Re-starting our London tour

This post follows ‘Walking tour of London’ posted on 30 Sep 2018

The next morning we woke up determined to explore the city on our own, but our legs were slowing us down since they were still tired from the earlier day’s walking tour. We agreed to re-start our tour with the Tower of London. We headed straight to the Tower Hill tube station and walked to the Tower of London. We spent ample time at the various sections of the erstwhile castle. From the royal estate, we enjoyed a good look at the Tower Bridge, which is often mistaken to be the London Bridge.

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Walking tour of London

This post follows ‘To the UK on a day’s notice’ posted on 20 Sep 2018  

The next morning we set off to discover the city on the Thames. First, we saw the Monument to the Fire of London and then stepped on the famed London bridge. 

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To the UK on a day’s notice

It had been quite some time since we had received our UK tourist visa, but somehow we had not been able to plan a visit to the island country. Then, one day in March 2018, Vinod called me while we were at work and proposed to leave for the UK the next day. He reminded me that our visas were due to expire in a few weeks and that no other week was going to be convenient for him to travel.

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Mamma mia! Island-hopping in Greece – Part 3

(This post follows ‘Mamma mia! Island-hopping in Greece – Part 2’ posted on 30 Aug 2017)

It was a bumpy ride; I was almost going to throw up. Boat rides and cruises look more appealing than they actually are. We reached Santorini seaport. Our pick-up was there holding a placard with our names on it. We rode uphill along the windings and were dropped at El Greco, a boutique hotel on the main street in Fira.

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Mamma mia! Island-hopping in Greece – Part 2

(This post follows ‘Mamma mia! Island-hopping in Greece – Part 1’ posted on 10 Aug 2017)

Next morning, we were back at the Piraeus port to board the Superjet speedboat to the Cycladic island of Mykonos. We boarded the speedboat and settled in our seats. However, the boat didn’t pull out. A little later, many passengers started getting off. It looked like something was not right. We asked one of the officers. He informed that the weather did not permit for the speedboat to set out. We too alighted the boat.

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Mamma mia! Island-hopping in Greece – Part 1

(This post follows ‘Our holiday in the ruins’ posted on 30 July 2017)

After a tiring but enlightening tour of Greece’s great historic sites in the inlands, we were all set for a relaxing visit to the quaint islands of the Hellenic Republic. We started with the three islands in the Saronic gulf: Hydra, Poros and Aegina.

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Our holiday in the ruins

(This post follows ‘Our big fat Greek holiday’ posted on 10 July 2017)

We began the 3 nights/4 days tour of the Peloponnese, Central Greece and Thessaly regions. It was primarily a historical tour. We were a group of about 30-40 tourists from different countries on a big bus. We were accompanied by a Greek guide. She was a strict and sometimes rude woman; she never smiled. She was old and her dressing made her look like Mary Poppins. However, she was knowledgeable. She shared a lot of information about the various times and legends of Ancient Greece.

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