London

Fri, July 12

Today we experienced London, with a difference. Not just any impersonal excursion for us – but a very enjoyable personalised city tour with our friends from Manchester, Ian and Jane, whom we had met on a previous cruise around Australia and New Zealand.

After setting off from their home at 4.00am, they met us about 5 hours later at Dover and we were whisked off in their car for a whirlwind tour of London, all the while catching up on all our news.

Blackwall Tunnel took us to London’s East End and the Jewish Quarter, then the Financial District, Trafalgar Square, Harrods, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, museums, Downing St, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Big Ben and the list goes on, plus all the bridges – each of which Ian crossed twice to ensure we got good photos!

Jane thought of everything and even provided lunch ‘”on the go”” as we didn’t realise it is all but impossible to drive into London and park somewhere!

Then on to Canterbury to see the Cathedral and a walk around the town, before stopping for a “cup of tea”. In keeping with my interest in trying some local food, I was quite excited to see Eton Mess on the menu, something which I had only read about. Needless to say, it was delicious and reminded me of pavlova with strawberries and cream which we enjoy in Australia, only all mixed up together in a glass.

We arrived back at the ship just in time to board at 6.30pm and reluctantly waved goodbye as we set sail at 7.00pm, clutching a bag of English chocolates which they thoughtfully gave us as a parting gift. We had a wonderful day and so we say thanks and au revoir. Today was certainly a highlight of our vacation.
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Canterbury

Canterbury

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White cliffs of Dover

White cliffs of Dover

This post is dedicated to our good friends, Ian and Jane. Thanks guys, for going out of your way to make our day so memorable and enjoyable. We appreciate your friendship and hope to see you again in the not-too-distant future.

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3 thoughts on “London

  1. Hi Jill and Alex, it was so good to see you both last Friday, such great company that nine hours went so quickly, we thoroughly enjoyed our day pleased you did too although it was a bit full on and a lot to take in, we got home after midnight and its been rather hectic the last few days. My day off today and we’ve got the fencing being done in the back garden!! We will have time in the near future to have some rest and recuperation (hopefully).
    Well not sure where you are at this moment in time but look forward to reading all about it soon, enjoy every minute the memories are building up day by day.
    Look forward to contacting you when you’re back and discussing possible arrangements for next year, probably later on in the year sept/oct would be a better time for us but we are open for suggestions, we’d have a good time no matter where we go or what we do.

    Love Jane and Ian xx

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