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Sep 18, 2014 - Last night in London

Hello from my last night in London! Shakespeare's Globe theatre for a guided tour in the morning - tempted to stay for a performance but I would rather wait until I'm back here 'wiv me wife.' The British Museum is not as big as the Louvre but still seemed to be a wonderful bottomless pit of over a million objects displaying Mankind's and Womankind's struggle to overcome the problems of both the physical and spiritual worlds by utilising their creative instincts and talents. At the same time there were an awful lot of headless statues with...

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Sep 17, 2014 - Woody, Hemingway and Me

Here's that little story about my adventures with Woody and Hemingway (I completed it for a course I was doing at the time). I have found it interesting to read again and to compare the 'me' on my first overseas trip to the 'me' on this one - a big very difference I think? Help from Hemingway - Paris 2011 I’ve been planning my first trip overseas for a long time, and I can’t quite believe that I’m actually here! I’m finally in Paris, the city of art, literature, philosophy and romance, but something’s not quite right. The tourist books...

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Sep 17, 2014 - One day you're gunna get caught!

Hello again from London! I thought I'd try to catch up to where I actually am instead of being a day behind so I'm going to do two days in a row - sorry 'bout that! First of all London is awesome! I love it here! I love the language, I love the accents, I love the people and it goes without saying how much I love the museums and galleries. Everything seems familiar and walking around is like playing monopoly (except unfortunately I don't collect $200 from anyone). All of the places are here - Regent Street, Kings Cross Station, Trafalgar...

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Sep 16, 2014 - Yes it is the real Sir Ian McKellen!

Hello from London! Well I've arrived in London and I'm feeling knackered! All I have to do is work out how to get to the place I'm staying at on the other side of the city. First of all they speak English (huge sigh) and it makes a lot of difference. For example, my first task is to get some of the local money - no problem just stick the card into the ATM and withdraw 200 pounds. Everything goes well and I wait for my money and wait and wait but no money (but I don't panic because I can just ask someone). I go over to the friendly policeman...

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Sep 13, 2014 - I LOVE this plac

What a wonderful day today. Great breakfast in our cafeteria-style eating area, then off to Portobello road market, I love this, John, not so much. Then with our newfound bus bravery, the bus to Buckingham Palace, then walk to Harrods, bus to Primark which is amazing, never saw so many people buying so much cheap stuff. They are from around the world with suitcases to fill with clothing, really cheap clothing. Back home for laundry night, we can hear the student pub from here, singing, lots of singing and it will be silent by midnight. We...

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Europe 2014

Sep 13, 2014 - Return to London

I am on the train from Newcastle and will arrive at Kings Cross shortly. I missed the turn to the airport as the signage was not clear but after a couple of trips around the round about I found Avis, returned the car, caught the Metro to Newcastle Central and made it to the train in plenty of time. A relaxing three hours on the train, endless cups of tea and wifi. This morning I packed up and then went and watch the setting up for the fair across the road. Very funny little country fair. Tea rooms with yummy cakes, scones etc childrens's...

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Sep 12, 2014 - FULL two days in London

Well, what an amazing two days it has been. We have visited museums, gone up in the London Eye, Thames river cruise, walked along amazing Fleet Street filled with incredible buildings. There were film crews set up outside the London courts waiting for some verdict - don't know what it was but we were having a drink in the pub across the street and about 20 people came in and ordered champagne so I guess they won! We walked miles and miles and found the Twinings tea store. The building has been there for 250 years and is only about 10 feet...

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Sep 12, 2014 - Last day in London

Well today was our last full day in the sea of humanity known as London. People everywhere from everywhere. As with Reykjavik, our last day in London was a history day, but what day wasn't? Started the day at the Tower of London with a tour by a Yeoman Warder (aka Beefeater). He provided most of the highlights in about 40 minutes. After that we toured the tower for about 90 minutes. It was interesting but I came away a bit disappointed. Not sure what I expected but I left feeling underwhelmed. Maybe not as gruesome as I thought it would...

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Sep 12, 2014 - Lindisfarne and the Holy Island

Today I drove to Holy Island to see the Priory which like many was destroyed during the dissolution of the Monasteries during the 1530's. The other attraction was the castle which was a 14th century fort restored by Edward Hudson in 1901 as a holiday house. Edwin Lutyens did an amazing reconstruction and I just loved it. Gertrude Jeykell designed the walled garden that is best viewed from the castle. The island has a wonderful history dating right back to the time of St Cuthbert and St Aiden around 670AD. It was a monastery for the monks....

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Sep 11, 2014 - London

We got a late start to the day as we caught up on much needed sleep. Got on the Hop-on-hop-off bus with a plan to take it all the way around the route and then return to what we thought we wanted to see. After about two hours on the bus, with the end not yet in sight, we disembarked at the Tower of London and made our way to the Tower Pier to catch a boat back to Westminster pier, which was about 25 minutes. This had been recommended but quite frankly I am not certain why, other than to see things from the Thames. Once we arrived at...

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Sep 11, 2014 - Northumberland

I have been so busy exploring that I have not had the energy to make an entry until now. I have done so much that I am struggling to remember everything but have plenty of notes to check. I am currently sitting outside my cottage, Dovecote in Northumberland. I am listening to the Albnoni adagio and hearing the sheep across the road and the workman setting up for the Ingram fair on Saturday. Luckily I will be able to go for a couple of hours before I head off back to London. I have had fabulous weather which I didn't expect. All the cottage...

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Sep 10, 2014 - Buckingham Palace

Went to visit the Queen today but for some unknown reason my appointment wasn't on her calendar, so I just toured the Palace. They don't allow photos of the inside, which is disappointing, but I did purchase The Official Souvenir Guide, which I will make available on my coffee table.

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