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    • Day1005

      London Spring

      May 17 in England ⋅ ⛅ 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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      Traveler

      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
      Traveler

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

      5/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ist das das Tate Museum? Momi

      5/27/22Reply
      Traveler

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

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    • Day2

      Westminster Abbey

      June 3 in England ⋅ ⛅ 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 England ⋅ ☁️ 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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      Traveler

      Gute Nacht! Schlaf schön! ⭐🌛😘❤️

      6/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      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 😄🏙️

      6/3/22Reply
      Jessica Weise

      Danke ihr Lieben :)

      6/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      Wir stoßen auf dich an🍻

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    • Jun3

      Jubilee High Tea on the Thames

      June 3 in England ⋅ ⛅ 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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      Traveler

      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.

      6/3/22Reply
      Traveler

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

      6/3/22Reply
      Traveler

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

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    • Day8

      Churchill's War Room

      April 13 in England ⋅ ⛅ 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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      Traveler

      Very interesting!

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    • Jun1

      Royal Jubilee 👑 Walking Tour

      June 1 in England ⋅ ⛅ 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]

      6/1/22Reply
      Traveler

      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!

      6/1/22Reply
      Traveler

      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. ❤❤❤🍾🍾🍾🍾🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂

      6/1/22Reply
      Traveler

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

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    • May31

      London At Last!

      May 31 in England ⋅ ⛅ 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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      Traveler

      So so happy for you. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy

      5/31/22Reply
      Traveler

      Love ❤️ your excitement x

      5/31/22Reply

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

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      Traveler

      F###! Im so bloody exhausted 😩😜😜

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    • Day9

      The Tower of London

      April 14 in England ⋅ ⛅ 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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      Traveler

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

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    • Day3

      Head Over Heels

      September 4 in England ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      This morning, we had breakfast and tea on the balcony. From our fifth floor apartment we can see north to the Queen’s Olympic Park. Site of the 2012 Games, the Park runs several urban blocks, north and south. Most noticeable from our vantage point was a twisting, red, metal structure. It was odd enough that it made me curious, so I did a quick google search. It turned out to be the Arcelomittal Orbit. What the heck is that, you ask? It is the world’s longest tunnel slide, conjoined with a fantastical steel structure, created specifically for the Olympic Games. Well, no challenge like that is going unanswered. I immediately purchased tickets for an afternoon ride, and we were off to the Park in minutes.

      We strolled along a series of waterways to reach the Park. Moored to the piers, several long, slender, houseboats filled the narrow rivers. The walk was quiet, despite the bustling avenues a block or two away. Entering the Park on the south side, we walked past the Arcelomittal and the hill that once hosted the medal podium. To our right was a giant, clam shaped building that houses the aquatic center. The building shimmers a blue hue and made me want to take a swim; unfortunately, we were under time constraints. We hustled to the Olympic Rings for a quick picture, before turning around to make our slide appointment. The walk back along the river included cool shade, under oak trees, with coots lazily swimming upstream.

      We arrived for our slide right on time and took the elevator to the launching deck, about 250 feet up. The views were incredible; the outfit, not so much. We had to put on a silly hat that looked like an old time football “helmet.” The old leather ones that you see in black and white photos. Not sure what the point was then or now, but we complied. Along with the head gear, elbow protection was required and made more sense to me. As we waited in line, Kim started to second guess her choice, but I reassured her. Then came the scream from the woman, who had just slipped into the tube. The young man working the entrance of the tube smiled and said, “She’s loving it!” I’m not sure that it was a scream of joy or if she waited for her friends, but it got me even more excited. Restraining myself, I let Kim go first. She nervously pushed off and it was silent, until it wasn’t. Suddenly a prolonged howl emitted from the slide, which I later confirmed was a spontaneous utterance of enjoyment. I came down next, smiling the entire way. It was 600 feet of pure fun that ended way too soon.

      We left the slide and grabbed a quick bite, simultaneously eating and walking to the ABBA arena. We stood in the short line, with lots of platform shoes, before entering the dance floor. Although we got there with ten minutes to spare, somehow we ended up on the railing of the stage, smack in the middle. What? We just got the best dance spot in the house? Uh, yup. We then met Andy, who flew from Australia for the show. As a matter of fact, he came on Friday night and loved it so much that he was back for the matinee today. Although I had worried that my expectations might be unrealistically high, Andy just put me at ease. In only moments, the show started. I can’t really explain what I saw, but it was incredible. Andy and I had waited 40 years for this, so I smacked him on the butt and danced with him to”Does Your Mother Know.” Kim and I bounced up down but when they let loose “Dancing Queen” the entire place erupted. It was bananas. I turned toward the audience, and none of the ticket holders in the seated area were in their chairs. Jumping, shaking, singing, the whole place was deafening. It was like a huge sing-along with 2,999 of your best friends and everyone knows the words. Wow! By the time we left, I was partially deaf, and we were almost back to the apartment by the time I could hear again. Before we left, I asked Andy if he preferred his seat in the back of the Arena on Friday or center stage on the dance floor today. With a huge grin, he said, “This is the best seat in the house!” Then, he paused and leaned in toward me, as though revealing a secret, “I’m supposed to go to the theatre before I leave on Friday, but I might just skip it and come back here.” It was that good. (I have to admit, I looked but couldn’t get tickets for tonight’s show-sold out).
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      I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much! Sounds like a fun day! Where’s the sweater? [Debbie]

      Traveler

      Awesome. So much fun!!

      That’s a great day! Several more to come I’m sure. [Eileen]

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    • Day105

      London!

      July 4 in England ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

      Miles: 8.1 Steps: 20135
      Flights stairs: 17

      Beautiful day in London today!

      We had a great day seeing many tourist sites. Rode the top level of a classic double decker bus and then went to the London Dungeons. It’s a 90 minute haunted house kind of atmosphere walking you through the gruesome history of London - like 15 “scenes” with actors portraying history live with us as participants. It was very entertaining, scary but I actually learned a lot of the history. Unfortunately no pics allowed so only had the one they sold us in the end.

      Then we headed to Kings Cross station to see platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter - or what they set it up to be for the tourists. Cute. On the same vein, then went across town to see the Abbey Road crosswalk. Funny to watch everyone try to get pics on an active street without a street light.

      We walked thru Hyde Park, saw Buckingham Palace, Queen Victoria fountain and then strolled thru St James Park. It was very beautiful.

      We eventually hit Admiralty arch, and Trafalgar Square - the direct center of London. Down the street we saw 10 Downing Street, the amazing looking Parliament and of course Big Ben (which was smaller than I imagined). We finished off our day with a ride on the London Eye - takes about 30 minutes to make a full rotation. Each pod holds 25-30 people. Went really high and really cool to see the city from that vantage point.

      Overall, it was a great day seeing the city. London is pretty cool.
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      Traveler

      Glad you’re enjoying London. We have our fast pass tickets for the London Eye on July 16th.,

      7/5/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      We didn’t have a fast pass, and the line WAS extremely intimidating… but in reality, it moved VERY fast. When they’re loading 25-30 people at a time, it moves quick

      7/5/22Reply
      Traveler

      Looks fun!

      7/9/22Reply
      Traveler

      We have one here in Boise that they brought over😳Converted it into a mobile coffee shop😜But not that modern or fancy:)

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