PTR - Dipping our toes into Europe

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  1. gogo65

    gogo65 Cheering for Disney

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    Agree, we prebooked ours and just hoped it wasn't going to rain, so glad we did, the lines were about 4hours long, when we rocked up with our prebooked ticket:cool1:I felt like I was royalty being bale to go to the front of the line:yay:
     
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  3. zanzibar138

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    My travel philosophy is a bit like that too, but on long trips I like to leave a day here and there for just doing what we feel like. I guess having a few extra days at DLP we were able to use some of those for our 'not have to be anywhere at a specific time' days.

    Good luck! Spoiler alert for my TR... ours was cancelled due to frost and snow and I never did end up getting up there. I don't think you'll have that problem in April though :thumbsup2
     
  4. Andona

    Andona Destroyer of the Aussie Dollar

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    What a fantastic plan :thumbsup2 I think you will all have the most amazing time :goodvibes

    I'm really looking forward to hearing about your time in Ireland - it's on my bucket-list

    I'll second this - we just loved the show! We saw it in Sydney but I remember walking past the theatre in London several times and admiring the huge statue of Freddie Mercury. I'd love to see it there some day :)

    Andona
     
  5. Busy Busy

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    Wow - I bow to the queen of planning!! :worship:

    My DH is English and we have been lucky enough to spend time in and around London, and also in Paris and you are going to have such an amazing time.

    I left DH and the kids with the in-laws and took myself on the tube to Kensington Palace to see an exhibition of Princess Diana's dresses, then I went to the Orangery for afternoon tea - it was GORGEOUS!!! My DD was only 5 then, and chose to go to the zoo with her grandparents - but I know that I will take her there in the future. It will be such a lovely girls day for you. Having said that - I also love the day that you have planned for your DH and DS - we took our son for a cricket lesson at the indoor cricket school at Lords, then we did the tour - it was an amazing day for our cricket loving family!! :dance3:

    Just across the road from the Science Museum (and around the corner from the Natural History Museum) is the Victoria and Albert Museum - I haven't seen you mention it and you NEED to know about it!! I left the family (again!!) over at the Science Museum and spent 2 hours in heaven at the V&A. I saw everything from Adam Ant's stage costumes (he was once my future husband!), to the original Beatrix Potter drawings of Peter Rabbit. It's filled with gowns, fashion, jewellery, art and gorgeous special exhibits (there is a David Bowie one on there now) - it's my kind of museum!!

    PS....at Borough Market there is a toasted cheese sandwich called a "raclette" that will change your life!!! :upsidedow
     
  6. Ms. Shuttergirl

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    OMG, 4 hours. That would break my husbands will to live :lmao:.

    Usually the last day of each place we visit is a day that all plans could be dumped out the window and we can just do whatever. We certainly did that on our recent trip. The only place where it wont' be possible is Scotland but otherwise I'm happy to throw the plans out and go with the flow if it's not prebooked and paid for.

    Ireland is the one place that my husband and I have always talked about going to, more than anywhere else. I am very much looking forward to it.

    I have the V&A in the back of my mind as an option if time allows but my family can only handle so much museum stuff. I like it, they don't as much. It sounds great though so I'll definitely keep it on my list.

    Borough Market - toast cheese sandwich - you had me at hello. I'm so getting one.
     
  7. Busy Busy

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    I get the museum overload!! You need a freeze button so that you can leave them all on the footpath and go in on your own - then there's no moaning and you can do what you want for as long as you want! I need to invent one!! :scratchin

    As for the toasted cheese sandwich - OMG - my DH did NOT want to go to Borough Market, he said that it was a dump (and he's from South London - so he's knows a dump when he sees one). ....BUT....who cares about the surroundings - Borough Market is there to amaze your senses of smell and taste - not your sight!! :goodvibes:goodvibes
     
  8. Aussie Wendy

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    I'm trying to trick fate as three visits to Paris and each time the 'views' from the top have been heavy mist and rain. If I don't prebook tix maybe we'll get brilliant weather and if so, will climb the stairs to at least the second level maybe avoiding the worst of the queues...but for a first - timer I would definitely be pre-booking- I thought you might do one of the meals up there?
     
  9. Ms. Shuttergirl

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    Oh yes a freeze button, that would be perfect. I might actually get some photos of my family that doesnt' involve their backs as they walk away from me if I had a freeze button :rotfl:.

    I'm sure we will love the Borough Market, we love that sort of thing.

    Wendy we did think about it but with 2 kids in tow, after reading the menus, I felt options they would enjoy are limited and it's an awful lot of money if they don't like the food. I would've loved to do something like that though.
     
  10. Ms. Shuttergirl

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    We've been watching the dvd's of Billy Connelly travelling through the UK and laughing our heads off.

    So last night I googled to see if he was doing any kind of tour while we are there and joy of all joys, he is actually doing a tour of Ireland while we are there. It's all basically sold out but we managed to get 2 separate tickets for a show when we are in Dublin. We are sitting one in front of the other so not far away from each other. Should be awesome.
     
  11. PrincessInOz

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    Awesome news! This is going to be such a highlight!
     
  12. Ms. Shuttergirl

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    I think so too PIO, an unexpected highlight. I love seeing live comedy but we haven't seen anyone for years so we are both very much looking forward to it and very grateful to have a babysitter along this time.
     
  13. zanzibar138

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    Awesome! It's great you were able to get seats not far away from each other too :thumbsup2
     
  14. Minniemum

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    Congrats Ms Shuttergirl. Now that's being in the right place at the right time.
     
  15. Ms. Shuttergirl

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    DH has been a bit disappointed with my dates not lining up with big acts that are touring while we are in all the big cities. :rotfl2:. I said well I planned these dates 12 months ago, I can't help it :confused3.
     
  16. cola

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    Borough Market - There is an upmarket restaurant at the market, Roast, they also have a take away food counter underneath it if you just want a roll, including breakfast rolls.
    It makes the top 10 on quite a few lists, including "Best Breakfast in London" - Good Food Guide AND The Times, as in a traditional British fry up. It's a beautiful setting, huge windows, very English.

    And if your skin is getting a bit dried out from all the planes, get the Rose Serum from the Neal's Yard Remedies at the markets (or elsewhere), the hyaluronic acid hydrates your skin to cope with all the dehydration from plane travel. It's got a much higher concentration than most retail products.

    Are you going to walk from Borough Market to the Globe? It's an easy walk level walk. You could even walk from the Tower all the way if you want, it's all easily done. There is even a walk across the top bit of Tower Bridge option.

    If you are looking for something with a lot of salads, Vapiano at 90 Southwark Street is really fast and fresh, behind the Tate Modern. The whole area has been transformed over the last 10 years. When I first went to the Globe last century, it was in a run down neighbourhood, pretty well isolated from anywhere else, you had to make a special outing to go to the Globe, you wouldn't be walking around there and happen on it by chance, now it is such a well (over???) developed around there you can easily walk around.
     
  17. Ms. Shuttergirl

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    Thanks Cola, that food at Borough Market sounds yum.

    We do plan on walking to the Globe, I was mapping out the direction last night being the over the top planner I can be :rotfl:.
     
  18. Ms. Shuttergirl

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    Woohoo! :woohoo:

    I better get a wriggle on with my TR so I actually get to DLP before you go!
     
  20. Aussie Wendy

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    Great news re tix to Billy Connolly - envious! and yay - your trip is so close!!
     
  21. Ms. Shuttergirl

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    Yes you better young lady

    So close Wendy
     

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