Posts tagged ‘Olympics’

August 2, 2012

1 Aug 2012 Olympics at Newcastle

Tom had tests done at Newcastle Hospital this morning and felt unwell. Lindsay came to pick Rita and I up to go and see him. They dropped me off at St James Park where Brazil and New Zealand were playing soccer for the Olympic Games. I bought a souvenir t-shirt and soaked up the atmosphere outside the stadium. Used a free map of Newcastle for the Olympics to get around.
Bought a glasses case and calendar at the Newcastle Arts Centre. Found the Newcastle old wall and had lunch at The Settle Down Cafe, run by a South African. Walked a bit further and found the Castle Keep and the Tyne Bridge with the Olympics rings. Across the Millennium Bridge to the Baltic Exhibition Centre and a rest in the cafe. The souvenir shop got a beating.
Walked back towards the city and caught the Metro (train) to Four Lane Ends with a bunch of Brazil soccer fans. Amazed I found my way to Rita and Tom’s place from the station without a map. Rita was pacing the street hoping she would see me!
Tom is okay but needs to go for more tests. The doctors couldn’t really say what was wrong.
David took Rita and I to see their grandmother’s former house which is nearly the same as they remember it at 180 Edward Rd, Howdon. Also went to Tom Wilson’s place (which is where he grew up) and picked up a few more snippets of family history from him and sister, Ivy.

Very pleased with my half day out on my own and I didn’t get lost!

July 24, 2012

23 July 2012 Paris to London

Met Sally, Kevin and Rhonda at breakfast. Jo caught the Air France bus ( like I did coming to Paris) early. Said our goodbyes and I caught up on Facebook before I checked out about 10am. Bumped my way down the stairs at St Placide station (no lift) and caught the Metro train to Gare du Nord where the Eurostar leaves from. The train was not crowded so I sat down for most of the 8 stops. Gare du Nord (North Station) is a rabbit warren. Followed the Eurostar signs up about three floors to Immigration and got through customs okay. Whew! Got into the ladies before the queue built thank goodness. The trip takes about two hours but there is a one hour time difference (probably daylight saving). Got out at St Pancras and through customs again. No one looked at anything although a few passengers were pulled up. Went to Paddington station to pick up the TEP device for wifi. It’s brilliant. Just have to have it in my pocket and I can use my laptop anywhere!
Caught yet another train to High St Kensington on the Circle line. The Oyster card is easy (why doesn’t Melbourne have them?). Copthorne Tara Hotel is just behind the station which was a good pick.
Strolled over to Kensington Gardens after getting my room sorted. It is about 27 degrees here! Warmer than France. Read the London Evening Standard which is free. Tons about Wiggins and the Tour de France in it. I was there!
Over at the Orangerie I spotted a couple of squirrels playing until a dog barked at them. They are so cute! The palace has a commemorative structure for the Queen’s 60th jubilee. I bought a mouse for my laptop at Currys PC World. Some things are difficult to do without it.
Had dinner at Simply Authentic Food which is organic and wholemeal. Also bought lunch for my outing to Harry Potter tomorrow.
On the way back to the hotel a policeman on a motorbike held up traffic for someone important to get through to Kensington Palace. Wonder who it was. Have a few participants in the Olympics staying at my hotel too.