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May 15, 2019 - London, England

Good morning from London, After an overnight flight “across the pond“ we arrived in London England on Wednesday morning. We’re spending two nights in London before we meet up with our tour group on Friday. On this trip we’re really looking forward to exploring more of Europe! On Wednesday, the weather in London was sunny and warm. We took the subway from Heathrow to the Piccadilly Circus station, transferred to the Bakerloo line and exited at Lambeth North station. From there it was just a quick walk to our hotel. At home when we go out to...

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Apr 28, 2019 - Last day Windsor

Last day in Windsor Cold start - 6 degrees at 9 am. Windsor is such a pretty town, not as touristy and many traditional shops. Today is the London Marathon - unfortunately we didn’t get our entry in time, so were not allowed to run the 45 kms! There were 40,000 competitors. Oldest competitor to complete course was 84 years old taking 6 hours - the winner, a Kenyan took 2 hours. We didn’t see it, but on TV saw novelty costumes of the not so serious runners dressed as a crayon, or London’s Big Ben, trying to enter the Guinness Book of...

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70 Canals 2019

Apr 27, 2019 - Explore Windsor

12 hours sleep and feeling well rested. Cold and blustery winds, so out came the winter woollies. Breakfast overlooking the Thames, then walked to shops, and lined up to watch Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle. Hushed anticipation from the crowd as we heard the drum beat approaching in the distance, and soon the Guards rounded the corner - all resplendent in their red uniforms and bear skin hats. A fantastic sight of pageantry. By now, winds almost gale force, and our phone cameras were almost blown from our hands. The Tour of...

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70 Canals 2019

Apr 26, 2019 - Arrived London

Boarded A380 to London. So grateful for an upgrade to Business Class. It was a thirteen and half hour flight. Today is our 44th Wedding Anniversary and we woke from 8 hour sleep on the plane to celebrate it over Turkey. The crowds queueing at Heathrow Immigration were horrendous, and again grateful for Fast Track, and on our way to Hotel in Windsor in very short time. Although it was only 8.30 am, our Hotel room was ready and again gave thanks that we could settle in quickly. We tried to stay awake, but had to give in to a few hours...

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70 Canals 2019

Mar 26, 2019 - One of those shitty days

It's a darn long trip to Stansted. First getting to Toronto and muck about. Then a nice upgrade to just under business class tricks you into thinking that you can actually fold down the seat to rest - but alas - it's just a little illusion - the little bit of leg room is good but that's about all. Still can't sleep on the planes. And the "filet" steak was carved from a 50 year old bull. Arriving in Heathrow - not much for information but finally found someone to give me directions to National Bus Depot to catch the bus to Stansted. The...

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Solo Camino 2019

Mar 2, 2019 - London Trip: March 2-4

I’m not really sure why I wanted to visit London initially. I think partially because everyone does it. Things are kind of weird right now between Ireland and the UK because of Brexit but a lot of people think it will take a long time for anything to really happen. The morning of my flight I really didn’t want to go. I think I was just in a bad mood and was a little worried about traveling alone. I wasn’t spending the entire weekend alone but the flight there and back I had bought just because they were super cheap. I got to London and...

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Jan 9, 2019 - Off We Go

Day 1 - We’re off! The first leg is a coach trip down to Heathrow. We left at midday & got to our overnight hotel near Heathrow airport about 6.30pm. Nice & clean & only a short bus ride from the airport, our pensioners bus passes are a blessing. We had our first American meal after we had settled in, we walked down the road to a nearby McDonalds, a good start.

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Southwest USA - 2019

Dec 16, 2018 - London

On Friday, we got up at 3:30 am (2:30 am London time) and got an Uber to the airport. It’s about a 50 minute drive and our driver kept falling asleep. David kept yelling at him to keep him away and he drifted across the lanes. Good times. We got there alive and went through all kinds of contortions to get through passport control and security. German airports are not fun, folks. Avoid if possible. Got to London, the bag David borrowed from me was smashed on the corner, so we spent some time getting a new bag and then Paddington Expressed to...

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Oct 26, 2018 - London, England, UK to Seattle WA, USA. (HOME!!!) [end of trip, last entry]

The alarm went off at 5:00a.m., this morning. Instead of Marina leaving first, like as always been the norm .. it is my turn to leave ahead of her. I was down at reception at 5:50a.m..... looking over my charges, and closing the account, after all the tallies, like mini bar and breakfast had been added. It was then the the concierge interrupted my departure toward the entrance of the hotel: “Mrs. Knepper..... I am so sorry to tell you, but your driver may be 15-20 minutes late!”, he said informatively. “What? No this can not be. I have to...

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Oct 25, 2018 - RITZ London, Last day in London: [mani/pedi, harrods pizza, grandmother's house on St. James]

Last day in London........ Good morning to our last breakfast together for this vacation. Our time in London has been a lot of fun, with shopping, dinners and shows, and just trying to walk around. Today, Marina is going to have her berries and coffee, while I endulge myself with a manicure and pedicure. (pic) (pic) After finishing her breakfast, and I was on my pedicure, Marina went to bank to take care of some business before returning to Rennes, and then a couple weeks after that, back to Milena (Cannes) for 10 days or so. When Marina...

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Oct 24, 2018 - RITZ London. [burlington arcade, walking down Piccadilly]. PROGY AND BESS

After breakfast we went up to Burlington Arcade just one more time. Those windows, those jewels — what can I say. Heaven and fascinatingly beautiful. After strolling thru the arcade, we walked down Piccadilly. As we were coming back to the hotel, Marina blurted out: “Oh,this is St. James Place. My grandmother was born at home here, at #29!” We just had to take a look. The marble cascade was still there, but #29 St. James Place is now a very up market pharmacy. As it was getting late, we headed back to the hotel, and met in the tea room for...

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Oct 23, 2018 - RITZ London. [Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly Arcade]. STRICKLY BALLROOM

We decided that we prefer breakfast in our room, as opposed to the main dining room. So today we added avacado toast to our regular order. (pic) (pic) We lazed around our room this morning — it felt really good not to have any specific place we wanted to go by a specific time. Before we knew it — it was time for lunch. Rather than going out and trying to find some place to eat , we lazily had lunch in the room. (pic) After lunch we went down Piccadilly to Fortnam and Mason. This is the classiest, up-market department store. I have loved...

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