FINAL PLANS for LONDON ENGLAND November 2-10, 2004.
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Plan to have fun!
Tuesday, Nov 2, Independence Air flight DH 1563. Depart Albany 6:45, Arrive Dulles 8:12. Erin conf # D33FCD, AJB conf # D2E8AL
Wed, Nov 3 United flight 922 Depart. Dulles 9:25 A.M. Arrive London Heathrow 9:50 P.M. Electronic tickets issued. Uncle Pieter helped out here (four tickets) with his frequent flyer miles.Beginning Thursday Nov 3-Nov 10 Hotel: Comfort Inn Hyde Park; 18-19 Craven Hill Gardens, London, EN, GB, W2 3EE; Phone: (44) 207 262 6644. 7 nights (3 Bedroom Suite-Living Room-Kitchen-Washer/Dryer 26 inch TV) 3 Queen sized Beds. Conf # 70674797. Reservations for three adults, three children with one additional cot. We will be staying in this hotel the entire time we will be in England. (Paid by me)
Thursday Nov 4, Big Bus trip of London on one of the double decker buses. Confirmation Number is SG2863EA. No lunch provided. Reservations for three adults, three children. Bus company Tel: +44 (0) 20 7233 9533. No lunch provided. This will be a hop off where interested and stay as long as you like. Tours start at 8:30 A.M.and the buses run every 5-15 minutes. I was informed it would be best to board at green Park by the Ritz Hotel. They provided a map. Things we might see: Grosvenors Square, Berkeley Square, Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column, Houses of Parliament, St. Clement Danes, Fleet Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, The OLD City of London, Bank Junctions, Tower Bridge, Southwark, Tower of London (Crown Jewels are located here!), Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace (we must see the changing of the guard), Belgravia, Marble Arch. (Paid by me)
Friday Nov 5, Shopping day, mostly Harrod's in London. This store is huge with about everything including food courts with food from around the world. I would like to buy some sandwich materials or simple to prepare foods so we could eat in the evening when we return from tours. Remember to purchase things which will fit in the suitcase and if you are buying more than the allowable amount to bring in without extra tax, ship it to your home. Gold was a good price when I was there last and their chocolates are excellent. While at Harrod's plan to buy a hot fudge sundae, they are supposed to be the best in the world.
Britain's most famous store, and possibly the most famous store in the world, Harrod's features on many tourist 'must-see' lists - and with good reason. Its humble beginnings date back to 1849, when Henry Charles Harrod opened a small grocery shop that emphasized impeccable service over value. Today, it occupies a vast site in London's fashionable Knightsbridge and boasts a phenomenal range of products from pianos and cooking pans to pets and perfumery. The Food Hall is ostentatious to the core and mouth-wateringly exotic, and the store as a whole is well served with restaurants. At Christmas time, Harrods boasts an enchanting Santa's Grotto for the kids and an extensive range of festive decorations. The summer and winter sales are calendar events in the shopping year, and although both sales are extremely crowded there are some great bargains on offer.
Address: 87-135 Brompton Road
Phone: 020 7730 1234
Saturday Nov 6, Evan Evans Tours to Bath and Stonehenge. Tour 20. Leave at Victoria Coach Station at 8:45 on a comfortable coach and a tour guide who will explain the sights as we travel, return 18:45. No lunch provided, but last time we ate at the Abbey which is next door to the Roman Bath. I enjoyed this trip the most when I was in England, 1995. conf# SG4538EC. Reservations for three adults and three children. Bus company Tel: +44 (0) 20 7950 1777. (Paid by me)
Sunday Nov 7, Golden Tours coach bus with tour guide to Stratford, Oxford, The Cotswolds, and Cream Tea at Hall's Croft. We will visit William Shakespeare's home and perhaps his wife's home and daughter Susanna's home. Leave at 9:00 A.M. (Hotel Pickup), return 18:30 P.M. No lunch. conf #SG4568EU. Bus company Tel: +44 (0) 20 7233 7030. Reservations for three adults and three children. (Paid by me)
Monday Nov 8 (This is the one day we do not have definite plans) Here are some suggestions.
Madame Tussard's (Tour MT) 13.75 pounds adult, 9.75 adult. Madame Tussaud's Waxwork Museum is the world famous collection of wax figures of the notable and notorious, everyone from Sigmund Freud to Madonna. This is a possibility, we can decide what we want to do after we arrive in London.
Luncheon Cruise on the River Thames, 17.50 pounds adults (2 course meal) 19.75 pounds (3 course meal). Tour No. 55, Evan Evans Tours.
Tuesday Nov 9 Runnymede, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Shopping in Windsor and English Cream Tea Tour 12. Golden Tours. 9 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. This tour is only available on Tuesday. Lunch not included. Admission to Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, and Tea included in the tickets. We will see where the Magna Carta was signed in June 1215, Hampton Court 9:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. Windsor Castle is of course one of Queen Elizabeth's castles, the one which was damaged by fire in the early 1990s, and Hampton Court was built by Cardinal Woolsey but Henry VIII admired it too much and the cardinal thought it wise to give it to Henry. (Paid by me)
Wed, Nov 10, United flight 923. Depart London Heathrow 7:55 A.M. Arrive Dulles 11:25 A.M.
Wed, Nov 10, Independence Air flight DH 1567. Depart Dulles 2:10 P.M. Arrive Albany 3:36 P.M.
Thurs, Nov 11, Veterans Day. We can relax a day before going back to work or school.
The conversion rate is not good right now. Figure with charges about $1.90 per pound. The credit card offers the best conversion rate I have been told.
What are you responsible for? Lunch. We can get a free Danish or whatever at the hotel for breakfast, so that is a freebee. Supper, most evenings I would like to eat in and I think we will all be tired by then and glad to do this. Otherwise we can probably eat in the hotel restaurant or a local pub. English restaurants open late and do not stay open all afternoon. Generally they close at two and reopen between 7 and 8 in the evening. You are responsible for any shopping you want to do. Perhaps we can work together on the hotel tip. There will be cab fares here and there and admissions to the various sites.
I will be giving Erin, Jessica and Kristina their $50 for Christmas to use on the trip. The English turn off the heat about 10 in the evening and I near froze in a few hotels until I realized their practice and asked for a radiator. Best bring warm PJs, robes and slippers. Wear comfortable walking shoes and easy care clothing. I plan on a few basic black slacks and sweaters. Of course bring a camera! Any questions???