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  • Day3

    Ist das diese Afrika ?

    April 3 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Nach über 14 Stunden und gefühlt 1000 Telefonaten und Anrufversuchen hatten wir endlich Klarheit. Es wird erst Sonntag Abend weiter Richrung Afrika gehen. Trübsal blasen ist keine Option also beschlossen wir einfach das Beste draus zu machen und London unsicher zu machen. Gott sei Dank kennt Jürgen gefühlt auf der ganzen Welt irgendwelche Leute, sodass wir die 2 Tage gemeinsam mit 2 Freunden verbracht haben.
    Samstag haben wir eine Kneipentour gemacht und heute ein schnelles sightseeing. Jetzt geht es Richtung Flughafen und dann sind wir hoffentlich morgen Früh in Johannesburg. Lets see
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  • Day3

    Kew Garden - die Rosen

    May 31, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Die Zeit wird immer enger und was wir noch eigentlich sehen wollen immer mehr, wir beschließen für heute noch kurz einmal quer durch den Garten zu laufen und kurz vor dem Verlassen nochmal den Rosengarten zu bestaunen.

    Der Rest des Gartens muss bis zum nächsten Besuch warten, er lohnt aber auch jedenfall den Besuch und hinterlässt beim ersten kurzen Spaziergang einen wunderschönen Eindruck. Wir kommen hoffentlich mal mit etwas mehr Zeit wieder.
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    Steffi und Max

    I love roses @):-

    5/31/18Reply
    Elvira und Bernd Hofmann

    Wunderschöne Rosen 🌹

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  • Day3

    Kew Gardens - die Häuser

    May 31, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Nach dem Gin Tonic am Nachmittag gehen wir von der Destillerie zum Bahnhof Vauxhall und suchen den Zug Richtung Richmond, von dort fahren wir mit der Underground District line wieder eine Station zurück nach Kew Gardens um dort den Royal Botanic garden zu besichtigen. Der 'Garten' ist ca. 500 Meter geraden Weges von der Haltestelle entfernt.

    Der Garten hatte heute bis 19 Uhr offen und um 18 Uhr war letzter Einlass. Wir kommen gegen 17 Uhr an und können mit unserem London Pass wieder direkt durch. Wir merken sehr schnell das dies wohl nur ein sehr oberflächlicher Besuch in den restlichen 2 Stunden sein kann. Der Park ist riesig groß.

    Wir beschließen das wir als erstes die beiden größten Glasshäuser besichtigen wollen da diese schon gegen 18 Uhr geschlossen werden. Also los zum Palmenhaus... Es ist ein 'altes' im viktorianischen Stil gebautes Glashaus mit vielen verschiedenen großen Palmen, Bananen, Strelizien und vielen anderen riesigen Pflanzen aus den verschiedenen Regionen der Erde. Es gibt auch einen schönen 'Hochweg' direkt über dem Dach des Gebäudes, diesen erreicht über eine kleine Wendeltreppe.

    Kurz am Rosengarten vorbei und zum 'Temperate House'. Dieses weltgrößte Glashaus wurde erst am 5. Mai nach 5-jähriger Renovierung wiedereröffnet und in dieser Zeit komplett neu aufgebaut und angepflanzt. Die Pflanzen sind aus allen Temperaturezonen von Afrika bis Asien und Amerika bis Pazifik... Wunderschön. Alleine schon das Viktorianischen Glashaus ist den Besuch wert.
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    Gabriela Florschütz

    Ein sehr schöner Garten, gefällt mir sehr gut.

    5/31/18Reply
     
  • Day3

    Kew Garden - der Baumwipfelweg

    May 31, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Nachdem wir kurz vor 6 Uhr diese beiden größten Häuser gesehen hatten, wollen wir erstmal ein wenig durch den riesigen restlichen Garten laufen, wir sind direkt in der Nähe des Baumwipfelpfades und steuern diesen an. Da lt. Aushang vor dem Aufgang dieser auch schon spätestens um 6 'schließt' und wir 5 nach 6 erst dort sind beratschlagen wir, ob wir noch die Treppen erklimmen und auf Höhe der umliegenden Baumwipfel spazieren wollen. Nachdem noch andere Besucher hinaufsteigen gehen wir auch hinterher und laufen in 18 Meter Höhe durch die Baumwipfel... Coole Aussicht.Read more

  • Day1

    Almost ready.........

    August 26, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    It’s 24 hours until departure and we are now focussed on remembering everything we need to take with us (which we suspect is impossible!). Choosing what clothes to take is not such an issue it’s more about the other things that will make our time living on the train and in the Gobi Desert more comfortable (travel pillows, flasks, tea, coffee, sugar, milk, wet wipes, toilet seat covers, spare toilet rolls etc etc etc). Apologies in advance - this is probably not the last time you will see the word ‘toilet’ in our blog! Also critical is remembering all of the chargers for the range of electrical equipment we’re taking (3 iPads, 4 iPhones, camera, 2 kindles, 2 headphones, remote control etc etc) plus 6 battery chargers as there will be limited access to electric supplies at some stages. Later today we will have to pack everything into our two bags and hope that it all fits. Fingers crossed!

    A few statistics before we go. We will complete around 11,500 miles from start to finish, with over 5,000 of these miles on the train. Our longest single rail journey is a four day, 3,200 mile trip across Russian Siberia. We’ll be off to Heathrow tomorrow morning for our BA (help!!!) flight to St Petersburg departing 9:20am . We’ll keep in touch all the way.
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    Your link works no problem. Bon voyage John and Janet, it should be an amazing trip! Fingers crossed BA don’t cock it up before you even leave the Uk. Will follow and look forward to your usual interesting and off beat experiences along the way Elaine and David x

    8/26/19Reply

    Four iPhones ? John E.

    8/26/19Reply

    Janet have you checked JT's excel spreadsheet depicting the cloths he is going to wear on each day, with options....these needed a few macros to get working effectively I believe.......safe travels

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  • Day12

    TIMBERRRRR!!!

    June 2, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Today started out as a great day! After saying our goodbyes at the airport we walked out into the sun to our freedom... and boy did it feel good! After extensively preparing for my new job as “the adult”, I knew exactly how to get from the airport to our hotel. We found a spot to stand against the wall on the crowded tube, and we were finally on our way to enjoying a couple days in London. After almost a week of cold and rain, the sun seemed like a blessing and I couldn’t wait to trade my leggings and coat for some shorts and a T-shirt. As we came to a stop halfway through our journey into the city, I couldn’t contain my excitement! As I turned to tell Taylor another story about my time studying in London, WHAM! She fainted. Face first. Straight onto the floor of the overcrowded tube. I’d love to say that the kind souls of London were quick to lend a helping hand, but alas they proved to be the bastards that the American colonists claimed they were and just stared at the two of us. One passed out on the floor and the other desperately looking around and loudly, somewhat calmly, asking for help and a doctor. Ironically, the first person to come over wasn’t even English, but a Spanish woman traveling with friends whom I had been eavesdropping on trying to test how much Spanish I actually learned this last semester. A second lady from the other end of the car ran up behind her and sat down with Taylor. She checked on and comforted her while I tried to get the attention of a staff member from the station. While we were getting yelled at by the conductor for blocking the doors of the train, we finally got in contact with the station workers. They held Taylor up and helped us off the tube and into some cool fresh air. The station workers kindly brought us some water and stayed with us until Taylor assured them she was fine. After asking her how she was and how she felt, I held my breath waiting for what was sure to be a response of “I want to go home”, but she looked at me with the faintest (no pun intended) sign of a smirk and said “you didn’t tell my mom did you?”. Shaking my head and releasing a sob of relief I sat down next to her. After I was satisfied that I had exhausted all of my first aid medical knowledge, we stayed on the bench and cried (me) and laughed (Taylor) about our first hour in London. Thirty minutes later we were back on the tube and headed to the safety of our hotel. Surprisingly, all of our luggage, passports, and money made it with us. Minus Taylor’s broken glasses that is...... oops! Sorry Denise!

    Writing by Kathryn
    Captions by Taylor
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    Rusher Adventures

    I think you missed your calling in Creative Writing!! Glad you are both all good and enjoying your freedom!! 😂😘

    6/4/19Reply
    Stalheim Adventures

    Best blog post yet!!! A++ ladies! I’m glad you are both alright and having fun - hopefully the next post will include a lot more smiles and laughter!

    6/4/19Reply

    Grammar correction also by Taylor 😂

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  • Day19

    Day 18. London

    July 12, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Madame Toussauds, Westfield shopping, English pub for dinner

    Up early for 1st admission time to Madame Toussauds. Great complex - can’t believe how lifelike they are.
    Loz satisfied her shopping appetite at Westfield (bigger than chadstone!)
    Home middle arvo for a relaxing afternoon & dinner at local pub - fish n chips
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    Did they serve the fish n chips in newspaper?

    7/12/19Reply

    I recognise the famous golfer in the photo but who's the soccer player!!

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  • Day84

    Day 84: London Pass Day Three

    May 10, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Final day of the London pass, so time to finish off packing in everything that was included under the ticket umbrella. The first stop for the day was the final World Heritage site in London - Kew Gardens. We managed to get out of the house fairly early, and on the tube heading south-west.

    Kew Gardens is one of the world's oldest botanic gardens, and was founded in the late 18th century on the site of an already-existing royal palace garden. The first Director was Sir Joseph Banks, who brought new species in from across the globe, collating them and studying them in the name of science.

    The park was huge and very well maintained, not just in the manicured sections but in the other sections too. There were a couple of large pavilion buildings that contained greenhouse-style displays and preservation rooms, including one pavilion with 12 different temperate zones (hot & humid, hot & dry etc). Also a large section of Australian plants which felt quite odd to see - standing in England looking at eucalypts and bottle-brush!

    Stopped off at the Orangery building for a tea and scones break, then did some more wandering. Lots of wildlife about too, ducks and geese and squirrels and that sort of thing. We also did a brief walk around of Kew Gardens Palace, which was the companion building to the (since-destroyed) main Kew Palace where King George IV lived during his long degenerative illness. The remaining building was where his Queen and daughters lived, and was quite well done. Well preserved and maintained, though they were at pains to mention repeatedly that they received no funding from either the government or the crown! We gave them a donation.

    Back to the station where we grabbed a couple of sandwiches for lunch and hopped on the train. Next stop was the Beefeater Gin Distillery where we were meeting my brother Sean and his girlfriend at 3pm. Actually managed to properly organise things this time and the meet-up went smoothly. Was great to see them both after several months away!

    The tour was interesting - I didn't realise that gin is basically just raw alcohol infused with flavourings (juniper berries, plus Beefeater use orange peel, lemon, liquorice and a few other things). It's their only distillery, which seems small for a world-wide operation, but apparently the factory and it's four (4!) employees churn out 10,000 litres every day. Crazy.

    The tour also included a free gin and tonic in their lounge afterwards, so we indulged of course and had a good catch-up session. But it didn't last too long, as they needed to head off to a function of some sort. So we said our farewells and parted for the next 24 hours. Back home for us, where we had a night in of work and another dish of spaghetti with pesto!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Palm pavilion

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    Joel Baldwin

    Photography inside a desert greenhouse

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    Joel Baldwin

    Smelling the roses

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  • Day8

    Kew Gardens

    July 14, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    A visit to one of the largest, 121 hectares, botanical gardens in the world is a perfect break from the London city vibe. There is a diverse collection of beautiful plants, especially the many majestic trees, stunning landscapes and the magnificent recently restored glasshouse. Along one of the many pathways was a sign to announce the entrance to a hidden badger hole - a little treat us Aussies don't see.Read more

    Alisha Grant

    Lovely photos

    7/15/19Reply
    Josephine Ryan

    Did you get some inspiration for your garden? I love the glass house: it looks so fragile. I bet it was a welcome retreat from the streets.

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  • Day18

    Day 17. London

    July 11, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Hampton Crt palace & gardens / London eye / London tower
    Busy day. Got driven to the remarkable Hampton Crt palace & it’s wonderful gardens.
    Train to London eye. Great experience & views.
    Train to London tower to view the crown jewels (amazing history & beauty - no photos allowed).
    Relaxing evening with dinner at home.
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    Great photos ,Love the family tree cap, one of my favorite places is the Tower of London, xx Deb D

    7/11/19Reply

    you have been to some amazing places. have loved following your travels xx Anne Pete

    7/11/19Reply

    Enjoying the trip photos - and warm weather! Jane G

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