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The Long Water

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  • Day4

    The Mitre

    March 5, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Eben waren wir dann also noch alle zusammen in einem Pub essen. So wie gestern war der Pub an sich wunderschön, das Essen ganz lecker und alles echt teuer.
    Nach dem Essen haben wir uns mit einem Schweizer unterhalten, der in London studiert. Das war auch echt nett und interessant.
    Jetzt bin ich echt müde, wollte euch den letzten Eindruck aber auch noch eben zeigen.
    Gute Nacht und bis morgen! Hab euch lieb!
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  • Day9

    Trocken im Hotel

    March 10, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Inzwischen sind wir wieder im Hotel - sauber, trocken und schon fast wieder ganz warm. Nur Spaß. Mir ist nicht mehr kalt!
    Jetzt essen wir noch ein bisschen und schlafen dann nach einem langen Tag mit viel laufen. Matty James - mein Handy - sagt, dass wir 16,3 Kilometer gelaufen sind. Das ist doch schon einmal etwas!
    Euch allen eine gute Nacht! Morgen melde ich mich dann noch einmal!
    Bis dahin! Hab euch lieb!
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  • Day1

    London by night and Wicked

    January 5, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

    After a couple of hours of nap, we went to the local pub called The Swan. A huge gin menu but didn’t indulge since I knew I would sleep during the play. Of course we had to have fish and chips with mushy peas and shared a Black Forest dome which is really just a layer of chocolate mousse, a layer of cherry mousse and a layer of cream mousse formed like half a ball. The dessert size is small and logical not like the huge portions at home. Then off to the Apollo Victoria Theatre to see Wicked. I usually read up on these things but had not this time. Surprise ending. Loved it. The subway ride back was so quick, 22 minutes. We should have one in Winnipeg. Now for a big sleep in preparation for more sightseeing tomorrow.Read more

  • Day3

    Last day in London

    January 7, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Set the alarm for 8. Good thing because too much caffeine too late in the day messed up my sleep. Went to the shopping district, walked through Selfridge’s department store — bigger and more expensive than Saks Fifth Avenue. Also found Marks and Spencer’s— more sensible and affordable, a reminder of when we had M & S in Polo Park. The donuts were 4£ each, that’s roughly $7 each! Walked past the Marble Arch and through Hyde Park where I found the squirrel, the maple leafs and the irises. The parrots came back but didn’t stop because we didn’t have peanuts for them. Then back to our hotel to pack our bags and rest before the train trip to Huddersfield at 1:30.Read more

  • Day60


    June 9, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    A late start from the day, slept until almost 9AM!! To bed after midnight 2 nights in a row is highly unusual for me. Today is a double header theater day so down to the West End for a bit of shopping and the first play at 2:30PM.

    Was in search for a tie for a friend of mine and have been looking since Milan as the criteria are quite specific. Finally found what I have been looking for in the Saville Row environs of London. Quite the area, all high end men's clothing stores. It was a fun find. Then to the matinee for today, The Moderate Soprano. The drama is a new play and the sometimes funny story of John Christie, who built and founded the Glyndebourne Opera house in pre-war Sussex. A touching love story as well and very well done.

    Found my way back to the Southbank and the busy area around the National Theater. Spent an hour watching the fascinating scenes around me with a glass of wine. Had a lovely pre-show dinner in the Terrace Restaurant at the theater - small plates, wonderful Croquettes and an asparagus salad. Tonight's show was Julie, an old drama by August Strindberg - Miss Julie, con temporized to modern day London. Vanessa Kirby, Princess Margaret in The Crown, was the lead and outstanding. The play is rather depressing but the acting and staging was terrific. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

    Miles: 5.7
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  • Day7

    Meet Dick.

    April 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    This bus driver was a dick, and I don't mean his name was Richard.

    Left us standing outside in the rain while he played with his cell phone for 10 mins. I get that bus isn't set to leave for 10 more mins, but could we not sit inside the bus? He let us in right at the pull away time and not a moment sooner.Read more

  • Day61


    June 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Up and out for a day in London parks. Had brunch out this AM, was tired of my yogurt, berries and cereal and ready for something more substantial. Had mashed avocado on toast with poached eggs and smoked salmon!! Should last all day. Then off to Regent's park, the primary reason, to get tickets to Peter Pan in the park's open air theater this afternoon. Regent's Park is known for its Rose Garden. The roses are still beautiful, maybe a week past their prime. Picture do not do them justice but a lovely walk thru the roses on a warm, sunny day in London. Sold out for the afternoon show today so got tickets for this evening. Back to flat for my phone charger and off to walk the famous parks of central London. Took tube to St. James station and walked through St. James, Green, Hyde parks and Kensington Gardens. Lots of sights to see as usual. Always something new going on. Lots of Londoners taking advantage of this Sunday afternoon. The spring flowers are gone but still beautiful roses, lots of lavender and of course the English gardens with grasses and shrubbery that they manage to put into such lovely pictures. On the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, Christos has an installation that is set to open on June 18. Especially meaningful as 4 of us went to his last installation, the Floating Piers, on Lake Iseo 2 years ago. This one is colorful barrels that are being fit together into a huge pyramid (with the top cut off). See pic. It will float around the lake all summer! A stop for frozen yogurt and a rest in the lawn chairs that are stationed at various places in the parks.

    Back to flat to grab something to eat and back out to Regents Park for Peter Pan. An open air theater and the entire experience was terrific. The show is very hard to explain. A dark remake of Peter Pan WWI with the opening and closing scenes in a field hospital in France with the war going on around it. The fantasy scenes, pirates, flying children were spectacular. The interpretation takes the concept of children that do not want to grow up from Peter Pan and compares to the young men (mostly) that lost their lives so early in WWI for Britain. It never fails to amaze me how these playwrights think of these things. An evening to remember. Website if you want to know more. https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/peter-pan-review

    Miles: 10.3!!
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  • Day18

    D18 England - London

    July 22, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We had all but one whole day in London and we found it challenging to select exactly what to do with our time. So naturally, we decided to avoid the crowds on the tube and do our own tour on foot.

    We headed west from our delightful abode in Paddington (not), and wandered down to Soho and Covent Garden where we found some nudie jeans for Anthony and a cute little jumpsuit for Kate. We then wandered down south looking at numerous outdoor stalls for some hiking shorts for Kate, to no avail.

    We jumped on the Bakerloo line with the view of seeking out the Association of Anaesthetics (or something to that effects) but before arriving there for the time of Kates life, we found this amazing coffee place below ground in what used to be a men’s toilet! Sounds gross, but that was many moons ago and I assure you, it’s been well cleaned and given a new breath of life in its current state. The cold brew was delicious, and the Buddha bowl salad had both of us ooh-ing and ah-ing. So much so that Kate noted down the recipe.

    After our refuelling, we dropped into the very lavish Anaesthetics Heritage Centre, which comprised of two very small, but informative rooms. Kate was definitely in her element, and I most certainly learnt a little more about the grotesque world that my wife operates in (pun intended).

    We were feeling the museum fatigue by this point (FYI - it’s the only museum we’ve been to), so we jumped back on the tube to Sloan Square to visit the Chelsea Physic Garden. It really is an impressive little part of London for those with little knowledge of the long lasting stories that can be associated with many plants. It tells the story well with lots of signage. This was backed up in our case by a great tour by Pippa who informed us of many interesting plant facts - i.e. go have a read of the history related to the discovery of quinine and how it helped to combat malaria in the developing world. She also talked about a common little bedding plant that is being researched for its use in treating cancer. She mentioned so much, that it’s difficult to recount, and any photos just don’t tell the story!

    During the evening, we ate at a Lebanese restaurant with Fi and Amelia - the tabbouli was incredible, the service was not... But, we had a great time catching up and we felt very privileged to have had that opportunity.
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