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Our London Tour on Wednesday (highly recommend: Glen at http://www.grentours.co.uk/) took us through the East End of London and past the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Whitechapel Bell Foundry The door was open, and we could see the bells in progress on the foundry floor… pretty cool, since this place is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest…

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Ah, my best hat

We visited the Tower of London Thursday. While originally a grand palace and royal residence, it is most famous for the important people who have been imprisoned and even executed there (though most executions took place elsewhere). Among them: Anne Boleyn and Catharine Howard (wives of Henry VIII) – who were 2 of the 7 executed on the grounds, Princess…

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Content

We took a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament to which we do not vote ‘Not Content’. That is to say, it was most excellent! House of Commons votes ‘Aye’ or ‘No’, House of Lords votes ‘Content’ or ‘Not Content’… POSH! Houses of Parliament The Queen opens Parliament each year after a grand procession from Buckingham Palace. According…

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We’re on Oxford Time

Monday, we took the train out to Oxford and met Jake for lunch. The train ride from Paddington to Oxford was about an hour. London, Oxford and The Cotswolds Map We had a fantastic tour led by David of Oxford City Walk (highly recommend! http://oxfordcitywalk.co.uk) who kept us entertained with poetry, song and funny diddies while we traipsed around…

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London Bridges, 5 Days Down

We’re wrapping up our 5-day stay in London, and it’s been terrific, all we were hoping for. We finally got to see Mark in something other than his purple shirt after his luggage arrived late Tuesday night. All’s well that ends well; we were most delighted to have our much-researched hiking gear for Switzerland and Kilimanjaro back in our possession.

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Bag Update

5 out of 6 delivered (remember, there are 4 of us, and 2 bags are for Kilimanjaro and the rest of Africa tour 🙂 but no bag for Mark here in London. Good thing he looks fabulous in purple! And lucky for Mom and I we had ‘clothes angels’ … friends who happened to be in London and could loan…

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Greenwich

Greenwich Greenwich, located in South East London is renowned for its maritime history and for giving its name to the Greenwich Meridian (0° longitude) and Greenwich Mean Time. The town became the site of a royal palace, the Palace of Placentia from the 15th century, and was the birthplace of many in the House of Tudor, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The…

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Uh oh

No luggage! For any of us. But British Airways assures us MOST luggage is forwarded in 72 hours…. Grayyyyt. Glad we packed our toothbrushes in our carryons. Taking the Tube now to Central London, getting the full London experience.

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Travel Madlibs

Definition of Mad Libs from Wikipedia… Mad Libs consist of a book that has a short story on each page with many key words replaced with blanks. Beneath each blank is specified a lexical or other category, such as “noun”, “verb”, “place”, or “part of the body”.[10] One player asks the other players, in turn, to contribute some word for the specified type for…

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