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Aug 12, 2015 - Bus Tour of London & Other Adventures

Day 3: August 12th – London City We have only today in London, so to make the best of it, we boarded a bus this morning for a city tour and a glimpse of London’s iconic landmarks. I know, I know – I hate bus tours, too! But for the lack of time, they are a necessity. Besides, I don’t care much for big cities – they are all so alike. However, how can you stay in London, and not see any of it except around your hotel? Sooo, after the standard British buffet breakfast of eggs (scrambled or sunny side up), baked beans, roasted tomatoes, whole...

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Aug 11, 2015 - Off to London

Day 1 & 2 – August 10th-11th, 2015, Monday & Tuesday – Well, we made it! Our flight out of Pellston was delayed an hour (what’s new about that? you ask), but when we arrived in Detroit, fortunately our departure gate was close to our arrival gate (amazingly!) and they were already boarding first class, so we didn’t have long to wait. The flight was good, despite a large number of children. The family across the aisle from us was traveling with five, all under the age of nine, I believe. But the children fell fast asleep soon after...

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Aug 10, 2015 - Day Twenty Eight: Madrid to London

I woke up this morning excited and nervous about our next adventure. After 4 weeks of living out of a bag it will be nice to unpack and stay in one place for a while, but at the same time I'm nervous about what's to come. We didn't set an alarm this morning as our flight wasn't till 3:00pm so we knew we could take it easy getting ready. We got up and packed our things for the last time and headed out for breakfast. We went back to the cafe from Saturday. I asked for the English menu and he gave me a tapas menu and a drinks menu, which had a...

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Aug 6, 2015 - Day 3 - London

Well we decided to have a slow start to the day due to the tube services being suspended. It was chaos in London. I have now got the rail system down pat - what is underground, overground, Tfl service and DLR service. Luckily we have both Tfl and DLR servicing Greenwich so we were still able to get about. Just down to another local cafe for a light breaky and coffeeeeeeeee. Now to make our way to the Emirates ground. This was going to be a bit tricky but mapped it out. After getting off at the closest station it was approx a 15 minute walk...

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Aug 5, 2015 - Day 2 - London

Well here we are - another day in this great city. David is not feeling to well - appears to be coming down with flu - no time to rest up though! Oh what to do today......... A nice light breaky before a leisurely river cruise up the Thames. First stop - London Tower! London Pass has fast tracked us to get in which is great as there is quite a line up. First stop those Crown Jewels (haven't seen Liz yet to see what she will let me borrow). It appeared to be good timing as we waited in line for less than 10 minutes. The Jewels were fabulous...

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Aug 4, 2015 - Day 1 - London

Good morning London (thanks David for waking me up at 5.30 am - you do know I am not a morning person). So after exploring Greenwich - having everything we need right here at our fingertips we had breaky in a little cafe. I ordered a plain omlette and coffee - guess what? The omlette came out with chips............chips for breakfast!! What the...........David told me to get used to it at as the poms have chips with everything!! Anyway I was starving so ate it all up as you do. We then caught the train into London Bridge station. Yep you...

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Aug 3, 2015 - Farewell to the UK

We both awoke rather early as we neither had packed last night. Anxious to get out of the flat - of all of our accommodations this one definitely left quite a lot to be desired. Unfortunately things turned a little ugly between me and the owner of the flat who accused me of calling her a liar - we had to be out by 11:00! Having slept either on the sofa (not very comfortable) or on the mattress on the floor (seems the prior tenants had broken the bed and the replacement bed was a single as opposed to a double); I was anxious to pack and...

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Aug 2, 2015 - Our Last Day

Today is our last full day in London. It was another beautiful day and we didn't take either an umbrella or a jacket when we headed out for the few things still on our list. First was the British Museum primarily to see the Rosetta Stone. Unfortunatey we did not learn anything from our trip to Westminster Abbey. We should have been there when the museum opened. It was really crowded. We made our way into the Great Court, a glass-domed space which is the largest covered square in Europe with the round Reading Room in the middle. The Reading...

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Aug 1, 2015 - Regent's Canal, Camden Market & The Wallace Collection

Today was the day we reviewed the list and to do catchup. We decided we would walk the Regents Canal (or at least part of it - it is 8 miles long). Little Venice (the starting point closest to us) according to Google maps is .8 mile from our flat - so I plugged in the "walking" directions and off we went. We seemed to do a lot of criss-crossing of streets and our pedometer registered 2 miles to Little Venice! It appeared to us it was following one-way streets, although we were in the walk mode! Oh well - there were a couple of times we had...

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Jul 31, 2015 - Westminster Abbey

Today we have fast track entry tickets for Westminster Abbey. There is supposed to be a special entry for these tickets with a shorter queue. After researching a lot the best time to go to this major tourist attraction, we decided to be there when it opened at 9:30 a.m. We arrived a little before 9:30 and there were 3 lines--fast track entry, London Pass holders, and those waiting to purchase tickets. Lo and behold our line was pretty short and we were being let in before 9:30. An audio was included, the tour was laid out very well, and we...

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Jul 30, 2015 - Wimbledon Redux

We were a little leisurely this morning, as we had made reservations to return to Wimbledon for a tour and to see the museum. We would finally get to Center Court! Prior to heading off, we restocked the larder. We have 3 underground stations within 15 minute walking distance, so we've discovered the fewer transfers we have to make, the more time we save. So we headed off for Notting Hill Gate station which is on the same line as our stop for Wimbledon - it was a 30 minute ride vs. the one hour plus ride and two transfers several weeks ago....

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Jul 29, 2015 - Royal Day Out

My birthday got off to a great start with a beautiful sunny day. We had tickets for the Royal Day Out at Buckingham Palace which included tours of the Queen's Gallery, the Royal Mews and the State Rooms. We ended up arriving at Buckingham Palace at 11:30 and forgot about the Changing of the Guard. The place was mobbed and we needed to be on the other side of the palace. It took some effort but we managed to work our way through the crowd. Since we had a timed ticket for 12:30 and we arrived at the entrance a little before noon, the guide...

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