Heading for Ireland & the UK

Brian W brian-w at lyons-ryan.org
Wed Apr 24 18:29:23 EDT 2019


Thanks for that great advice, Bob.  I only wish we could have organised more
time in London.

The hop-on/hop-off buses are a great idea - we plan to do something similar in
Dublin.  I was aware of the Oyster card (similar, I think, to Sydney's Opal
card) so we'll be looking into that.

I'll keep 8 June in mind although I expect to be totally buggered most evenings
after being dragged around (willingly!) to all the galleries/museums by my wife
 :-)


Cheers
Brian


> On 25 April 2019 at 05:03 Bob Pdml <pdmlbw at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> 
> Thanks. 
> 
> Another thing I forgot to mention is getting around, other than by boat or
> open-top bus. On public transport you can't use cash. You can use a
> contactless credit/debit or an Oyster card, which you will need to put money
> on. You need a separate card for each person, you can't pay more than one
> person's fare at a time. There is a daily maximum fare.
> https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/visiting-london/getting-around-london/best-ways-for-visitors-to-pay?intcmp=27718
> 
> You'll probably want to experience the tube, and possibly the DLR, which is
> driverless, but the best way to get around is on foot or by bicycle, and the
> best way to find your way around, if you haven't lived here for nearly forty
> years, is the Citymapper app, which you can use for multi-modal transport. 
> https://citymapper.com/london?lang=en
> Or you could ask a policeman.
> 
> > On 24 Apr 2019, at 18:54, Daniel J. Matyola <danmatyola at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 
> > I agree with everything Bob says and recommends about London.  That is just
> > about what we did when we had a week there.  We might even have been
> > traveling with the be4nefit of his guidance way back then.  <G>
> > 
> > Dan Matyola
> > http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/danieljmatyola
> > 
> > 
> >> On Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 3:33 AM Bob Pdml <pdmlbw at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> 
> >> For a first-time visitor I would recommend all the usual top tourist
> >> sites, otherwise you may feel you haven't really seen London.
> >> 
> >> I can strongly recommend the open-top bus tours which, on a nice day, give
> >> you a very good and enjoyable overview of central London and the main
> >> sights, and is a nice hop-on/hop-off way to travel between them. There is a
> >> small cluster of sights which are easy to walk between - Saint Paul's, over
> >> the Millennium Bridge to Tate Modern and the Globe, then a walk downstream
> >> to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
> >> 
> >> If you have time take a boat trip on the river in either direction.
> >> Downstream brings you to Greenwich, which is stunningly beautiful; upstream
> >> it's a good way to travel between Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and beyond
> >> that to Kew Gardens and Richmond, which are also superb. You probably won't
> >> have time to go to Hampton Court Palace, sadly.
> >> 
> >> The best museums and galleries are generally also the best-known: the
> >> Tates, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, British Museum, Natural
> >> History Museum. But they are also the busiest.
> >> 
> >> If you like theatre try and go to the Globe, but get a seat rather than
> >> stand in the yard, and if you get a seat, take cushions as they are
> >> authentically hard wooden benches. The restaurant at the Globe is quite
> >> good, and there are numerous others in the area, mostly mid-range chains.
> >> 
> >> If you get some free time on the evening of Wednesday 8th let me know and
> >> we can maybe catch up for a beer. Because of work and previous commitments
> >> that is the only spare time I have during your trip.
> >> 
> >> Enjoy your trip!
> >> Bob
> >> 
> >> 
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