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Aug 31, 2014 - New York to Home 30 & 31 Aug.

On the final day of our mammoth trip, we had time to walk from the hotel to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa). Here we saw a few of the world's heavy hitters - stunning work by Van Gogh etc. Here's the closest I have to a family tree. Julie on a MoMa seat, which, as I (probably too) often say about Stonehenge, will be nice when it's finished. Having also seen some stuff that we thought was a pretentious con (piles of bricks etc), we had our own go at making an exhibit. We call this one "But I thought YOU'D switched it off." After our Moma...

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Aug 30, 2014 - Dublin in a Day

Day 5 in Dublin Dublin in a Day John started his day with a great run on the River Liffey. He loved seeing the sights of the city from that perspective and seeing Dubliners start their work day. The rest of us, fully realizing we were on vacation, started our day with a full Irish breakfast. Our lovely hotel throws quite a spread of all the traditional Irish breakfast items including what they call white and black pudding. Imagine my surprise when I opened the chafing dish fully expecting to find vanilla and chocolate dessert for breakfast...

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Aug 28, 2014 - The Time Ted Got Lost At A Train Station

Day 4 travel day The Time Ted Got Lost At A Train Station We decided to get to Ireland on the Sail/Rail plan---a train ride to Holyhead, Wales, and then a ferry to Dublin. It took most of the full day, but if truth be told, I could use a little downtime from all the heavy duty touring. One of my favorite parts of cruises we've been on is a "day at sea" where you didn't have to do nothing but relax. We had a great ride on the train and I can't imagine a better way to go than to enjoy the comforts of a high speed train whilst (since we are in...

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Aug 27, 2014 - Mind the Gap

Day 3 in London Mind the Gap Starbucks be warned. If the chain of organic coffee and natural food items called "Pret A Manger"ever takes hold in the US, we will drop you like a hot Machianno. The coffee is delicious and the food is freshly made and packaged to be ready to eat. They are almost as plentiful as Starbucks and you can find them every two or three blocks all over London. We had a delicious breakfast there as we started our adventure du jour. Still feeling confident from our triumphant command of the Paris Metro a couple years...

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Aug 26, 2014 - An UBER Day

Day 2 in London An UBER day If you thought it rains in the Northwest, it POURS in London! Of all the times for the weather people to get it right, the prediction for 2 to 3 inches of rain was right on target. Didn't stop us though. We found ourselves a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour and got a great overview of what we might want to see more of in the next day or two. We did get off at the Harrods' stop but the place was jammed and we couldn't find room in any of the several food venues they had there. I'm sticking to Costco next time I'm hungry at...

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Aug 25, 2014 - Who Needs Mardi Gras When You Can Have Notting Hill Carnival?

Day 1 in London Who Needs Mardi Gras When You Can Have Notting Hill Carnival? We arrived! Didn't get much sleep and had to get a driver at the airport to take us to the hotel because the Heathrow Express was not working. As luck would have it, our driver apparently thought he was the British Prime Minister and went on and on about the "political environment of the US" and how he thinks the US government is making a mistake with how we handle foreign crises. As fun as that was, I couldn't wait to get him off topic so we could finally have a...

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Aug 14, 2014 - London Baby

Arrive London approx. 1840 very, very, very long flight staying near Convent Garden. nice little spot close to all areas, in the heart of the theatre district. Four nights of fun and games, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Eye, London Bridge, London Tower and lots more.

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Europe Trip 2014

Jul 27, 2014 - Raindrops on roses...

I have lost count of the number of times I've been asked to name a favourite when I've talked about my little Balkan adventures this summer. My favourite country, place, culture, sight, experience. Each time I've been left scrabbling for an answer, because there simply hasn't been any single aspect I could cite. I have too many favourites. For a very brief moment as I passed the statue of Sk├źnderbeg on my way back to my hotel yesterday, pondering this question, I considered making this entry rhyme to match the song that inspired it...

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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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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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