The Big One - Europe
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At last we were off. Determined to make it a trip to remember we splurged. Good hotels, Business class and anything else we could afford. Qantas looked after us well.

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The A380 has so much room to spread out. Yes you get a full bed size to sleep. Perfect.

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We stayed in a lovely area of London called Kensington. At the 54 Boutique hotel.

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Nearly all the street had rows of beautiful terraces. We were opposite the museums.

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And just around the corner was Harrods. Now THAT is my kind of shop!

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Harrods seafood bar is amazing.

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Taki is quite fond of cheese so his mouth was watering here.

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We went to Queen Victoria's 'Orangery'. Supposedly where the Queen grew her citrus trees. High tea for us...delicious.

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Then it was off to the Chelsea Flower Show. Being a keen gardener, I desperately wanted to see the show so we had to book almost a year in advance.

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This was just a part of the amazing Australian exhibition of the red poppies. Laid as a carpet in front of the Royal Chelsea Hospital.

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A HUGE display of gardens, architecture, flowers and anything that bloomed and grew. Gorgeous.

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But it was time to get our car and begin our drive around England. We stopped briefly at Brighton before heading off to Peterborough.

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Then we went to the beautiful city of Bath and our hotel 'The Boathouse'. Named because of its location.

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Right on the river with small boats and rowers going up and down constantly. Our balcony looked out on this river.

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Bath was named after the abundance of fresh water mineral springs, that were popularised in Roman Times. Old Bath was truly beautiful.

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Our friend Alex recommended the Yorkshire Dales as a 'must see'. He was right. It was beautiful and like nothing else we'd seen on our journey.

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Our room at Cornlee B&B was about the smallest room we'd ever seen but it made for interesting seating.

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Close to waterfalls and beautiful scenery, it really was fantastic

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Pretty, indeed.

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Walking around I found some beautiful gardens. One garden featured my favourite flower, the peony rose.

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The Yorkshire Dales features some of the most beautiful scenery. Famous for it's incredible rock walls, hundreds of years old.

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Gorgeous sheep with black faces were everywhere. I 'think' they're called Swaledale sheep.

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But enough gallivanting around England. We had another week in London, in Soho this time. Different from Kensington but a great location. We saw this play and loved every second of it.

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We also saw Kinky Boots, Phantom and Aladdin. All great. We walked to everything .

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Familiar?

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If you ever watched the TV show you'll be familar with Liberty of London. Wow.

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What a shop that was! Gorgeous things that you didn't even bother looking at the prices.

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Of course Buckingham Palace was a must.

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Something big was happening but I couldn't find out what. Thousands of people.

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The London Eye sure does give you great views. We were very lucky with the weather. Excellent.

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We went to the Royal Albert Hall and across the road is Queen Victoria's memorial to hubby Albert. I just happened to catch a plane as it flew past. We should have caught it because it was time for us to go to gay PAREE!!!