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Apr 13, 2014 - Hostel oddities

This is an all ages place, but of course it's dominated by insensitive, self-focused youth hell-bent on drinking. Breakfast is in the bar. There are two services. First is the included cereal and the like buffet. This is a mad house of locusts, many of whom are hung over. Paid, hot (real) breakfast is at 9 am. I prepaid for the 9 am shift. When the included buffet is cleared and it's time for the hot (extra charge) breakfast, you rarely see a bar vacated so efficiently. Speaking of which, I sat through my first pub time bell last night. It...

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Apr 12, 2014 - London

Getting ready to leave for Morocco tomorrow. We left Tucson Tuesday, arrived London Wednesday, and now getting ready to leave for Marrakech, Morocco tomorrow "0 dark hundred." Seems like we will be leaving the flat around 3:00 a.m. or so to get to the train station to take a 4:00 a.m. train to the airport and board a plane leaving for Marrakech at 6:40 a.m. Time to pack and get organized!

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BIRTHDAY TRIP 2014

Apr 11, 2014 - How many sleeps until Britain and France

Greetings everyone. 34 sleeps until we start our trip to Britain and France. It will be good to go on holiday since it has been a very hard month with the passing of Rick's mom. We are planning on celebrating her life when we enjoy all those flowers at the Chelsea garden show. Since she had such a green thumb it seems very fitting. Look out for the blog coming soon to your emails.

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Apr 10, 2014 - London

Arrived yesterday. Attened the Royal Ballet's Sleeping Beauty last night. I was so excited that jet lag was not an issue until going back to the hostel. Getting lost is part of the journey. After the hostel's not bad version of an American breakfast, I walked part of the Queen's Walk on the Thames this morning. Visited the office of the Confraternity of St James to say hello and trade Camino gossip. Braved the British Museum. It's school holdays, so every school kid and weary parent or guardian were there. The mummies in the Egypt room...

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Apr 10, 2014 - LONDON

London, what a fascinating city. They appreciate the old and embrace the new. You see a construction crew striving to restore a 200 to 300 old edifice and across the street a modern building is being constructed. It is also very metropolitan: It is said that over 300 languages are actively spoken each day some place in the city. It is large, with a population of 7 to 8 million, but clean with lots of parks and green areas. You can have lunch in an old pub (1680) or have a hamburger at McDonalds next door. We took a small tour on an overcast...

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Sally & Hugh Travel

Apr 8, 2014 - Arrived in England

April 8 We cleared customs, picked up our Eurocar around 7:00 a.m. and drove to Raunds in Northamptonshire where our friends Rob and Andrina live, arriving around 11:00 a.m. Andrina and Rob prepared us a nice lunch, and after a good chat we both managed to catch a few hours sleep. Later, Rob drove us to a nearby village called Higham Ferrers for dinner at a fancy restaurant/pub called The Griffon. The meal wasn't bad, although we all agreed that it was a bit pricy for 'pub' food. Back at the house we went straight to bed as we were both...

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Apr 4, 2014 - Beachcombing and Dizzy heights

Embankment to the West End: This morning we embarked on the first of our scheduled activities of excitement-which we preceded with a cup of foul Maccas coffee at the County Hall building and a fight at the pay-per-pooh facilities. This is always a good start to the day. People who've traveled with me before will know that I have a rep' to maintain as Australia's answer to Mrs Magoo-blindly stumbling through situations which for others would become diplomatic incidents. I draw the line at scaling the gates of Buck Palace, but I have been...

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Mar 31, 2014 - Heading Home

We sort of bailed on the blog once we got to London as we met up with Gayle and played. Gayle and I worked together at Long Beach for Jet A about 30 years ago and she and I opened Washington National (now Reagan) as a station for Jet. David came to work with us in 1986. Gayle lives in Cardiff, Wales (Valley Girl a long way from home) so we try to get together somewhere whenever we can. Much fun. Going home today. It's been an excellent trip, but I'm ready to go home and get rid of this crappy cold. We may backfill later, ciao!

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Favorite Places Tour

Mar 30, 2014 - The George Inn in Southwark on Mothering Sunday

We left Sevenoaks just after 10am yesterday and drove to a LidL in Cray Foot en route to Crystal Palace. We found the carpark too small for Homer but luckily it was a Saturday and we could stop in a nearby business park while David stocked up on beer. We then crawled to Crystal Palace Caravan Park (SE19 1UF) – we booked for 3 nights for £58. It was a beautiful sunny day and so lots of traffic and people out and about. We arrived just after mid-day and we hadn’t booked so we were very pleased to be given a big level pitch near the amenities...

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Mar 21, 2014 - Day 1- London layover

We arrived at 7am and jumped the Tube to The Tower of London. We saw the White Tower and the Crown Jewels. Next a river cruise down the Thames to Big Ben. Lunch at The Laughing Halibut. Really good. A stroll past Buckingham Palace were the Queen was in the residence. A quick nap on the lawn of St. James park, we looked real trashy. Next was Churchill's War Rooms during WWII. The kids loved this. Our last tour was Westminster Abbey. Lots of dead Brits there. Back to the airport for our 6:30pm flight to Rome.

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Mar 9, 2014 - Lost Luggage in London

The title gives it away really. You're right, I made it safely back to London but my luggage did not. This is the first and only time I have had checked baggage not arrive at its final destination. What was more annoying was that my case had safely made it on 14 other flights including the mad 15 minutes connection in Brisbane, but these last 2 flights to get me home again, and it goes missing. The Virgin Atlantic staff could not have been more helpful and gave me a lost luggage form to fill out. There was a guy stood next to me at the...

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RTW1

Mar 4, 2014 - At sea on our way to Sydney

Packing!! Our last day on Queen Victoria. Sunny & warm. The coast of Australia visible off the starboard side of the ship. Went to a couple of talks this morning & then back to start packing........ At least all you have to do is ensure all the drawers/cupboards are empty! Also we are staying in Sydney a week so we don't have to have everything weighed exactly. Did an hour before lunch & about the same afterwards. Just a few bits & pieces to pack after dinner. Happy days..............

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