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Trip Report: 5 days in London & Travel Takeaways (with Pics)

Camarillo...
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Trip Report: 5 days in London & Travel Takeaways (with Pics)

Hi all -

Just thought I'd share the blog entries I wrote during our 5-day visit in London. We were pretty much on our own, we didn't join any tour groups. We explored the city and Windsor along with friends and family who live in the UK. We went with the flow, took advantage of using the public transportation - Underground Tube, Overground, double decker bus, and Uber. We were in charge of our own time and just picked the sites that we liked best. We didn't hit everything - but that's okay, it gave us a reason to come back.

After London, we went to Budapest and Prague, and if you follow the links, you'll see what I wrote when we visited the other places as well.

Lastly, we traveled a few days after the Paris attacks. I did write in my very last entry (see below), that we went forward with the trip. We didn't want to stop our plans. We didn't want to be terrorized. We didn't feel fearful in London, Budapest, Prague - nothing different if we had stayed home. I also included my takeaways - from the shoes I wore, to the cell phone/wifi availability - all the lessons-learned! We had fantastic vacation!

jason

Day 1 from Los Angeles to London, Harrods, Laduree, Chinatown, etc.

…blogspot.com/2015/11/day-1-flying-across-po…

Day 2 Windsor Castle (visiting the countryside)

…blogspot.com/2015/11/day-5-harry-potter-bea…

Day 3: Walking around City center (Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Parliament, London eye etc.)

…blogspot.com/2015/11/day-3-putting-puzzle-p…

Day 4 English Breakfast, Fortnum & Mason, Notting Hill, The Shard, Miss Saigon

…blogspot.com/2015/11/day-3-from-notting-hil…

Day 5 Harry Potter, Beatlemania, Tower Bridge, Poppy's Fish & Chips

…blogspot.com/2015/11/day-5-harry-potter-bea…

From London, we went on to Budapest and then Prague

I ended my series of blogs with my Takeaways

…blogspot.com/2015/12/the-takeaways-on-our-e…

Bath, United Kingdom
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1. Re: Trip Report: 5 days in London & Travel Takeaways (with Pics)

Nice pics.

But you were looking at Tower Bridge, not London Bridge. They are not the same.

Harrow, United...
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2. Re: Trip Report: 5 days in London & Travel Takeaways (with Pics)

Great report.

BTW that's tower bridge not london bridge...which is the concrete one facing it.

Hampshire, England.
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3. Re: Trip Report: 5 days in London & Travel Takeaways (with Pics)

I see that you made the classic mistake of calling Tower Bridge London Bridge.

London Bridge:

walklondon.com/london-walks/walk-london-imag…

Camarillo...
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4. Re: Trip Report: 5 days in London & Travel Takeaways (with Pics)

Oh that's right....thanks...I've updated the blog to "Tower Bridge"

jason

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5. Re: Trip Report: 5 days in London & Travel Takeaways (with Pics)

Enjoying working my way through your various blogs. Great pictures and interesting reviews. Thanks for posting.

L.A. 'burbs, CA
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6. Re: Trip Report: 5 days in London & Travel Takeaways (with Pics)

Thoroughly enjoyed reading my way through Day 1 but Day 2 has the link to Day 5. You're killin' me. Hahaha! Do you mind posting Day 2 so I can continue living through you vicariously (and in order)? Thanks!!

Camarillo...
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7. Re: Trip Report: 5 days in London & Travel Takeaways (with Pics)

mcubed - hahahahahaa thanks for reading.....here's the link for Day 2

…blogspot.com/2015/11/day-2-keep-dream-alive…

L.A. 'burbs, CA
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8. Re: Trip Report: 5 days in London & Travel Takeaways (with Pics)

Thank you!!

Hampshire, England.
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9. Re: Trip Report: 5 days in London & Travel Takeaways (with Pics)

Takeaway:

takeaway noun (FOOD)

B1 [C or U] UK (US takeout, carryout) a ​meal ​cooked and ​bought at a ​shop or ​restaurant but taken ​somewhere ​else, often ​home, to be ​eaten, or the ​shop or ​restaurant itself: a ​Chinese takeaway We were too ​tired to ​cook so we ​ordered takeaway.

:-)

New Jersey
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10. Re: Trip Report: 5 days in London & Travel Takeaways (with Pics)

Great stuff! Glad you and your wife had a great time.