Just returned from Merry Olde England on the pubs and pagans tour. We stayed at the Fox and Goose in Wembly , London for the first 6 days, we tried to get the most from our London passes, I’m sure the travel card was worth it. TRAVEL TIP the tube has many flights of steps at every stop. Get at least three maps of your destination(one could be wrong) Better yet book a ride from the airport and just look for the guy with a sign of your name. Or hump your luggage in a brain dead state and ask every one along the way for a place they’ve never heard of.
the breakfast place
The coffee shop up the hill
Full of good intel on what to see and when the soccer games were happening nearby.
We did the London Bridge Experience and built up a powerful thirst, this pub was under the bridge and a great place to ride out the ten minute storm. The “Shard” was struck by lightning while we sipped in cozy comfort.
under the London Bridge
I went up top to discover that the London Bridge is NOT the Tower Bridge.
London Bridge with Brit
one view from London Bridge, a PUB!
Tower Bridge from London Bridge somewhat down river
So we had a long list of sights to see and ended up meandering through a market, sipping beverages and nibbling tapas.
The deer have annihilated my arborvitae and the HOLLY BUSHES, I mean, who eats those prickly things? Hungry deer that’s who, come to think of it pine is one of their favorites, ick. We have electric fencing but you can’t fence in everything.
deer in the back yard
Turkeys have been spotted in the front yard, thanks to Xena who lit up like a christmas tree when she saw them working their way down the edge of the garden.
Blue Jays and Cardinals have been emptying the front porch cat dish. I do keep five seed feeders full and two suet spots, I guess the birds prefer a meatier diet in the winter.
Larry does NOT find this funny!!!!
And the horses would love to see some green grass. They are so stoic.
It was great good fun to escape the great white north for a few days for the sunny warmth of Florida. Eating, reading and relaxing along with staying hydrated were the only order of the day (naps optional).
We used a regional Airline, Allegiant, and flew nonstop from Huntington to Sanford. TRAVEL HINT; It’s almost impossible to lose luggage on a non stop flight.
After a nice visit with family it was off to the beach. TRAVEL HINT; yes you can burn on a cloudy day under an umbrella on a WHITE sand beach.
We stayed at a lovely little place a ten minute drive from the beach and I found it on the Tampa/St Pete visitor site. TRAVEL HINT; they had a whole page of nice places with NO website!!! so they weren’t listed on any of the broker pages.
Back in town still not thrilled with the weather but refreshed and ready to ROCK & ROLL!!