London trip report

Old Apr 29th, 2012, 09:46 AM
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Great report!! Love your enthusiasm!! So glad you enjoyed London, we certainly love living here!
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Old Apr 29th, 2012, 10:23 AM
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Hi tailsock,

Loved reading your London journal! Thanks for taking us along on your trip this way.

If you mentioned it, sorry for not noticing, but what kind of camera did you use?

Thanks.
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Old Apr 29th, 2012, 10:52 AM
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Really loved your photos, especially the night ones.
What focal distance and time exposure did you use for the sphinx and London eye shot, (if it's recorded on the image) ? I really loved that shot.

Looking forward to more.
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Old Apr 29th, 2012, 04:46 PM
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thanks guys.. it's a lot of fun and i'm glad u enjoy reading

scotlib: i used two cameras. a sony cybershot HX5V for close range, wide angles, and food. My Nikon D3100 was my primary and used for everything else

Mathieu: here are the settings i used
F stop: f/4
exposure: 5 sec.
ISO speed: ISO-100
focal length: 55mm
exposure mode: manual
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Old Apr 29th, 2012, 05:26 PM
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Thanks for the info so quickly, we have a map and followed your route this morning and think it is doable. Would the all day trolley, get and off at will be better than the underground stairs? Can't wait for the Paris review....we leave at the end of June...(hint).
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Old Apr 29th, 2012, 06:29 PM
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Thanks very much Tailsock.
I too am a budding amateur photographer trying to conquer the perfect low lighting shots, with a focus on food pics. I appreciate it.

I look forward to more of your report and pictures, and commend you on all of it.

M.
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Old Apr 29th, 2012, 09:40 PM
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>>Would the all day trolley, get and off at will be better than the underground stairs?
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Old Apr 30th, 2012, 08:19 AM
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Just another kudos for your trip report, but especially for your photos. They are fantastic, and I'm going to have to hang out in a few of your spots to try and capture my own nighttime shots of London in a few weeks.
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Old Apr 30th, 2012, 02:40 PM
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Thanks for your report. I enjoyed it and your pictures--especially the night shots. Your mention of runny egg whites reminds of the time many.many years ago when I was a chaperone on a high school field trip and the kids called the eggs served at breakfast "slippery eggs". Slippery eggs was definitely not a compliment.
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Old Apr 30th, 2012, 03:54 PM
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As someone who works for the airlines and lays over alot in London(along with having a son living there) I thought that your report was beautifully done and well written. It was a great travel blog for seasoned travelers and newbies-BRILLIANT!
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Old May 1st, 2012, 03:54 AM
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tailsock: Your report made me decide to brave the transport system. You really seem to have gotten around a lot! How much did you put on your Oyster card to start??
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great report, I too didn't know what carded meant so thanks Hooameye
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Old May 1st, 2012, 06:20 AM
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Nhgirl3G: Dont let me scare you into avoiding the underground. Understand that i was bouncing all over the place the first couple of days so my battle scars taking the tube were self inflicted. If you concentrate on a particular area where some attractions are clustered together (Westminster or Tower Hill for example) then you'll be fine. I still preferred the tube to the red bus. Also understand that we never rode on a tourist bus so i don't have any experience with them


eastenderusvi: i think we started with £10 upon arrival at Heathrow. Each day we would top off as needed... we just didnt want too much of a balance that required a check refund as opposed to cash
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Old May 1st, 2012, 06:53 AM
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The London transport system is soooooo easy,convenient and cheap-both the tube and buses. Go for it!
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I'm puzzled about your "no dogs" comment.

Whenever my Bosses take me into London, there's lots of other dogs for me to growl at. This might be because the rotten mean sods leave me in the car while shopping or eating in the centre, then take me out around parks, or round their friends' houses in the nicer inner London villages, like Barnsbury or South Kensington.

I assume other humans are just as horrid to their dogs: central London streets are awash with edible rubbish, and for us walking along them is like a food-guzzling human let loose in a Las Vegas buffet. So humans, being the sadistic creeps they all are, don't like us being there: they've got some hokey excuse about stopping us getting fat - but they just like inflicting misery on us. None of my London friends are ever taken round the centre either: all my Bosses' chums live within 100 yards or so of a decent park (just like most Londoners), so their dogs are taken on a lead to a park, and then let loose for a walk. Usually hundreds of us. Mind you a lot of their chums' dogs really live in the country like me. But it's not THAT rare to find dogs on the Tube

My male Boss tells me it's different in Manhattan, where all the dogs are rat-sized, to squeeze into their apartments. You see the poor wee darlings being walked along the streets around nightfall. But since there's so much more park in London, that's where humans do all their walking. I imagine your brief exposure to the parks was while all the humans were out at work, and their dogs were left at home.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 10:49 AM
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that could have well been the case. i love dogs and suprised that we didn't come across any
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The Boss also reminds me that a very large proportion of people living near Marble Arch are Muslims (it's where many Middle Easterners rent flats when they want decent weather). Though Gabriel didn't have much to say about us in the dictation Muslims believe he made Mohammed write down as the Koran, there's a lot of anti-dog bigotry in the hadith: the things Mohammed is supposed to have said. The things Muslims say about me when I'm near them on a train - if I were Muslim and a human said that about me, he'd be prosecuted. Typical human hypocrisy.

Much of your other touring happened where no-one lives.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 03:17 PM
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hi tailsock,

thank you for the reply about the cameras

also, can you list the offline GPS app you used?

thx!
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Agree with flannel pooch - we have two dogs but we live in zone 4 and would never take them into the city. Too much of a pain, we walk them where we live and there are tonnes of dogs here! Remember, zone 1 is pretty much a business area with not too much residential so people wouldnt bring their dogs in to work. The british are dog lovers!!
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Amazing report - loved reading it and bookmarking for my soon-to-be-visiting London friends. Thanks!
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