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Sep 25, 2016 - London - Final Day

Today is my last real day in London. I leave Monday morning for Ireland. I decided not to keep all of you in suspense about the answer to the question about Leadenhall Market. Truthfully, I am doing so in case I forget later to tell you. Like the Great Hall from Christ Church College that served as the inspiration for the Great Hall at Hogwarts, the Leadenhall Market served as the inspiration for Diagon Alley in several Harry Potter movies. Sorry, no contest winners. More later today. Enjoy your Sunday. Before I tell you about my adventure...

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Sep 24, 2016 - Notting Hill, Westminster, & More

Since today is Saturday, I decided to go to Notting Hill, partly because I liked the movie of the same name and wanted to see if the place looked remotely like some scenes in the movie and partly because it is billed as the world's largest antique market on Saturdays. The answer to the first part is that it does look somewhat like a few scenes from the movie. In fact, it looks like a nice urban neighborhood...well except for the fact there were a gazillion people milling about. You will see a few photos of my time there. Since I am not into...

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Sep 23, 2016 - Park Me in a Palace, & then shoot me high in the sky

This morning was such a sunny day, I mean absolutely gorgeous, that I decided to tramp around most of Hyde Park. This is not a decision for the faint hearted or the faint footed. I walked around the park established by King Henry VIII with its huge acreage, bodies of water like The Serpentine Pond, which has ghastly amounts of swans, ducks, and many other types of Fowl that I could not name. The Park has the Memorial Fountain to Princess Di, and you will see two pictures of that. Perhaps I expected something more, but I did not find it all...

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Sep 22, 2016 - Royalty & Parks

Yesterday was almost all about royalty with a bit of parks and an assortment of other stuff thrown in together. I could not do my daily update due to the hotel upgrading their internet, and I have to admit now that the sucker is actually working (not so for 1.5 days) it is faster. I took a tour of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Both places are extremely beautiful and stately, as one might expect of digs where royalty actually lives. I will have to finish this later because I have a date, so to speak, with a curator of the Victoria &...

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Sep 21, 2016 - London - Wimbledon Plus

Today I "hoofed" around a lot and got lots of experience using London's subway system (Underground). Since the weather proved splendid, I went to the Hallowed Ground of tennis, better known as Wimbledon. The actual name of the tennis club is the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Here tennis tournaments have been played since 1877, except during the two World Wars (can't see too many people wanting to chase a tennis ball amid bombs falling all over the place). I became aware and interested in tennis during the so-called "Open Era" when Wimbledon...

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Sep 20, 2016 - London - British Museum

This morning was about trains, planes, and automobiles...well, okay it was really about automobiles, sort of planes, and trains. I dumped my rental car at Gatwick Airport (hence the plane reference) and took a train into London. Rather than battle London's Underground with my suitcase, I opted for a taxi, and had a nice conversation with the driver. He used to be in banking, and worked in NYC and Hong Kong. I refrained from asking why he has been driving a cab for the last 13 years, but he did tell me about the trip he & his wife took to...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Tourist Capital of Kent - Gravesend!

Day 3/4 - 17-18 Sep 2016 As this part of the trip falls under the family/friend banner, I was not expecting to make a public journal entry until we head off to Switzerland on Tuesday. However, our very quirky and interesting experiences over the weekend changed all that. Who would have thought humble Gravesend could have provided such entertainment? On Saturday, being still somewhat jet lagged, we opted to just hang around Gravesend and see what the day might bring. We strolled down to Gravesend Pier, the maritime hub of this once thriving...

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Sep 18, 2016 - The Long Journey North

Euro 2016 Day 1/2 - 15-16 Sep, The first day of the 2016 edition of our seemingly annual pilgrimage to Europe was taken up with our similarly standard route - QF1, Sydney to London. While spending around 22 hours in a cigar tube in the sky is not everyone’s idea of a fun time, the Airbus 380 certainly eases the pain, as does the thought of the seven month journey in leaky sailing ships endured by the early colonists (and convicts) to cover the same journey. I think it’s better our way! A comfortable flight, excellent service from the...

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Sep 6, 2016 - Museums and last day in London

It seems this trip is all about museums. We've been to the Victoria and Albert twice, the Museum of Natural history and The Science Museum. We are all very educated now. Our last day was adventurous, well actually more busy than adventurous. We took in lunch in Covent Garden,a matinee performance of Kinky Boots, a pleasant romp that turned out to be a two Kleenex performance at the Adelphi Theatre, a small hall that has maintained most of its early 20th century Art Deco style. I would see the show again in a heartbeat. I hope it actually...

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Sep 5, 2016 - A walk along Regent's Canal

Just a bit of catching up here. One of our pre-planned adventures for touring London for those who have toured London was a canal boat tour from Camden Market to Little Venice with a stop at the zoo. Setting out much later than planned - heck we're on vacation - armed with a free smart phone from the hotel loaded with Google maps and our Oyster card, we set off. OK so I mentioned that we were a little rushed before the trip, so my research was a little less than thorough. Our first clue for what was coming was from the concierge who we...

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Sep 4, 2016 - A what a difference a few weeks make

Soooo here we are...finally posting! So what happened you ask? Well, some of you know and most of you don't, we decided to put our suite/condo/apartment on the market just prior to our departure. Why would anyone do that? Well, mostly because there were two similar condos in our building that sold within days for some obscene amount of money, which Spurs people to do some less than rational things. Vacation countdown basically on hold and condo market prep goes into full gear. Number one job de cluttering. OK let's go rent one of those...

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Aug 23, 2016 - London - our last stop

We arrived at Heathrow airport from Johannesburg at about 7 am on Sunday morning - just over 24 hours after we left Machangulo. We all slept a bit on the plane, so we were in better spirits than we might have been, but we were pretty bagged, and Anth and Robyn's colds were zapping them. Our flight to Vancouver didnt leave until 5:20 pm (10 hours later). We considered staying at the airport, but then decided we'd go stir crazy and that we needed to move around before our next 9 hour flight. So, we hopped on the tube (Piccadilly Line) and...

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