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  • Day7


    March 8, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Nach einem kleinen Spaziergang haben wir tatsächlich relativ eigenständig das Theater gefunden.
    Unsere Plätze waren fast ganz oben, aber hören und sehen könnte man trotzdem alles.
    Die Musik war extrem laut, etwas einfach, aber gut gesungen. Die Kostüme waren der Hammer, aber due Geschichte etwas langweilig.
    Der Abend war sehr nett. Musicals sind immer ein Erlebnis.
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  • Day4

    Day 3 in London

    June 24, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Starting to feel normal in this time zone and navigating the city from the left side of the road. We scooted out to hit the changing of the guard at Buckingham - R's fervent request. With a few rain drops, we were concerned it would be canceled, but fortunately the show indeed went on.

    Just made it in time to predictably huge crowds. Tom was able to heft the solid squirt onto his shoulders to see and take copious video and still shots. Bands played an array of show and movie tunes - Greatest Showman, Hairspray, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and more.

    R and I then positioned ourselves on the outer facing fence to watch them process. Met a lovely mother & daughter from Atlanta. They invited R to get in front of them for a front-row view. He was thrilled! (Cannot believe they do this daily!)

    We pedaled over to the Churchill War Rooms. I was clever and purchased on annual membership, which will save us 20+ pounds because we also plan to tour the HRH Belfast Wednesday AND allowed us to skip past the priority line (the regular line was over an hour wait). Super fascinating!! Not only learning more about WWII from the British perspective and seeing their strategy & leadership location in an underground bunker, but also the life and times of Churchill himself. We spent north of two hours there - basically until the boys were dragging Tom and me out!

    We pedaled over to SOHO for some fantastic burgers and pints of London brewed beer at the Brewdog pub (loved the Punk IPA!). Tom and I enjoyed vegan Beyond burgers - my first. Very filling, yet not heavy, like beef patties can be. Stuffed, we headed up to Kings Cross to see Platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter lore. Unfortunately, there was an hour long queue to have a photo with the trolly cart. However, we were satisfied with just a photo of the sign and cart.

    Back to the bike stand, we wound our way through Piccadilly (I became directionally challenged, so Tom took over navigating) back toward the West End / Covent Garden area for some excellent gelato at Gelupo. Finally, a long, slow pedal back to the flat. Proud of how the not quite 11yo has been able to keep up, keep safe on the roads, and not an ounce of complaining!

    Over the past three days, my Fitbit has tallied nearly 60K steps and 10 hours of biking! Sleeping well tonight!!
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    Randy and Rose

    We’re very impressed with how you’re touring London by bike.


    Love that you’re biking everywhere!

  • Day2

    Buckingham Palace

    May 30, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Nachdem wir entlang der Buckingham Palace Gardens gelaufen sind kommen wir zum Haupteingang des Buckingham Palace. Endlich sehen wir Bobbies in ihrer Funktion als Guards. Wir haben sogar Glück und sehen einen kleinen Wachwechsel. 4 neue Guards kommen von einem 'Chef' angeführt. Der kontrolliert kurz irgendwas und alle 4 Wachen werden nacheinander ausgetauscht. Der 'Chef' bringt dann die 'alten' Wagen wieder weg.

    Ein interessantes Spektakulum.

    Fast noch interessanter für uns und die kleine Menschenmenge, die sich angesammelt hat, ist, dass das Tor offen steht und 4 Polizisten auf Motorrädern bereit stehen um jemanden zu eskortieren. Wer könnte das wohl sein? Das werden wir wohl nie erfahren. Fakt ist, dass man die 4 ziemlich lange warten lässt. Zu lange für uns.

    Wir sehen uns noch das Queen Victoria Memorial an, das direkt vor dem Buckingham Palace steht und machen uns dann auf in Richtung Pub. Wir laufen gerade eine Straße entlang, als ohrenbetäubender Lärm die Straße erfüllt und ein Polizeimotorrad an uns vorbeibraust. Ein zweites kommt hinterher und gemeinsam sperren die beiden die Zufahrtsstraßen für das folgende Polizeiauto und die hinterherbrausende Limousine. Abgeschlossen wird der Tross von einem weiteren Polizeiauto und den verbleibenden 2 Motorrädern. Jetzt haben wir den Palastgast also doch noch gesehen. Auch wenn aufgrund der verdunkelten, verspiegelten hinteren Scheiben des Fahrzeugs niemand erkennbar war.
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  • Day1

    Westminster Cathedral

    May 29, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Da wir uns einen London Pass besorgen möchten, fahren wir nur bis Victoria Station. Hier suchen wir uns einen Infopoint und löhnen zum 3. Mal gewaltig. 111£ pro Person kostet der London Pass für 3 Tage. Da die Sehenswürdigkeiten aber auch schweineteuer sind, versuchen wir unser Glück. In 3 Tagen wird es sich schon rechnen.

    Als wir Victoria Station verlassen, hat es sich zugezogen. Der Wetterbericht sagt, ein Gewitter zieht auf. Trotzdem wollen wir uns Westminster Cathedral nicht entgehen lassen.

    Es ist eine relativ neue Kirche, die noch nicht vollendet ist. Die geschätzten Backsteinwände sind teilweise mit verschiedenfarbigem Marmor von den unterschiedlichsten Kontinenten verkleidet. Außerdem ist die Kirche reich geschmückt mit verschiedenen Mosaiken. Vor allem die seitlichen Kapellen, die sich über Gitter vom Kirchenschiff abtrennen sind derart gestaltet.

    Obwohl die Kirche sehr dunkel ist, gefällt sie uns extrem gut. So dass wir es nicht bereuen, diesen Stopp gemacht zu haben.

    Von der Cathedral aus laufen wir Richtung Buckingham Palace, um ihn wenigstens schon mal gesehen zu haben. Und natürlich besuchen wir den offiziellen königlichen Souvenirshop. Der Palast ist ein äußerst beeindruckendes Gebäude. Nur leider beginnt es zu tröpfeln nachdem wir am Palast vorbei sind. Aus dem Tröpfeln wird schnell ein ausgewachsener Regen, ergänzt durch Blitz und Donner.
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  • Day244

    Day 199

    July 30, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We come back to the USA tomorrow. TOMORROW. So how did we spend the last day of our trip?

    We had a lovely day in London walking around and seeing the tourist sites with Nick's college friends Mike and Ari, as well as Ari's little brother Diego who was also in town. We saw Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Green Park, St. James Park, the Tate Modern, Tower Bridge, Burrough Market, The Globe Theatre, the Thames, and St. Paul's Cathedral. It was such a fun day! We didn't go into any of the paid activities because prices are steep in London, but we loved just walking around with our friends and going for an adventure. It was so amazing to spend time, even just a day, with people with whom we are close and to be able to make plans to see them again soon in Buffalo. Thank you Mike, Ari, and Diego for showing us a lovely time and sending us off in style!

    We are currently headed back to our hostel to pack and prepare for tomorrow's journey. We each have a range of emotions about the end of this trip, though it's safe to say that Nick has probably come to terms with this more than Rachel has. (Transitions are hard!) We're obviously both excited to see family and friends back home ("excited" doesn't actually do the feeling justice), but there is a melancholy feeling about this phase ending. Travel has become our life, but it was only ever temporary. And maybe that's why we loved it so much and were able to really take advantage of the opportunities for growth while on this journey. We're sad to say goodbye to this life, but we're also joyous to start the next chapter together. This has been a life-changing experience, and it has reaffirmed our commitment to each other. We look forward to sharing more stories from our travels and to making new memories with you.
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    Travel Bug

    That's awesome! Can't wait to hear stories and hear more about your adventures! Can't wait to see you!

  • Day8

    Jamie's Italian Victoria

    April 2, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Celebrated my last night in London with dinner at a Jamie Oliver Restaurant just down the road from my Hotel. I ate off a special evening memu that was £15.95 for any two courses! Yummy food and excellent service meant an enjoyable evening for me. It's off back to the hotel earlier tonight than the last two evenings to pack and catch up on things.Read more

    Belinda Olds

    Jamie's wee joke in the ladies.

    Belinda Olds

    Freshly made pasta Oxtail Ragu Tagliatel

  • Day67

    The Queen and Lego

    September 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today's adventure in London had us touring the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, enjoying tea and scones in the Garden (we even used the Queen's wifi), visiting the Lego Store at Leicester Square and Hamley's Toy Store.Read more

  • Day3

    Little Ben Clock & Victoria Palace

    April 24, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Since we could barely see Big Ben, we decided to go see Little Ben!

    "My hands you may retard or may advance
    My heart beats true for England as for France."

    As a typical apologetic Canadian, I can't help but be amused that Little Ben is apologetic. It apologises because almost half the time it tells the wrong time. The miniature Big Ben replica is permanently set to daylight saving time. So half the year it aligns with the time in France instead of England.Read more

  • Day6

    Changing of the Guards - part 2

    April 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    I have resorted to being a jerk in return and I'm just reaching around him and taking photos and blocking his view with my arm and phone. If I can't see it, I at least want a picture of it to look at later. He eventually took the hint and moved over a slight bit so I could see.Read more

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