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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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Europe 2014

Sep 25, 2014 - Amsterdam City of Canals

Up at 7:15 am. Got to sleep in! On the bus at 8:55 and on the road to go on an orientation tour past the Mint Tower and Royal Palace in Dam Square. Then headed to one of Amsterdam's famous Diamond Houses - Gassan Diamonds to watch craftsmen cut and polish the stones. Next we learned about the 4 C's - carat, colour, clarity, and cut. From there we dropped some of the people off by Dam square and we headed to the town of Volendam stopping first at a Cheese Farm and Wooden Clog making shop. We got to see how wooden clogs are made by hand. Next...

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Sep 23, 2014 - Explore London

Up at 7:00 am had breakfast then on the bus tour at 8 am. The tour was touring main London. Stopped at Royal Albert Hall then on to Westminster Abbey. Saw some of the Queens' Guards on horses. Then saw the changing of the red coats to the blue coats. Went for a walk through St. James Park on our way to Buckingham Castle. We finished up our tour here and went off on our own. We purchased tickets to see inside Buckingham Palace. Once out of Buckingham Palace, we hopped on the Big Bus hop on hop off bus. We saw many things on this bus. So...

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Sep 23, 2014 - New York - Montreal - London - We've arrived home!

Hi everyone, We had a fairly uneventful flight from New York to Montreal and then a final flight to London. Neither of us got much sleep and with the five hour time difference we've been trying to stay awake all day so we can sleep tonight. We're still getting used to the reality of returning home. We found our house roughly the same way we left it and now there's a list of chores to get everything back to the way it was - the garden is going to be quite a big project! We'd like to thank you all for following our journal. To those at home -...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Windsor Castle, Bath, & Stonehenge

Got picked up at the Hotel at 7:55 am. Picked up other people on our way to Victoria Station. Switched buses and left Victoria Station around 9:00 am. Headed first to Windsor Castle. Absolutely beautiful!! So cool! Looked around the grounds as well took a tour of the State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dolls' House, and St. George's Chapel. St. George's Chapel is the burial place of Kings and Queens, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. Next we visited the beautiful Georgian City of Bath. Inside the city are the only hot...

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