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    • Day2

      Feeling very British today!

      June 3, 2022 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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    • Day8

      Churchill's War Room

      April 13, 2022 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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    • Day9

      The Tower of London

      April 14, 2022 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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    • Day105

      London!

      July 4, 2022 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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    • Jun15

      Diana: 25 years on…

      June 15, 2022 in England ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      It is always a reflective time when I visit Kensington Palace. Sure, I love all the history, particularly related to Queen Victoria and Princess Margaret who both lived here. But, obviously my biggest reflection is Diana. Everybody remembers where they were when they heard the news. I was living in London that year and remember feeling devastated as I travelled around France and Spain at that moment in time. I watched the funeral in Spain and the normally busy streets were completely void of people. It was eerie. Such a waste… Such an outpouring of grief. Can’t believe that it is 25 years this year. I couldn’t wait to get back to London. I lined up to sign the book of condolence at Kensington Palace and I saw the amazing floral tributes in front of Kensington Palace. They were as high as me and as far as you could see…💐🌹🌺🌸🌼

      Today all I had to do was walk out of my hotel room and cross the road to be at the palace. How fantastic is that? ❤️👑 I have visited and toured the palace many times but I get just as excited 😆 when I am doing it again. Today is no different! Last visit I saw Diana‘s dresses 👗 exhibition and this time the exhibition is ‘…life through the Royal lens…’📸

      And, what an exhibition it is! So many wonderful photographs… some never before seen. Queen Victoria started the photographic craze mid 1850’s with her reign. There is one photograph that shows her face smudged. Queen Victoria did this to the negative because she did not approve of the way she looked. It was with her children and they all are untouched. I simply devoured all the information around the photography and how it completely changed the public perception of the Royal family… as expected, the Queen calls all the shots when ever she has a photography session.✊🏻👑

      There was another story about Queen Mary crying for three days when she was to marry William. But, it became a true love story because William would not leave her side for weeks, even setting up a bed right next to her when she was sick and eventually died of smallpox.😢

      I am now standing in a quiet alcove admiring the serenity of Diana‘s statue. You are no longer allowed to walk around in the sunken garden which I was at first disappointed about, but then I spoke to the gardener who explained that a sunken garden is supposed to be appreciated from a distance, as a whole… It made complete sense and made it much more serene and respectful ❤️❤️❤️🪴🌸🌹🌳🙏

      This was indeed another highlight of this trip! There were not too many people so you had to complete silence to just admire and reflect. Beautiful moment 😢❤️🌹

      PS: I went a little bit crazy in the gift shop! Whoops! Rule Britannia! 🤪👑 🇬🇧 🇬🇧
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      Traveler

      A amazing place filled with such history good times bad time sad times. Lovely photos of Diana especially with her boys and then the lovely picture of the boys together it would be so nice if they could make up, life is far too short.

      6/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      Absolutely 🥰

      6/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      Absolutely 🥰 I thought 💭exactly the same while looking. Diana would be devastated at the rift! 😢😢😢 tyey would know this and will make up one day! she'd also be proud Harry has made a different life for himself too! so, there would be conflicts in her mind too. But she would want her boys to be friends. pS: youre up ⏰ late!

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    • Day1

      Londoner Luft schnuppern

      June 2, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Der Kurzurlaub begann wie immer: Nach dem vierten Dienst in Folge, mit nur vier Stunden Schlaf, aber mit maximaler Energie. Das Tagesziel war eigentlich nur, London auch wirklich zu erreichen. Nach dem ersatzlos annullierten Flug ab Dresden wurde kurzfristig einer ab Berlin gebucht. Dazu ein Flixbus, der aber viel zu spät da gewesen wäre (was mir immerhin gestern schon aufgefallen ist 🤭). Also hieß es dann heute: Ab mit dem Auto nach Berlin, mit der S Bahn zum Flughafen und tadaaaa! London! Ich fasse es nicht.

      Diese erste kleine Reise allein wollte ich unbedingt. Und auch unbedingt allein. Aufregend, bereichernd. In der Realität vermisse ich bereits zwei Stunden nach Ankunft eine Begleitung 🤣

      Heute habe ich einen kleinen Rundgang an der Themse unternommen und die Tower Bridge aus jedem Winkel fotografiert. Vom Thronjubiläum der Queen merke ich bisher nicht allzu viel, aber ich denke da wird sich in den kommenden Tagen vielleicht etwas dran ändern. Nun steht noch eine Tour an, die auf Spurensuche zu Jack the Ripper geht.
      Morgen dann mehr, liebe Grüße 😊
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      Traveler

      Wunderschön, genieße es, noch viele schöne Dinge.

      6/2/22Reply
      Traveler

      viel Spaß wünsche ich dir. Iss n bisschen Fish& Chips :D

      6/2/22Reply
      Jessica Weise

      Ein bisschen :D

      6/2/22Reply
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    • Day3

      London

      January 4 in England ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Tag 3 stand nochmal im Zeichen der Kultur und Sightseeing. Am Morgen ging’s durch die National Gallery, wo Bilder von Van Gogh, Monet, Gaugin, Picasso etc. ausgestellt sind. Danach ging es noch zum Picadilly Circus, zu Harrods und King‘s Cross. Abgeschlossen haben wir den Kurztrip mit einem Besuch in einem Gemütlichen Pub um die Ecke, leckeren Snacks und frisch gezapftem Ale.Read more

      Traveler

      Da habt ihr euch ja die Highlights raus gepickt 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

       
    • Day3

      Speachless.

      June 4, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Die National Art Gallery in London stand heute auf dem Programm. Sie liegt direkt am Trafalgar Square und zählt zu den größten Kunstsammlungen der Welt. Ich war gespannt und irgendwie auch in Erwartung von etwas wirklich Großartigem. Aber es war so toll, dass ich sogar ernsthaft überlegt habe, das Mittagessen ausfallen zu lassen, um noch etwas zu bleiben.
      Van Gogh, Rubens, Monet, Leonardo da Vinci, Canaletto, Cézanne - alle da und ich mitten drin. Ich bin sprachlos und unendlich glücklich! Den weiteren Tag werde ich mit Fish and Chips und Harry Potter verbringen 🥰

      Bis bald 😊
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      Traveler

      Mega, viel Spaß dir :)

      6/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ich glaube den Raum kenne ich aus James Bond :D

      6/4/22Reply
      Jessica Weise

      Aus welchem Bond? O.o

      6/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ich glaube der letzte oder vorletzte

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    • Jun3

      Pretty Woman: Big Musical. BIG. huge!

      June 3, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      So exciting to be able to go out your front door and turn a corner onto London’s Strand to go to a musical 🎶
      The Savoy Theatre 🎭 is basically 5 minutes from my accomodation. In fact, the entire West End is only an extra ten minutes through Covent Garden! It’s a Queen’s paradise (…and, I’m not talking about Lizzie this time! 😜🎟🎼
      Great opportunity to put on the glad rags & treat myself…again!
      And, last minute half price 3rd Row tickets 🎫😜

      The Verdict: initially it was strange to see an all-time favourite and much loved movie break out into song… But, after a few minutes it all seemed perfectly normal… Schmaltzy, humorous and the music really complimented the original storyline. Stand out character was the campy hotel Manager who played about 5 other characters as well! In short, it’s hard to better perfection but they did a good job! 🎉🥰👍🏻
      I give it 4 pretty women out of 5
      💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼

      PS: it is so fantastic not having to wear a mask anywhere! You wouldn’t even know Covid ever existed in the UK, or London at least! Everyone is getting on with life… theatre crowds, public transport, restaurants, gatherings… a few masks 😷 by those who make their own personal choices… exactly how it should be! 🕺🏼🕺🏼🕺🏼
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    • Day6

      London

      April 23, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      At 6 in the morning we got up to travel to London. The Bus was on time so was the train. At London King's Cross we found ourselves on a very long escalator. Our guide guided us towards the queens residence. Sadly she wasn't at home, so we were not able to meet her. We walked through St. James Park and saw some ducks. Later we met them again in a Chinese restaurant. We saw Big Ben, the westminster and the house of parlament. The guide learned us some vocab to describe a notorious lier, one of which is Boris Johnson. We walked to Covet Garden were we were allowed to spend 4 hours on ourselves. Finn forced us to go to the Supreme store with him. After that we walked through the china town. We mistook the London Opera for a shopping mall, and just walked in. Later we gathered at covet garden again and met Len from Oxford. After chatting a bit with him we walked to the british museum. Unfortunately, we saw the queue before we saw the museum and therefore decided not to waste our time waiting to go in. Alternatively, we went to see the enormous St.Pauls cathedral and the millennium bridge. Eventually all good times have to end and so we had to go back to Kings Cross to board the train back to Cambridge. At the station we were reminded that we are still in the UK as all the trains were either delayed an cancelled.Read more

      Traveler

      The trains just delay in Germany with the DB

      4/24/22Reply
       

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