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    Blustery

    Photos The end of daylight savings time meant we were given an extra hour for our surfing and general puttering. It was a beautiful clear day, if not a little windy. We were out the door and headed to Hyde Park to explore a park a bit. The park was fairly manicured, lots of cut grass and golden-leafed trees. We grabbed a couple of hot dogs and took a stroll through the park. Lots of folks out, cycling and roller-blading,…

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    These boots were made for walking

    Photos It looked to be an overcast, drizzly day when we awoke, but nevertheless, we had a plan. After a little surfing, we soon ventured off the beaten path to an area of town we hadn’t yet seen. In the Monmouth Coffee Company’s newsletter, they’d mentioned that on Saturdays, the location where they do their roasting is open to the public, in conjunction with Neil’s Yard (the fabulous cheesemonger). So we trekked out to Maltby Street, so D could buy…

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    Stairway to the clouds

    Photos The morning began quietly, although we didn’t end up going to the British Library as usual. We puttered around the hotel, using the WiFi in the lounge and getting ourselves ready for the day. We headed out around noon via the tube to St. Paul’s station to visit the cathedral. We stopped in at a little café for a snack and an Americano before wandering through the churchyard to the entrance. It’s a large, imposing structure, and D commented…

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    Duds, dinosaurs and deliciousness

    Photos We had a good start, getting up and out the door to be at the British Library when it opened (9:30am). It was amusing to see a line up going in when we arrived, but we managed to grab comfy seats with outlets. We toiled away for a few hours before heading out to enjoy the sunshine. D wanted to head back to the Monmouth Coffee shop for a wee dram of delicious espresso, so we tubed over to…

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    Shoparific

    Photos With a few butterflies about my meetings with the UCL folk, I decided to quell my anxieties by doing a little bit of shopping. D stayed behind and went to the British Library to get in his requisite morning of work. I’d done a rather geeky thing before I left Vancouver and purchased a “Street Sensation Guide”, which had a very thorough mapping of all the shopping districts in London. So with my handy guide in hand, I figured…

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    A gallery of greats

    Photos Being the industrious folks we are, we started our day with a few hours at the British Library and got some work in. D was feeling a little disappointed in his overall progress on his conclusion, but I assured him we’d have plenty of opportunities for more work. After making a quick stop at the hotel to drop off our things, we were soon on the tube, headed towards Charing Cross for a visit to the National Gallery, one…

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    London town

    Photos After our last breakfast at our York B&B, we packed up our things and grabbed a cab to the rail station. As we had about an hour and a half to kill, we figured we’d leave our luggage at the Left Luggage room and do a last walk of the town. The cost was £5 per bag, so we rather quickly nixed that idea. One of the nice things about British rail stations, however, was the free WiFi, so…

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    Wouldn’t it be nice to be a Howard?

    Photos We had a relatively early start, with a lovely of breakfast (D got to eat black pudding again) at the B&B, before setting off for the York Rail Station. It looked like the weather would be cooperating, with blue sky and sunshine out in full force. I picked up our pre-booked rail tickets with ease, and we were soon on the train and off to Malton, a town about 25 minutes away from York. From there, after an initial…

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    goodbye Scotland, hello York!

    Photos We awoke typically early and thus had time to finish packing and getting ready for the day. After saying our goodbyes to our hosts, we hauled our luggage out to the street and grabbed a cab to the train station. Upon finding our platform, there was a little confusion as to where we needed to be for our reserved coach, but we eventually made our way to the appropriate waiting spot. Once the train arrived, finagling our luggage to…

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    London

    London – Transcontinental Hop It’s a profoundly daunting feeling, setting off for a trip to Europe, not only because I know I’ve spent the last month or two organizing it, but also because it’s Europe, so I’ve been planning it, in essence, for most of my life. I’m normally a person who will freely profess to taking a ‘low expectation approach’ to life–traveling may be the one thing I set my bar fairly high for. Nonetheless, we set-off without a…