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Category: 2017: Istanbul, English Castle Hop, NYC

Summer 2017

Day 13, Jul 8: NYC, Part 2 – Brooklyn; + Final Thoughts

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We packed it in until the end. We had a 10am Walking Tour scheduled – with the same guy who did the one Friday we discovered – and left the room after breakfast around 8:30 to walk around some before we had to meet him. The rendezvous point was the same fountain in City Hall […]

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Day 12, Jul 7: NYC, Part 1 – Lower Manhattan

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We had come to NYC in 2014 after returning from 2 weeks in Europe, mostly as part of a strategy for managing jetlag and layovers. We only stayed one afternoon and night, and I got very sick shortly after we landed and we didn’t get to do much. I was very disappointed because I love […]

Day 11, Jul 6: Abingdon & Windsor

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No Oxford Part 2 we decided. Dan was over it by the time we woke up. We thought about all the options of returning and none of them were good. The parking situation was horrible, and even the bus didn’t offer any guarantees; we’d noticed lines of people at bus stops yesterday, having to wait […]

Day 10, Jul 5: Goodrich Castle, Oxford Part 1

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Turned out to be a frustrating travel day. I suppose you have to have them sometime. If so, it’s nice to have them in great weather, which we had. In a word: traffic. We had our normal breakfast in the hotel and left a little after 9am. We got to our first stop fairly easily […]

Day 9, Jul 4: Cardiff, Wales

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We both slept about 8 hours, waking up at 7am, definitely sleeping in for us. We went down for breakfast and figured out how to approach the day. In terms of things being open – typically 10-5, 9-6 if you’re extremely lucky – you’re really limited to about 3 or 4 things at the most. […]

Day 8, Jul 3: Bath & Bristol

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Dan was asleep early last night, like 8:30, and was up by 4am and stayed up. I went to bed about 10:30 and slept through until 6:30am. It felt like sleeping in but I needed it. Had breakfast in the hotel and got the blog up from Sunday. We left the hotel about 9:15am to […]

Day 7, Jul 2: Stonehenge, Salisbury, Old Wardour Castle

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I got up about 4am after 5 hours of pretty good sleep. I wrote Saturday’s blog and Dan was up right as I posted it. We finished packing and got going around 7:20am. We had an ambitious agenda for the day, outlined in the map below: A) Stonehenge, B) Old Sarum Castle, C) Salisbury, D) […]

Day 6, Jul 1: Dover, Walmer & Deal Castles

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We were both incredibly tired last night – probably from the 26 hour day since we picked up 2 extra hours between Istanbul and England, so were grateful to have slept well. I got up about 5am to finish writing Friday’s blog. Dan got up about 6. We left about 7:30 to go out for […]

Day 5, Jun 30: Canterbury, England

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We got up at 5:30, had a quick breakfast downstairs then took the taxi to the airport. We go there at 6:50 for an 8:50 flight so hoped that would be enough time, not having any idea of how crowded this airport was. Dan’s status allowed us to jump lines and that helped, but even […]

Day 4, Jun 29: 4th & Final for Istanbul

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We both got decent sleep, had breakfast in the hotel and went out for our last day in Istanbul just before 9am. It was a simple day with what felt like not a lot planned; still we managed to make a pretty full day of it. We took a bus/tram to the same stop, Sultanahmet. […]

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