S: LONDON & EUROPE 2006-2007
FC: LIVING In LONDON TOWN 2006 - 2007
1: WELCOME TO LONDON & OUR NEW HOME LOCATED IN EAST LONDON AKA: BETHNAL GREEN | 52 Mayfield House Cambridge Heath Road Bethnal Green, London
2: OUR FIRST TRIP TOGETHER BRUSSELS, BELGIUM July 7, 2006 | 30,000 sq km Famous for Beer & Chocolate
3: MAKING MEMORIES | Manneken Pis | Hans Selis Caves
4: July 9 Day Trip to Luxembourg | 2586 sq ft pop: 440,000 Famous for Banking
6: July 12 Tower of London & London Bridge | The Queen's Guards' | Me and Jared in front of London Bridge | Beefeater Tour Guide | Location of the Crown Jewels
7: Canary Wharf This is the banking district and where Geoff worked for HSBC A few of our favorite bars were located here too!
8: July 14-17 Road Trip: Countryside of England: From Avebury to...
9: July 15 Salisbury Cathedral Built in 1220 Britain's Tallest Spire 123m | Uffington White Horse (114m long & 49m wide) & Dragon Hill | Stonehenge 5000 year old stone circle | Bath Home of Britain's only hot springs
10: July 23 Chillin in Brick Lane | Tim, Geoff, Me, and Fiona in Brick Lane | Recovery days at Victoria Park | The Big Chill | Me and Jared at the Big Chill
11: July 25 The British International Motor Show
12: July 27-30 Budapest, Hungary | Along the Danube River, 9 bridges 93,000 sq km Famous for paprika & Bull's Blood Pop: 10 mill | Highlights included: Police museum, Castle Hill, Moszkava ter, and the thermal baths called Gellert Furdo
13: Eger, Hungary Szepasszony volgy (Valley of the Beautiful Women) Sites: Istvan Dobo Muzeum inside Bishop's Palace (1470), Lyceum (1765), Baths, Eger Castle
14: Rhys & Liz | Hooper
15: August 4th & 5th The Cat Empire & Shepherds Bush Music Festival
16: August 8 British Museum | neo-classical building 1847 Sir Norman Foster's glassed-roof is the largest covered space in Europe
18: August 11 The London Museum & Roman Wall
20: August 13 Tiffany's Going Away Party The Big Chill & Cargo | Hooper, Geoff, Leon | Geoff & Tim | Rhys & Liz | Nikki & Geoff | Liz & Tiff | Nikki & Geoff
21: Kerry & Nikki | Nikki, Liz & Tiff | Nikki, Geoff, Hooper & Giselle | Nikki & Hooper
22: Welcome to London, Andres!!
23: August 20: Greenwich | Prime Meridian
24: Northern Trust Work Ball at Canary Wharf with Tim August 25
25: Upton, Tim, Geoff, Rhys, Nikki & Hooper | August 26-28 Amsterdam in 48 hrs. | Conscious Dreams | Red Light District | Warmoesstraat | Inside the Coffee Shop
26: Lord's Cricket Grounds: National Village Final St. John's Wood, London September 3 | Me learning to throw a cricket ball! | The Ashes | Geoff doing a key test | Father Time Weathervane | Media Centre | Geoff, Jared, & Brett
27: Kew Gardens September 6 | Victorian Conservatory | The Palm House | Bamboo Gardens | The Pagoda | Japanese Gateway | Kew Palace | Princess of Wales Conservatory
29: St. Paul's Cathedral and views from the top September 9 Build and design by Sir Christopher Wren 108 meters high 8-900 steps to the top 300 years old in 2008
30: Oxford Facts: -No such thing as "Oxford University" - 1st colleges built in 13th century - ~16,500 students among 39 separate colleges Visited University & Pitt Rivers Museum, Christ Church College (Est. 1525 by Cardinal Thomas Wolsy), Ashmolean Museum(England's oldest), & Magdalen College
31: Oxfordshire, England September 10 | Christ Church College | Street view of Oxfordshire | Geoff in Quad of Christ Church College | Christ Church College | Dinner table inspired for Alice in Wonderland by CS Lewis | Through the looking glass
32: Harry's Party September 16 "Jungle Boogy"
33: September 23 Ascot Races | Go George Washington!!
34: The start of a 3 week backpacking trip from Slovenia to... | in our hotel, Park Hotel | September 28: Ljubjana, Slovenia | Nikki, Geoff, Blake, Brandon & Sean from Boston | Goofing off at Makalonca, a bar | In Metelkova: an ex-army taken over by squatters after independence turned bar/nightclub: Lots of "strays"
35: Sights around Ljubjana: Ljubjana castle: an architectural mishmash including 16th century walls & a 1489 chapel | China's Panda Exhibition | Guarding the four corners of Ljubljana's Zmajski Most (Dragon Bridge), these art nouveau sentries are the symbols of Ljubljana. Built in 1900 | An amazing old school hand-made wooden bicycle
36: Ljubjanica River | Below: Franciscan Church of the Annunciation | Left: Inside the Cathedral of St. Nicholas | Cathedral of St. Nicholas (1708) with big, iron heavy sculptures on doors
37: Top: Hiking to our B&B Left: Vintgar Gorge Below: Lake Bled and Bled Castle Next Page: Osojnica Lake Bled, Slovenia September 30-October 1
39: Zagreb, Croatia October 1 in a whirlwind Dinner @ Kaptolska Klet, The Bulldog Pub, Tokien's House Pub (very Frodo), 1st time tasting Duvel
40: October 2 Plitvice Lakes, Croatia | Facts: The lakes lie between Zagreb & Zadar. 19.5 hectares of wooded hills & 16 turquoise lakes connected by series of waterfalls.
41: Split, Croatia & Adriatic Sea October 2-4 Chose Adrianna as our hostess right off the bus! Went to Galija-best pizza we've ever had! Visited: Diocletian's Palace
42: October 4-6 Hvar Island, Croatia Known for 2700 hours of sunshine per year We chose Maria as our hostess for 100kn/nite Visited Hvar Town: within 13th century walls of ornamented Gothic medieval palaces & traffic free marble streets. A long seaside promenade, dotted with small rocky beaches stretched from end to end . | Venetian Fortress 1551
44: Korcula, Croatia October 6-7 Watched a full moon rise from the ferry on the way to the island. Had a walk around the next morning. Geoff bought me the most beautiful pair of amber & silver earrings.
45: Dubrovnik, Croatia October 7-10 Rode in on the Jadrolinija Found accommodations on the sea front in Old Town Walked around city walls built in 13th-16th centuries; over 2km long & 25m high with 2 towers, 14 square towers, 2 corner fortifications, & a large fortress
46: Dubrovnik Continued... Franciscan Monastery & memorial to defenders of Dubrovnik. Trying to stand on the "lucky" stone and photo ops ("show me honey") in the night lit streets. Visited jazz club Trubadour and a couple of other local spots. Bought hand crafted beanies here too!
47: View from City Centre | Nikki in Old Towne Sarajevo | A shot up building | Franz Ferdinand Monument | Bridge that Franz Ferdinand was killed 1914 | Shot up building | Sniper Alley | Nikki & Geoff inside the Holiday Inn | A rose | Back of the house we stayed in | Our bedroom inside the house we stayed in | The scenery on the bus ride into Sarajaevo, Bosnia October 9
48: Bari, Italy transit point for ferry to Greece October 11 Had a quick walk around and visited the local market, Norman Castle (closed), & University (sippin on Peroni)
49: Debauchery on ferry ride into Patras, Greece October 12
50: Athens, Greece: October 13 Visited: Acropolis, arguably the most important ancient monument in the Western world; Parthenon, which stands supremely over the Acropolis that more than epitomizes the glory of ancient Greece; Temple of Athena Nike; Erechtheion with its much photographed Caryatids, the 6 maidens who support its southern portico; Acropolis Museum | Library of Hadrian | Strays laying around everywhere! | Temple of Athena Nike | Me & Geoff with the Parthenon on the Acropolis behind us
51: The Parthenon | Another Greek Temple on the Acropolis | Geoff in Athens | Nikki wishing upon Athens | The 6 Caryatids on the Erechthion | The local markets | Our pet, Hank at dinner @ Taverna Papandreou | Geoff deciding which island is gonna be our next stop
52: October 14-16 Mykonos Island, Greece Most visited & expensive of the Cyclcades Visited the old windmills, went down to Little Venice, enjoyed a drink on the balcony of Katarina's
53: October 15 Rented scooters & headed out to Super Paradise Beach. 1st place "Blue" died. | Visited windmills up on hill & "Blue" finally died for good. :(
54: October 16-18 Thessoliniki, Greece Visited cozy bars along the river & the White Tower: Thessoliniki's claim to fame, but it's not white. It was whitewashed after independence as a symbolic gesture.
55: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM! October 20 @ The Pitcher & Piano in London | Hooper & Margot | Upton | Gissel & Nikki | Geoff, Harry, & Claire | Margot & Tim | Tim & Hooper
56: Hampstead Heath Park, London October 27 Location: Highgate Cemetary which houses Karl Marx's grave & panoramic views of the city
57: Star Wars Battle | October 28 Dinner with friends London | Tim & Ben | Laura, Ben, & Tim
58: October 31 Jack the Ripper walk in London | November 3 Around Brick Lane with friends | Geoff, Tim, Nikki & Fiona
59: HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOOPER! A day at the races | Jessica, Nikki, Gissel, Geoff, Margot, Dudley, Rhys, Upton, Tim, Liz, Jo & Hooper | November 4
60: November 7-13 Bet's visit to London Sightseeing Nov. 7th: First stop: Brick Lane & Victoria Park Nov. 8: Green Park, Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, Whitehall (area of horse guards), Cabinet War Rooms, Prime Minister's residence (10 Downing St), branches of Parliament, Parliament Square, Big Ben, Westminster's Abby, St. Margaret's Church, & Trafalgar Square Nov. 9: Covent Gardens, Leicester Square, Chinatown, Soho, Oxford Street Nov. 10: St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Museum, Tower Bridge, London Tower, London Eye, Borough Markets, & Canary Wharf Nov. 11: Walkabout Pub & Theater to see The Producers Nov. 12: Columbia Flower Markets & Bet's last day
62: November 14: Australia vs. Ghana
63: November 18 The Amused Moose & The London Surgical Museum
64: November 21 New home in North Greenwich
66: Nov. 27 Jack the Ripper Walk Going back in time to the shadows of August 31, 1888. Watching. Stalking. Butchering raddled, drink-sodden East End prostitutes. Leaving a trail of blood that led...nowhere. East London was the Ripper's slashing grounds.
67: Around the City
68: December 3 Harrod's: The largest retail shop in London housing the Princess Diana and Dodi memorial.
69: London Eye & Oxo
70: Nikki's Bon Voyage @ The Sports Bar Cafe December 16
72: December 18 Fulham vs. Middlesbrough December 19 Kasabian Concert @ Earl's Court
73: December 22 - 25 Christmas in Berlin, Germany | TV Tower | The Pergamon Museum | The Brandenburg Gate | The DeathStrip & The Reichstag | Christmas Markets
74: Checkpoint Charlie, Hitler's Bunker, Holocaust Memorial, Book Burning Square
75: DeathStrip, Berlin Wall, Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz, & Club 23 with Serge and Timon
76: December 26 - 27 Leipzig, Germany Once home to Bach, Wagner, Mendlelssohn, & Goeth. Stazi Headquarters & Johann Goeth Statue.
77: December 28 - 29 Dresden, Germany Geoff's 1st ever snow! The Golden Rider, The Semper Opera House, Royal Stables, Fauenkirch Church
78: Prague, Czech Republic December 30 - January 4 2007 Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, The Golden Tiger, Dancing Building, and views of Prague
80: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! 2007
81: "Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget." | One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.