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Westminster Abbey

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  • Day142

    London

    October 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    A very foggy morning followed by a rainy day in London. We caught a train (or three) to Cutty Sark Greenwich - saw the Cutty Sark, walked to Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory / Meridian Line and then caught the train to Knightsbridge so I could say I had been to Harrods and then another train to Leicester Square where we walked and walked and walked! We finished our day with the show Stomp - fantastic! Tomorrow we leave for Singapore.Read more

  • Day3

    Westminster Bridge

    April 24, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    We are crossing the Thames River via the Westminster Bridge in order to get to our next stop. I can't help but be reminded of the terrorist attack on this bridge a year ago. Five people died and 50 were injured here. Such a tragedy.

  • Day19

    Santarem, Brazil

    January 21 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Our final destination along the Amazon. We had booked a tour to go walking in the rainforest so we boarded a bus and travelled no more than about 50k until we arrived at the home and property of an American ecologist, Stephen Alexander, who owned a large area of the forest which he is trying to maintain and develop into as diverse a forest as possible. We had a fascinating walk through the forest with a guide who was very helpful in pointing out various trees and other flora which are of interest. The animals kept to themselves. On the way back we stopped at a fish market where somebody was feeding the pink dolphins, so we were able to have a good look at these creatures.Read more

  • Day1

    Are you all right?

    January 8, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    The grey cloud filled sky parted and  London welcomed us with about as much sun as it could muster up in the middle of January. The brisk winter air was just what we needed after being stuffed in an aluminum tube for an almost unbearable amount of time.  Had my brain been functioning properly I would have realized that the greeting I received when checking into the hotel "Are you alright?" was merely the British equivalent of "How is everything?" Instead I just assumed that my outside looked like my insides felt. Despite my internal gears spinning no expression left my face or mouth. Luckily without pause  the hotel concierge continued on, telling us about the hotel amenities. In an attempt to battle our modern time travel scenario, we decided a walk through Hyde Park was in our best interest. The fresh air was an appropriate remedy but eventually jet lag got the best of us and we retreated back to our hotel. Welcome to London, are we alright?Read more

  • Day2

    Portholes

    January 9, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    The sun has disappeared. In its place an impossibly thick wool blanket of grey lays just out of arms reach. We spent the late morning walking around the shoreditch area of London. Upon exhausting the areas offerings we set out to a new location via a few shoreditch back streets. It was on these streets that we stumbled upon what Lina proclaimed to be the best thing she had seen yet. Hidden in plain sight down a semi steep set of stairs below a small shop was an even smaller quaint kitchen. This miniature cafe seemed to be frozen it time and it wasn't hard to imagine an elderly English woman warming up tea and biscuits while baking Lemmon drizzel cake and tarts and bottling homemade jam. We soaked up the ambience while Lina sipped on a mint tea and daydreamed about the English countryside. After finishing up and ascended the stairs back into shoreditch and it's hustle and bustle we half expected the inter dimensional portal we just traveled through to swirl around and close up forever with an electrified crackle closing off the quaint English countryside for good. No electricity no snap or crackle just a door in a row of doors on a row of buildings, maybe all these doors hold some kind of mysteries.Read more

  • Day4

    Rule 7.6

    January 11, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    Throughout our travels we've established a few rules we try to stick closely to. Today we've added a new edition to that very list. While booking accommodations in a new area besides looking at photos and reading reviews it's not always easy to get a sense of what the surrounding neighborhood is like. In order to remedy this we've establish rule number 7.6 the Whole Foods rule. We let the organic market do the research for us. If they've taken up residency in the area it's mostly safe to assume that the neighborhood is either up and coming or its already arrived. If organic snacks, vegan cafes and designer pastries isn't your speed and you prefer to stay in a more adventurous area feel free to see rule number 9.6 the pawn shop rule.Read more

  • Day11

    London day 11 Thu 3 May 2018

    May 3, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Underground to Westminster where we joined a Big Bus tour. After a short distance alighted at the Houses of Parliament then walked around the corner to Westminster Abbey which has thousands of people buried there with spectacular memorial stone sculptures. Most sovereigns from 1066 to 1760 are buried there. Afterwards toured the Jewel House part of the original Westminster Palace where jewels and other precious objects were stored, before getting back on the Big Bus at around 1pm and was driven around London seeing Waterloo Arch, Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus with an audio commentary till we alighted at St Paul’s Cathedral just too late to be allowed in. There was broken down truck blocking the road before St Paul’s which the bus could not pass till it was towed which delayed us. Instead we bought running shoes before taking the Underground to Hatton Cross to the Green Man Pub under the Heathrow landing flight path for a West London Hash semi rural 10km run involving a wade across a creek, a long tunnel by torch light and many fields. Late night getting back to Acton Town Hotel after midnight.Read more

  • Day141

    The countdown begins...

    October 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Hard to believe that in 2 days we fly out of London bound for Singapore and then home! Today we left Rozzie and Bek who now have family time in London before heading off on the next part of their adventure in the US. Thanks Rozzie for your company over the past 4+ months and Bek for the past month. Team R goes on without us! I know you will enjoy the rest of your travels especially as you will be joined by the awesome Meags in the US. See you back in Australia.
    (Photos later)
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  • Day108

    QM2

    May 19, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    Jetzt sind wir also wieder auf dem Meer, schon drei Tage, im Moment irgendwo in der Nähe der Titanic (!).
    Unser jetziges Schiff, die Queen Mary 2, ist kleiner als die Voyager of the Sea. Dass es diesmal „nur“ 2545 Passagiere (und 21 Hunde) sind spürt man an allen Ecken und Enden. Es hat mehr Platz, es ist irgendwie alles gemächlicher. Auch die einzelnen Decks sind höher, und die Innenaussstattung ist edler. Es wird auch viel Wert auf die Garderobe beim Abendessen gelegt. Heute Abend lautet der Dresscode „formal“, d. h. Damen werden mit Evening oder Cocktail Dress und die Herren mit Dinner Jacket, Tuxedo oder Dark Suit erwartet. Während Beatrice mit ihrem schönen, in New York gekauftem, rotem Abendkleid bei den Damen ganz vorne dabei ist, komme ich mit meinen schwarzen Jeans, dunklem Kittel, weissem Hemd und Krawatte knapp in den Esssal rein.
    Auch das Bord-Programm ist vielfältiger als auf der Voyager. Es gibt viele Vorträge über alles Mögliche, klassische Konzerte und viel Einführungskurse, von denen Beatrice schon zweimal Line Dance besucht hat.
    Wifi an Bord gibt es nur für teures Geld. Wir haben uns ein kleines Wifi-Package gekauft, gebrauchen das Internet entsprechend sparsam, und deshalb kommt auch nicht jeden Tag ein Footprint.
    Heute möchte ich euch aber ein paar Bilder vom Innern des Schiffs zeigen, während ich das nächste Mal einen Schwerpunkt auf das Äussere lege.
    Zu den Bildern: Stateroom Nr. 6.167; Britannia Restaurant; Royal Court Theatre; Illuminations (Planetarium); Grand Lobby anlässlich des Sing-A-Longs heute zu Ehren der Hochzeit von Harry und Meghan; Line Dance Room.
    Zum Abschluss noch ein Zitat über das Meer von John F. Kennedy, der mich ja auf dieser Reise immer etwas begleitet hat. Der Kapitän hat es in seiner Begrüssungsansprache zitiert, und ich möchte es gerne mit euch teilen:
    “I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.“ (Dinner for the America‘s Cup Crew, 14. September 1962)
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  • Day111

    QM2 III

    May 22, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    150 Köche und 85 Küchenhilfen bereiten auf der Queen nicht nur die rund 2‘400 Essen der zwei Schichten im Hauptspeisesaal Britannia zu, sondern bewirtschaften auch das Selbstbedienungsrestaurant Kings Court und die beiden etwas schickeren Restaurants für die Vielfahrer, den Princess und Queens Grill. Insgesamt werden täglich etwa 16‘000 Gerichte zubereitet. Nebenbei werden jeden Tag 8‘000 Servietten gebraucht und gewaschen, und täglich werden 1‘900 Tonnen Meerwasser von drei Maschinen in Trinkwasser umgewandelt.
    Heute konnte ich einen Blick hinter die Kulissen des Schiffs werfen und einen Teil dieses Grossbetriebes besuchen, die Galley, also die Schiffsküche. Ein eindrücklicher 24-Stunden-Betrieb, minutiös durchorganisiert, chromstahlglänzend und penibel sauber.
    Zu den Bildern: Blick aus dem Balkon des Staterooms 6.167, mittags und abends; ein Blick in die Brücke; ein Eindruck von der Galley; Präsentation der Küche anlässlich des heutigen Nachtessens im Britannia Essraum; Schweizer Ehepaar anlässlich des heutigen Nachtessens, wo „formal dresscode“ angeagt war.
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