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Michaela
17-12-2008, 09:26 AM
After a long hard season I thought it was time for a holiday…
No question what to do – another UK trip…

After Doncaster, Sheffield and Birmingham last year, the plan for this year was Coventry and London…
Thanks again Darren for the invitation to stay with you…

Last working day on the 17th November, packing on the 18th and 7am start to Frankfurt Hahn. I´m sure our chef never get up that early, but he was so kind to gave me a lift…
Last check if I had everything, passport, money, credit card, flight ticket, tube ticket, London Pass, the tickets for Madame Tussaud, for the sightseeing bus and for the stansted express?!?
Okidoki here we go:

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Rain in Frankfurt Hahn, lovely sunshine in the sky

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After landing in Birmingham Darren´s mum Linda picked me up from the airport and took me out for lunch in a really lovely pub

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And because I´m on holiday and need to do sightseeing she show me Kenilworth Castle before we drop of my suitcase, say hello to Darren and continue with sightseeing in Coventry…

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Coventry

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After that long day I was really happy to see the kids and Maddie and of course Kessy…

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Michaela
17-12-2008, 09:27 AM
Thursday morning I met Mav and he took me out for a original English breakfast… I was happy that it was not that early, to be honest, I never could eat THAT early in the morning

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Mav, it was lovely to meet you there, thanks again for the breakfast and the long chat…

After that breakfast which was more a lunch I decide to do a walk with Kessy in the war memorial park…
It was so relaxing that Kessy and me walked and walked and walked….
And next time I know that Kessy don´t like other dogs and that the lead works not that well :blink:

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Friday I walked down to the city of Coventry: coffee from Starbucks (I love Starbucks, if we had one in Adenau you can be sure I have a “yearticket” for that), bookshop, shopping expedition, more bookshops and lunch with Darren before his mum picked me up to see another big bookshop… I think everybody knows now that I love Books (and coffee :rolleyes: )
I always a little bit sad that I have so less time to read…

Saturday Maddie got her “day off” to do some study in the Library and Darren and me took the kids to their swimming lesson and Fern got her first Adward…

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Quick lunch and then Toby like to show me the Coventry Transport Museum….

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For the evening Darren had a family dinner planed, and you wouldn´t believe or not, he is a really good chef…

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After a lovely Dinner we went to the “Burning Post” (I like the names of the English Pubs) for a few drinks and Maddie and our new “friend” (oooops, I forgot his name, but that doesn´t matter) tried very hard to find a man for me :( A really funny night…

Michaela
17-12-2008, 09:29 AM
On Sunday Warwick Castle was on the list… But a look out of the window let us know it would be a cold wet trip, it was raining cats and dogs…
Adam who promised the night before he like to enjoy us really made it out of bed before lunch and we started as, we all couldn´t believe, the sun comes out…

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As you could see on that picture the rain decide to come back and we to have lunch…
Toby entertained us as a silly jocker

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Because the kids starts getting tired they start their way home and Adam took me to Stratford but because it starts getting dark we had a quick walk through the town and a really strange museum before we ended up for a drink in a lovely hotel bar.

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Michaela
17-12-2008, 09:31 AM
Monday was the day to say good bye to Darren, Maddie, the kids and Kessy. I brought Toby to school before I get into the train to London at 11:20am.
Time enough to think about a great time in Coventry and to get scared to find the right tube to Pimlico and not to get lost in the big city…
But it comes totally different as I thought, the tube was easy to understand and even the bag was so heavy and the suitcase to big I get really relaxed till the voice in the tube said: “We are really sorry, but this train stops here, no service to Pimlico, but you are welcome to take the bus” Oh no, what´s going on here…. The bus? With that suitcase? Never… Ok, deep breath… Out of the station a big queue at the bus, oh no… No chance to get in, so decide to take a taxi…
15 Minutes later I could check in at my hotel….

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Check in done, luggage in the room, city map in the hand, camera ready, start to the first sightseeing walk…

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The view from the tower of Westminster Cathedral is brilliant

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Cold feets, cold fingers but happy to be on holiday back to the hotel to get dressed for the dinner with Steve Bilham (better know as FastDad) and his family in Mayfair… Brilliant dinner, great wine and a really nice evening. On the way back to the hotel I got a sightseeing tour “London at night”…
Tired to bed after a long nice day…

Tuesday early morning, and the view out of the window promised a nice day with a blue sky, so quick (awful) breakfast at the hotel, the first and the last one.
Starbucks Coffee, in the tube to go and see London Tower and the Tower Bridge before I had to go to Buckingham Palace to see the change of the guard…
It can so nice to be a typical Tourist…
Great sunshine, but I think someone forgot to put the heating on….brrrrrrrrr

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And because I´m a good tourist and tried to get everything on a picture, I nearly missed the change of the guard.

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Wow, what a lot of people…

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Michaela
17-12-2008, 09:33 AM
But to be honest, it could get boring if you have to wait till something happens, but this lovely policeman entertained all of us silly tourists

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Oh no, I mean this one

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After that I start my long walk through London, I think a Japanese can´t look better than me with my camera….

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Michaela
17-12-2008, 09:35 AM
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After 7 hours walking through London, hurting feets I thought I was ready for some drinks and so it was time to go back to the hotel to get changed…
Some of my regulars would like to take me out for a beer or two, so I met James and Darren at the Princess Louise in Halborn… Nice evening, nice cider, good laugh and a few more than just two drinks… I´m sure the tube drove much quicker that night on the way home :whistle:
But I slept very well…

Wednesday morning the sun decide to stay behind the clouds for the day…
So a perfect day to go to meet Robbie Williams, the Beatles, Einstein, Elvis, Charly Caplin and a lot more very nice guys at

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After a lot of shaking hands and important chats with all the VIP´s it was time to go to Harrods to meet Daniel for lunch…

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Nice lunch, but I have to learn to use chopsticks :rolleyes:

A walk through Harrods and I could see all the things I never can buy…

Back to hotel, stop at Starbucks, some Rest and changed before meeting Mark and Dan for dinner and more drinks…

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Thursday was my last day in London so the plan was to do a relaxing Day without all this walking I did the other days of all my holiday, so I start the day with my bus tour in one of these lovely red sightseeing busses…
No sun, freezing cold, but if you go in one of these busses you have to do sit on the top….
Gloves, scarf, cap, that should work…oh no, but no rain…

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3,5 Days sightseeing, that must ne enough, so I did what a girl needs to do…shopping!!!!
Into the tube exit Oxford Street… Bloody Hell, where coming all this people from? Ok, 6 weeks to Christmas, but is that need that they all go shopping today, that will be a stressfull shopping expedition… But stop, what did Mark and James say about a brand new big shopping center…Couldn´t find it on my tube map (my best friend during all my days, followed by Starbucks)…mmmmhhh, ok, short text to both of them and here we go, back in the tube to Shepherd´s Bush to the Westfield Center… Wow…. The first 5 minutes I need a deep breath, this shopping center is really massive, ladies you need to go there. You can spend easily more than 5,5 hours as I did…

Friday morning, packing, taxi to Liverpool station and in the Stansted Express to the airport…
Check in, 3kg excess luggage (books are heavy), but the lady behind the counter just smile and take it without saying anything (thank you), 1,5h to wait till the flight starts, so time again to go and see the airport shops and spend the last pounds there. Birthday present for Manuela and surprise, surprise books for me…

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14:45pm back at Frankfurt Hahn where Manuela was waiting to pick me up, and because I still had holiday and Ron was in the Netherlands we decide to finish the day with a girls night, visit the Christmas Market in Koblenz and having a nice dinner…

Saturday unpacking, washing, ironing and Sunday back to work as usual.

I had a great holiday and I like to say thank you again to all the people be part of it,
Darren, Maddie, Toby, Fern, Linda, Jody, Adam, Mav, Steve, Daniel, Mark, Dan, James, Darren and the others I forgot…
I looking forward to my next holiday, next November… :thumb:

(And if anyone like to see all 1155 pictures I took let me know :blink: )

GVK
17-12-2008, 10:13 AM
Great report Micheala,you did take a lot of pics!!

It's strange reading a trip report about England when all year we read reports of English people going to Germany! :lol:

Top marks to Teflon for being a great host by the looks of it too! :thumb:

Michaela
17-12-2008, 10:17 AM
Originally posted by GVK@Dec 17 2008, 11:13 AM
Great report Micheala,you did take a lot of pics!!

It's strange reading a trip report about England when all year we read reports of English people going to Germany! :lol:

Top marks to Teflon for being a great host by the looks of it too! :thumb:
Oh yes, I did :whistle:

That´s right and now a german one comes to england... Wrong World? :blink:

Oh yes, he and the whole family was.... :thumb:

Darren Langeveld
17-12-2008, 10:26 AM
Lovely report Michaela :thumb:

I'm still chuckling at the thought of you trying to control my errant dog with a broken lead :lol:

It was a pleasure to play host for you for a change - you are more than welcome anytime xxx

texas2201
17-12-2008, 10:36 AM
H Michaela

glad you enjoyed your trip - it is always refreshing to get a "new" view of London - when you go there a lot you miss a lot of the beautiful buildings and sights

you certainly covered a lot of ground on your trip?

cheers see you in 2009

Martin

PS happy hogmanay

Michaela
17-12-2008, 10:41 AM
Originally posted by Herr Teflon@Dec 17 2008, 11:26 AM
I'm still chuckling at the thought of you trying to control my errant dog with a broken lead :lol:

It was a pleasure to play host for you for a change - you are more than welcome anytime xxx
Oh it was not that dificult, after I know how much she like other dogs :whistle:
Remember the "Kessy, bed" thing :rolleyes:

I´m sure I´ll come back...Is Toby still sleeping in "my" bed?

Michaela
17-12-2008, 10:45 AM
Originally posted by texas2201@Dec 17 2008, 11:36 AM
H Michaela

glad you enjoyed your trip - it is always refreshing to get a "new" view of London - when you go there a lot you miss a lot of the beautiful buildings and sights

you certainly covered a lot of ground on your trip?

cheers see you in 2009

Martin

PS happy hogmanay
Oh yes, there are a lot of beautiful buildings and sights and I´m sure I miss lots of them as well

And yes, I did...

Simon
17-12-2008, 11:36 AM
Michaela. Looks & sounds like you had a super time :D . Enjoyed reading that :thumb:

Karl
17-12-2008, 12:13 PM
Good God woman, no wonder you're always doing those 20 hour days, you're a mentaller, I'm knackered just having read your report, let alone doing it all :lol:

Floyd
17-12-2008, 01:43 PM
I think you've seen more of England than I have :shame: :lol: :thumb: Great report. I didn't know you could walk into Downing street? :huh:

Simon
17-12-2008, 01:58 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Dec 17 2008, 02:43 PM
I didn't know you could walk into Downing street? :huh:
I'd suggest that you leave the backpack at home if you want to walk out again :lol:

Karl
17-12-2008, 02:14 PM
I'd like to suggest he takes it :lol:

Simon
17-12-2008, 02:24 PM
Originally posted by Karl@Dec 17 2008, 03:14 PM
I'd like to suggest he takes it :lol:
Coffee over keyboard :lol: :lol:

What was I thinking :blink:. Cheers, Karl, for setting me straight :thumb:

Michaela
17-12-2008, 03:27 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Dec 17 2008, 02:43 PM
I didn't know you could walk into Downing street? :huh:
Normally you can´t...
Only if you know a biker who coming twice a year, stay in the BE, get drunk with you and working for the police department :whistle:

Floyd
17-12-2008, 04:47 PM
Originally posted by Michaela@Dec 17 2008, 04:27 PM
Normally you can´t...
Only if you know a biker who coming twice a year, stay in the BE, get drunk with you and working for the police department :whistle:
Aha :thumb: Lucky you B)

Michaela
17-12-2008, 05:55 PM
Originally posted by Floyd+Dec 17 2008, 05:47 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Floyd @ Dec 17 2008, 05:47 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Michaela@Dec 17 2008, 04:27 PM
Normally you can´t...
Only if you know a biker who coming twice a year, stay in the BE, get drunk with you and working for the police department :whistle:
Aha :thumb: Lucky you B) [/b][/quote]
To be honest, it is just a door :blink:

Hippychick
17-12-2008, 05:57 PM
Originally posted by Michaela@Dec 17 2008, 04:27 PM
Normally you can´t...
Only if you know a biker who coming twice a year, stay in the BE, get drunk with you and working for the police department :whistle:

You have such a cool job&#33; :D

It looks like you had a great trip - sorry we didn&#39;t turn the heating on for you&#33;&#33; :P

Nige
17-12-2008, 06:03 PM
Good to see you had a good time. Lots of photos, I like that :D :veryhappy:

Biturbo
17-12-2008, 06:13 PM
Smashing trip report, brilliant photos.

Congratulations on making Coventry appear interesting.

Michaela
17-12-2008, 09:09 PM
Originally posted by Hippychick@Dec 17 2008, 06:57 PM

You have such a cool job&#33; :D

You think? :blink:
OK, would you get it??? :rolleyes:

Floyd
17-12-2008, 10:14 PM
I like pictures. Yours are nice pictures :D

Das Chin
17-12-2008, 10:18 PM
our office is right opposite the entrance to the westminster cathedral&#33; its the big glass place in a V shape and called no 100. you should have said you were over&#33; mate of mine got married in there and it was a big wedding.

I have the joy of victoria station most morning.

looks like u had fun though.

DC

Michaela
18-12-2008, 05:26 AM
Originally posted by Das Chin@Dec 17 2008, 11:18 PM
our office is right opposite the entrance to the westminster cathedral&#33; its the big glass place in a V shape and called no 100. you should have said you were over&#33; mate of mine got married in there and it was a big wedding.

I have the joy of victoria station most morning.

looks like u had fun though.

DC
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Do you mean one of these, that is taken just out of the front door of the cathedral... I really liked westminter casthedral... I was in there twice...

Next time I´ll post it on here :rolleyes:

I´m sure I´ll come back to London, it´s a fantastic city and I still missed some things to see...

I like to go to the london dungeon, but I was to scared alone :o

And I like victoria station even it´s that busy, especially the Starbucks outside :rolleyes:

You drop in for a drink this sunday?

Michaela
18-12-2008, 05:29 AM
Originally posted by Floyd@Dec 17 2008, 11:14 PM
I like pictures. Yours are nice pictures :D
Thanks :rolleyes:

You can see them nearly all on facebook

Filthypig
18-12-2008, 10:51 AM
Being a Coventry lad you kind of forget that there are a "few" nice places in the city. Your pictures capture the nice bits very well :thumb:

Darren Langeveld
18-12-2008, 01:54 PM
Originally posted by Filthypig@Dec 18 2008, 11:51 AM
Being a Coventry lad you kind of forget that there are a "few" nice places in the city. Your pictures capture the nice bits very well :thumb:
Which bit you from Filth?

Simon
18-12-2008, 02:21 PM
Originally posted by Herr Teflon@Dec 18 2008, 02:54 PM
Which bit you from, Filth?
EFA :lol:

Filthypig
18-12-2008, 09:59 PM
Originally posted by Herr Teflon@Dec 18 2008, 03:54 PM
Which bit you from Filth?
I&#39;m a Holbrooks boy :thumb:

What about you Teffers? If reading Michaela&#39;s post you went to the Burnt Post for food I&#39;m guessing Cheylesmore / Finham way?

The rest of you mockers can get fecked :karl:

Floyd
18-12-2008, 10:05 PM
Originally posted by Filthypig@Dec 18 2008, 10:59 PM
I&#39;m a Holbrooks boy :thumb:

What about you Teffers? If reading Michaela&#39;s post you went to the Burnt Post for food I&#39;m guessing Cheylesmore / Finham way?

The rest of you mockers can get fecked :karl:
Isn&#39;t that part twinned with Beirut?

Filthypig
18-12-2008, 10:08 PM
Originally posted by Floyd+Dec 19 2008, 12:05 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Floyd @ Dec 19 2008, 12:05 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Filthypig@Dec 18 2008, 10:59 PM
I&#39;m a Holbrooks boy :thumb:

What about you Teffers? If reading Michaela&#39;s post you went to the Burnt Post for food I&#39;m guessing Cheylesmore / Finham way?

The rest of you mockers can get fecked :karl:
Isn&#39;t that part twinned with Beirut? [/b][/quote]
Holbrooks?

Yep, the chavvy lil feckers round here refer to it as Holbronx :lol:

Floyd
18-12-2008, 10:10 PM
Nice :D

Darren Langeveld
18-12-2008, 10:45 PM
Originally posted by Filthypig@Dec 18 2008, 10:59 PM
I&#39;m a Holbrooks boy :thumb:

What about you Teffers? If reading Michaela&#39;s post you went to the Burnt Post for food I&#39;m guessing Cheylesmore / Finham way?

The rest of you mockers can get fecked :karl:
Yep - Green Lane.

Don&#39;t listen to these feckers. They all live in Milton Keynes*


































This may or may not be a generalisation

Floyd
18-12-2008, 10:58 PM
Some think they don&#39;t though ;)

Gary Kinghorn
19-12-2008, 11:01 AM
Brilliant report Michaela. Really enjoyed that.

Sometimes it&#39;s easy to take for granted the great history our country has. Your report is a great reminder.

Thanks for sharing :thumb:

Das Chin
19-12-2008, 12:40 PM
Originally posted by Michaela+Dec 18 2008, 06:26 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Michaela @ Dec 18 2008, 06:26 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Das Chin@Dec 17 2008, 11:18 PM
our office is right opposite the entrance to the westminster cathedral&#33; its the big glass place in a V shape and called no 100. you should have said you were over&#33; mate of mine got married in there and it was a big wedding.

I have the joy of victoria station most morning.

looks like u had fun though.

DC
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Do you mean one of these, that is taken just out of the front door of the cathedral... I really liked westminter casthedral... I was in there twice...

Next time I´ll post it on here :rolleyes:

I´m sure I´ll come back to London, it´s a fantastic city and I still missed some things to see...

I like to go to the london dungeon, but I was to scared alone :o

And I like victoria station even it´s that busy, especially the Starbucks outside :rolleyes:

You drop in for a drink this sunday? [/b][/quote]
that&#39;s the one michela. we have floor one and it has a great atrium and coffee area.

good location to for going out and having a giggle. bit too much of that last night&#33; feeling ruff in the jungle&#33;

Michaela
19-12-2008, 04:37 PM
Originally posted by Das Chin@Dec 19 2008, 01:40 PM
that&#39;s the one michela. we have floor one and it has a great atrium and coffee area.

good location to for going out and having a giggle. bit too much of that last night&#33; feeling ruff in the jungle&#33;
Oh no, I passed in minimum 3 times and didn´t know that you are in :(
If I had known that before...

Dan
19-12-2008, 05:16 PM
Who are those sexy beasts from London :jerk:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Michaela
20-12-2008, 05:29 AM
Originally posted by Dan N@Dec 19 2008, 06:16 PM
Who are those sexy beasts from London :jerk:
:lol: :lol: :lol:
I have no idea...
I met them there one night...
But really nice guys... I hope to see them again soon...
:lol: :D :lol:

Adamt
20-12-2008, 07:26 PM
Great report Michaela, glad you had a good time on a well deserved holiday&#33;


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Dave G
24-12-2008, 11:20 AM
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Do Stannah know about this other job, Gary?

Mark
04-01-2009, 09:22 PM
Originally posted by Michaela+Dec 20 2008, 06:29 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Michaela @ Dec 20 2008, 06:29 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Dan N@Dec 19 2008, 06:16 PM
Who are those sexy beasts from London :jerk:
:lol: :lol: :lol:
I have no idea...
I met them there one night...
But really nice guys... I hope to see them again soon...
:lol: :D :lol: [/b][/quote]
:lol:

I managed to miss this thread until this evening :shame:

See you Saturday Michaela :wave:

dotty
05-01-2009, 09:09 AM
Great report and fab pictures&#33; :thumb: