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Archive - August 2012

The Olympics Fever and Hyde Park

Even though we quickly realized that we wouldn’t be able to attend any Olympics events, we still soaked up the London 2012 Olympics Games atmosphere. Indeed, it was impossible to ignore the Olympics...

The London Millennium Footbridge

I have good memories of both St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern from our last trip of London, and I wanted to have a look at these two landmarks again, even if we didn’t have the time to spend...

Never Take the British Weather with You

The first morning in London, we went out wearing our usual summer outfit: shorts and t-shirts. We took the Tube to Victoria Station, and as soon as we stepped out of it, we were greeted by a...

London 2012 and the Olympic Venues

Even though we were not in London to attend the Games, we were kind of hoping to have the chance to do something Olympics-related, such as going to a low-demand event. Well, no such luck. Sorry to...

Do You Speak British English?

I speak American/Canadian English, not British English. It always takes me a minute or two to tune to regional accents, such as Kiwi, Australian or British (for Scottish accent, it takes me a bit...

Green Park and Buckingham

In London you pretty much have to walk by Buckingham Palace—the official London residence and principal workplace of the British monarch—at least once. That’s what we did, after a torrential downpour...

The Queen’s Walk and Tower Bridge

On a quite stormy day (more on London weather later!), we got off the Tube at London Bridge and took the Queen’s Walk along the River Thames. The skyline is quite nice there, with the famous Tower...

London’s Camden Markets

After a busy first day in London and good night’s sleep, we woke up feeling somewhat refreshed and eager to explore the city. The weather was nice, so we decided to head to Camden Town to shop at the...

Capture the Colour Photo Contest

Katherina, a gifted blogger, traveler and photographer from Spain, recently invited me to participate in the Capture the Colour Photo Contest, organized by TravelSupermarket. Her own entry was very...

Jet-Lagged in London

After landing in Heathrow and convincing the immigration officer we were dutifully employed, we headed straight to the hotel we had booked just a few days earlier. While we are not picky when it...

Of a Last Minute Trip to London

It is 10 a.m. London time and we are standing below the huge blue “UK Border” sign at Heathrow Airport. Our plane just landed minutes ago and we sprinted to immigration control, expecting a long...

Syracuse and the Drive Back to Ottawa

The morning we left New York City, the temperature had dropped and it was pouring rain. We took it as a sign: time to head home! I had no regrets: we visited everything we wanted to see and had a...