Archive for May, 2007

Great restaurant in Brussels

Belga Queen: – I highly suggest trying the drink that is half champaign and half fruity-beer. Better than it sounds! All of the food and drinks tasted good or looked good too.

London Tourist

May 23, 2007 1 comment

I consider myself a resident tourist in London, meaning that I am a resident here, but also a tourist. But as we have friends and family come to visit, I find myself playing tour guide, which is a great excuse for me to get out and do things I haven’t done yet. Here is my suggested list for everyone visiting us in London, which I’m sure I will continue to update over time.

General lists of stuff

Specific activities and tours

  • London Bridge Tour: £6, ticket office is at the North West side of the bridge (also called the London Bridge Experience)
  • Tower Bridge Tour
  • New London Architecture, including green-architecture
  • Chelsea Football Stadium Tour: £10: Chelsea FC Megastore / Fulham Road, London SW6: Monday–Friday: 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00 (non match days only)/ Saturday and Sunday: 12.00 and 14.00
  • Royal Albert Hall backstage tours: Kensington Gore, SW7 / Fri-Tue £7.5 / 020 7838 3105 / 020 7589 3203 / Monday special tours: £12.5
  • Houses of Parliament: watch laws being made, attend debates and committees, tour the buildings
  • Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms: 9:30 – 5:00 every day / £11 / King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AQ
  • Westminster Abby (the big old church)
  • Flights over London
    • Air Experience: As well as helicopter flights and flying lessons, this company can take you up in a two-person vintage Tiger Moth biplane from locations around London (£169 for 25 minutes). Air Experience (08704 299 325)
    • Flying Presents: Operating from Stapleford Flight Centre in Essex, Flying Presents have a range of pleasure tours, but the more adventurous might want to try an acrobatic flight in a Firefly plane (£77 for 20 minutes) or a flying lesson in a Cessna 152 (£135 for one hour). Flying Presents (01708 688 380
    • Headcorn Aerodrome: From this base in Ashford, Kent, you can take a range of different length aeroplane flights from £62 for 20 minutes to £186 for one hour. They also offer flight lessons, aerobatic flights and balloon trips. Headcorn Aerodrome (01622 891 158).
    • Red Letter Days: This gifts company offers a range of airborne options. A 30-minute helicopter tour of London costs £149, a biplane tour for one and a quarter hours costs £225, and a deluxe champagne flight for two will set you back £299. Red Letter Days (0845 640 8000).

Miscellaneous places and events in London:


Pubs, Bars & Restaurants


Outside of London

Avenue Q

May 22, 2007 1 comment


We saw this when Michael and Trish were in town, but I forgot to mention it. If you get the chance I highly suggest it, or at least if you like some good comedy. It was funny as hell and wasn’t the puppet show I expected. Aaron and Rachel are going to see it Wednesday night and since they just graduated from college, I wonder what they will think. smile_regular

Random London Photos

Windows Live Spaces has a cool feature where you can send photos to a photo album via e-mail. When I walk around London, usually with Milo, I always have my cell phone with me. It has a mediocre camera, but it does make it easy for me to send photos to my photo album called Random London Photos, which I keep on the right-hand side of my site. So if you are curious to see what I see when meandering around, just check out my Random London photo album.

Mr. Volcano

This is sorta funny. There are commercials running in the UK for Volvic’s bottled water. They now have a blog for the characters in the commercial. I like Tyrannosaurus Alan, but here is a photo of Volcano George.

Mt. Biking in the UK

This morning Cullen picked me up, we tossed our bikes in the back of his car, and I had my first mountain bike ride in the UK. We went to the Bracknell forest, which has a lot of logging roads, but it had good single tracks too. Some even had banked turns, which I had never experienced in Washington or Colorado mt. biking. We did have to pay £1.50 for permits, which was a new experience for me. I owe Cullen a pint for that one. smile_regular

Gin & Tonic in a Can?

I am still finding what I consider odd things in the grocery stores here in London. I recently found a Gin & Tonic in a can. Not a bad idea!


Eiffel Tower Video

My brother Mike, his wife Trish, and I went up the Eiffel Tower last week. I took a few short videos and photos and put them together with Windows Movie Maker (it comes with Vista).

Microsoft Launches Windows Live Hotmail Worldwide

Dog Friendly Paris

DSC02812This is on some random corner in Paris. We of course also saw all the regular tourist items as I played tour guide for Michael and Trish, and no, I do not speak French, but I can get by good enough to get around.  

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