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May 4-5



May 4-5

May 4 we flew from London to Paris. Between trains and airports it took most of the day. After checking into the self-catering apartment we walked around our area. Language barrier is a bit of a problem and the French like to honk their horns a lot.

On 5th of May we took a hop on-hop off bus tour. We got off at the Eiffel Tower and walked around the area as well as the park. Next stop from the bus was Notre Dame Cathedral. The cathedral is beautiful. Other sites we saw included the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra Garnier, and the famous shopping boulevard Champs-Elysées.

May 4 Fitbit steps: 19,088

May 5 Fitbit steps: 22,966

May 4
Photos from the plane leaving England

First view of France from the plane

May 5
Eiffel Tower

Notre Dame

Opéra Garnier - this opera house was the inspiration for Phantom of the Opera

Arc de Triomphe


Many car brands had a gallery showing some current models and they always had something different such as solar powered vehicle, car cut in half, etc.

Other amazing images of Paris

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May 3

Greenwich Village


May 3

We started our day in Greenwich Village which was a short walk from our self-catering apartment. We saw the Cutty Sark ship, the oldest Anglican church in the London area St. Alfege, and the Old Royal Naval College. We took a clipper boat ride on the River Thames. We spent the evening packing up and getting ready to head to Paris.

Fitbit steps: 13,380


Cutty Sark

Old Royal Naval College, Painted Hall and Church

St. Alfege Church Photos

Thames River Clipper ride

London Boardwalk

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May 1-2

London - Around Town and Harry Potter


May 1-2

We took two days and simply walk around London with no specific tours scheduled. However, we still saw plenty of things to fill our days. On May 1 we went to Kings Crossing and 9 ¾ Platform from the Harry Potter films. You could get your photo taken at the platform but the line was long. Instead Wanda shopped at the Harry Potter store. We walked along the River Thames around the Eye of London (a huge ferris wheel) and by Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Saint Paul’s Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral which is the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. On May 2 we watched the changing of the Household Cavalry Guard and walked around Piccadilly Circus (an area in London with lots of shops and activity).

May 1 Fitbit steps: 22,472

May 2 Fitbit steps: 18,681

Changing of the Household Cavalry Guard

For all the Harry Potter fans...
Tower Bridger from the Order of the Phoenix. They were fleeing from the Death Eaters.

Kings Crossing and 9 3/4 Platform
Line to get your picture taken at the platform

Piccadilly Circus is where Harry, Ron and Hermione run during Deathly Hallows Part 1after Ron's brother's wedding.
Sean and I also went to St Pancras International Station featured as the train station where Harry boards the Hogwarts Express; the Westminster Tube Station which is one of the main locations used by Harry when travelling in The Order of the Phoenix and is accompanied by Arthur Weasley as he uses the underground to attend a disciplinary hearing at the Ministry of Magic.

Other images on our walk around London

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April 30

London: Kensington Palace, National Gallery, Household Cavalry Museum


April 30

We took a bus to Kensington Palace and Wanda showed Sean how she wants to live. The tour included the King’s state apartments, the Queen’s state apartments, the King’s staircase, a section on Queen Victoria, the gardens and dresses and gowns from Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana. We then took the bus to the National Gallery Museum where they have artwork from many famous artists including Picasso, da Vinci, Raphael, Delacroix, Monet, Rembrandt, van Gogh, and Michelangelo (to name a few). And lastly we went to the Household Cavalry Museum which is the home of the horse guards. The museum was interesting and the horses are all Irish Black and a minimum of 17 hands, very beautiful. Long day with lots of walking and an overload of information for Sean, but it was a good day nonetheless.

Fitbit steps: 22,139

Kensington Palace

Household Cavalry Museum

Images around London

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April 29

London - Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Harrods


April 29

Today we toured the Tower of London, the #1 tourist attraction in London. The Tower of London is a historic castle on the riverbank of the River Thames. It is 1000 years old! From the Tower of London we were also able to get amazing views of the Tower Bridge. We then went to check out the famous Harrods Department Store. For those of you unfamiliar with Harrods Sean easily sums it up, “Harrods is like Neiman Marcus on steroids.” We saw a gold Bentley that is owed by a young prince from Saudi Arabia (Sean googled it) and we saw a Rolls Royce as well.

Fitbit steps: 17,743

Tower of London

Tower Bridge

Buildings around London


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