Month: June 2013

The Tower of London, plus much more

The Tower of London, plus much more London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom After yesterday’s walking session, the obvious way to start today was with a run! Well, let me clarify. Rachael runs, I shuffle! Kennington Park for a few laps, squirrels, dogs, and back home for brekky. First stop, the Tower of London. 20 mins in the queue to get in, then fluked it straight into the Crown Jewels exhibition. Rachael wanted a quib about the “crown jewels”, but this is a strictly PG rated blog, so let’s move on, shall we? Pretty interesting stuff, plenty of cash on display (or are they just fancy replica’s? We’ll never know), a testimony to the Royal’s excesses. We get out of the Jewel Room and the queue has grown to a 50min wait, so a big win there. Bloody Tower was next. “Torture at the Tower” is the title of this charming room, full of very nasty ways to make you talk. Quaint! The whole Tower of London was terrific, well worth the time spent there. …

a LONG day walking in London

London, United Kingdom Ways to get over jet lag…. 1/ spend the day resting with a beer or two, 2/ slowly work your way into the holiday, or 3/ smash out the kilometres walking all over London Guess which one we chose? We have walked forever today, checking out heaps of sights. Started by wandering aimlessly trying to find somewhere to buy a day pass for the tube. The local line was shut for the weekend. Finally bought tickets in Vauxhall, and made our way via double decker bus into the city. First stop was Westminster Abbey, which was pretty spectacular, as was Parliament House. Didn’t go into Westminster as the queue was forever, but saw William marry Kate on the TV, so got some ideas as to the interior! To appease Brendan we dropped in on Westminster Cathedral instead, which I must say is a little drab by comparison. Easy to see who’s running the show in England! Made our way to Victoria Station, pass a multitude of Starbucks, and on to Buckingham Palace. …

Arrive in London

Arrive in LondonLondon, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom Cathay CX 257 HK – London (Heathrow) 10.05 – 16.00 Take ‘blue’ Piccadilly line to Leicester Square, then ‘black’ Northern line to Kennington Station. 1 minute walk to B&B Above instructions worked to a tee! The flight from Honkers was long and uneventful. LONG….and uneventful. Rachael managed to sleep, naturally! When we left HK, I reset my watch to London time, settled in, and had a glass of red…..at 2.15 am. Then another with brekky/lunch/dinner (whatever it was called) at 5.00am……repeat till 4pm when we landed. We ran into Guy and family again at Heathrow. Their flight had gone via Singapore and arrived at the same time as ours. Plenty of time for a chat in the queue! Customs was slow, then on to the tube, and our home for the next 5 nights. Kennington B&B doesn’t have a sign out the front, but found it pretty easily. Knocked a few times till someone came and showed us our room, which was lovely. Nice place, we’ll do …

Leave for London via Hong Kong

Leave for London via Hong KongMelbourne, Australia Melbourne, Australia Cathay CX 178 Melbourne – Hong Kong 23.45 – 7.15 (21/6) It pays to look at the fine print on airline ticket info from the travel agent. Just because seats are allocated on print, doesn’t mean it’s so! Checked in last night, got our seats, and discovered we had the worse row on the plane. I was a punching bag for all things moving up and down the aisle, as they clipped me again and again. Beware all, if the seating map has your seats in red, avoid……or better still check in online the day before. Besides that, and Rachael falling asleep as we taxied out, a relatively smooth, if somewhat sleepless night to Honkers. Also, I ran into an old mate, Guy Nelson, at the airport. We haven’t seen each other for about 20 years, but he hasn’t changed and we caught up over a beer at the bar.