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February 2006

Asia Beckons Again

Just parted with more cash!

sunny 6 °C

So last night Saturday 25th February whilst sitting in front of the telly, we decided to go for it and booked our trip to China! So through expedia we were able to get flights from London to Frankfurt to Beijing return and hotel for £528 for 7 nights (plus a day to travel. Travelling with Lufthansa - havent a clue what they are like long haul so will be interesting!! So there we go Thursday 1st June until Fri 9th June 2006 we will be in CHINA!!

Staying at Taiwan Hotel which is apparently a decent location, basic but clean hotel where we can walk to everywhere.

Next hurdle is to get our visas sorted - can do this in Dublin but is a torture as we have to deliver and pick up in person.

TRYING ALSO TO GET NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRAILIA SORTED TOO

So we are booking our NZ & Oz flights with airmiles - if l ever get himself motivated into deciding about it! But cant push him too much just sorted China and too much excitement is too much! Still l will commence my continous nagging later (lve just bribed him with chocolate!)

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A London Oydessy

semi-overcast 8 °C

I sent a blog via email from my blackberry - it was a bit pants - those tiny buttons!

So we spent 5 days in our nations capital - London - we had a great time - its so true what they say (whoever they are!) you dont appreciate what is under your nose! The 5 days were in no way enough!

So got there Sat night - we were staying in Kennsington - Holland Park Ave and it was a lovely area - according to some Estate Agencies you really dont get much change from £1 000 000 when buying a house!

Travelled everywhere by tube - getting a day pass £4.90 to take us withing zone 1 & 2.

So what did we get up too?

On a wet and rainy Sunday we took the Ordinary Bus Tour (from Oxford Circus) £16 and travelled on it for around 2 hours, taking the yellow route and saw many of the major sites in the capital. The guide had a voice scarily like Chris Evans!! The ticket was valid for 24 hours being hop on hop off and included a choice of 2 Thames boat trips.

On Sunday afternoon we wandered around Covenant Gdn, Chinatown, Soho before heading out to dinner in Belgravia - The Mango Tree - excellent food along with 50% off our food bill!!

Monday - so we were able to head to Buckingham Palace to witness the Changing of the Guard at 11.30am every other day at this time of year. We got to the Palace (Queenie was out!) via St James Park - which was lovely, just in time to witness the army marching along to thier band. Very impressive. The lack of tolerance of the mounted police to the tourists was great - welcome to the UK!

We then visited St Pauls after lunch - which was impressive - lm not good with heights though so l just about made it into the Whispering Gallery (at one point l though l was going to have to stay there - lm not good with heights!) so l didnt visit the domes - but got some pictures!!

After a tube back to hotel it was back to the West End to Picadilly Theatre, 16 Deman St - to see Guys & Dolls starring Nigel Harman (of Eastenders fame) which was brilliant.

Tuesday - Valentines Day! Firstly an excellent trip on London Eye - we prebooked tickets via the web - it was busy as it was half term but queues were quick moving.

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Then some pictures of Big Ben & Westminister, before visiting Westminsiter Abbey (£10) l found this fasinating - such history - Queen Elizabeth I tomb, Cornonation Chair. Finally off to Tower of London to wander around White Tower and see Crown Jewels (cost £14). Westminister.JPG

On the way back to hotel we popped into Harrods to see what all the hype was about - l really couldnt be much bothered at this point - l was suffering sore feet!
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But all in all a lovely trip and we really need to go back and see the rest!

Heather

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Sitting in front of the telly

Here in cold Belfast

Ive just set up my very own blog - therefore it is very much a work in progress - as yet l havent been very far this year, but lm off on a long weekend city break to London next weekend therefore l hope kick this off in style!

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