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MaiTaiTom Gets The Royal Treatment…Two Weeks Exploring London and Scotland

MaiTaiTom Gets The Royal Treatment…Two Weeks Exploring London and Scotland

Old Jul 9th, 2017, 01:16 PM
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Yay, another MTT, Tracey, Mary, and Kim adventure! Looking forward to reading more!

And have to say, your pace is the norm for us. Our vacation days are generally filled to the brim and then some. We wore out our friends last year in Vienna and Prague (but they still claim to want to travel with us).
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Old Jul 9th, 2017, 04:18 PM
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I agree about Sargent's Carnation Lily Lily Rose. It is also a favorite of mine. The play on light is spectacular. We visited Tate Modern when they had the Matisse cut out special exhibition. That exhibition was impressive! The rest of the art within the Tate Modern didn't appeal to us either.

Love your trip report!
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Old Jul 10th, 2017, 02:13 PM
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Chapter Three - Days Three & Four

Yep, two days for the price of one.

The adventures…and the misadventures…our last two days had them all! Those last two days in London were kind of a blur…sadly part of that blur is literal. On Day Three, we took the short train ride to visit Queen Elizabeth’s favorite residence, Windsor Castle. All I can say is “Wow!” Don’t miss it." The four of us had a rather wild and crazy night on that evening, which I have tried to describe the best I can.

We gathered ourselves for Day Four…and visited a park with numerous historical monuments, a house occupied by the man who helped defeat Napoleon, and ended with a visit to two of America’s Founding Fathers. When we meet again in the near future, the four of us (and you hopefully) will hop on a train to the exciting and beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Thanks for coming on board. Link is below.

http://travelswithmaitaitom.com/chapter-three-windsor-castle-crazy-night-london-town-founding-fathers-visit/
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Old Jul 10th, 2017, 04:41 PM
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I LOVE the Ivy (I'm not Rich & Famous either . . . )

I can ONLY imagine how much 10-12 cocktails set Mary back!! But if you thought that was expensive, its probably a good thing you din't go to Annabel's

Did you actually meet Boris?






Just to keep you honest . . .

>>From the Gloucester Station>an easy transition to get back to GloucesterRoad

>>which has been running since 1974

Actually continuously since 1952

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Old Jul 10th, 2017, 04:45 PM
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S Kensington is our 'hood of choice. In January we dined twice at the Hereford Arms. Several years ago we were disappointed in our meal but we're glad we gave it a second chance. Evidently you didn't get any goodies from our favorite place across the street from the tube "Paul's". Yum

London is addictive.
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Old Jul 10th, 2017, 04:54 PM
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"Did you actually meet Boris?"

No, security was very, very tight.

Yeah, the Ivy was quite a cool place to visit. Too bad our evening didn't end there

Thanks for the updates...since 1952 overall, and since 1974 at St. Martin's.

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Old Jul 10th, 2017, 04:57 PM
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The reason it advertises since 1952 - there was no break in the run, just a transfer of theatres
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Old Jul 11th, 2017, 07:37 AM
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"But if you thought that was expensive, its probably a good thing you din't go to Annabel's"

Not to mention, Tracy reminded me that Brock said I would need to buy a sport coat, so I think we made the prudent choice.

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Old Jul 11th, 2017, 11:29 AM
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Just starting here and have read everyone's remarks first. Can't wait to see the photos and contemplate your puns, Tom.

Tally ho!
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I've had that martini experience with aquavit. Beware if you ever travel to Scandinavia!
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Old Jul 12th, 2017, 05:11 PM
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"London is addictive."

Yes, in more ways than one we found out.

"I agree about Sargent's Carnation Lily Lily Rose. It is also a favorite of mine.."

Tracy saw a Sargent painting in Edinburgh she loved almost as much.

"I've had that martini experience with aquavit."

Early in our relationship, Tracy had an "experience with aquavit," It was not pretty and has been banned from our libation list.
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Old Jul 12th, 2017, 08:52 PM
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"Tracy saw a Sargent painting in Edinburgh she loved almost as much."

Was it Lady Agnew? I believe it lives in Edinburgh

https://www.nationalgalleries.org/ar...hnaw-1864-1932
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Old Jul 14th, 2017, 01:40 PM
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Trophywife, you move to the bonus round. First day in Edinburgh up tomorrow morning (just looking at our four days in Edinburgh, I'm tired)...Kim and Tracy took some stunning photos of Scotland...

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Old Jul 14th, 2017, 02:45 PM
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Only because we happened to catch this show (link below) at the De Young. It was wonderful and Lady Agnew was the star, of course:

https://deyoung.famsf.org/scotland

Looking forward to the next installment, but still thinking about those cheese toasties.
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Old Jul 15th, 2017, 11:37 AM
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We make it to Edinburgh - Chapter Four

Edinburgh is all it’s cracked up to be…and much, much more. Today we took the four hour train from London (after running into a polarizing politician in the Virgin Lounge) to Edinburgh. We spent a busy afternoon checking out a few sites, including one of the most beautiful cathedrals I’ve ever been in (and I’ve been to a lot). St. Giles Cathedral must be seen to be believed.

We’d also witness a little history at a museum that houses perhaps the most famous animal (now deceased of course) of the 20th century.

In addition, our b&b lived up to its great ratings, and we had a really good dinner complete with our first “Haggis Experience." This will be an action packed four days in Edinburgh, so I hope we make it through (oh wait, if I’m writing this I guess we must have). You'll see why Edinburgh quickly became one of our favorite cities on any trip.

Link below with story and photos...hope you enjoy.

http://travelswithmaitaitom.com/chapter-four-enchanting-exciting-edinburgh/
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Old Jul 15th, 2017, 01:21 PM
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Love all your chapters.

The St Mary's Cathedral in your picture is the Roman Catholic one and is at the East End of the New Town, not Frederick Street.

There is another St Mary's Cathedral at the West End in Palmerston Place.

"St Mary’s Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Edinburgh, the largest Cathedral in Scotland, and the only one to maintain the tradition of daily Choral worship. With its three spires dominating Edinburgh’s western skyline, St Mary’s is a renowned masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture. Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, the Cathedral was consecrated in 1879, and has been open daily for public and private prayer ever since."

Looking forward to the next installment!
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Old Jul 15th, 2017, 01:24 PM
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Oops. The cathedral in Palmerston Place is the Scottish Episcopal Church.
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Old Jul 15th, 2017, 01:59 PM
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This Mary (so many Mary's) is the one at 61 York Place...thanks.

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Old Jul 15th, 2017, 06:01 PM
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Thanks for the pictures of the scenery on the train between London and Edinburgh. We went the other direction and had rain and fog the entire 4 hours so nice to see some of what we missed.
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Old Jul 15th, 2017, 08:04 PM
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Those ceilings in St Giles...wow!
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