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Nov 28, 2016 - Homeward Bound

28 November: I left for Heathrow just before lunch - some of the trains were either cancelled or delayed and I didn't want to be trying to get through the crowds on the train and tube. Anna and I had lunch at a great cafe called Pieminster on Leather Lane, just around the corner from Holts. Talk about Pie Heaven - we were spoiled for choice. After a teary goodbye (on Anna's part) I trundled The Blue Bullet off to Faringdon Station, took the tube to Paddington Station and then caught the Heathrow Express. The bags have been packed, repacked...

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Nov 27, 2016 - Homeward Thoughts

27 November: My big adventure is nearly over. I know it's a cliche but it just seems like yesterday I was packing to go, and now I'm packing to return. No sightseeing today; Anna and Mark came over this afternoon and all five of us went out to Crystal Palace for drinks and dinner. The last few bits will get squeezed into The Blue Bullet (Anna's trusty wheelie pack) tomorrow morning ready for my long trip home.

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Nov 26, 2016 - Museums, Afternoon Tea and Music

25 November: The day started with a brisk walk to Catford Bridge, where Tim and I caught the bus to Blackheath. From there we walked through Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory. The views across the Thames to the city were spectacular, and I did do the tourist "must" of standing on the Meridian Line. We then walked down to the Maritime Museum and spent a short time there. After a distant view of the Cutty Sark I set off solo for the Victoria and Albert Museum where I happily spent the rest of the day. I used the museum guide to find my...

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Nov 24, 2016 - Marylebone, Music & Art (2)

24 November: After a "relaxed start" this morning Tim and I headed to the Royal Academy to check on the arrangements for the harp and flute recital at 1pm. We then wandered along the Marylebone High St - lots of high end fashion, accessory and furnishing shops including Terence Conran. We found a comfortable pub that served coffee for the morning refuel and then meandered back to the Academy for the recital. The programme, showcasing Academy students, was varied and the concert was very well attended. I nipped back to the Museum to take...

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Nov 23, 2016 - More Music and Walking Tours

22 November: First stop of the day was to visit Anna at work - we had lunch together and then I set off to visit Westminster Cathedral. Along the way I spent nearly an hour in Hatchards - a book shop that made me think I'd died and gone to book heaven! What a pity books are so heavy and bulky as they are so inexpensive here compared to NZ. I resisted all temptation and just looked, wandering through the entire four floors taking in not only the incredible selection of books but also the oak panelled staircase complete with understated...

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Nov 21, 2016 - Music and Art

21 November: Chaos in the transport department this morning: trains delayed and/or cancelled due to "signal problems". When they finally started running they were very slow, much to the frustration of those commuters who were late to work. First stop today was Holywell Music to browse through their harp music and drool over the lovely pedal harps. Job done, music purchased and on to the Tate Modern where I spent several hours. It is a huge gallery with very open displays. I loved the diversity - Monet's water lilies, Picasso, the six huge...

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Nov 20, 2016 - William Morris Museum

20 November: Today was a quiet day in terms of sight-seeing, with only one destination - the William Morris Museum in north-east London. Despite quite a few cancellations and disruption to the train and tube service Anna and I met at Victoria Station and headed to Walthamstowe. The weather was bleak and cold, but the rain held off so we arrived at our destination dry. The museum is in Lloyd House and has undergone major changes since Anna last visited. It was also warm! There were fine examples of his work - wallpaper, fabrics, books,...

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Nov 19, 2016 - National Gallery Again, Iconic Shops, Concert and Hever Castle

18 November: I spent the day in the city with Anna. We met at Trafalgar Square and started our day with a walk around the National Gallery. We both had "must see" paintings and luckily, with the help of The Google, we were able to track them down easily. We also walked past van Gogh's "Sunflowers" but were not able to view it properly as it was in constant use as a selfie background! Next on the list was Fortnum & Mason. Some considerable restraint was required as I could have easily bought every tea in stock as the tins were so beautiful....

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Nov 18, 2016 - Day Three

This morning, or rather yesterday morning at this point, we got up early and headed right out to Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station. It is, of course, the one of Harry Potter fame, and they not only have a trolley going halfway through the wall, but they will also take your picture on it. Such opportunities must not go untapped. From there, we had to fight our way back into the underground and ride to Tower Hill, which is where they beheaded some 123 people, most of whom were nobleman, including Thomas More, a good (but not good enough)...

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Nov 17, 2016 - Actual Sightseeing

So, yesterday was a wash, but today we hit the pavement and knocked a couple of the big sights off of our list. Our lovely quiet roommates were not so quiet this morning. I swear one of them was up every hour, starting at 4am, and not being quiet about it either. Happily, the room was quite warm, unlike the outside weather. In any case, we rolled out of bed around nine (except Megan, who had already gone down and eaten and come back up by that time) and went downstairs to partake in their continental breakfast. 6 pounds for a bowl of...

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Nov 17, 2016 - Further Afield in London

17 November: Today I travelled out to Ealing Broadway (towards Heathrow) to spend the day with Anna. It was an easy train/tube ride and I enjoyed seeing a different part of London. Anna met me at the station and we walked through the "high street", stopping for a coffee on the way. The house she and Mark share is in a quiet and pretty street with lots of trees around, the communal areas are newly fitted (latest appliances and a HUGE laundry room), and their bedroom overlooks the gardens at the back. After reacquainting myself with the...

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Nov 16, 2016 - Day One

Longest day in recorded history. I'm pretty sure. Our flight left last night at 6:20 pm, and landed in London Gatwick at 11:50. It was actually an hour sooner than it was meant to arrive. Apparently we got favorable tail winds... None of us could get good sleep on that flight though, so we were all a bit groggy all day long. The train from Gatwick was a piece of cake. The tube, however, was not. We had to figure out what sort of tickets to buy and then find our track. Initially it made perfect sense. Then I thought we were going the wrong...

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