London Again!

Hello!  I hope everyone is well and enjoying the “June-in-October” weather we’ve been having. I just spent more than two weeks in Cape May, house and cat sitting.  At least four days out of the last week there were sunny and in the ‘70s.  Unexpected but enjoyable.  I actually sat on the beach several times.

I am writing today, for the last time probably (unless someone asks a question or something else comes up), about the trip we took to London this past summer.  I wanted to do an entry that hopefully will include some basic helpful information for anyone who might be considering such a trip.  Alternatively, for anyone simply interested in the mechanics of European travel.  While this post is dedicated to London, where we spent five days, I’ll shortly be doing a similar post about the eight days in Paris that followed. read more

Hello from Swinging London!

Border Control at 7:00 AM!

Well hello from SWINGING LONDON!

It is just after 8:00 AM (3:00 AM in Philadelphia) here on what will clearly be a beautiful day.  We got into the city yesterday by about this time after an on-time flight followed by a long wait in an enormous passport control room with a thousand or two other people.  Giant signs all around announcing that this was the “UK Border” and that if we had any intention of seeking asylum- this was the time and place to do it.

We briefly pondered that option, figuring that the British authorities would likely grant us asylum based simply on the results of last November’s election in the US, but ended up just telling the border agent we were on vacation. read more