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  • Backpacking Australia: East coast - Aussie, Aussie, Aussie oi, oi oi! …. Backpacking the East Coast of Australia is…Well in a nutshell, a party; it’s a booze filled binge up or down the coast. The East coast is the Posted by av9901 in Forever roaming the world | Jun 10, 2017
  • 🎵no more working for a week or two🎵well that's work finished with - all the crying from my work colleagues and the pleading from them for me not to leave them for 2 weeks was a bit embarrassing but managed to console them with the promise i Posted by mickyt in Mykonos MickandI | Jun 9, 2017
  • Unscheduled Sea DayThe wind is icy and the sea is choppy as we sail Westward toward Ireland. At short notice the ship's staff have managed to put together an extensive program of activities to keep us occupied and in-doors. Only Posted by greynomadm in 2017-06 UK & Artic Cruise | Jun 7, 2017
  • Home AgainNot much to report this day. Our flight left about 11 am or so from Heathrow. We decided to stay with our couchsurfing friends instead of at a hotel. It was actually a great idea! We Posted by u2traveller in Return to France 2015 | Jun 7, 2017
  • A visit to GreenwichWell, we had a bit of a late start today - too much chatting...lol. First we walked over to book a cab for the next morning to take us to the airport - easy peasy. We took a double decker Posted by u2traveller in Return to France 2015 | Jun 7, 2017
  • Moving on to LondonWe took the train into London today (after some finagling on my part before our trip to try and get a good price on the tickets - it cost a lot more to go one way than another! Anyways, Posted by u2traveller in Return to France 2015 | Jun 7, 2017
  • A jaunt around PortsmouthSo I wasn't sure how much enjoyment I'd get from walking around old ships all day, but I actually quite enjoyed myself. My sister dropped us off by our favourite shopping area, where we grabbed some hot drinks and Posted by u2traveller in Return to France 2015 | Jun 7, 2017
  • Yachting royallyI hate having to say goodbye at breakfast, but James started telling my table about our own primaries, and that was enough for me. I took a city bus out to Leith to see the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 26, 2016
  • Bonnie, bonnie banksI complimented the proprietor of Wellpark when we left today. My room, the lobby, the breakfast room — all were absolutely spotless. My room in particular had the feeling of being truly clean, instead of just superficially clean. He got Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 25, 2016
  • "The Scots are steadfast -- not their clime."(quote from Thomas Crawford) I sat with Martin at breakfast this morning. He's been guiding for around 35 years. Before that, he was an archeologist for a while, and he owned a restaurant. He's an interesting guy, but I wish he Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 24, 2016
  • The Weeping GlenAnother gloriously beautiful day, though still cold. When the wind kicks up, it's very bracing, as the English might say. We drove first thing to Loch Ness to take a boat down the loch to Urquhart Castle (pron. ER-kert). The Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 23, 2016
  • The '45The pigeons did go to sleep last night, but they were up really early! I haven't mentioned the various hotels' breakfast buffets. It's mostly standard stuff like bacon, sausage, eggs (mostly scrambled), cereal, fruit, yogurt and small pastries. However, Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 22, 2016
  • Doggies!We are officially in the Highlands now. It wasn't as clear a day as we've been having, but it was still not bad. Very, very cold though. The landscape is gorgeous, ranging from low hills and glens to pleasingly alpine Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 21, 2016
  • Happy birthday, ma'amI was awakened by the sounds of other hotel guests getting ready. I lay in bed with my eyes closed for a while and then realized that I'd been lying there for a long time. Why hadn't my alarm gone Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 20, 2016
  • BagpiperIt took forever to get out of Edinburgh this morning because of commuter traffic. It was as bad as Seattle! We stopped at a viewpoint to see the three bridges over the Firth of Forth. The first one was built Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 19, 2016
  • A city so beautiful"Edinburgh is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again." -Alexander McCall Smith We had a local guide today named Liz. (She also guides for Rick Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 18, 2016
  • BoogerbunOn the plane to Edinburgh, while I was eating my Clif bar, I thought how it was such a relief not to have to attempt communication in another language. Since Ireland in 2011, it's been Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Belgium & Holland, France, Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 17, 2016
  • Botticellis, rock stars, and things that go wrongSlightly less successful sleep last night, but still not too bad. I don't feel groggy when I wake up, so I guess I'm doing all right. My destination this morning was the Courtauld Gallery, a smallish but amazing art museum. Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 16, 2016
  • I ran into VoldemortWoke up a few times in the night, particularly when the person in the room above started clog dancing with hippos. All in all though, I did pretty well sleep-wise. The shower's fine, and — get this — the Worst Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 15, 2016
  • It must be the corianderI was supposed to be at the airport three hours before my 7:10 p.m. flight, so we left the house at 3:30 with the idea of getting there around 4:15. It took us 45 minutes just to get to Posted by londonpenguin in The Best of Scotland | Apr 14, 2016
  • The CodebreakersI slept fairly soundly for three hours last night and then woke up and could not get back to sleep. The last time I looked at the clock, it said 2:45, and I know I was awake for quite some Posted by londonpenguin in Best of Belgium & Holland | Apr 29, 2013
  • A picture is worth a thousand words ...... and that's why I have to write so much. Twice in the 90s I stayed in a hotel just down the block from where I am now, and one other time John and I stayed in a hotel Posted by londonpenguin in Best of Belgium & Holland | Apr 28, 2013
  • Here I go again on my own (Thank you, Whitesnake.)So I'm off again, this time without John. Which I wish wasn't the case. I'm spending a couple of days in London on my own, then taking the train to Brussels to go on Rick Steves' Best of Belgium & Posted by londonpenguin in Best of Belgium & Holland | Apr 27, 2013
  • Another busOur original plan for today was to go to the Tower of London, then take a walk along the Thames and go see St. Paul's Cathedral. But Katherine felt even crappier today than she did yesterday, so right after breakfast Posted by londonpenguin in Best of Ireland | Sep 18, 2011
  • Betty and Phil weren't home.Poor Katherine. She woke up with a cold (actually, it was coming on yesterday) and she feels pretty low. The initial plan for this morning if the weather was cooperating (which it was) was to walk across Hyde Park and Posted by londonpenguin in Best of Ireland | Sep 17, 2011
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