One last swinging night in London….

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We left Cambridge and met Andrea, Matt (had a residency in Dublin) and Andrea’s friend Sammantha at Leicester Square…..for Mark and me…it was our last night in London….we had an early flight…we didn’t finish packing….but somehow – it seemed right to do dinner, swings and pix with the gang – one last time.

We flew back to the States on Dec. 12 – we had about 2 hours of sleep….I got sick thanks to the crazy kids running around the plane….little children have germs – especially the loud and naughty ones.
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Comments (1) Dec 27 2004

Last Day in London

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only a few hours before we had to the tube to catch a train to Heathrow….so much to say….so much to show….and no more time….I’ll do my best….last blog from our flat…..we loved our flat so much….so damn easy to get around and quite cozy.

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We decided to visit Cambridge on our last day in England. A bunch of royalty and smart people attended this university.
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Comments (0) Dec 12 2004

Only a few days left…

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On Thursday – I went down to Leicester Square and found a cute little Christmas Carnival going on…I think this chap is supposed to be Charlie Chaplin….

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The grey statue is real. As in…a real human being….

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Leicester Square has a mess load of half-price ticket counters – so I picked up a cheap pair (22.50/each) for Chicago – for Thursday evening. If you want cheap tix – you have to buy them for that evening….I don’t think you can get cheap tix for future performances

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We had a blast at “Chicago”…..in London theaters – you can eat and drink in your seats…..and they still manage to keep everything clean. So…Mark bought some champagne for the second act.

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Last night….we thought it was snowing….so, I went home and changed out of my cute heels and into my sensible docs. I didn’t want to freeze to death or get hypothermia….all for the sake of fashion.

Then we walked out again…puzzled because it felt warm enough to be snow-free….then we noticed it was only snowing on one block…..I stuck my hand out and watched a “snowflake” plop in my palm….and dissolve like a soap bubble….wait a minute….it was a soap bubble! Just another stunt at one of clubs on the street we live.

Mark wanted to make sure I didn’t want to change back into my cute heels – since we were heading to another club…..I decided to keep my comfy shoes one. 🙂

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Had some Italian food….

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Went to Bar Rumba….great drum and bass….loud music and expensive drinks….and it was a decent crowd….the dancing kicked off around 11 or so….

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Found another drink specialty….the San Francisco….

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Then had a massive craving for hot dogs…..last week – I was looking for this guy after another night of bar hopping….and he was nowhere to be found….we track him down to Regents Street and satisifed my hot dog craving. It’s good business to have a hot dog cart for the late night party people….because you can’t get a bite to eat at any of the pubs or restaurants….they all close down so damn early.

Comments (0) Dec 10 2004

Bath….by night

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The Roman Baths at night are incredible….beautiful – hot – humid – and a touch mystical….but that could be the steam fogging up my contacts…

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Yeah…the Roman did the whole taking-over England thing….back in the day….they introduced the public baths to the Brits and a new way to indulge in religion.

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Comments (0) Dec 07 2004

More Christmas sites in Central London

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Lot’s of Xmas trees in central London – this one’s at Covent Gardens
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Comments (0) Dec 07 2004

one more night in London…

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On Terri and Eileen’s last night in London – we headed over to the Texas Embassy to celebrate Terri’s b-day.
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Comments (1) Dec 07 2004

Slainte

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With only few hours to before our flight – we grabbed another bite to eat in the Temple Bar area.

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ANDRE LIKES DUBLIN.
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Comments (10) Dec 03 2004

More Old Stuff in Dublin

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More Old Stuff in Dublin

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We had one more day in Dublin – and we did our best to pack-in as much sight-seeing as possible. So – we hit-up sights like Dublin Castle (above)….and Temple Bar.
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Comments (0) Dec 03 2004

Dublin by Night

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After Swords – we dropped my bear back at the hotel room….and headed out to Dublin City Centre……it took a damn long time to get there. Apparently, everyone drives in this country. The day before – it took three hours to travel 14 miles – on one extremely crowded highway.

So – despite the nice bus drivers – public transportation into Dublin sucked-ass. It sucked real bad.
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Comments (1) Dec 03 2004

Failte go Sord

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We stayed at a Travelodge in Swords….real close to the airport and north of the Dublin Town Center.

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It sounded like all the action was going down in Dublin….but Mark and I were stuck in Swords – waiting for his conference call from work.

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When I went scavenging for stamps – the reception desk pointed us in the direction of this town…..it doesn’t even show up in our Frommer’s guide. So neat…it was an adventure into Swords and we stumbled upon a castle. Now Andre wants to tell his tale.
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Comments (1) Dec 02 2004