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  • Victoria pubs-Irish Times Victoria pubs-Irish Times

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      There are numerous pubs and brewhouses in Victoria; especially Irish, British, and Scottish pubs. As you can see from these photossome of them are in great old buildings with lots of brass and dark wood. On Government St. is the Irish Times Pub with a small patio area and directly across from the Garrick's Head, and English pub. The interior of Irish Times is beautiful.

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  • Victoria pubs-Irish TImes Pub Victoria pubs-Irish TImes Pub

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      There are numerous pubs and brewhouses in Victoria; especially Irish, British, and Scottish pubs. As you can see from these photos some of them are in great old buildings with lots of brass and dark wood in beautiful old buildings..

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  • Parasurfing the Irish way Parasurfing the Irish way

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      Wandered upon Inch Beach on the Dingle peninsula in western Ireland.  You can dirve on the beach...took this pic from the window of our magic 6 person van...then drove to the nearest pub for a Guiness and Jameson.

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  • Pub Sign Pub Sign

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      This is outside my favourit pub in London.  Inside 6 footers need to be very careful of their heads.

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  • Ten Tips for london Ten Tips for london

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      Ten Tips for London


      London is one of the world's great cities. It has been almost continuously inhabited for over 2000 years and was the epicentre of the worlds largest empire for three centuries. Generations of wealthy Londoners with philanthropic inclinations have resulted in today's magnificent collection of public buildings. Creative reuse of resources and enlightened urban planning have resulted in a superb transit system. For North Americans there is no, or at worst only a small, language barrier to overcome. Do not be offended, for example, if someone asks you what time you would like to be knocked up. London is not inexpensive however. Here are ten tips to help keep your London trip on track and under budget..




      EasyHotel is a chain of budget priced hotels which has five locations in London These hotels are tremendously inexpensive by European standards. Our South Kensington room in Central London, which was only two blocks from a tube station, cost 47 pounds per night including tax. Locations are usually found in renovated older buildings. The rooms are spartan. Bathrooms are constructed of acrylic material . Wall Panels and ceilings are made of plastic panels. Amenities that are expected in hotel rooms like closets, chairs and coat hangars will not be found. Room cleaning, windows, television and Wifi are all extra cost items. If you are looking for a relaxing haven to retreat to from the bustle of London look elsewhere. If you are seeking a clean, quiet, inexpensive place to sleep at night give EasyHotel a try. The website is at http://www.easyhotel.com.




      Visitors arriving at Heathrow can get their first experience with London transit by taking the tube (subway/light rail) to the city centre. An unlimited travel pass for central London, covering bus and tube travel will cost 7 pounds per day. This pass is available after 9:30 a.m. when the morning rush has subsided . If your stay in London will be 4 days or longer, get a weekly pass for 28 pounds. These circumvent the 9:30 a.m. restriction as well. A passport size photo is required for the weekly pass so bring a spare one with you. Tube transport is very efficient but the perspective from the top of a |London double decker bus is unique. Get on one going in your direction. You can always use the tube to get where you are going after you get lost on the bus.




      There is no need to get burned by mobile telephone roaming charges here. To take advantage of low European telephone rates make sure that your GSM phone is unlocked before you get here. If you don't have a GSM phone, unlocked refurbished units are available for under $100.00 in Canada. If smart phone type capability is required, get one that is equipped with Wifi. Upon arrival in London go to the first mobile telephone store that you see and purchase a SIM card and some phone time. On this visit I went with the Mobile provider Lebara. The SIM card was 5:00 pounds and talk and text airtime was another 5:00. Rates vary depending on call type, but the airtime was sufficient for 100 minutes calling a local land line. Calls to another Lebara subscriber were free which is worth noting if travelling in a group. Lebara coverage was good in London and adequate outside the city.



      Leicester Square/Covent Garden/Piccadilly Circus


      The area containing Leicester Square (pronounced Lester), Covent Garden and Piccadilly circus is the centre of tourist activity in London. Tourists from all over the world congregate here. Buskers are a regular feature of the area and they occasionally compete for attention with movie stars at Leicester Square premieres. Covent Garden, the historical site of a fruit and vegetable market, hosts shops and restaurants today. Piccadilly Circus is home to the National Gallery and is only a short walk from Horse Guards and Trafalgar Square..




      New Yorkers might disagree but London is the English speaking theatre capital of the world. Most of the plays that you have heard of played or are still playing here. The Phantom of the Opera is in it's 26th year of production. In and around Leicester Square are many outlets offering discounted tickets. Many of the people working the booths are theatre buffs who will take the time to help you make your selection. We enjoyed “Noises Off”, a British farce, seated 4 rows from the stage for 36 pounds at the Aldwych theatre.




      No visit is complete without a stop at a traditional British pub and they don't get much more traditional than Ye Olde Cheddar Cheese. Located in an alley called Wine Office Court off the north side of Fleet Street between Aldwych and Farringdon Road, Ye Olde Cheddar Cheese was rebuilt in 1667. People were a lot shorter in 1667 so if you are 5'9” or above, mind your head when visiting the ground level tap room or negotiating the stairs to the downstairs warren. The pub has a nice collection of draught beers by Smith. Beer is one of the few things in London that North Americans will not find terribly expensive.




      The oldest bookstore in London is Hatchards which was founded in 1797 by John Hatchard and still occupies the same location. Do not expect to find dusty old tomes copied by a wizened monk in the 12th century here. Other than it's collection of books by and about Winston Churchill, Hatchards selection is much like that of any other upscale modern bookstore although with more signed copies than most. For book lovers the helpful knowledgeable staff, eclectic layout and the realization that you are treading the the same floors that Dickens probably walked on make the visit worthwhile.


      Speakers Corner


      For those not overly burdened by the concept of Political Correctness, Speakers Corner is worth a visit. It is in the Northeast Corner of Hyde Park near the Marble Arch tube station. The best time to visit is on a weekend afternoon but you might find someone with a soapbox and an agenda at other times as well. Anyone is free to speak their mind here and members of the audience are free to respond. These exchanges are usually good humoured and often quite witty. Historical figures who are reputed to have exercised their right to free speech here include Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin.


      English Breakfasts


      English Breakfasts are famous. The best place to get one is not in your hotel. You will need to find a gritty out of the way cafe that is frequented by locals. They are everywhere although harder to find in the more expensive areas. My current favourite is a hole in the wall cafe in the Hammersmith & City tube station in Hammersmith. These places typically charge between 5 to 7 pounds for selections of bacon, sausage, fried tomato, mushrooms, beans, eggs, potato, toast and coffee or tea. Entertainment is free. London humour is pointed, cynical and merciless. On my last visit two members of a local work crew were mocking a third who had achieved a hangover during an unsuccessful mating attempt. Try to contain your amusement just like the locals do.


      Museums and Galleries

      London hosts more than 200 museums and numerous art galleries. Many of these, like the British Museum and Tate Modern, are world reknowned. Others such as The Horse Guards Museum have a specific focus. Many offer free admission to their permanent collections. The best I visited were the British Museum, National Gallery and the Tate Modern. All of these fall into the free category.

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  • The Quays pub Galway Ireland The Quays pub Galway Ireland

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  • Prague – Vienna Cycle Tour Prague – Vienna Cycle Tour

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      Last September I joined a cycle tour in the Czech Republic. The tour took us from Prague in Central Bohemia to the rolling hills and charming medieval and Renaissance towns of South Bohemia and then through the gently-sloping vineyards of South Moravia. Some riders then cycled on to Vienna, whilst others chose to return to Prague. For many non-Czechs the countryside of the Czech Republic is unknown, secret, and undiscovered. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to discover what lies beyond Prague, a city that is deservedly visited by millions of people every year.


      We were a very diverse group. Our party consisted of seven Australians, a British couple, a couple from Brazil, a New Zealander, an American, and our Czech guide, Jiri (George) and driver, Jindrich (Henry). And me – I’ve been living and working in Prague for six years, but I’ originally from London, UK. Age-wise, collectively we covered every decade from early thirties to (almost) seventy. As those who have been on tours like this before, there is a camaraderie amongst cyclists that transcends continents and ages.


      Our First Day:        Prague to Ceske Budejovice by mini-bus

                                  Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov by bike


      After collecting everybody from their hotels on a quiet and overcast Prague Sunday morning, we group of strangers, soon to become brave companions of the trail, gathered together in the cellar meeting room of the tour company to introduce ourselves and to receive a full briefing. We were given a detailed itinerary for each day, a safety briefing and a small glass of slivovice (a local plum brandy that some people quite like).


      Then it was outside to hitch up the bike trailers to the mini-buses, check on helmets and water-bottles, and on to Ceske Budejovice. After a two and a half hour drive, we parked up in the city centre and everyone was allocated their bikes for the week. The bikes are already pre-selected for individual size, weight and experience by the company. Some people had brought their own pedals and these were quickly fitted by the ever-helpful staff.


      Ceske Budejovice is of course the home of the Czech Republic’s second most famous beer, Budvar or Budweiser. It is an old town with a lot of green spaces and a very large Renaissance square, where we took the first of many group photographs.


      We made our way through the town and down to the River Vltava (Moldau), the same river that runs through Prague. It was a great way to start, riding along the flat cycle path following the river to test out the comfort and settings of our bikes. After a while, we reached a rocky outcrop – our first hill! After climbing above the river, we coasted down a winding forest path to the small settlement and large monastery of Zlata Koruna (Golden Crown) founded in 1263. Here was a chance to stock up on a well-deserved bowl of soup and plate of sausage.


      After suitable refreshment, the last stage of the day’s short ride was down to the fairy-tale chocolate-box town of Cesky Krumlov, dominated by the second-largest castle in the country built on sheer rocks which rise up from the river. It is spectacularly beautiful and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  George gave us a tour of the town, but sadly it was raining quite hard at this stage, so we were very glad to arrive at our hotel. The luggage had already been delivered to our rooms and we had time to freshen-up before dinner.


      Dinner was in a lovely medieval restaurant where the food was prepared on an open fire. We sat at long wooden tables and had a chance to get to know each other better. However, what really bonded our group together was the next stop in a lovely crowded pub with a piano player who took requests. I’d like to think that our lusty singing of old standards was enjoyed by the locals as much as it was by us.


      Kilometres cycled:   27


      Second Day:Cesky Krumlov to Trebon


      After a fine and hearty breakfast, we gathered in the courtyard of the hotel to reacquaint ourselves with our bikes and make some final adjustments to them. And so we set off. It’s a long climb out of the valley of Cesky Krumlov, nestled on a bend of the river, where in high summer canoeing and rafting are very popular. We rode along paved cycle tracks and forest paths before stopping at a village restaurant for lunch. It was quite a strenuous day’s cycling and some of our valiant company took respite in the mini-bus for the more hill sections. The mini-bus is never far-away and is stocked up with water, fruit and energy bars.


      I should add that the day was quite testing; not only because of the distance and terrain, but it was also quite cold and raining, so it did test the morale of the group. However, the week’s forecast was good and the outlook was for sunny weather. Some of us rode the mini-bus into Trebon, while others pressed on through the mud and rain to arrive later.


      After a welcome shower, we met for a meal in the hotel restaurant, which was served with élan and charm by our hosts. Some opted to take a walk around the town afterwards to take in the Renaissance square, the Marian column, the charming castle and a local hostelry to taste the renowned local brew.


      Kilometres cycled:   61


      Third Day:    Trebon to Telc


      Trebon has been the centre of the Czech fish industry for five centuries. Over this time many fish-ponds and man-made lakes have been developed to produce carp and other fish. Carp is a traditional Christmas meal in the Czech Republic. It is a flatter area of South Bohemia, so a good chance to get in some faster cycling along paved forest paths. It was raining lightly and misty but this added to the mystique of riding through the dark, silent pine forests of Central Europe. All very atmospheric, all very Brothers Grimm.


      After about 25 kilometres we left the woods and the land began to undulate through fields. We met up with Henry and the mini-bus for snacks and refreshments, and to mend a couple of punctures.


      We pushed on through the rain. This was the most gruelling day, the furthest to cycle, nearly 80 kilometres and the second two-thirds were fairly hilly. We stopped for lunch at a country pub-restaurant, but otherwise it was head-down and concentrate on getting to Telc and South Moravia.


      The town of Telc is another UNESCO World Heritage site. It has a breath-takingly beautiful and extensive square, consisting entirely of Renaissance buildings from the 16th century, decorated in the typical brightly-coloured and sgraffitoed style of the time. It’s a great photo opportunity.


      We stayed in a very fine hotel not far from the main square, which had been a large farm and dairy complex. The tasteful reconstruction provided spacious rooms and a fine restaurant which served an excellent and well-deserved dinner.


      We were all pretty tired after this day, but we went to bed knowing that the following days would be sunny with temperatures rising to 25 degrees Celsius. Indian summer weather!


      Kilometres cycled:   78


      Fourth Day:  Telc – Vranov


      This was a shorter day than the day before but we had some hilly country to tackle as we followed the spectacular rocky and wooded valley of the Dyje river, which flows into the Danube.


      By mid-morning the sun had begun to shine and the temperature to rise. We rode through sun-dappled forests and fields and stopped at a large 17th century convent complex, where we stocked up on snacks and looked around the old buildings perched on top of a hill with lovely views of the Moravian landscape we were to cycle through.


      In the afternoon, after lunch in a country village restaurant where some of our party were brave enough to assay the delicacies of the bull, we cycled through deeply-forested paths with short steep climbs and satisfyingly long downhill runs.


      We passed the 11th century castle Bitov, high on an outcrop of the river, and climbed up to take a short tour of the castle. It was extended during the 15th to 17th centuries and had a fine library and impressive collection of hunting weapons: bows, crossbows and guns.


      A short distance away is another castle called Zornstein (Angry Rock). This is a quite different structure to Bitov, having been abandoned in the Middle Ages and largely derelict. It is however an impressive ruin of medieval fortifications. There were fine views to be enjoyed from this historic vantage point over the blue skies and green forests of the winding valley of the River Dyje.


      From Zornstein, it was a short ride down to the river and along the bank to Vranov.


      Kilometres cycled:   44


      Fifth Day:     Vranov to Znojmo


      This was also a shorter day in terms of distance, but again there were some tricky hills and off-road forest tracks to be negotiated.


      However, we did have the chance to tour the castle which sits upon a rocky crag that dominates the small town. The castle was modified extensively in the Baroque style in the 18th century and so offered a completely different style to the previous day’s visits. It really was a most impressive place giving an insight into the opulent way of life of the aristocracy during Hapsburg rule.


      After the informative tour, we saddled up again and rode out of Vranov towards the major wine-producing town of Znojmo. This was another enjoyable day during which we mostly followed the border between the Czech Republic and Austria. The trails pass through forest and paved tracks in an area which had been off-limits for forty years during the days of the Iron Curtain. The natural habitat is therefore unspoiled. 


      The last section of the ride was quite taxing as we had to climb up away from the border towards Znojmo, situated on a steep hill above the river Dyje. It is a impressive sight with several ancient spires and towers rising above the houses perched on the hillside.


      After the steep ascent, we were pleased to arrive at the hotel, beautifully modernised with glass staircases, large rooms and comfortable beds.


      Kilometres cycled: 40


      Sixth Day:    Znojmo to Mikulov


      For me this was the finest day for cycling. The weather was beautiful, warm and sunny, and the terrain was gentle passing through undulating wine-growing lowlands.


      We had a long lunch at a traditional pub-restaurant and passed by the only section of preserved pre-1989 defences with fences, originally electrified, tank defences and a cleared, and previously mined, dead zone. It was quite creepy to see the physical embodiment of the ‘Iron Curtain’ and difficult nowadays to understand how peoples could have been so brutally divided after the Second World War.


      About 15 kilometres before Mikulov we stopped at a small wine-cellar, little more than an underground shelter, where the proprietor talked us through his current production and we tasted Burcak, the deceptively first fermentation of the grape juice. It was interesting to see the small scale of the production, but it is clear the the best of the wine never reaches the export market.


      Feeling refreshed, we pushed on through the glorious afternoon sunshine to Mikulov which we could see jutting out of the surrounding plains from far away. We had our farewell dinner in a restaurant adjacent to the hotel and then repired to a wine bar for prize-giving and valedictions.


      Kilometres cycled:   70


      Seventh Day:                   Mikulov to Vienna

                                  Mikulov to Vratice – Lednice area


      Mikulov is a charming small town with a population of about 8,000 which was at one time a major centre of Jewish trade and scholarship. It is very interesting and thought-provoking to walk through its square with its pretty church and then through the adjacent Jewish quarter with its 15th century synagogue.


      After breakfast, our fellowship was broken. Eight of our party had planned to end their tour in Vienna and they set off with George guiding. After a day’s ride they were driven the remainder of the distance to Vienna and delivered to their hotels by the ever-reliable Henry.


      The rest of us spent an enjoyable day riding a circular route from Mikulov to Valtice and Lednice. This area is another UNESCO World Heritage site and is thought of as the most architecturally valuable region in the country. This was a great day’s cycling to end the tour. We cycled along deserted roads to Valtice through the heart of Moravia’s prime wine region. We paused in Valtice to have a look at the impressive chateau and then pressed on to Lednice. The route took us through the forested parklands of the Lichtenstein family which are studded with ostentatious monuments including the Temple of the Three Graces and a shrine to the patron saint of hunters, Saint Hubert. After lunch in Lednice, we went to walk around the glory of the neo-Gothic chateau.


      Then it was back to Mikulov along a series of ribbon lakes following the border to meet up with the driver, Tonda, who drove us back to Prague and delivered us to our hotels, safe, sound and tired after a most enjoyable cycle tour through some of the finest countryside and towns that the Czech Republic has to offer.


      Kilometres cycled:   47


      Total kilometres over the week:  367

      Guided Group Tour by: www.bicycle-tours.cz

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  • Holidays in the New Forest Holidays in the New Forest

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      When many of us think about a holiday we think about packing a suitcase, going to the airport, getting on a plane and arriving on an exotic island somewhere. But have you ever thought about not getting on a plane and perhaps driving down the M27 to take a holiday in The New Forest?

      Well, perhaps you should because holidays in The New Forest have plenty to offer. Whether you are looking for relaxation, history, adventure or discovery you'll be spoilt for choice.

      Take a look at our guide of staying in the UK and enjoying some New Forest fun.

      Cycle experience
      The New Forest has a network of over 100 miles of off road cycle routes perfect for a weekend break or holiday.

      Cycle ExperienceWith an extensive choice of cycling routes, The New Forest is a fabulous place for budding cyclists. It offers quiet country roads and cycling routes for those wanting to improve fitness and stamina, while taking in the stunning landscape and historic villages.

      The cycle routes are also ideal for families wanting safe off road routes. Along the way you will see animals including ponies, pigs and deer and you will experience the open heathland and sheltered woods with restaurants, pubs and tearooms to pop into along the way.

      Horse riding
      Whether you are a seasoned rider or a beginner, horse riding in The New Forest is one of the best ways to explore the area with over 3,000 ponies roaming the landscape. The New Forest also offers accommodation solutions for people wishing to discover the area with their own horse.

      WalkingThe New Forest is home to 193,000 acres of unspoilt heathland and ancient woodland. With 143 miles of track, visitors are free to explore this National Park by foot as well as bike or horseback.

      The New Forest offers endless walking routes that will twist and turn through vibrant areas, imposing woodland and bubbling streams and when your feet get tired you can stop off at a pub to enjoy some food and re-charge.

      Wherever you go on holiday it's always nice to buy yourself something and to bring something back for the unlucky ones that didn't get to holiday with you. The New Forest has an array of gift shops where you are sure to find the perfect souvenir. If not, you can visit one of the town markets with stalls selling everything from clothes to gifts.

      Confectionery always makes a nice gift too, so why not visit the Chocolate Studio or the Burley Fudge Shop for some handmade and gift wrapped chocolate and fudge.

      Spa treatment
      Holidays are about relaxing and taking time out. The best way to do that is to be pampered. If you want a manicure, pedicure, facial or massage, you will find a range of spas that offer luxurious treatments and tranquillity. Heaven.

      Water Fun
      Water Fun

      If you love or have ever wanted to try sailing, canoeing or windsurfing, water sports on the coast of The New Forest or inland waters is the best place to do it. There are also indoor pools at all health and leisure centres, which boast some of the best indoor sport facilities in the South.

      About the author:
      This article is written by Stephen Smith is a consultant of Travel, vacation, holiday. For more information about Devon holidays, please visit: hoburne.com
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  • Living Like Locals in London Living Like Locals in London

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      Living like Locals in London

      By Roger and Linda Rhodes

           My wife and I decided to visit London for a week and live like the locals. I had purchased the tickets last June for our flight in September. The flowers are still blooming in the window boxes as the first frost hasn’t set in yet.

           Our tickets, Cincinnati, via Charlotte N.C. to Gatwick Airport were purchased through www.cheapoair.com.  They were $800.00 for each person, rt. It is cheaper to buy air tickets on a Tuesday afternoon when prices go down, and plan a stay over a weekend, with a return on Tuesday.

           We prefer the area of Belgravia. It is within walking distance to Victoria Station where transport is available via the Tube, local coaches, or trains. The week before we left I found a bed and breakfast, The Melita House Hotel. It was 812 pounds for 6 nights, ($1232.00 USD) and that includes an English breakfast. 

           We drove to Cincinnati Airport and left our car 7 days, $59.00 at ValuePark. We had a 4:00 p.m. flight to Charlotte, N.C. and an hour layover, and then the ‘overnight’ to Gatwick, getting into London at 7:20 a.m.  We took the Gatwick Express from the airport to Victoria Station. Be sure and buy the ‘return’ as it is cheaper.  It is ½ hour on the Gatwick Express direct to Victoria Station. The cost is 32 pounds pp including (return). Our room was ready so we did have a little nap, before ‘supper out’. We found a nice little Italian restaurant on Belgrave Road, O Sole Mio. We would go back several times that week. Then back to the hotel for an evening in front of the telly.

           Getting up early I found an internet café down the street and made it my morning ritual to go and have a half hour on the internet for 1 pound.  After an English breakfast we were off on our first day adventure of taking the train ‘out’ to Jane Austen’s house. We found a Sainsbury’s grocery store on the way. I went to the ticket window in Victoria Station and asked for two train tickets to Alton. We had to change in Clapham Junction.  We met Mark Hudson and his taxi at the train station, and for a couple of pounds he took us directly to Jane’s house.  There is the Jane Austen Learning Center and gardens, and gift shop. Across the street is Cassandra’s Tea Shop. After spending time at the Centre, and the tea shop, we took a walk down the road and I photographed the architecture of some of the village houses. It was a bright sunny and warm day in the country. Mark had told us when we wanted to return ask for Don, the bartender across the street at Greyfrier’s Pub, and he would call Mark to come and pick us up. We met Don and after lunch, we caught the taxi back to the Alton train station changing at Clapham Junction we were in Victoria Station before we knew it, and then a short walk home.

           After breakfast the next morning and a short walk down Buckingham Palace Road we took the tour of Buckingham Palace. The palace is only open August and September.  We purchased the tickets for the 11:00 a.m. tour.  We had to go through ‘security’ before entering the palace. You wander through 19 State Rooms with an ‘audio guide’,  stopping and pressing the corresponding buttons on the audio guide wherever you want to listen. It is a very educational tour with lots of highlights, and this also included the ‘Queen’s Diamond Exhibit’.  Cost of the tour was 16 pounds per person.  We exited through the Garden Café then a nice walk through the gardens and you are out.  We caught the coach back to Victoria and after a bit of shopping at Sainsbury’s we walked home. After a rest, we walked back to Victoria Station and caught the Tube to Covent Garden for a Friday night out. There are lots of shops, and restaurants, and don’t miss the Christopher Wren church which was the opening scene in the movie My Fair Lady. Dinner was at The Steak and Company. I had seen a sign for St.-Martn’s in-the-Fields concert the next night of the Faure Requiem, the Vivaldi Gloria, and Mozart.  We purchased tickets for the Saturday night concert.

           After our ‘usual’ morning  we then took the coach from Victoria Station to shop at Harrods. Later we took the coach to Oxford Street and had a nice lunch at a very busy Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. It was very crowded. Londoners love the Colonel. Then a walk through all the stores.  Then a coach ride back to Victoria Station and the walk home.  After regrouping, and dinner out, we were at St. Martin’s for the concert.

             The weather had turned cloudy and rainy, so Sunday we opted for a day indoors at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The coach from Victoria to the museum let us off at the Aquila Hotel, where we had a warm up of tea and lunch before setting out across the street to the museum which is free to enter. Several hours later after seeing as much of it as possible we took a cab to the Hard Rock Café for supper.  This is the ‘original’ Hard Rock Café. Then a short cab ride home.  Resting was on the agenda for Sunday night, and some telly time. And there on the telly was the new season of Downton Abbey! It was several episodes into the new season, and it was very different watching Maggie Smith and Mary plotting to have Shirley McLaine save Downton from financial ruin.

           Monday we went to Hampton Court.  A short walk to Victoria, and a train ride to Clapham and change and you are in Hampton Court. They have an ‘audio tour’ and so you proceed at your own pace through the palace. We had watched The Tudors  so we were excited about being there. Hampton Court is also home to the Royal Needlework Society and its gift shop, plus the Hampton Court gift shop. Lunch was at the restaurant across the street and then back over the bridge to the train station, and the ride back to Victoria and the walk home.

           I listen to the internet radio station www.classicfm.co.uk and before leaving for London I heard they were having their 20th anniversary concert at Royal Albert Hall, and I had bought tickets online before going.  

           We got up the next morning  and took the Gatwick Express back to the airport for a 10:00 a.m. flight  to Charlotte and home.  We are eagerly looking forward to next years trip! 

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  • Staying In London… and my firs Staying In London… and my first Journal

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      This being my first post…and my first ever real blog I suppose, I will apologise now for my poor grammar.  

      I am a business traveller – I travel around the world for work. I will not tell you what I do, or who I work for, because let’s face it – I may get in trouble with the big boss! Why take the risk? Well I want to be able to write about my travels and have a little moan if I want to – without being scared of getting the sack. Do not get my wrong – I am very lucky to have this job which allows me to travel, meet new people and at the same time pay me to be doing it! But when you are stuck in a hotel, miles from home, sometimes you get a little bit lonely. Or when you are sitting in an airport, with your flight 6 hours delayed, the day before your wife’s birthday…you start to wonder why you bother!  (And seriously consider eloping so you don’t have to listen to her moaning at something that was out of your control!!)

      Anyway, with the introductions done, I will actually start my first blog post…

      I am staying in London for business at the moment. I have been here for two hours and have three days and nights or meetings, dinners and drinks with some consultant or another. In addition to business, I am going to explore London and maybe even have a little bit of fun! I am sitting in a very quaint little café, whilst I wait to get the keys for my very lush London serviced apartment that my company are oh so kindly putting me up in! I will have to keep you updated on how I am finding the apartment. I didn’t know what one was until I started business travel.

      Today I have an afternoon meeting, but I am hoping that it doesn’t drag on forever so I can go and go and maybe take a walk in the sunshine down regents canal….it is a hard life.

      My plan this evening is to visit convent garden, meet up with a long lost university friend and go to my favourite restaurant – the place with the best fish and chips ever, J sheeky! (http://www.j-sheekey.co.uk/). Then maybe onto my favourite London pub – Lowlander down Duruy lane. It is always really busy though thanks to an impressive range of draught and bottled beers! Tomorrow is filled with long meetings and a lunch which I expect to be nothing but dull.

      If I get the chance I will keep you updated over the week on how my London trip is progressing

      Peace out. 

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  • Edinburgh pub Edinburgh pub

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      The twins at the Nags Head Pub on the Ryal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland. For my own safety I make no comment as to why they would pick this pub to pose in front of.

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  • Here's to a cold pint, and ano Here's to a cold pint, and another one!

    • From: biglannie
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      Connemara, Ireland

      A Texan walks into a pub in Ireland and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers. He says, “I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I’ll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back.”

      The room is quiet, and no one takes up the Texan’s offer. One man even leaves.

      Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. “Is your bet still good?” asks the Irishman.

      The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the pint glasses, drinking them all back-to-back.

      The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in amazement. The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, “If ya don’t mind me askin’, where did you go for that 30 minutes you were gone?”

      The Irishman replies, “Oh… I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first.”

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  • Enjoy Your Holidays in Boston Enjoy Your Holidays in Boston

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      A city full of wonder Boston, first incorporated as a town in 1630, and as a city in 1822, is one of America's oldest cities, with a rich economic and social history. This vibrant, thriving city is renowned for its cultural facilities, world-class educational institutions, champion sports franchises, as well as its place at the very forefront of American history. Tourism is one of New England's largest industries; as the region's social and commercial "hub", Boston is willing to accommodate and entertain you as few other cities can.

      'Giant Ocean Tank', encircled by a four-story spiral ramp. The tank is home to a replica of the Caribbean coral reef and a collection of many different sea creatures, including several huge turtles, barracudas, stingrays and sharks. Boston National Historic Park encompasses the USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard as well as the other sites of the Freedom Trail. The facade of this world-famous pub-Bull and Finch Pub is instantly recognizable as the inspiration for the American television show, 'Cheers' and is situated opposite the Public Garden.

      Boston has to offer the most popular tourist attractions and top sightseeing. The Black Heritage Trail® is a walking tour that explores the history of Boston's 19th century African American community. The Central Library's McKim Building is an architectural treasure. "London has Big Ben, Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Boston has the CITGO sign." The John Hancock Tower is the tallest building in New England, and stands sleekly on its own in Copley Square, away from the high-rise area of Boston's downtown. The New England Aquarium features a Giant Ocean Tank. The Boston Women's Heritage Trail tells some of these diverse and remarkable stories, and forever weaves Boston women back into the fabric of the "city upon a hill."

      Are you looking for cheap flights to Boston?
      Tickets To World offers you the cheapest flight deals to Boston. You can book Boston flights and hotels online by using our easy to use and secure search engine. You can book direct flights tickets to Boston or flights with stopovers. To get the cheap fares we advise you to book in advance. For example we have fares for 2011 as well which you can book online or please call our sales staff and they will help you to book your flights and hotels in Boston.

      Boston is without doubt the center for shopping in New England and the numerous districts provide a shopper's paradise. Boston offers world-class  shopping options. Downtown Crossing as Located in the heart of the central shopping district, with main department stores including Filene's and of course, Macy's, is the biggest department store in New England., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, SoWa Open Market, Haymarket, Newbury Street is World renowned shopping in some of Boston's most chic and fashionable stores and is full of expensive boutiques, funky salons and fashionable galleries, with many outdoor cafés providing ideal places to take a break and watch the world go by . The Prudential Center is a great stop for shopping and dining! Located on Boylston Street. Boylston Street has a wide range of stores and restaurants. Nearby is Firestone and Parson, one of the city's finest jewelry stores Copley Place is upscale mall is filled with stores and restaurants that are sure to please!

      Suzain Allen is a Travel Consultant and she has years of experience in travel industry. She in now introducing her views about Boston holidays. It can be impressive to book flights to Boston from UK. For more information, please visit http://www.ticketstoworld.co.uk.

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  • Fitzgerald's Pub 2.jpg Fitzgerald's Pub 2.jpg

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  • Irish twins at The Twins Pub Irish twins at The Twins Pub

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      Colleen and Connie at The Twins Pub

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  • Not Just a Hole in the Ground! Not Just a Hole in the Ground!

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         Another marked item on my Bucket List! I must admit I have been a bit ambivalent about making the trek to THE canyon, especially after many years of flying over it to points west such as Las Vegas. Wow, I'm sure glad we made it while we could still trudge along by foot without the assistance of walkers.
         Following a 4 day business trip to Las Vegas we decided it was time to take on this adventure, even though it would be a brief one. We were warned that crowds might already be fairly large and that the wait at the gate could be an hour or more. That info was enough to persuade us to take the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, AZ right into the park. That was the best decision we could have made; along with plans to stay one night instead of being a day tripper.
      Grand Canyon Railway   We began early on a Friday morning in May in Williams at the Grand Canyon Railway depot. We were told to expect throngs of people and to be prepared to stand in line for quite a while. Thankfully we were early enough in the season that the crowds did not appear. We had made reservations but had to stand in line (we were #2 in the queue) to retrieve our tickets. We had booked coach fares going both ways but made the stellar decision to upgrade the return trip to First Class (more on that later).
         After the "gunfight" - a bit hokey but staged to give the early birds something to do while the latecomers stand in the ticket line - we boarded the train about 9:15 and chugged away about 9:30. We sped toward our destination at a blistering 40 mph enjoying a bit of entertainment (read singing cowboy, etc.) along the way. We arrived at the Grand Canyon National Park (south rim) depot about 11:45 a.m. By the way, there is no view of the canyon along the way; however, it is a pleasant ride that passes through tall pine forests and open plains.
      Bright Angel cabin   The hubby and I chose the Bright Angel Lodge cabins for our overnight stay. I had seen pictures online and had the option of a rim view or just close by the rim. Evidently these all book very far in advance during the high season so we were lucky to have the selection less than a month out. We decided to save the extra $$ and simply took the regular cabin. It was a quaint duplex in a great location very close to the rim trail and even though it did not have a view or a fireplace we were quite pleased. A private bath is a must for me, I'm afraid. The Lodge, I think, had some community type bathroom facilities for some of the rooms.
         After a quick hot dog at the lodge we strolled parts of the Rim Trail (breathtaking) to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center - just over 2 miles (or did it just seem that far?) Most roads do not allow personal cars but the free shuttle system operated by the park is phenomenal. We hopped off at the General Store near Mather Campground and had fun strolling the aisles and making a few purchases.
         We had a quick pizza dinner at Maswik Pizza Pub before heading back to our cabin. Well, so we missed the sun setting over the canyon but so enjoyed opening the windows of our cabin and enjoying the wonderful breeze and relaxing after a long day.
      Saturday morning we had a bagel from the Bright Angel Lodge restaurant and packed our bags (already?). The checkout was  for 11 a.m. but we had everything ready early so the bellman could whisk them away to the train. This is a great perk for those riding the rails - no muss, no fuss.  
         We spent most of the morning walking the Rim Trail from Bright Angel to Hermits Rest. OK, I must admit, we did cheat a bit and hop on the shuttle a few times. The views were spectacular and, at many times, the trail seemed to be our very own. This doesn't seem to be the case during peak summer times and we felt so fortunate to have our peaceful time there. We had lunch at the Hermits Rest (be forewarned, nothing there but premade sandwiches) with a view from our picnic table that was breathtaking.
      After lunch we headed back toward Bright Angel and toured the El Tovar Hotel (this evidently is the one to splurge on for accomodations and meals) and the Hopi House and Verkamp's Visitor Center.
         We boarded the train for the return trip at 3:15 for a 3:30 departure. I must say, after walking miles of trails we were very happy we upgraded to the First Class car. The car is divided into small sections with bathrooms and galley in between. Other, higher priced, accommodations include the Observation Dome car and the Luxury Parlor Class. Our First Class car included complimentary snacks (cheese and veggies), soft drinks, and beer and wine for a small fee. The relaxing ride was such a great way to end our 24+ hours in the park. We arrived back in Williams around 5 p.m.
      **Maybe next time we'll take the time (and find the nerve) to ride the mules down into the canyon and overnight there. What a story to tell!
      **There are a few things you miss seeing by not having a car. You cannot get to Lipan Point by shuttle which is supposed to be the most dramatic view of the canyon and of the sunset. (I can't vouch for this but we sure saw some phenomenal and breathtaking views!)
      ** You also miss the WatchTower which is near the South Rim entrance. (But evidently the entrance can be backed up for an hour or two if arriving by car. The train does not go near the entrance.)
      What's next on my Bucket List? Niagara Falls in June

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  • Irish Film Institute Irish Film Institute

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  • Kelly's Cellars, Belfast Kelly's Cellars, Belfast

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      Built in 1720, Kelly's Cellars is one of the oldest pubs of Belfast. Now, it's best known for its delicious food and traditional music.

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  • Lewisburg's Irish Pub on Washi Lewisburg's Irish Pub on Washington Street

    • From: cgiggenbach
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      After catching a show at one of the multitude of live performance venues in Lewisburg, stop by this family-run Irish Pub and have a pint of Guiness and sing along with traditional Gaelic and Irish music by co-owner Patrick O'Flaherty. Located in downtown Lewisburg at 109 E. Washington Street.
      "Wonderful people, fun music and a delicious menu -  The atmosphere is entertaining and the people are incredibly hospitable"   -  "The Irish pub is wonderful for people of all ages"  (Reviews courtesy of  Googlemaps.com)
      "The Irish stew was fabulous as was the shepherd's pie. Really, really solid food. And it really stuck to your bones. I have also never seen such an incredible beer selection anywhere in WV--nor have I ever seen anywhere else with cider ..."‎ ‎(Review courtesy of Yelp.com)

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