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Apr 24, 2018 - London, England

Today we were up before 6a. We walked 3 blocks, caught the 'purple' metro hoping to get off at Gare du Nord. But...That station was closed! We got off at the next station, caught the different metro to Chappel and crossed the road to the station. Piece of cake! With asking a lot of questions we found the right Eurostar, went through security, passport control and found a coffee. And waited an hour. It seemed no time at all till we were on the train speeding towards London. The terrain ia flat and, as with all railroads, not the best side is...

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Apr 17, 2018 - Road Trip to the Queen, the Stones and a Bit of Higher Education

Tuesday was an early morning, leaving my residence at 7:00am to meet my tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford. The tour enabled me to see a lot of things, but not spend a great deal of time at any of them. But it whetted my appetite to come back, especially to Oxford. I knew very little about Windsor Castle; it is so huge! We only had about 1.5 hours there so I toured the State apartments and St. George's Chapel where Harry and Meghan will say their "I do's" in May. The Queen is currently in residence, as she is during April each...

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Apr 16, 2018 - Transported by the Tube

The London Times was left outside my door this morning so I could see how the Brits tell the news compared to the U.S. Seems one is either Mr. or Mrs here. There is no alternative... The Story of My Tube Stations: Bond Street to St. Paul's (and a tour of the Cathedral) to Bank (with a lot of walking underground to the transfer station at Monument) to St. James Park so I could spend some time outdoors walking to Westminster Abbey (and a tour), then a walk from Parliament to Trafalger Square, then to the National Gallery to commune with art...

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Apr 15, 2018 - The Eurostar Takes Me to London

"All the Money in the World". The name of movie #3 from my trans Atlantic flight came to me as I woke this morning. Whew! I headed to Gare du Nord just after noon today for a 1:04pm departure...which became a 1:50pm departure. I'm so glad I read up on the train station and past travelers' comments as to how to navigate the station and check in for the Eurostar. I would have been lost without that information. I also successfully retrieved one of my train tickets for travel within France out of the ticket machine at the train station since...

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Dec 5, 2017 - Queens Park Hotel (11/3 - 11/15/17)

Hello again! I know that I have been very neglectful in posting. For that I am sorry. I just get busy (or lazy) with life and don't get this done. By the time you get to the end of this one, you may be thinking I am long-winded and posted too many pictures. I just want to share my amazingly wonderful trip so bear with me! This trip was planned back in June. Our daughter, Ashley, was turning 30 on November 3rd and told us she was going to London for her birthday. She had been there 4 times previous and calls it 'her happy place'. This time...

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Nov 14, 2017 - London to San Jose

And we are off .... to an amazing ecological land of wildlife, volcanoes, rain forests, cloud forests, tropical storms and earthquakes! Let the adventures begin! Well they did! After a mostly smooth 11 hour flight, slightly bumpy at times over the Atlantic, we began our descent. In November Costa Rica’s climate is in a transitional phase from the rainy season, so sunny mornings and sometimes rain between 3 & 5. An unpredicted rain cloud sited itself over the airport as we came in, so landing aborted. Very smoothly by our pilot. Turned out...

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Nov 10, 2017 - They don't call me elephant man because of this trunk

I checked my email and on my last day Tim has decided to give me 18 things to do. I picked one and that was to go visit the elephant man's bones at the Royal London Hospital. Across from the hospital is the townhouse Joseph Merrick "the Elephant Guy" lived. Strange story. Big E as the called him was actually making a bunch of money starring in the freak show which is something he decided to do as he no other decernable skills. The doctor took him out of the freak show to give him some dignity. The hospital didn't want him on the premises...

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Nov 9, 2017 - Smoking Potter

I figured out why I have the aches and fatigue. Woke with a cold. As I write this there is an hour long show on tv about the Black Death killing half of London. It's not half as racist as it sounds. I took my sick ass down to the British Museum. Spent time in the Enlightenment room. This was the origin of the museum. They piled all this junk they had together and said what do we have here. Fossils, Greek vases, roman coins drawings of flowers. They just started sorting. What do things have in common? In the 1700s there's a rebirth of...

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Nov 7, 2017 - Greetings from Red Square

Quiet day in London. Slept late. Wandered over to the Natural History museum. Didn't mean to spend much time as in it as one gem or earthquake exhibit is like the next. Or is it? The gems are the gems but the earthquake exhibit is pretty cool. They have a Japanese grocery store which you stand in and it shakes like an earthquake, stuff falls off the shelves, you can watch closed circuit tv of the real earthquake in a supermarket just like the on you're in. As you leave small cables pull all the stuff back to the shelves. I had to find the...

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Nov 6, 2017 - I discover the North Pole

Woke this morning at the awesome Holiday Inn Gatwick. No breakfast, just out. Got to watch a tow truck driver remove a VW from the lot I was in. He had me hemmed in, so I had to watch. Once freed I drove seven miles to Ashdown Forest. Seven miles of tight roads, wrong side, in-a-hurry British tailgaters. It's white knuckle driving and it's the last day and I still have both mirrors. Ashdown forest was the hunting ground for Tudor fisher king Henry VIII. He allegedly liked hunting the abundant deer. They are still plenty of signs on the road...

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Oct 4, 2017 - London, England, UK-- RITZ HOTEL (day #3/3) [r:413 & mj:414)

Good morning, and welcome to our third, and last day in London. With all the fiasco of yesterday’s breakfast in the dining room, we thought we would try room service. At least we could all be together, and eat at the same time. A little before 9:00a.m., I got on the phone with room service and carefully spelled out what easy of us would love to eat. ~ “Yes, good morning room service. This is Robin Knepper, in room #413, I would like to order breakfast for three persons.” I said ever so politely. “Of course, madam. What would you like?” The...

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Oct 3, 2017 - London, England, UK-- RITZ HOTEL (day #2/3) [r:413 & mj:414)

[Note: I forgot to take my camera with me today, so you will only have one picture to relive this day with me.] Good Morning. It felt so good to have eachof us with a full, comfortable and lengthy good night's sleep. Lazily we got up, and strolled down to breakfast a little before 9:00a.m. . Marina and I were so excited to be able to share this yummy buffet breakfast that the RITZ provides. Oh the gloriousness of being back at this wonderful hotel. This is precisely when our breakfast from h - - - began. Time clock is the easiest way I can...

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