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May 4, 2018 - London England

History: London , Greenwich, England, nestled along the Thames river has a cherished maritime history including the Maritime Greenwich Site. Precisely at the Royal Observatory the worlds longitude is measured from the prime meridian and Greenwich Mean Time sets the global time standard. At the port the clipper ship Cutty Sark can be seen and upriver is Buckingham Palace, the Parliament , Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tower Bridge, and London Tower. Day 141 our final stop. We have covered 36,585 Nautical miles, covered 5...

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May 4, 2018 - London Eye and Prime Meridian

Bags are 90% packed and it looks like everything will fit. Mel made us do a practice pack on the sea day between Spain and Portugal to confirm. Just have left our clothes for today, PJs and traveling home clothes. Our disembarkation time is 3:15 AM to make our 9:50 AM, 11 hour flight home to LA. Elected to not take any tours today and just wander about. We are anchored at Greenwich on the River Thames , right in the heart of London. We have to tender over to the Greenwich pier. The tide is out and the water is way down, it would almost be...

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Apr 26, 2018 - Last Day in London

We awoke to another sunny day. We discovered that our 2 day Big Bus gticket had miraculously had become a single day ticket. Slick. At the Mews a pretty young lady asked Gord about his pass and a frw minutes later said he had dropped his ticket. She gave him hers. His pocket must have been picked while he talked to her. It IS a big city afterall. But the Big Bus let us ride to St. Paul's today for free. But we should have cruised yesterday. We explored St. Paul's marvelling at the artwork, the age and the statues. There are so many people...

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Apr 25, 2018 - Big Bus

Early this a.m. we bought tickets for and boarded the Big Bus. As in Paris it is hop on, hop off. Today we saw more and learned more than had we just taken the tube to the Tower of London. We rode the bus along Baker Street, saw Fleet Street, Soho and Lester Suare, Selfridges, Harrods, revisited Trafalgar Square, went around Hyde Park twice, Notting Hill, the Marble Arch and more. At the Tower of London we hopped off. This is a walled fortress built by William the Conqueror starrted in 1068. We had lunch at the Tower of London and then...

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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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