

     
  • Jun3

    Jubilee High Tea on the Thames

    June 3 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Started the day with a wander through the beautiful Covent Garden… Compared to yesterday it was bliss being able to just wander aimlessly along the cobbled streets & soak up the atmosphere.

    Happened upon a cute little French bakery in one of my all time favourite areas, Soho, Cafe Boheme, pulled up a chair & soaked in the atmosphere: Billy Holiday crooning while devouring freshly made coffee (the best I’ve had in London) and flaky baked croissant 🥐

    Continued on to search for the Phoenix garden which is the last of the Covent Garden community gardens. It was featured in one of my favourite Christmas movies, Last Christmas! So peaceful 🪴 nothing but birdsong and filtered sunlight through the trees 🌳…a touching tribute to George Michael on the entrance gate.

    This afternoon Marta and I enjoyed high tea on the Thames in honour of the Queen! It was quite hilarious… You could tell that it was slightly disorganised & the staff were flying by the seat of their pants! It was like being a board a Carry On movie set! The girl that was at the bar all of a sudden became the commentator on the Queen‘s life. Her commentary was rushed and very cockney. Later up at the bar I told her she did a good job and she said (…in an Eliza Doolittle accent: “I ain’t that good on me Roman numerals so I just made up the Queen and King numbers!”
    Too funny!
    I ate and drank way too much! The scones were like rock cakes; I was careful not to drop them into the Thames for fear of killing some of the marine life LOL!

    Added bonus of going under all the London bridges and checking out the big name attractions from a new angle!

    Another great day in bustling London Town! A magnificent 21 degree day! 🇬🇧🧁🥰☀️🥳👑
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    Rod Stowe

    It’s so lovely to see every picture of you grinning like a Cheshire Cat I’m so glad you are having such a great time, you so deserve it. And your pictures and video are just great London is such a amazing place filled with amazing buildings and people you certainly didn’t need a camera. Keep enjoying.

    Troys Travels

    Thanks 🙏 I’m glad you’re enjoying following along! I knew I had to share the Royal Extravaganza with a fellow royalist! 😜😜🎉🎉👑👑🥰🥰👍🏻👍🏻🥳🥳🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

    Troys Travels

    As you can now probably tell; I absolutely love ❤️ London!

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  • Day8

    Churchill's War Room

    April 13 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We were able to visit Churchill's WWII war room, below the streets of London near Downing Street. The importance of this intelligence center cannot be overestimated when it comes to the defense of Britain in the 30's and 40's. Many feet of steel reinforced concrete cover this secret bunker, which includes communications, map rooms, strategy centers and sleeping quarters. The visit also covered a museum dedicated to Churchill's life and times. Lots to see and absorb.
    We also walked through much of London where I actually walked my feet off. That's right, nothing but ankles hitting the cobblestones. Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, etc. Great day.
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    Sue Hubbard

    Very interesting!

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  • Jun1

    Royal Jubilee 👑 Walking Tour

    June 1 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    This is my view for lunch today! The sun has come out and people are everywhere… The atmosphere is electric and jubilant! I truly feel honoured to be in London at this historic time. This is history and I am in it!

    Today, as I did 25 years ago for the first time, I headed to the Tesco at Westminster tube station, right next door to Big Ben and bought a lunch deal for 5 pound! As I enjoy my BBQ Chicken, bacon & Cheese with Branston pickle “Garden Party Picnic 🧺 style” Big Ben chimes 1pm: a pinch-myself moment!

    Our guide Claire took us to all the rehearsal hotspots today and we were able to get some fantastic footage of changing the guards and learn about the best spots to be for all the long weekend celebrations!

    We started at James Park tube station and headed to Queen Anne’s Walk. We saw some typical Queen Anne style architecture over doors (see photos). She was last Queen of the Stuart era. None of her children lived to continue to Stuart dynasty sadly.

    Afterwards we headed to St Jame’s Palace, built by King Henry the VIII, in typical Tudor style. We saw a black chauffeur driven vehicle head into Clarence house (which is next door). We all hoped it could be Charles & Camilla…

    Overwhelmed with emotion and as I watched the guards march down the Mall I honestly was beginning to tear up, realising where I was and what was happening all around me! It is a truly life changing experience to be here at this moment in time!
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    And it’s something nowhere else in the world has. They can criticise the royals all they like but the ‘people’ love them and the pomp and ceremony. Long love the Queen [Julie Torcasio]

    Troys Travels

    The respect that everyone has for the Queen is palpable! It is everywhere, everyone is excited and jubilant… All of the pubs are decorated and all the shops have bunting and flags as well!

    Loredana Cardinali

    I saw the guards marching down the mall on the news and thought of you!!! I was evening looking for you in the crowd!! I'm ecstatic for you. ❤❤❤🍾🍾🍾🍾🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂

    Troys Travels

    I’m in the video! Next to rainbow 🌈 umbrella ☂

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  • May31

    London At Last!

    May 31 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Wow!

    To say I’m exhausted is an understatement but that didn’t stop me from my ritual of heading straight to my London ‘touch point’ Big Ben! Even against a dreary drizzly London Spring day the recent refurbishment looks awesome: shiny golden & new! The accomodation is one tube stop from the Elizabeth Tower so I walked above ground, from Embankment, along the Thames, to catch a glimpse today…and, as always, my heart skipped a beat! 🕰🥰

    I was going to leave it at that (as I knew the 30+ travel hours had taken a toll) but I seemed to just follow the crowd and check out the local area…ended up walking down the Mall to Buckingham Palace to see that there were some rehearsals going on but sadly realised that seeing the actual artists on stage would not be possible because huge fences have been erected around the entire area…oh well…I’m still here so that’s the main thing. Many roads have been closed so it was quite unique to be wandering around the middle of the road without traffic…
    And: check out the flags & bunting everywhere.

    Pushed myself as far as I could so I could actually comprehend that I was finally here! Hopefully after an actual sleep 😴 in a bed, I will be renewed to explore, celebrate and reflect on the history defining moment I’m about to be a part of!

    Such a shame Richard can’t be here to enjoy the jubilant Jubilee with me. These are the times we still live in…although you’d never know it here in London: nobody is wearing masks 😷 anymore, anywhere: the tube is packed and it’s business as usual!

    Good night
    It’s 9.30pm and still light out! Seems strange but tomorrow is Summer here…alas, I feel I’ve made a slight packing error! Well, the shorts should come in handy next week in Italy 🇮🇹
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    Loredana Cardinali

    So so happy for you. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy

    Troys Travels

    Love ❤️ your excitement x

    Yay u arrived...Sleep well matey ❤️ [Mon]

    Troys Travels

    F###! Im so bloody exhausted 😩😜😜

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  • Day9

    The Tower of London

    April 14 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We walked to the closest stop for the "hop on, hop off" bus today, with the Tower of London as our main objective, and Harrods as a secondary target. Tomorrow is a travel day, so we pushed it hard with a bag of "crisps" and a bottle of water 💧 as lunch. We also took the Underground a couple of times to help us get around. We only got lost once, and I swear it was due to poor directions from the Underground staff.
    Big crowds today due the upcoming holiday, so seeing the Crown Jewels had a one hour queue. Checked out the towers, medieval castles, torture chambers etc. The Scots and the English seem to have a talent for torture techniques. 😬
    Flying to Porto tomorrow!
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    Sue Hubbard

    Thus picture reminds me of your wedding. The explanation of what Linda collects! 😂

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  • Day2

    Streets of London

    June 16 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Im Schatten von Westminster Abbey gönnen wir uns einen Hotdog mit Grundstück und schlendern dann langsam in Richtung Themse. Bis zu unserem nächsten Zeitfensterticket im Tower um 14:30 Uhr haben wir noch ein bisschen Zeit.

    Während wir das Riesenrad, das London Eye am anderen Ufer bewundern und die ganzen Ausflugsboote am Westminster Pier sehen, stellen wir uns die Frage, ob wir nicht auch das Boot statt der U-Bahn nehmen könnten… 🤔
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    Jessi Saree

    Wieso mit Grundstück?🤔🤔

    Hase und Ritter on tour

    Das war so teuer, da muss irgendwo ein Quadratmeter Grundstück mit dabei gewesen sein… 🤔

    DiePaubers

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You might also know this place by the following names:

South Bank, Jižní nábřeží, ساوت بانک, סאות בנק, サウス・バンク, 사우스뱅크, Саут-Банк, ساوتھبینک، لندن, 南岸

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