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Nov 22, 2014 - Day trip to London

Went to the Tower of London today and we were delighted to see most of the poppies still there. A truly magnificent sight. Double bonus a nice Frenchman gave us free tickets in to the Tower - nice saving at 20 pound each! (no pound sign on my keyboard!) Saw the crown jewels but not overly impressed with the displays inside the tower. An amazing big building though.

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OXFORD 2014

Nov 2, 2014 - Fly home

The end of an amazing and magical trip! We have seen such a tiny part of this vast sub-continent. It leaves you wanting more despite the huge contrasts and obvious issues it has to deal with, But what country in the world does not have it's own particular problems? The people we have met have been so welcoming and friendly and that will definitely be a lasting memory for me. 3 weeks away however, does mean I am looking forward to going home and seeing all the family. It was a poignant last week having heard of the loss of Harry, my lovely...

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Nov 1, 2014 - First weekend trip to London

Caught X90 bus from Oxford for 18 pound return. Locals advised X90 is best option to get into city centre. No need to book. Leaves every 15minutes from Gloucester Green bus depot in middle of Oxford. Happens to be right near my work office. Has several convenient stops. Baker st was closed due to road works so we got off at Marble Arch which was very convenient for tube access to covent garden. Bought a full day ticket as had to change lines but turned out we didn't need to. Hard to be sure about that. Need to get an Oyster card!

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Oct 29, 2014 - London

I landed at London's Heathrow Airport at 9am, 30 minutes ahead of schedule. However, the gate crew and customs weren't ready so the time savings was lost. LHR is incredibly expansive with five separate terminals. Over 70 million people pass through Heathrow annually, making it one of busiest airports in the world. Somehow they manage all this activity with only two runways. There's a continuous stream of takeoffs and landings 24/7. I made my way through the maze of buildings and corridors following the signs to the airport tube station with...

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Oct 13, 2014 - 0º0'0"

On a very rainy day we met a London Walkss guide at the London Tower for a trip to Greenwich. These days the tower moat is decorated with thousands of poppies, one for every British soldier who died in World War I. An Impressive sight. We boarded a ship and sailed under the Tower Bridge. The river was a busy place when ships were smaller and their goods did not come in containers, but for many years now the Thames is the least used river flowing through a big city. All the warehouses and docks were left to crumble and only in the 1980's did...

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Oct 12, 2014 - chocolate tour

When I was a small child I was always sick. Today truant authorities would have come after my parents because i was never in school. I missed 2/3 of the year in 2nd grade. My best friend Cynthia brought home my books and took back the homework my mom helped me complete. She taught me to read and write; multiply and, divide. I was especially likely to be sick at holiday times - Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas, Halloween would find me in bed running a fever. What do these holidays have in common? - chocolate! After my chocolate allergy was...

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Oct 11, 2014 - Depart for India!

Mags & Babs - flying off to Delhi, appropriately on Jet Airways, to begin our 3 weeks exploring just a little bit of this massive country! Girls only trip, long planned, is happening at last! Cannot wait to experience the promised amazing colours of Rajasthan and the Rajasthani people! Mr Blue Sky playing in Costa - a good omen! Bought the Gin at LHR so ...... Watch out India, here we come!!!

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Oct 10, 2014 - Carnivore Food Tour

Before the Carnivore Food Tour started, we went to the food hall at Harrod's to conduct a comparison between the food stuffs for sale there as compared to the Isetan in Tokyo, which impressed us so last spring. While both department stores have awesome food displays, we would have to give the blue ribbon to Isetan. Variety and selection in both stores was amazing. How could you decide between hundreds of different coffee beans, for example? Harrod's had mouth watering desserts and sandwiches for sale, but nowhere to sit down and eat them....

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Oct 9, 2014 - Covent Garden

There are so many interesting walking tours available in London we hardly know where to start. London Walks is a favorite company since they do not require reservations. Each walk starts at a Tube stop and you just show up and pay on the spot and explore a neighborhood hearing great stories and being taken into interesting nooks and crannies that you would never enter on your own. And they offer a discounted price for concessions, which we have learned is the British term for geezers. This is a pricy country, but we have benefitted greatly...

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Oct 8, 2014 - Churchill War Rooms

Replacing the tube tickets I left behind was easy; all you need is more money. Then we headed to Leicester Square and purchased theatre tickets for half price. We are used to standing in lengthy lines to do this in the summer, but this time of year the lines are so short, we were at the purchase window before we decided what we wanted to see. Then we headed to the Churchill War Rooms, part of the Imperial War Museum. We heard a lot about them when they reopened in 2005. You used to need a special appointment to go inside and we had never...

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Oct 7, 2014 - a day full of troubles

We knew that we needed to get an early start to make the drive from our Torquay condo to Heathrow, where we were supposed to turn in the rental car by noon and catch a prepaid transfer limo into the city. The Torquay condo had a 30º steep drive which twisted and turned on the way down, about a quarter of a mile. We could only turn around at the top of the driveway when our landlady was gone with her car and she stayed home last night. It had rained and the windows were fogged up as Ken started down the hill. He was concentrating on not...

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Oct 5, 2014 - Last day on this continent

Today we were up early. Paid our bill at the hotel and the cab came to take us to the train station. We checked in at the Eurostar for the 9:13 am train. I had always thought that this would be kind of glamorous but it was definitely a Greyhound bus experience. The train was full and it seemed that most people had 2 massive pieces of luggage. Apparently things are a lot cheaper in France. The train ride was good though and then took the tube to our hotel, Ashley House near Paddington Station. We have been very lucky with all our hotels on...

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