The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

London-Shard-Gherkin-Walkie Talkie
London-Shard-Gherkin-Walkie Talkie

London Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie

The Gherkin

London Shard Gherkin Walkie TalkieLondon Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie are some of the ultra modern glass skyscrapers that are starting to dominate the London skyline. Not all Locals are happy about this break from tradition, however it is very difficult these days to stop progress.

On the building’s top level (the 40th floor), there is a bar for tenants and their guests featuring a 360° view of London. A restaurant operates on the 39th floor, and private dining rooms on the 38th.

Tower 42

London Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie Tower 42 is the 3rd tallest building in London after the Shard and 122 Leadenhall Street.

The Shard

The Shard

Londoners seem to like giving nicknames to their new buildings.

The Shard

The Shard London’s tallest building, I intended to visit the lookout at the top however a price of 30 Quid talked me out of it. 🙂


The Walkie Talkie at 20 Fenchurch Street

London Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie This is my favourite building in London, there is a great story about how it magnifies heat and melts cars. During the summer of 2013, when the reflection of a beam of light up to six times brighter than direct sunlight shining onto the streets beneath damaged vehicles parked on the street nearby, including one on Eastcheap whose owner was paid £946 by the developers for repairs to melted bodywork. The reflection also burned or scorched the doormat of a shop in the affected area. The media responded by dubbing the building the “Walkie Scorchie”.

The Walkie Talkie

   photo The Walkie Talkie  This is certainly my favourite modern London building.

122 Leadenhall Street

  London Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie  Lots of steel and glass in this fantastic skyscraper.

Lloyd’s Building

  Lloyd's building London  What style would you call this, modern metal? 🙂

 London Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie

  London Shard Gherkin Walkie Talkie The Shard of course is one the opposite side of the Thames.  

The Walkie Talkie

Walkie Talkie photo The Walkie Talkie 5.jpg The Walkie talkie is still my favourite, how many buildings do you know of that can destroy motor vehicles? 🙂

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets.

I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington.

Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for “long term relationships” so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand.

What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :)

I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit.

Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ????

Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia.

Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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