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Jun 26, 2015 - Who?

51°30'31" N 0°9'48" W London, England United Kingdom THE WHO. So we arrived in London this morning, nice easy train ride into the city. We stopped by the hostel to drop out large packs off, and then grabbed our day packs and headed out. We meandered towards Ben's restaurant, Benito's Hat. We ate lunch and then decided to head to Hyde Park to walk a bit before going to the hostel and chilling. And that's when it happened. As we wandered through the park it became apparent that about half of the park was being used for a festival called...

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Jun 13, 2015 - London - Day 20

Saturday did not get off to the best of starts as we headed off to visit Toni Hewitt aboard her river boat "Olive". We departed the hotel late, as we headed for coffee and cake at a cafe across the road from the station. We then discovered that the ircle and District lines were closed for scheduled maintenance, requiring us to take the Piccadilly line to Hammersmith and change for Ladbroke Grove. On exiting the station, we took the long route to Mitre Bridge where the boat was moored, arriving at 1030hrs - 30 mins late. We remained with...

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Jun 12, 2015 - Last morning in London

We decided to take a long walk since we will have more airplane time sitting in small seats squished amongst other travelers. Off to Hyde Park at the end of our street to see the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and JM Barrie's Peter Pan statue. It was what John likes to refer to as a "forced march" but it was not raining (yet) and we had some time to kill.

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Jun 12, 2015 - London - Day 19

We all had a solid nights sleep for the first time in the trip. The girls dressed early and prepared to walk to Portabello Road to visit the outdoor market, Diana's memorial in Hyde Park and to shop for the Grandchildren at Harrod's. As we were in need of our mid trip laundry service, I took our light clothing to a nearby laundromat. Two elderly ladies were pleasant and helpful, however, begrudgingly took our clothes with the proviso that they would not be ready until 1400hrs next day. Not discouraged I left the clothes and retired to a...

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Jun 11, 2015 - London - Day 18

Last night's late finish did not make for an early purposeful start to the day and it was 1000hrs, having spoken to Nicole & Leighton, before we departed the hotel. Our first move was on the 74 bus to Hyde Park; very slow due to the heavy traffic and confirming of my decision not to take the Hop On/Off bus tour in this very busy city. We walked via the Wellington Arch and the Australian War Memorial to Buckingham Palace where the crowds were gathering for the daily mounting of the guard at 1130hrs. Following the parade, which was difficult...

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Jun 11, 2015 - Borough Market

Walking back after our food tour we make a detour across the London Bridge to this market that replaced the Old Spitalfields Market. It reminds me a lot of the Portland Saturday Market. It is under the Overground tracks and has an array of food, wine, and souvenirs. If we had not been stuffed from our food tour it would have been a great place for a bite to eat. Just after this we made a last minute decision to see the production Let It Be-2 solid hours of Beatles music. It was Brilliant! (as they say here)

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Jun 11, 2015 - Street Art

Though we did not get to take the official tour, we were in the same neighborhood when we were doing our food tour. Shoreditch is the area of London where the artists live and many world famous street artists have honed their craft. By definition, street art is temporary and ever changing (though there are a few that are not touched-too famous). It IS illegal, so one does not want to get caught. The street artist known as Invader is a French artist was quite apparent. His works are based on video games from the 70's-80's using square...

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Jun 11, 2015 - Best weather so far!

It was a beautiful 75˚ and sunny today for our food tour of the East End.Not a destination generally on a tourist list, it is a fascinating trip through time. Lots of ethnic groups have settled here through the years-usually forced "beyond the wall" due to poverty, religion or country of origin. Many remnants exist of the Irish, Jewish and now populated by the Bangledesh. It is also home to many famous street artists, restauranteurs, and a few landmarks. We navigated the "tube" for the first time to get to the meeting point at Old...

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Jun 10, 2015 - London - Day 17

Our host at the Lorne House did not disagree with our proposed stop at Castle Combe, however, she suggested that we should also consider visiting Lacock, 6 miles away. As such we headed for the village at 0900hrs and were very pleased with her recommendation. We walked the town and visited the small country church where Camilla Parker Bowles daughter was married. We did'nt have the time to visit the Abbey which opened at 1030hrs. This town was more open, flat and had the feeling of support to the local farming community. We next drove to...

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Jun 10, 2015 - Theater day

After a very long dinner last night due to a great comaradarie with our waitress Veronika, we slept in (finally on UK time) and then headed for the theater district for our lunch at Grace Bar and matinee of The Book of Mormon. It was a very amusing show that was extremely well done. When walking back we headed down Saville Row to admire all of the establishments with bespoke attire and even came across the one featured in recent movie, The Kingsman! Then it was onto Victorias Secret's flagship. 4 large floors of the most amazing array of...

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Jun 10, 2015 - Wow...a 345 wakeup call to start our day

Getting ready to board the bus and head from London to Paris. We are driving by motor coach through the Kent countryside to catch the ferry at Dover to take it to Calais, France. Drive to Dover is about 90 minutes and ferry across the English Channel is another 90 minutes. I will post back later with an update. Hoping to hit a WiFi Hotspot in Paris so I can upload some pics to these posts.

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Jun 9, 2015 - Tuesday-late in the day for me..early for you!

We did not hear from our "street artist tour guide" in time to participate, so we started our travels today in Knightsbridge/Kensington. This is quite an exclusive area of London made fashionable in the late 17th century when royalty moved into the palace (and it remains a royal home to William and Kate) in my time the area was perhaps more famous for Mary Quant and later by the Sex Pistols. It is here where one can visit Harrods the department store that started in 1846 as a grocery and expanded to have more than 200 departments and 6000...

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