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February 16, 2005

A Lovely Winter Stroll

Somewhere around 1pm, having now been up for a couple of hours, the three of us started thinking about our tummys. We also started thinking that maybe we should try and get out of the apartment and do something with our day - a big step I know. Pete has been bugging us for the past couple of weeks to go eat at the John Lewis eatery, so we decided maybe it was time to humour him. We'd also been looking at possibly doing a walk, despite the fact that it is miserable grey winter, and decided that following lunch we'd head off to Winchester.

Lunch: Yes well the food was ok, but I found the whole experience rather depressing. The place was full of middle aged women and lots of children. I couldn't help but sit there thinking I don't want to get that old and I don't want kids. They just all looked so tired.

Enough of that malarky. Off to Winchester we headed. We parked at an area outside of Winchester called St Cross. We walked into Winchester along the river Itchen. The sun decided to come out to make the walk a little more pleasant.

Since Justin is new to the country, there are some things he needs to be taught - for instance 'what is a kissing gate'.

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February 19, 2005

First The Pub, Then The Hill

Yesterday the weather forecast for today was a clear cold day. So we went to bed knowing that the next day may be a nice day for a walk. Despite this, I still slept in until 10:30am. Once I awoke I did indeed find a nice clear blue sky outside with the sun shining.

Of course the day may be great for a walk but this does not necessarily make the task of deciding where to go any easier. To save too much thinking, I chose Butser Hill since apparently you can see for miles around once at the top.

Having decided on the walk, we next needed to choose a pub for lunch, as it was now nearly midday and none of us had eaten. Yesterday we bought the AA Pub Guide 2005 which I now covered so that we could have a look at it and determine which pub we should go to. However, Pete decided that he wanted to go to a pub we'd had a quick drink at last summer.

So off we set on a nice scenic drive thru the Meon Valley, our goal the Seven Stars in Stroud on the A272. We hit a bit of traffic enroute and then did a quick detour into the car park at Wickham so I could answer a phone call. Here I spent a few minutes gibbering techo SAP stuff at Ms Thompson so the poor sod could get on with her work on this glorious Saturday. Then off we set again, on a nice drive (read racetrack) to the pub.


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January 20, 2007

A Stroll On A Winter's Day

One of the pleasures of living in London is the great range of activities. Today I awoke to find the sun shining through the windows, a nice change to the constant drizzle and overcast skies that have been around lately. We have lived here now for 3.5 months and sadly have not yet headed over to Hyde Park. Since the sun was out, it seemed like the perfect day to head out for a stroll.

Naturally, I hadn't actually got out of bed until nearly midday and if we were going to go burn some energy, then we first needed a fry up to provide that energy. Thus we didn't walk out the front door until about 2pm.

We wandered past Tower Bridge and weaved through the crowds of tourists towards London Bridge Station via More London and caught the tube to Green Park.

Green Park

We strolled through Green Park towards Buckingham Palace, along one edge of the park looking at the mansions overlooking the park. We then headed along another edge towards Hyde Park. The weather was a little nippy, but I kept going through the ritual of - stopping, removing gloves, taking photos, putting gloves back on - repeatedly.

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Hyde Park

Between Green Park & Hyde Park is Wellingtons Arch. One one side of it is the Australian War Memorial which lists the names of Australian towns. Late last year they added a New Zealand War Memorial , so we stopped to have a look.

Over in Hyde Park we decided to walk along the southern side of the Serpentine, watching the rollerbladers playing.

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Kensington Gardens

At the end of Hyde Park we crossed over to Kensington Gardens. When we first came to the UK, we stayed in Bayswater not far from Kensington Gardens and spent many hours in this park. We used to cross from one side of Kensington Gardens to the other, to get to the museum area. Every time we come back here it feels a little like being home.

A few days ago there were very strong winds across the UK. It seemed they had hit Kensington Gardens too, as we saw two large trees that had been uprooted.

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Kensington Palace Gardens

At the far edge of Kensington Gardens is Kensington Palace. Behind the palace is a road known as Kensington Palace Gardens, containing some of the most expensive houses in the world. The street contains a combination of embassies and private houses. There are guard houses at either end and police patrolling the road. Pedestrians are allowed to walk along the road, but photography is not allowed. For some reason we've never actually walked along here, so with some glee we strolled along the road towards Notting Hill, checking out the mansions, daydreaming.

The sun was now disappearing, so we stopped in for a coffee at Caffe Nero. We then decided to head out to Canary Wharf to see a movie. We decided to do a test on the way to see which was the quickest way to the cinema on the tube. Pete went via the Central Line & then the DLR. I went via the Central Line and then the Jubilee Line. I just missed my connection and had to wait a huge 9 minutes for the next train - this was pretty unlucky as usually there are trains every 3-5 minutes. But even if I hadn't missed the conenction, Pete still would have beat me.

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