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Dover Calais Ferry

June 16, 2016 by David Herd

Uttoxeter in Staffordshire

Dover Calais Ferry Dover Calais Ferry from England to France was our starting point for our road trip to Brugge and Versailles, which finished in Brighton on the south coast of England. I was travelling with two English friends Bill Austin & Dave Catchpole, & the reason our trip started in Uttoxeter was to visit my good friend Alan Austin (Bill’s brother) who was a guest of Her Majesty for a rather major indiscretion involving transportation of a certain white powder from Spain to England.

Overnight at Maidstone

Dover Calais Ferry We stayed in the Townhouse Hotel in Maidstone which was excellent and left early for Dover, little did I realise at the time that quite a bit of tension would build up between the 3 of us over the coming days. Bill & I had been on successful road trips in the past which went as smooth as silk, however adding Dave to this trip seemed to effect the dynamics resulting in an unfortunate parting of the ways in Brighton.

First glimpse of the white cliffs

Dover Calais Ferry We really didn’t explore Dover, instead we went straight to the ferry terminal.

Waiting in the queue

Dover Calais Ferry There were certainly a lot of vehicles making the crossing.

Lots of trucks carrying freight

Dover Calais Ferry The trucks go on the ferry first then the private vehicles.

Ferries are quite large.

Dover Calais Ferry Which is comforting given the weather conditions can be rather rough in the channel.

A little chilly on deck

Dover Calais Ferry Bill and I looking forward to leaving Dover.

Incoming Dover Calais Ferry

Dover Calais Ferry They seem to be rather frequent travelling both ways.

Farewell to the white cliffs.

Dover Calais Ferry I guess any time old guys like me talk about the white cliffs of Dover a particular song comes to mind.

Let’s hear it Vera.

The magnificent white cliffs

Dover Calais Ferry The cliffs look quite fantastic, only 22 miles to Calais.

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Dover Calais Ferry, about 2 hours.

Dover Calais Ferry Where are all the people?

Arriving in Calais

Dover Calais Ferry With nobody to meet us but the seagulls, many thanks for visiting my Dover Calais Ferry photo blog.

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Glasgow River Clyde Scotland

May 30, 2015 by David Herd

River Clyde Glasgow

 photo Glasgow52.jpg Glasgow River Clyde Scotland was our destination after we drove from Edinburgh through the Scottish Highlands. My English friend Bill Austin who was happy to do all the driving. Both cities are vastly different, Edinburgh rather cultured and conservative and Glasgow brash and noisy.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery Glasgow

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Clyde Auditorium Glasgow.

Road trip EdinburghThe Clyde Auditorium is commonly referred to as “The Armadillo”. Apparently the animal was not the inspiration for the building, nor was the Sydney Opera House the inspiration for the building, but rather the shape was modeled after an interlocking series of ship’s hulls, in reference to the Clyde’s shipbuilding heritage.

Glasgow Tower

Glasgow River Clyde Scotland

Glasgow Tower is a free-standing tower located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland and forms part of Glasgow Science Centre complex. It holds a Guinness World Record for being the tallest tower in the world in which the whole structure is capable of rotating 360 degrees. It has been closed for more than 80% of its life. It re-opened to the general public in July 2014.


 

Gorgeous girl at the Boudoir.

 

Glasgow

The Boudoir wine bar in Merchant Square was a real bonus for us in Glasgow, great atmosphere, good snacks and nice girls behind the bar. Put it on your list as a great place to visit.

Jamie Olivier’s Italian restaurant.

 

Jaimie Oliver's Italian Glasgow

Food here was very good indeed.

David Herd & Bill Austin in Glasgow.

 

Road trip Edinburgh

Here we are at another bar. 🙂

Sightseeing in Glasgow

 

glasgow tour bus

 

Most cities I visit the first thing I do is take the bus tour to get my bearings.

 

Tollbooth Steeple

 

Glasgow River Clyde Scotland

Standing on an island in the middle of Glasgow Cross is the Tolbooth Steeple, built in 1625-26 at what was the crossing point for the main streets of Glasgow at that time. The Steeple is all that remains of the old Tolbooth buildings which were demolished in 1921. The Tolbooth was the site of the Glasgow Council Chambers until 1814, when the council sold the Tolbooth and moved to Jail Square in the Saltmarket, before eventually moving to the current City Chambers on George Square. The 126ft tall Steeple was repaired in 2008 after cracks were discovered in the structure, along with masonry, lead and guttering repairs. The Tolbooth Steeple was where the public hangings of Glasgow used to occur. Along with the nearby Tron Theatre, it is one of the few remaining medieval buildings in the city.

George Square

 

George Square GlasgowGeorge Square is today home to the headquarters of Glasgow City Council, and boasts an important collection of statues and monuments, including those dedicated to Robert Burns, James Watt, Sir Robert Peel and Sir Walter Scott.

 

George Square Glasgow

Glasgow River Clyde Scotland

The heart of the city.

Gallery of Modern Art

 photo Glasgow2049.jpg Opened in 1996, the Gallery of Modern Art is housed in a neoclassical building in Royal Exchange Square in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Built in 1778 as the townhouse of William Cunninghame of Lainshaw, a wealthy Glasgow Tobacco Lord, the building has undergone a series of different uses. It was bought in 1817 by the Royal Bank of Scotland who later moved onto Buchanan Street; it then became the Royal Exchange. Reconstruction for this use was undertaken by David Hamilton between 1827 and 1832 and resulted in many additions to the building, namely the Corinthian pillars to the Queen Street facade, the cupola above and the large hall to the rear of the old house.

University of Glasgow

Glasgow River Clyde Scotland

I think this may have been around for a few hundred years.

Anyone for a Kebab?

Glasgow River Clyde Scotland

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Edinburgh Scotlands Capital

May 30, 2015 by David Herd

Edinburgh Scotlands Capital

Edinburgh Scotland

Edinburgh Scotlands Capital in November 2011 was the first stop on our road trip to Glasgow through the Scottish highlands.  Incidentally in the pub shown above I spent all my time looking at the blond not the band.

The Beehive Inn

Edinburgh Scotlands CapitalMy friend Bill Austin and I had a good night at the The Beehive Inn before heading off on our road trip to Glasgow through the Scottish Highlands.


 

Edinburgh from the castle.

Road trip Edinburgh Here is my friend Bill admiring the view from the Edinburgh Castle.  

Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Scotlands Capital Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age (2nd century AD), although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century . 

Bobby’s Bar

Greyfriars Bobby Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872.

Edinburgh Old Town

Edinburgh Scotlands Capital

Edinburgh has a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town.

Old Town  

Old Town Edinburgh  This area has many underground vaults and hidden passages, relics of previous constructions.

Petit Paris

Edinburgh Scotlands Capital Oozing with Parisian charm, this intimate French restaurant in Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket has been delighting Scottish Francophiles with its Gallic goodness for over a decade.

Edinburgh Scotlands Capital

  Edinburgh Scotlands Capital  

St John’s Church at Royal Mile in old town.

Ghost tour anyone?

Endinburgh I must admit I didn’t join any of these tours preferring to focus on the many Edinburgh pubs. 🙂

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Fascinating London Facts

May 28, 2015 by David Herd

Tower Bridge London

Tower Bridge Fascinating London Facts, here is a collection of interesting facts about this wonderful city that has been around for 6000 years.

Although the bridge is an undoubted landmark, professional commentators in the early 20th century were critical of its aesthetics. “It represents the vice of tawdriness and pretentiousness, and of falsification of the actual facts of the structure”, wrote H. H. Statham, while Frank Brangwyn stated that “A more absurd structure than the Tower Bridge was never thrown across a strategic river”

Trafalgar Square

Nelson's Column

It is situated in the City of Westminster. At its centre is Nelson’s Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. The name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars over France and Spain which took place on 21 October 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Spain.

Nelson’s Column

 photo 5.jpg Nelson’s Column is a monument in Trafalgar Square in central London built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The monument was constructed between 1840 and 1843 to a design by William Railton at a cost of £47,000.


Covent Garden

Fascinating London Facts Covent Garden is a district in London on the eastern fringes of the West End, between Charing Cross Road and Drury Lane. It is associated with the former fruit and vegetable market in the central square, now a popular shopping and tourist site, and the Royal Opera House, which is also known as “Covent Garden”.

Westbourne River

Fascinating London Facts The waters of the Westbourne or Bayswater were originally pure and in 1437 and 1439 conduits were laid to carry water from the Westbourne into the City of London, for drinking. In the nineteenth century, however, the water became filthy and impure by its use as a sewer, and the rise of the water closet as the prevailing form of sanitation.

London Underground

Fascinating London Facts The idea of an underground railway linking the City of London with some of the railway termini in its urban centre was proposed in the 1830s, and the Metropolitan Railway was granted permission to build such a line in 1854

Overtaken by Tokyo

 photo 3.jpg In 2015 London’s population has hit 8.6m people, according to the Greater London Authority – and the last time it was that big was 76 years ago. The metropolis is already Europe’s largest city and the 6th richest place on Earth. Here are some key facts about the capital.

Another lost river

Fascinating London Facts London’s rivers are invisible threads, binding London together under the surface while the city roars above. They were here long before people or buildings arrived. They are a hidden system for cutting through the layers on which London stands, and revealing the many places London used to be.

Winston Churchill

  Einston Churchill  Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer (as Winston S. Churchill), and an artist.  

Great fire of London

 photo 24.jpg The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London, from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. It threatened, but did not reach, the aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II’s Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul’s Cathedral and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants. The death toll is unknown but traditionally thought to have been small, as only six verified deaths were recorded. This reasoning has recently been challenged on the grounds that the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded, while the heat of the fire may have cremated many victims leaving no recognisable remains.  

Marble Arch

Fascinating London Facts 

The arch also stands close to the former site of the Tyburn gallows (sometimes called ‘Tyburn Tree’), a place of public execution from 1388 until 1793.

Harrods

Harrods  Up to 300,000 customers visit the shop on peak days, comprising the highest proportion of customers from non-English speaking countries of any department store in London. More than five thousand staff from over fifty different countries work at Harrods.

Tower of London

Tower of London The Tower of London has become established as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It has been a tourist attraction since at least the Elizabethan period, when it was one of the sights of London that foreign visitors wrote about. Its most popular attractions were the Royal Menagerie and displays of armour. The Crown Jewels also garner much interest, and have been on public display since 1669. The Tower steadily gained popularity with tourists through the 19th century, despite the opposition of the Duke of Wellington to visitors. Numbers became so high that by 1851 a purpose-built ticket office was erected. By the end of the century, over 500,000 were visiting the castle every year.  

London Bridge

Fascinating London Facts By the end of the 18th century, it was apparent that the old London Bridge — by then over 600 years old — needed to be replaced. It was narrow and decrepit, and blocked river traffic. In 1799, a competition for designs to replace the old bridge was held.  

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Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

May 27, 2015 by David Herd

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort has a sandy beach unlike Brighton beach and many others of the English coast. I was there in 2007 and returned in 09 mainly to visit the Westbeach restaurant again. The Beach is long and clean. There is plenty of space to chill out. Lovely views and lots to do with places to eat on the promenade and pier.

The benefit of sand

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort You certainly can’t do this on a beach with stones instead of sand. 🙂

Looking east

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

Remember what I said? Bournemouth Beach has sand.


 

The pier

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

  Bournemouth’s main attraction apart from the beach. 🙂  

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

 Bournemouth Beach has sand which is a huge improvement on many English beaches.  

Westbeach Restaurant

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort Good English restaurants, many people think they are few and far between, but here is one to consider. The Westbeach restaurant in Bournemouth is certainly worth a visit, great location on the beach, with a good menu offering a nice selection. I first visited Westbeach December 2007 then returned in 2009 so things may have changed by now.

Delicious salmon

  Bournemouth English Seaside Resort Here is an example of the Westbeach food.  

AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort Huge news in 2015 for the local football club who are to be promoted to the premier league. As recently as 2008, Bournemouth sat slumped at the very foot of the four levels of the English league pyramid. Of the 92 teams spanning League Two all the way up to the Premier League, the Cherries, who began the season with minus-17 points as a penalty for entering bankruptcy with £4 million worth of debt, were no. 92. Bournemouth weren’t just on the brink of dropping out of the division structure,  but out of existence altogether. Seven years later, a club that recorded an annual turnover of just £5.1 million for the 2012-13 season will be flooded with about £120 million in additional Premier League revenue.

My local bar in Thailand

  David Herd Cherry bar My local bar in Thailand is the Cherry Bar so I guess now I’ll have to follow the Cherries. 🙂  

Sadly the bar was sold in 2016 & is now called Billabong 2, life as I knew it will never be the same. 🙂

Another restaurant near the Pier.

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

The city has a much more relaxed atmosphere than Brighton.

Beachside at Bournemouth

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

Also as a comparison to Brighton sand is so much more inviting than pebbles. 🙂

One final look at the Pier

Bournemouth English Seaside Resort

Thanks for visiting my “Bournemouth English Seaside Resort” post, it is certainly a place to add to your bucket list. Head west from there and visit the delightful village of Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast.

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Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast

May 21, 2015 by David Herd

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast is located in west Dorset in South West England. An interesting seaside village. we stopped for lunch on the way to Plymouth from Beckington.

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast

Lyme Regis Situated at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis is a major centre for fossil collecting.  The village is located 25 miles west of Dorchester and 25 miles east of Exeter. The Cobb wall provides a breakwater to protect the town from storms and separates Monmouth and Cobb Gate beaches.


The High Street

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast An official World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast is a “must see” for anyone interested in geology, history or stunning coastal scenery,  some of the most scenic spots in its 95 mile long stretch can be found around the Lyme Regis area.

Royal Lion Hotel

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast  It is a former coaching inn, dated to 1610 (although the official site claims 1601). It is reputedly haunted; many unexplained ectoplasms have been sighted in the corridors and cold spots.

Bell Cliff Restaurant & Tea Rooms

  Lyme Regis Dorset TripAdviser rate the restaurant 16 from 68 in Lyme Regis.  

 The Rock Point Inn

  Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast At the mouth of the Lim River, facing the sea, is this 18th-century pub.  

Relaxing in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast Lyme Regis is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status; famous for its geology and fossil finds.

Interesting coastline

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast

I think it would be very cold in winter.

The seagulls are as big as chooks.

Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast

These monsters are twice as big as their Australian cousins.

Protection from the sea

Lyme Regis Dorset

The rock wall looks like it can withstand anything the ocean can throw at it.

Lime Regis Jurassic Coast

Lyme Regis in Dorset photo AtLymeRegis11.jpg

Certainly one of the most interesting coastlines in England.

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David Herd Lyme Regis

Ok, off we go towards Lands End.

Our road trip

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We left Lyme Regis Jurassic Coast to spend a couple of days in Plymouth before visiting Par where my Grandfather Samuel John Tippett was born, then onto Lands End and St Ives.

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Hyde Park Kensington London

May 19, 2015 by David Herd

Coffee by the lake

Hyde Park Kensington London Hyde Park Kensington London has something for everyone. You can enjoy swimming, boating, cycling and skating. There are pitches for team games, tennis courts, tracks for horse riding and a spectacular children’s playground. The Park has two lakeside restaurants which are licensed and serve everything from a three-course meal to a quick cup of coffee.

The Serpentine

Hyde Park Kensington London Although it is common to refer to the entire body of water as the Serpentine, strictly the name refers only to the eastern half of the lake.


Beautiful gardens

Hyde Park Kensington London Hyde Park London covering 142 hectares (350 acres) and with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens.

Peaceful paradise in the heart of the city

 photo Hyde Park 5.jpg

A beautiful oasis in the middle of London.

Interesting tree

Hyde Park Kensington London

An amazing tree.

Peaceful setting

Hyde Park Kensington London

Hyde park is a must to see if you are in this great city.

I wonder who lives here?

Hyde Park Kensington London

There are so many photo opportunities here in Hyde Park.

Look closely you may see a puppy.

Hyde Park Kensington London Puppy, what puppy? I don’t see a puppy.

Wellington Arch

Wellington Arch Wellington Arch, also known as Constitution Arch or the Green Park Arch, is a triumphal arch located to the south of Hyde Park in central London.

Hyde Park Kensington London Cafe

Hyde Park Kensington London

A perfect peaceful and serene location to relax and enjoy a coffee.

Another cafe restaurant

Hyde Park Kensington London

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Bristol River Avon South West England

May 19, 2015 by David Herd

Riverside cafe

Bristol River Avon South West England Bristol River Avon South West England was fairly close to where I was staying in Beckington with my friend Bill Austin. We paid a visit to some of his work colleagues who had contracts to install security camera for Trowbridge council.

All throughout England the camera surveillance is everywhere. Who can blame them with the shocking acts of terrorism they have experienced over the years.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Bristol River Avon South West England The bridge is a distinctive landmark, used as a symbol of Bristol on postcards, promotional materials, and informational web sites. It was also used as a backdrop to several films and television advertising and programmes.

Avon Gorge

Bristol River Avon South West England

It’s a very long way down to the Avon river.

Bristol River Avon South West England

Bristol River Avon South West England To distinguish it from a number of other rivers of the same name, this river is often also known as the Lower Avon or Bristol Avon.

Sitting on the dock of the bay.

Bristol River Avon South West England

I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay watchin’ the tide roll away, ooo I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay wastin’ time…..

Downtown Bristol

Bristol River Avon South West England

Bristol did not inspire me, I doubt very that I would ever visit again. I think there are far more interesting cities in this part of the country. I’m probably being a little unfair as I didn’t have enough time to explore other parts of the city and surrounding area.


Bristol at night

Bristol River Avon South West England

Heading off to dinner with Bill Austin and his friends.

The Wild bunch

Bristol River Avon South West England Here I am with friends Bill Austin and Simon Wilmont and two of the lads from Select Electrics Ltd in Bristol. They were a good bunch of guys who like most Englishmen I know, really love a beer.

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Beckington Trowbridge U.K.

May 18, 2015 by David Herd

Church of St George, Beckington

Beckington Trowbridge

Beckington Trowbridge in the U.K. 2009, how did I find myself there you may well ask. Quite simple really, since 2007 I have been travelling to England to visit my friend Alan who is a guest of Her Majesty. His brother Bill Austin and I have become good friends as well, so I stay with him and his partner Joan Baptiste, and between visiting Alan Bill and I tour around the country.

So to answer the question, Bill lives in Beckington and works for the council in Trowbridge. Beckington village is 5.8 miles from Trowbridge town centre and 10 miles from the historical city of Bath.

Church of St George

Beckington Trowbridge The church is just across the road from Bill and Joan’s home and dates back to the 14th century.

Warminster Road

Beckington Trowbridge The church is on the right just up the road and Bill’s home is on the left.


 

Bill and Joan’s Beckington home.

 photo Bill amp Joans home.jpg Here is their delightful home, I feel a little sorry for Bill because no sooner has he got the place perfect Joan decides she wants to move elsewhere. 🙂

My friends Joan Baptiste and Bill Austin

 

Beckington Trowbridge

Bill works for the local Trowbridge council.

Woolpack Inn Warminster Road

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Typical Beckington home

Beckington Trowbridge

Typical local stone houses.


Trowbridge

 photo Trowbridge201.jpg There is evidence that the land on which Trowbridge is built was being farmed more than 3,000 years ago. In the 10th century written records and architectural ruins begin marking Trowbridge’s existence as a village.

The Trowbridge fair

Beckington Trowbridge

The annual fair attracts lots to locals.

The Fair

Beckington Trowbridge

A peaceful area around a pond in the park.

Trowbridge Fair

 

Wiltshire

The locals are patiently waiting for the music to begin.

The rocket man

 

Beckington Trowbridge A beautiful at the Trowbridge Fair, perhaps I’ll blast off.

 

Arrested for stealing a spacesuit

 

Trowbridge show The long arm of the law.

 

Out on bail

 

David Herd Thailand I know what you are thinking, here are two dinosaurs. 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

 The White Hart Ford, Chippenham

Beckington Trowbridge One of the great pleasures of touring around the UK is the thousands of wonderful pubs. In the last week or so we have visited many on our road trip that took us through Bath, Plymouth, Penzance, Lands End and St Ives.

Dorset Cornwall

This is a wonderful part of England, a very interesting coastline. 

The White Hart

Beckington Trowbridge

Many of the pubs are quite ancient.

Location, White Hart to the Woolpack Inn

Beckington Trowbridge

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London blue sky cold wind

March 5, 2015 by David Herd

The Shipwrights Arms

 photo IMG_7043.jpg London blue sky cold wind & lots of great pubs. I arrived March 1st 2015 the same date I arrived in 2014, at least unlike last year there was no rain, just icy cold wind. At least there are hundreds of great pubs to visit and escape from the wind.

The Hereford Arms

London blue skyabout 300 meters from Gloucester Road underground, a delightful little pub with a nice atmosphere and good food.

Hereford Arms

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About a 8 minute walk from my hotel the Villa Kensington, I had dinner here on 3 occasions.

The Villa Kensington 10-11 Ashburn Gardens SW7

 photo Villa Kensington Hotel 1.jpgThis excellent budget hotel is in a great location, only 2 blocks from Gloucester Road underground and surrounded by dozens of good restaurants. I booked through Agoda as usual and stayed in a newly renovated room for only 50 Quid or $98 usd including breakfast.


London blue sky

   photo IMG_7060.jpgLondon blue sky and sunshine, but as I said before, the wind was icy. 🙂  

 Enoteca da Luca

London blue skyI stumbled this delightful Italian restaurant at 21 Wattling St which is very close to St Pauls Cathredral.

Enoteca da Luca

  Enoteca da LucaThe Terrine was excellent as was the red wine. I found the wine a little expensive however sadly I think that is just the norm in London.  

Here is Julia at Enoteca da Luca

Julia at Enoteca da Luca photo Enoteca da Luca Julia 2.jpg

An excellent wine selection at Enoteca da luca, apparently there are a couple of other branches of this restaurant as well.

Jamie Oliver Barbecoa

  Jamie Olivers Barbecoa ButcheryAlso is Wattling Street is this fabulous Jamie Oliver butchery.  

St Pauls Cathredal

  St Pauls Cathredal   It’s so cold even the statues are hugging.

The Walkie Talkie and The Gherkin

  London blue skyThere are some incredible glass skyscrapers being built in London.   Check out my post of these exciting new buildings.

The Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge London

The Tower bridge is still one of London’s best places to visit and photograph.

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market

Quite a beautiful old building.

The Bloomsbury Tavern 236 Shaftsbury Avenue

 The Bloomsbury Tavern

Typical London architecture.

The Princess Louise

London blue skyPrincess Louise 208 High Holborn is a traditional English pub that is very popular at lunch time. I enjoyed a nice sandwich and a couple of bloody Mary’s.

The Princess Louise

Princess Louise Holborn

One of the great joys of visiting London are the unique pubs.

Little Venice near Paddington station

Little Venice London

My first visit to this area triggered by a crime novel I recently read. 🙂

Nice cafe in Little Venice

London blue sky

Coffee and cake at this delightful cafe.

Newton Abbott in Devon

Newton AbbottI an find only two reasons anybody would want to visit Newton Abbott in Devon. First I understand it is quite famous for horse racing, secondly, and this was my reason, there is a low security prison where I paid a very good friend a visit. This is the 4th English prison I have been to in the last 8 years. Last year it was Stafford, before that Dovegate and finally Dorchester.

London Underground

London blue skyIf you are spending a few days in London make sure you buy an Oyster Card for the underground as well as the London busses. Only 30 Quid for unlimited travel, a terrific saving.

Holiday Inn Kensington

  London blue sky This is also a terrific location, in fact it is opposite my budget hotel the Villa Kensington. There is a huge price difference, 300 Quid for the Holiday inn  and 65 for Villa Kensington.  

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