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Jun 9, 2015 - Our final day and coming home

*Thursday 4 June Day 88 (18) - Kent - London It was quite cold first up but at least the sun was out occasionally. We packed all our stuff up but decided to have our last hurrah of English sightseeing and visit a local National Trust house and garden before saying our goodbyes to Jackie and drive up to London. We drove to Tenterden to visit Smallhythe Place, a National Trust property in the heart of the Wealden countryside. It was once the site of Medieval ship building when Tenterden was a port. I never knew that the River Rother was...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Day 10. NYC

A very productive day so far. Started the day off with a visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral. Quite impressive. Many notable people were barrier from there. Jackie Onassis. Robert Kennedy and Babe Ruth are a few names you would recognize. From there we walked to Rockerfellor center. Saw Tamaran Hall outside. Then stood if front of the window and saw Al, Tamaran and Willie as they started the 9am hour of the show. We then proceeded to the TopOf the Rock to view the city from 68 floors up. A spectacular view!!! On to pier56 and a tour around...

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Jun 4, 2015 - Kent, with Jane, Jackie and Mandy

*Monday 1 June Day 85 (15) - London - Kent - staying with Jane We left London and had a quick run through to Ashford. I wanted to see the town that I grew up in and went to school at so we drove into the town centre. It's a lot bigger than it was - more built up of course but there was so much I remembered. We drove past my old school and saw a lot of the buildings in the main streets that I remembered so well. We then drive to Orlestone Church where we worshipped as kids, I played the organ for evensong as a teenager and where I and my...

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Jun 2, 2015 - Touring the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River

6-2-15 A tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River Today is our last full day in the Big Apple and it’s still raining. We decided to take a water taxi tour of the East River area and the Brooklyn Bridge in spite of the weather and hope for the best. Turns out, the weather is supposed to clear up tomorrow just in time for us to leave. We took the 9:15AM "NY Waterway" ferry from Liberty Harbor right out the front door of our RV park. This ferry took us to Pier 11 near Wall Street in Manhattan. Pier 11 serves a number of ferry lines so we...

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Jun 1, 2015 - Another rainy day, New York City

6-1-15 Another rainy day, New York City Well, our intentions were good. We had planned to head over to the mall, park the truck then get over to New York and do something. Part of the plan worked, we got to the mall. Julie decided that she would stay in the mall and shop if I wanted to go out in pouring rain and look for trains and ferries. It was raining hard. Unlike New Orleans, the rain here is cold. The poncho I was wearing did little to keep me dry. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to find train stations and ferry boats, but it...

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May 31, 2015 - A day near camp and flash floods

5-31-15 Camp day and flash floods Did not have any plans today other than taking care of camp business. I noticed that traffic in the area early Sunday morning was manageable. Since I needed to move the RV in order to dump the wastewater, I decided to go fuel up to save that hassle when it comes time to leave. The fueling, sewer dumping, and re-parking all went well. That leaves shopping for supplies (food) left to do. There is a shopping center nearby according to Google earth with actual parking lots! We went there to see if it was real....

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May 31, 2015 - London with Penny

*Tuesday 26 May Day 79 (9) - Wellingborough - staying with John and Vicky John and John were off playing golf by seven while Vicky and I had a quiet morning chatting. Elizabeth (John and Vicky's younger daughter) came over with Rowan and Oak at eleven. It was a much nicer day although still quite cool. The boys weren't expected to get home until around one as they were going to visit Betty, another relative of John's, on the way home from golf. Betty is a cousin (daughter of his mum's sister) and she lives with her son Roger. We leave for...

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May 30, 2015 - A Broadway show

5-30-15 A Broadway show Today we need to be in Midtown Manhattan by 2PM to see the Broadway show Julie purchased tickets for a while ago. It’s looking like another great day, i.e. HOT. We dressed comfortably and set out to retrace our steps from yesterday. We are not taking any chances so we left around 10AM. We took the water taxi over the river from New Jersey and sat a bit to admire the view and watch a million people running the trail along the river. I have never seen so many casual runners in my life. We did see some old folks (like...

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May 29, 2015 - Getting "Big City" travel skills

5-29-15 Getting “Big City” travel skills We do not have our tour guide Ray and his tour bus any longer, so we will have to figure out how to get around the city by ourselves. There are several ways to get to Manhattan from Jersey City, but we think the most fun way is by ferry or water taxi. There are a couple ferry terminals near the RV park on Morris Canal Basin. We took the one from Warren St to the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal near Nelson Rockefeller Park, Manhattan. The ride was fast, scenic, and very pleasant. Finding a...

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May 28, 2015 - Bob and Julie takes Manhattan

5-28-15 Bob and Julie take Manhattan The day started out warm but muggy. The ceiling is so low you cannot see most of the Manhattan skyline, rain is predicted later in the day. No matter, we had scheduled to take the NYC tour including a ferry ride to Ellis Island and Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty. At 8:45AM, our tour guide, Ray, picked us up at our RV park and delivered us to Liberty Park, NJ to get on the ferry. Security to see the Statue of Liberty is VERY tight. The security checks (there were two), make airport security...

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May 26, 2015 - Bournemouth, Dorset; Wellingborough, Northants - UK

*Saturday 23 May Day 76 (6) - Wellingborough - staying with John and Vicky We had a relaxed start after our long day yesterday. Vicky did us proud with a healthy breakfast and then after talking we got ready to go to Wicksteed Park. Vicky had prepared a picnic lunch before leaving. The weather wasn't great. It had rained overnight and it was still cool, overcast and windy. The forecast had been for a warm, sunny day but we didn't see any sign of it! Wicksteed Park is one of the second oldest theme parks in the UK opening in 1921 and one of...

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May 23, 2015 - Bournemouth and Wellingborough, England

*Monday 18 May Day 71 (1) - Portland, Weymouth, Bournemouth, England - staying with Rod and Mavis The end of our cruise! We arrived at a cold, wet windy Portland at seven. We were still not really very sure about how we were going to get ourselves and our luggage off the ship at the port. Nobody was really sure about the port facilities and we hadn't really confirmed any definite arrangements about meeting Rod and Mavis. We were up at six so that we had plenty of time to organise ourselves. Our luggage was packed but we have so much with...

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