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London

Arriving in London and going to church.

Day 3 Day in the city.

Today we did a walking tour lead by Leah and André. We saw Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, New Scotland Yard, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, Nelson's Column, Buckham Palace where we saw thw Changing of the Guard, St James Park, Covent Garden, the Tower of London, Picadilly, and Fortnum and Masons (a fancy shop).

A Covent Garden we wandered around among the markets and listened to an opera singer who was entertaining the crowds. Downing Street was fenced off so the public couldn't walk past No. 10. But Christine has heard that officilly it idfs still a public road and anyone who insists upon it is allowed to go down there but no dobt would be extensively searched first. At St James Park we loved the cheeky squirrels running here and there, differently coloured ducks and pretty gardens with lakes, fountains and sculptures. We walked through the park to get to the place where the Royal Guards come out of the Barracks to march down to Buckingham Palace. Then we sped down to the other corner to watch the guards leave the palace. Then when the crowds were gone we went to the front of the palace to get a good view. Then we walked into Green Park which was lovely too.

While we were watching some soldiers marching on a parade ground we were approached by a soldier asking us if we would like to buy tickets to their 350 year celebration Beating the Retreat the following night. We decided that would be an interesting thing to do so bought tickets (hoping he wasn't a scam artist - but pretty sure he was legit considering all the advertising for it around him, the flash looking tickets he was selling and the fact that here were soldiers in the proximity).

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Arrive!

Arriving in London and being greeted by Leah and André

The rest of the trip was much the same but Bruce developed a migraine towards the end. When we arrived in London we moved through customs pretty quickly with out having anything checked. It was lovely to see Leah and André waving to us as soon as we came into the Arrival area.

We organised money onto Oyster cards which are debit style transport cards so we were able to use the trains and buses for the week by scanning our cards. This proved very convenient and efficient. We had to use two trains and a bus to get to their flat in New Cross.

Bruce went straight to sleep when we got home and Leah made us lunch. After lunch we sat and talked until time for church. We caught a bus to their church, Grace Church Brockley which meets in a local Baptist church building. André was on singing so he went earlier to practise.

The people at church were very friendly and the service was similar to what we were used to. Their minister, Ray Brown, spoke very well. He was easy to listen to and what he said was good. After church Leah and André often go to the pub with their church friends but tonight we went straight home. Bruce was feeling a lot better and Leah cooked tea for us.

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On our way...

Adele and Bruce leave Townsville to embark on their biggest holiday yet.

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Day 1 Fly from Townsvillle to Brisbane, Brisbane to Sydney, Sydney to Dubai. Short stop over in Dubai.

All the flights were fairly uneventful, catching up on a bit of missed sleep. During the domestic flights I had some ear promblems so in the Sydney airport there was a chemist and I was able to buy some sinus medication which seemed to help.

I had lots of things that I was hoping to do on the long plane journey but I was a bit zonked out so ended up sleeping and watching movies and TV programs. The Book Thief was good. I had originally thought I might load that book on to my tablet for the trip but ended up with some different books so it was good to be able to watch the movie and I will have to catch up on the book later. I watched a bunch of Big Bang Theory.

The service, seat comfort and food was all reasonably good. No real complaints. In our section it was pretty quiet. In the section behind us there were a number of young children and everytime I walked though there someone was talking, whinging or crying, so I was glad we were where we were.

Getting excited to see Leah and André!

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