London 2000

This trip to London was one of our "Boys Trips." Sam, Paul, John and I got together to relax, catch up and bond. It is one of the best vacations that I have ever been on.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, home to Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

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British Museum

The British Museum is a museum of human history and culture in London. Its collections, which number more than 13 million objects, are amongst the largest and most comprehensive in the world and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginning to the present.

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Charles Dickens House

The only surviving London home of Dickens (from 1837 until 1839) was opened as a Museum in 1925. On four floors, visitors can see paintings, rare editions, manuscripts, original furniture and many items relating to the life of one of the most popular and beloved personalities of the Victorian age. John really wanted to see this place so Paul and I tagged along.

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Ennismore Arms Pub

Not far from the house, the Ennismore Arms Pub is a place for the locals and where we enjoyed our evenings.

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Flat

We used the flat as our base for all our excursions. It was really quite nice. The place is in Kensington Gardens and is close to Harrods, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the tube and Hyde Park.

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Oxford

The group decided to take a train ride to visit Oxford and Blenheim Palace.

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Portsmouth

Sam, John and I decided we wanted to go to Portsmouth to see Nelson's HMS Victory. On the way down we met two Vice Admirals who are retired and now work for the Queen as attendants during state visits, dinners, etc. One of them, Admiral Priestcook, gave us a recommendation of where to eat. We went there and the staff were a bit stuffy until we told them that Admiral Priestcook recommended them to us. All changed after that and we had a wonderful time. The head waiter even took the time to show us all the regimental ties that Admiral Priestcook wore during his tenure in the Admiralty. It seems that the admirals all donate their ties to this place and they hang them up.

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Shakespear's Globe Theater

We went to vist the Globe Theater where Shakespeare put on his plays. Sam wasn't feeling well so we only stayed a very short time. Look at London 2002 photos to see more of the Globe.

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St Paul's Cathedral

Paul, John and I went to visit St Paul's Cathedral. They were not allowing photos of the inside of the church so I was only able to take a few from outside. You can see photos of the inside in the England 1994 section of the website.

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Thames River Cruise

We opted to take a Thames River cruise and, boy, did we pick the wrong day for this. It was COLD; In July no less.

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Tower of London

We went to visit the Tower of London. It is truly and impressive tour and the Crown Jewels are housed here.

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Wesley Chapel

John asked us that we go to John Wesley's house, the father of Methodism, to buy some bookmarks. Our guide at the House was named Peter. He took great delight in telling us we were being guided by Peter. Paul informed him that he was very luck indeed as he was providing the tour to Paul, John and Jesus (my legal name). Samuel would have joined us, he told Peter, but he was not feeling well. Peter looked at me and said he would call me Frank and he did throughout the rest of the tour.

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