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Jul 23, 2014 - Ascot

Long day yesterday. Train trip from Munich to Ascot included 6 trains, Munich to Stuttgart, then Paris, then St Pancras, 2 tubes and then Waterloo to Ascot. All that way and the train stops 500 yards from Ascot - broken down we are stuck for 50 mins. Get in very late, Mike and Jules have sausages and a gin and tonic waiting. Awesome. Today we took it easy with a trip with everyone to Windsor great park for a bike ride a walk and a picnic. OK it wasn't easy, 3 young children between 3 and 7 - nightmare. "I don't want to". "I don't like it"....

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Jul 20, 2014 - London, England

This was the best leg. We were able to fly First Class with our air miles; the ONLY way to fly!! We had a seat that laid out into a bed, an extra large tray table that was set with white linen tablecloth and real silverware. The wine and drinks were free; the food excellent and lots of room. The flight "flew" by...I know...Baaaad! When we arrived in London, we were able to use the First Class Lounge to wait for our connecting flight. The lounge offered free newspapers, drinks of every kind (wine, spirits, or diet coke for me), free food...

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Trip Journal

2014 European Trip

Jul 20, 2014 - In Shakespeare country

We arrived at The Shakespeare Hotel 9 pm Tuesday 15 July, after an exhausting but interesting flight, to get to bed. Next day, decided on hop on hop off city tour. Very good. Hopped off Trafalgar Square, entered St Martin in the Fields church, and tried our hand at brass rubbing. Fun! Grabbed a snack at Pret a Manger (chain).Very hot weather!Next stop Tower Bridge, walked across for photos, then called it a day, heading back to hotel on the bus via the Thames embankment. Sleep did not come easy as people would stay outside in the gardens...

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Jul 20, 2014 - Last Day in London :(

Hello, Sad to say this is our last day in London. Helen headed off to Benjamin Franklin's house and The National Gallery. In the basement of the National Gallery, Helen, luckily, got directed to a room with two Michelangelos and a lot of Cranach. Unfortunately, no pictures allowed in there. Carlene made her way to Abbey Road where she walked in the footsteps of the Fab Four. She then met Toby, the English Bulldog, and proceeded to Harrods, which is a farsight better than Selfridges. We ended the day with burgers at Mabel's pub located...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Brits Sure Got the Loot

Hello, It would take longer than a day to see it all but we did our darnedest to bring you the best, the oldest, and the most beautiful. Believe it or not, the ram is from a piece of Sumerian furniture. It's about 2,500 years old and was found in the Great Death Pit at Ur. TMI? The Moon Horse is from the Acropolis pediment and belongs to Artemis' chariot as it is descends into the waves. Next, we have an Assyrian gate guardian. It is quite an impressive sight and would tend to deter one's entry until one realizes that said guardian can't...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Three Reviews: The bad, the very good, and the great!

Hello out there, First off, a negative review for Selfridges. The amazing window displays Nancy Lyons saw are gone replaced by mediocre ones. The not very clean rooftop cafe was staffed by a rude bartender. Really friends, it's a glorified department store. ☆ Next, we took ourselves to the Lamb and Flag pub where John Dryden got beat up in the 17th century. Good fish and chips and sticky toffee pudding. ☆☆☆☆ Took a stroll in Covent Garden where a man was playing beautiful music on a single stringed Chinese instrument. We followed this with...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Clever No More

Hello, We are running to the finish line. Helen ran to the National Portrait Gallery and Saint Martin in the Field where she heard angels singing Mozart. Carlene followed the blue chicken to its roost in Trafalgar Square. She chanced upon Ben Franklin's home in London...His only surviving residence and found out several salacious tidbits involving the Thames and nudity. Next came sticky toffee pudding at the nearby Sherlock Holmes Pub where Conan Doyle use to hang out. The pair met to have dinner with Basil Fawlty and chaos ensued. Helen...

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Jul 12, 2014 - Saturday in London

Up at 11 am if you can believe it. Haven't slept till that hour since we were teenagers! No time to work out, but plenty of walking. Off to the tube to the Theater district. Quick picnic bite from Pret a Manger. Then to Victoria Palace Theater to see Billy Elliot. Touching story and AMAZINGLY talented kid actors. Standing O! Dinner at the delicious Hawkmoor Spitalfields Restaurant in the hoppin' Shoreditch section of London. Our entrees were great, but the highlight was toffee baked pudding for dessert. Luckily, it was a long walk back to...

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Jul 12, 2014 - 3,4,5,6 July London

3 July 2014 We leave our pretty little Parisian Hotel around 11 am in order to catch our Eurostar train from Gard Nord to St Pancras Station in London which leaves at 12.45. On arriving at the Station we are advised that check in is on the second level, fortunately there is a lift. There are hundreds of people lined up, lots of school age tours and people of every nationality. We have to go through Customs and security before arriving on the platform. The next part is to get our luggage up and in the train, along with everyone else. The...

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Jul 11, 2014 - Back in London

Believe it or not, spent the whole day shopping for Uniqlo lightweight down jackets. Found our jackets, visited St. Paul's Cathedral, where Charles & Diana got married & where Winston Churchill"s funeral was held. Shabbat evening, delightful dinner with Debbi & Kenny Arnold and our gracious hosts, Bernard & Gloria (Rabin) Goodwin.

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Jul 11, 2014 - London

Spent the last day of our trip in London! Have to admit we both really enjoyed it! We took a bus, train, Hop On Hop Off bus again and the train and bus back to the Radisson. We got a little turned around in Chinatown...but we came out right by the Piccadilly underground station! The iPad is just about out of memory for me to upload photos so will finish this entry when we get home. :( If I ever see that light blue fleece jacket again it will be too soon...but at least will bring back memories of this fabulous vacation - or holiday - as the...

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Jul 9, 2014 - Tired of London - Tired of Life!

Good Olde London, love it to bits. Weather's lousy of course, it's full of funny Poms with a funny sense of humour, but the beer is cold these days and the food good, I love it. Again I've enjoyed my few days in London, staying with Gareth and Jacky amid wedding fever as they finalise their exciting wedding arrangements for next month. I am sorry I never had time to visit all my great friends and family north of London and of course in Scotland but really need to get back to my job in Sydney and back in time for Mum's birthday, otherwise I...

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