More random pictures of London… because how else are we ever going to get through all these photos???

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Why, yes, thank you for noticing, I am indeed wearing a button-down shirt and am all clean and freshly-shaven. We are on our way to Saint Paul’s Cathedral… for an adventure I will share later…

a 2Ooooh… and that is an extra picture from the day… which you might remember I hinted about when I did one of my rare posts while actually in Europe… where we saw a scene from a movie being filmed… but more on that later… HA!

a 3That picture above and the one below were taken from a hop-on/hop-off bus tour that we signed up for. We really used the buses a lot to get around London, and I highly recommend them… but some are better than others…

a 4So do the research…

a 5Did you know that the Queen has a huge park right outside her house? I took these next few while waiting for Her Royal Highness to arrive at the trooping of the color at her birthday celebration… because a Queen’s work is never done…

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Even while waiting for royalty, it pays to look around…

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You never know what might be right behind you…

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And the world is a very pretty place…

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Oh, and I have some frightening news…

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One of the crack squirrels that live in my head escaped and is now living in that little park beside the hotel we stayed at… you have been warned…

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I just wanted to see her eyes…

Okay, I admit it… I just weaseled my way on this trip so I didn’t miss seeing Mollie’s eyes the first time she saw Big Ben and the Eifel Tower, or rode the London Eye, or went into a castle that wasn’t in Disneyland… because my daughter has lovely, kind, sweet eyes…

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Technically, that picture is from the last full day of our trip, taken in Germany, and this post is about the first day of our trip… but it does have one of her eyes in it, and I think… I hope… it meets the requirements of not showing my daughters photos on the blog… more or less…

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We were exhausted from the long plane trip… and the long cab ride… but we decided… my wife, Mollie, and I, not my mom, to walk the mile or so the river Thames and see some sights. I am so glad I was there to see Mollie’s face as we began out adventure. I have done all this before, but there is something about seeing the red phone booths and red double-decker buses that just let you know you are in England.

a 3We made it to the river and I wish I could explain the look of joy on Mollie’s face, the sparkle in her eyes.

a 4We went down and walked along the river bank. Mollie was carrying the good camera at this point… it was her trip after all… and she proved she was my daughter by taking all these incredibly artistic photos of things like that weird red wooden fort thing… whatever it was… I was busy taking selfies for the blog with my cheap old camera… HA!

a 5Looking at these pictures I am struck by the fact that she really is a lot like me. I would have taken all these pictures too. Come on, a double-decker bus selling frozen yogurt with the word ‘snog’ on top… that is what memories are made of… you can get pictures of the touristy stuff anywhere.

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She sees colors and art and wants to capture it and share it…

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She uses the surroundings to frame interesting shots… like a true artist…

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Love and colors in a foreign city far from home… I couldn’t be more proud.

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And I was there to see it all through her eyes…

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And where did you stay whilst in London towne, I hear you all pondering…

At this place right here…

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Yes, it is the lovely Tavistock Hotel… located conveniently close to Tavistock square… which is a lovely park…

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It is also not far from all the excitement of London.

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I wish I took a picture of the view from the room my wife and I shared… it was not good… but my mom and Mollie had a room overlooking the park…

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There was also a strange tower of some sort nearby…

a 5You can see it off in the distance, like some looming space rocket.

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I liked the statue of Gandhi in the park. The hotel also had a very nice café out of the street where we ate after spending hours on the plane just getting there. This is how my mom looks when she is tired and I say something stupid…

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Bless her heart… because I say a lot of stupid stuff…

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Some random pictures of London… just to get this party started…

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Black cabs and Big Ben… which is actually the name of the bell and not the clock or the clock tower… in case you didn’t know that…

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I didn’t even notice I was in that picture until just now… I am slipping…

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No, that isn’t London bridge… London bridge isn’t in London anymore… or even in England… bonus points if you know where it is now…

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Flags… England conquered a large percentage of this world by the clever use of flags… as Eddie Izzard says in his ‘Dressed To Kill’ stand up comedy video… watch it… it is awesome…

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Who doesn’t like a man in uniform?

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St. Paul’s Cathedral… Every morning during the blitz, Churchill went outside to make sure it was still standing… we did something cool there, so wait for that story.

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The Shard… it is really tall…

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The river Thames… which is pronounced: ‘Tems’… unless you want to sound like a daft colonial…

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The London Eye… well worth the cost and time spent in line… sorry… the British call it a ‘queue’…

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The red phone booth… probably the most iconic thing in the UK… except for a blue police call box with a freekin’ Time Lord in it… or a red double-decker bus…

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So, who all went on this wild European adventure, Arthur, I hear you all wondering…

Well, let me tell you. My wife went…

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There we are outside Buckingham Palace, right after seeing the Queen… and the rest of the Royal Family… celebrating the Queens birthday. I think my wife’s uncanny resemblance to the Queen accounts for the fact that we were allowed to get so close to her… (Dear English relatives that we saw on our trip, I meant no disrespect by this Photoshopped picture, but my wife does not like to be on the blog, and she won’t let me post pictures of the kids anymore either, so I try to cover her up in interesting ways when a picture just needs to be shown)…

My mom went… even though she is 91…

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There we are walking but the Seine river in Paris. When the Grandkids turn 16, my mom takes them to Europe… wherever they want to go, within a reasonable time frame and budget… so, of course she was there. She likes to instill a love of art and culture and travel in kids… like she did with me and my brothers.

And Mollie, who is now 16, was there also… (Technically, my wife was the official parental guest. I just went along to be in charge of all the luggage and provide security for night walks around the cities we visited)…

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There are Mollie and I on the London Eye, just as we began our rotation into the sky. I know I am not supposed to show the kids, but I figured a shot from the back would be okay. I was lucky enough to go on the same ride with my other daughter, Jessica, ten years earlier. You would know that if you had read my blog from the beginning the way it was designed to be read… HA!!! And stop looking at my sexy legs, you cheeky monkey!!!

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Where in the world did you go on this new adventure, Mr. Browne, I hear you all asking…

Well, we spent three days in London…

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And then we took the train up to Lancashire to stay with our cousin Dot for three more days, before a one-day train trip to Liverpool to see the Beatles museum… and then back to the Preston area before carrying on back to London, where we stopped for about an hour before we caught the train under the English channel for Paris…

pF-I.EPSWhere we spent another three days running around like maniacs before getting on a really fast… I mean scary fast… train to Frankfurt, Germany…

a 1 a 4Where we immediately got into a rental car and drove to Rothenberg… which you might remember from other posts I did, because I went there with my other daughter ten years ago… it isn’t on the map, but we spent the night there and I have lots of pictures… and then we drove to Munch… where we spent another three days… doing more crazy stuff… so there you go… more or less.

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Here are just a few of the awesome places you can expect to hear about over the next few weeks…

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London… because where else would I have seen the Queen of England and almost the entire Royal Family???

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And Paris… because where else does one go to get pastries?

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And Germany… for the beer and castles… oh, yeah…

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And of course I have tons of exciting and funny adventures to tell you about… and about 4,000 photos… which I will try not to show you all of…

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‘Cause we saw some stuff, and we went some places, and we met some people and animals… and you know how I love my crazy little adventures…

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In fact, I don’t even know where to start or what order to tell these stories in, because you know I like to mix that up too…

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I went back to a few places I have been before, like the adorable little German town of Rothenberg…

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But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, shall we?

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We will get through this, like we always do, together, as a team…

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And I will try not to bore you, or overload you… and I need to catch up on some blog reading… and I might need to drive my mom back to the Bay Area… which would entail a whole new adventure, now wouldn’t it?

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