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We walked to Sagrada Familia the Gaudi cathedral that dominates its area. Gaudi spent the last 40 years of his life building this masterpiece and the building is still to be completed 100 years later. The admission charges are paying for the construction and they hope to complete by 2026, the anniversary of Gaudi’s death. […]

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Today was all about travelling. Firstly making sure we had the right number of “hold” bags and cabin bags for the Easy Jet system. This was done the night before. Then on the morning a scramble to do the final pack, clean out the food and get ready out front to meet the mini van […]

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The British Library is where today starts. The Treasures room on the ground floor is breathtaking. A list of some of the exhibits will suffice. Gutenberg Bible, many other 1st copies of translations including a beautiful Ethiopian, an early Koran and books of Buda and Indian scripts, Handel’s Messiah, other handwritten music by Beethoven and […]

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Our first stop today was Harrods but they were not yet open so we had tea at the Gran Cafe over the road, for $9 per cup the ambience was lovely but the chipped cup was a downer. Also the boys found 4 or 5 spelling mistakes in the menu. At Harrods we believed the […]

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We took 3 trains to reach the Royal Airforce Museum. It has 100 planes from a Sopwith bowing biplane to large jets. It is located on a former airport with 5 huge hangers used for displays. The boys loved the presentations, particularly the Battle of Britain hanger with all the relevant planes (17), Tiger Moth, […]

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Caleb is out underground guide and he successfully navigated us to the London Science Museums. The boys negotiated the numerous hands on machines and watched a presentation on rockets and then saw planes including Gypsy Moth flown by Ami Johnson flown to Australia in 1930,and other displays. The 360 degrees Red Devil simulator was a […]

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Well the colds got the better of Karen, Caleb and Daniel and although I don’t feel great either I’m better than they are. Lin and Josh are the only ones to have escaped. So the really sick ones elect to stay home and Josh, Lin and I head off to a day down the Thames […]

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We returned the van today to Euston station. The station was enormous and we finally found the drop off place and solved the problem of a high vehicle by lifting the barrier that tells you you are too high. We then checked all low roof points as we descended 2 floors under the station. We […]

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Today is the 700k drive from Edinburgh to London so we are packed and away early. Google recommends crossing the country from E to W and joining the M6 and M1. We saw some wonderful cars including Lambos, Ferraris, Maserettis, and a high number of big Mercs, BMWs, Audis & Jaguars, a Range Rover with […]

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The vote today is the HOHO bos around the streets of Edinburgh. Some walked to town but my feet were sore from yesterday’s 10k jaunt, and we caught a cab for $8. We all enjoyed the bus, particularly after the Castle when we were all able to get to the front upstairs. There are views […]

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