Showing posts with label England. Show all posts
Showing posts with label England. Show all posts

11 April, 2010

Day 9: - Portobello Road Markets and shopping!

WOW, today was our last day in London, and we had a day a the Markets... Portobello Markets!

Sewing Machines, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Mum Portobello Rd Markets, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Cherry Blossom Portobello Rd, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

After the markets, we headed into Central London for some last minute shopping in Marks and Spencer. I got a lovely jumper, light weight cotton, and 3 shirts (1 dress and 2 casual). Both mum and Julie also shopped as well, so I was not alone!

Getting about on the Tubes today, was difficult. From Hatton Cross, we had to catch a train to Boston Manor, bus to Ealing Broadway and then a train to Notting Hill Gate for the Markets. Afterwards, it was back on the Central Line and down to Oxford Circus to, well, Oxford Street to shop! After a couple more hours shopping, we then caught the tube back to Queensway as mums bag needed to be replaced. My brothers bag, had a flat wheel (not tyre, but a worn flat spot) which made it more than a little difficult to pull along! So we got a new one, and had dinner, steak, chips and veges. Whilst we were in Queensway/Bayswater, I came across this lovely little girl, isn't she just the cutest thing!!!

For Maribeth, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
For Maribeth 1, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

It was also our warmest day (so far) in the UK, and guess what, it all goes down hill from here!!! Cold here in England, and when we arrive in France tomorrow afternoon, the evening temperature will be only 2 degrees C!

So, tomorrow starts at 5.15am, to get ready, breakfast at 6am and out of the hotel by 6.30am. Though, we will have a different journey to travel! The Hotel Hoppa into Heathrow, then the Heathrow Express to ?? and then onto Kings Cross St Pancras to catch the Eurostar to Paris. So when next we speak, it will be 'Bonjour mesdames et messieurs'!


10 April, 2010

Day 8: - Greenwich and the London Tower

Today, after an early start to finish off the tour from yesterday, we had an early start... AGAIN! We had a ferry trip up the Thames to Greenwich to do, AND we had to be on the ferry by 10.45am! You see, it is a 24 hour ticket, and that was the times up mark! We ended up arriving 45 mins early so we took a stroll across past Westminster and 'Big Ben' to Westminster Abby.

MJS Westminster Abby, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

But, as it was closed and 15 GBP to get in, we turned around and waited for the first ferry to arrive. After we boarded, obligatory safety massage was given, and off we went; past the Eye, under all of the bridges, Tate Modern and so on... We docked at the London Tower Pier before the penultimate, going under the Tower Bridge!

London Eye, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
BSMJ Thames Ferry, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Sun Eye, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Tower of London Traitors Gate, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
MJSB Tower Bridge, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

After nearly an hour, we finally made it to Greenwich and we headed up the street into Green Park, which holds the Museum that is 'Greenwich Mean Time'.

Mum and Bern Green Park Gates, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Greenwich Mean Time 1pm, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

Somehow, we got separated and after some 20 mins or so, we managed to find each other ok! As it was now after 1pm (when the ball drops) we headed into Greenwich for lunch and then onto the Docklands Light Railway to Tower Hill for the Tower of London. This was a fantastic attraction and we got to see the 'Crown Jewels' (although I do wonder if these are simply VERY good copies...).

Entrance to the Crown Jewles, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Mum with a Knight, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Helmet Head Stella, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

So, whilst we didn't do much really today, we got a lot done and were busy all day. This is a good thing, for me and I suspect Julie, as I am really struggling as the days come closer to the first anniversary of Lou's death. It really is a struggle for me to get going of a morning, but I so do NOT want to either upset anyone or spoil the trip for them...

Tomorrow, we are off to the Portebello Road Markets, and as it is getting warmer now (shorts tomorrow I suspect), it is bound to be busy!


09 April, 2010

Day 7: - Central London

Today, we took to the tube and to the (Double Decker) buses! After a tube ride into central London, we quickly found our way to the 'Hop on Hop off bus' to tour around London. It really is a great way to get about! However, I didn't get that many photos today, for some reason, but when we got to the stop for the London Eye, I got the camera out!

Michael Julie Big Ben, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Bern Mum Big Ben, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

Mum had been a little apprehensive about going on this, in fact, she did say NO a few weeks back! But, after I sent her some links to photos and so on, she thought it would be ok! Even walking under it, she went sort of quiet... But by the end of it, she had the BIGGEST smile and was grateful she went on! Michael and Julie on the other hand, thoroughly enjoyed it as well!

Mum London Eye, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Michael Julie Mum London Eye, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Top of the EYE, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

We then headed into a restaurant for lunch, Wagamama. I have been to this chain before, and knew exactly what I was going to get (Katsu Curry). I also knew both Michael and Julie would be ok, but Mum on the other hand is a little more fussy! BUT, I found something for her and when it arrived, she just about scoffed it all down it was that nice! (AS PROMISED, photos of lunch...)

Michael lunch, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Mums Lunch, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

So, another super full on day, now in bed and heading to sleep!!!!


08 April, 2010

Day 5 & 6: - Bath and London

Firstly, apologies, but I have tried to purchase my Internet over here, but 3 will ONLY do online purchase IF you have a UK Registered Credit Card. So I have been living off free Internet and when we arrived last night, the Hotel's Internet was down, thus no Internet last night!

Day 5

So Tuesday saw us up early (again) to a lovely breakfast... The hotel there was really something smashing! Beautiful, large and very 'Grand' indeed! I want to go back there! So I purchased the tickets for the Roman Baths and the 'Hop on Hop off' bus from the hotel, to save time on any lines that there may be... A wise decision as soon as we got to the Roman Baths! There was a lot of people there as it was JUST opening! Here are some pics from within the Baths:

JMS Roman Baths, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Julie and Stella Claudius, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Grey Brigade Phone Home, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

Next, it was a tour on the bus, first taking in the inner city and then onto a different tour of the outer city.


Hop on Bus Bath, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Bath River, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.


Bath Arch House, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

Then it was off to London. This was a simple 2 hour drive, and thanks to Myrtle or TomTom got us there without to much of a hassle! Oh it was good to get to be that night!

Day 6

This was a VERY early start as we had to be in Central London for an 8.30 bus tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford. As we are staying out near Heathrow, it was an hour on the Tube, so an early breakfast of muesli, coffee and then some toast, we were off! The bus is at the door and off to Hounslow West to catch the Tube! Needless to say, we got there with around 30mins to spare, but it is better to be safe than sorry!

It took the coach around 45 mins or so to get to Windsor, and it was a VERY quick walk through the State Roms, viewing of the Changing of the Guards, and the St Georges Chapel, before having a stop at a cafe to get some lunch and back on the bus.

Mum Windsor Castle, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Windsor Castle Guards Band, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

Then it was off to Stonehenge. Now I had a bit of a 'nap' along the way (its hard work making sure the 'Grey Brigade' are entertained...) but we were soon into the area. Now I had not been here before, and I did not really know WHAT to expect, (bunch of rocks in a paddock?), but I was surprised with what we saw!

Stonehenge BSMJ, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Stonehenge Mum, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Stonehenge 5, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

Then it was another hour or so drive across to Oxford, which is largely a University Town, but it was also home to some of the Harry Potter movies with the Oxford University's Dinning Room being 'Hogwarts'!

Oxford "Hogwarts" Courtyard, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

We were soon enough, back on the bus and heading back into London. As the bus was doing stops along the way, I asked if we could get out at the 'Queensway' and we went and had dinner at a little Italian Restaurant, which was extremely busy! Back onto the Tube to the Hotel, purchased Internet and mum is fast asleep behind me... I will be not long into bed myself!!!!


06 April, 2010

Day 4: - Wales, Castles and Bath!

Today, we headed down south, originally via Manchester and Birmingham, however (thanks to a couple of chaps in the bar last night) suggested we drve via Sth Wales! So I quickly got the laptop and planned my route... However, 'Myrtle' (our TomTom) thought otherwise, so I had to program her to fit into OUR plans! Doesn't she know that I want to go in another direction yet!??!??

So we head off early, and soon we were in the country side. Rapidly approaching a bridge very similar to that of our very own Sydney Harbour Bridge!

Cool Bridge, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

In no time at all we were nearing Chester, and I asked if there was anyone who wanted to stop. I have a car full of, "it doesn't worry me' so I made a somewhat executive decision (assisted by Julie) that we will stop! We were so glad we did!

Chester Shops, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Cool Sculpture Chester, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Mum Chester Elephant, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

After looking through the bare streets as nothing was open yet, we headed for the Cathedral. Again, this is a stunning place, but have a look what mum found!

My father's name is very similar to this, so I will be sending a copy of it to mu aunt to see what she may or may not know about it...

Chester Cathederal JHProctor, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Chester Cathedral, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

Soon, as we only had 90 mins here, we were off on the road again, stopped briefly for lunch at a roadside diner thingie. We stumbled across an old castle, and whn I can remember the name, I will post it then.

Castle Pano, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
Castle Side, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

We stopped once more for a refreshment before the final leg into Bath, found the Hotel and having dinner...

Dinner Bath, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

I am very tired after having driven all day, so I am signing off for now!