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"Tom, You Bloody Idiot! Maitai Needs Help On England

"Tom, You Bloody Idiot! Maitai Needs Help On England

Old Feb 20th, 2013, 06:16 PM
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When you are out and about around Chipping Camden, a place called the Fleece Inn in Bretforton was about as classic a pub as I've found. Stone floors, roaring fire, and a great atmosphere.
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Old Feb 20th, 2013, 06:57 PM
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OK - Decent looking website. But the reason for virtually no reviews is apparently they are brand new.

Could only find one actual review - on yelp.

Do they take credit cards? What are the deposit/final payment procedures?
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Old Feb 20th, 2013, 07:32 PM
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We covered much the same ground as in your plans. Here is a link to our TR - hoping you might find some useful ideas in it. http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...endangered.cfm
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Old Feb 20th, 2013, 07:42 PM
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In addition to what I mentioned up thread, we went to Stonehenge/Salisbury Cathedral, touristy Stratford Upon Avon, and wonderful Windsor Castle on our tour. We loved them all including Stratford. Is it fair to say that Stonehenge is England's leaning tower?

What's calling out to you so far? The tour we were on included some plays and we loved being able to take our drinks to our seats--so civilized.

Our hotel was the Reubens and it was across from Buckingham Palace's garage! Was that called the Mews? Can't help with apartment.

Can anyone else give info about the light in the Big Ben tower?
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Old Mar 6th, 2013, 10:26 AM
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I have booked the South Kensington apartment with the view onto Onslow Gardens. I might have to have a spot of tea with the Corgis to celebrate. Cheerio!

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Old Mar 6th, 2013, 11:50 AM
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Funny, I'm heading to Europe in April, first to Berlin, then Paris, ending in London for four nights, staying near Kensington....I'll be sure to let write up a report when I get back. Hope all is well Tom!
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Old Mar 9th, 2013, 05:55 PM
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Doesn't it feel good to get that last one booked? Now to the car and the airline tickets, yes?

I cannot wait for this trip report!
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Old Mar 12th, 2013, 03:12 PM
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"Doesn't it feel good to get that last one booked? Now to the car and the airline tickets, yes? "

Sure does sarge:

Days 1 through 6 - London
Day 7 - Salisbury (with a stop at Windsor Castle after picking up car at Heathrow)
Day 8 and 9 - Bath (with quick stops at Glastonbury and Wells on way from Salisbury)
Days 10 through 12 - Tetbury
Days 13 - 15 - Chipping Campden

I might have to have a pint or two to celebrate. Now on to more planning on everything to see in all these places. Thanks to you all for your help and guidance.

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Old Mar 27th, 2013, 10:52 AM
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I must be getting old. Try as I might (and I've looked at about 700 threads on the subject and the website), I'm a little (ok, a lot) confused about the 2 for 1 Travelcard deals. I guess since we are flying into Heathrow and getting picked up at the airport, we can't get 2 for 1 deals. Our only train ride will be the short hop out to Hampton Court and back. Am I correct on this? Thanks!

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Old Mar 27th, 2013, 12:55 PM
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So excited for another trip report from you!

You are not correct about the 2 for 1. You buy the paper travel cards at a National Rail Station (ie Victoria, Waterloo, etc) - you cannot buy them at the airport. You can buy one day tickets, or, since you will be there for 6 days, the 7-day card is probably the cheapest option.

Print out the vouchers on the 2for1 site and bring with you; they will probably give you a booklet at the station when you buy your travel cards,but so sometimes run out. You show the voucher and the travel card at the ticket booth of the attraction.

Things have changed a little since we went last year and you now need a passport-sized photo for each of you (can print at home on photo paper and bring with you.)

HTH!
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Old Mar 27th, 2013, 12:57 PM
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PS The paper travel cards are what you use for the tube and buses.
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Old Mar 27th, 2013, 01:27 PM
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"You are not correct.."

Words I have heard often in my life. Thanks for the info!!

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Old Mar 27th, 2013, 01:34 PM
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Oh gosh, that does sound a bit harsh now that I see it...sorry!
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Old Mar 27th, 2013, 01:58 PM
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Tracy is right (sometimes), I am an idiot. Personally, I blame years of vodka drinking which must have wiped out my 2 For 1 Brain cells.

On the site it says: "Click "Instant download" or "Add to basket" to claim and print off your 2FOR1 vouchers. Then simply present the vouchers together with your National Rail train tickets when you arrive at the attraction."

So when the four of us go to the train station, we ask for two (two couples) 7-Day Travel Cards even though we are not taking a train, and we buy them there? We then show the Card and Voucher at the certain attractions that accept these. Is that right? And I thought I stunk at algebra!!!

I think I'm going to go down a pint right now. Thanks.

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Old Mar 27th, 2013, 02:49 PM
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4 people = = 4 photos = 4 travelcards

2 vouchers (i.e. 2 for 1 coupons = 4 people) for each attraction printed ahead of time
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Old Mar 27th, 2013, 03:16 PM
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By George, I think I've got it! Thanks Indy!

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It's all the smog in L.A., Tom and the poor school system. (I grew up in L.A., so can say these things.)

Actually, on another forum I frequent, questions about travel cards are probably the most asked about thing to do with London. I think we Americans just can't grasp the concept.

Forget the "train" part of the concept. It has to do with why the discounts were created in the first place, but has no relevance for you and will just add confusion, lol.

Like indy_dad said, you will each buy a travel card. The travel card is your pass/ticket for tube and bus travel. Buy a Zone 1-2 one. The 7-day card will give you unlimited travel for your stay throughout London, although I'm not sure if the Zone 1-2 will get you out to Hampton Court Palace or not. (I'm sure someone will pop in with that info.)

To get the travel card that is valid for the 2for1 offers, you must buy it at a National Rail Station, not just a regular tube station. We went to Victoria Station (which is also a tube station - the National Rail ticket office is in a different place than the tube part) as that was closest to where we were staying (and *may* be the closest to you - we were also in South Kensington.)

Now, the one flaw I can see in my advice to you is the day trips I think you are planning on taking. So you might want to ask the experts if it would be better for you to get some single day Travel Cards for the days you will be in town using the 2for1, and then get an Oyster Card for your day trips. The Oyster Card is also a pass for the tube/bus, but more like a pre-loaded credit card in a sense. You "load" money on it, and the cost of each individual tube/bus trip is subtracted from the card. The advantage of the Oyster over buying a ticket for each individual trip is that you are "capped" at a certain maximum each day, so if you are traveling quite a bit each day, it makes the total of all that day's trips cheaper.

Hopefully this all made sense!
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Old Mar 27th, 2013, 03:39 PM
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Thanks amamax.

We are only taking one trip outside London while staying there (Hampton Court) and will be in London a total of 5 1/2 days. Between you and indydad, I think I have the concept now. You're right, it was that "train" thing that was throwing me for a loop. You'd think I would have figured it out easier from my stellar education at the "Harvard Of The West"...San Diego State.

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Old Mar 27th, 2013, 03:54 PM
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I'm a brit and this looks fearfully complicated to me. i know that it's to do with the fact that the 2for1 offer is promotion by british rail [or whatever they are calling themselves this week] and that they don't issue oyster cards which is why you need the paper travel card, but WHY NOT?

why can't they use the oyster cards like London transport?

just ridiculous.

mind you i still haven't got over trying to pay WITH MONEY to travel on a london bus. the very idea. the driver looked at me as if I'd invited him to eat something off the sole of my shoe.

BTW, today is the 50th anniversary of the Beeching railway "reforms" aka the butchery of the british railway system. 5000 miles of lines lost.
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Old Apr 15th, 2013, 10:25 AM
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Car rental is booked.

Airline tickets are now bought (ouch!)

Tickets for night time visit to Buckingham Palace have arrived in the mail.

We're on! God Save The Queen!

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