Fifty sleeps …

… ’til our next international adventure.

I had to pinch myself this morning when I discovered that it is nearly nine months since I wrote a brief post about the trip we have booked for this coming September. And, yet, the calendar tells me that we still have 50 sleeps before we fly out of Melbourne, bound for London.

To recap.

We will spend three days exploring London independently, before taking a brisk week-long Insight Vacations coach tour of some of the sights of England, Scotland and Wales. Then we will fly to Zagreb to join another Insight tour, mainly of Croatia, including several nights on its Adriatic coast, rich in cultural history and scenery. A flight back to London will give us the opportunity to catch up with faraway friends over dinner at a renowned restaurant, Bibendum, followed by another full day of sightseeing. Finally, we will fly to Singapore for a three-night stopover on the way home to Melbourne.

So, subject to the impact of jet-lag, we will have a total of four free days in London. Our sightseeing wish-list reflects the fact that we are not especially interested in the current royal family, nor their ancestors; if we see the Tower of London or any of their palaces, it will be as passers-by. At this stage, our preferred options include Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, British Museum, Kew Gardens, London Zoo, Covent Garden, Savoy Hotel, Fitzroy Square (Bloomsbury), the National Gallery, Madame Tussaud’s, Sherlock Holmes Museum and a couple of the famous retail stores. And some good quality pub meals, of course!

I’m looking forward to sharing the highlights of this trip through a series of posts.

About rmgtravelsandfood

Maggie and I are both in our late 60s and live in Melbourne, Australia. This blog is devoted to our shared passions for travel and fine dining at home. As cooks, we are skilful and adventurous within a framework of mainly traditional ingredients and techniques, and we aim to prepare nutritious food that looks good and tastes delicious. Our evolving repertoire is influenced by both our travels and Melbourne's vibrant food culture. From 2008 to early 2020, our priority travel destinations were overseas, although we have always spent a bit of time each year exploring parts of Australia. Our first overseas journey together was to Italy in the northern autumn of 2008. We later travelled in France (2009), Spain (2011), Singapore and Cambodia (2012/13). Most of our international adventures from 2014 to 2020 are covered in this blog. We have now reached a time in our lives when the prospect of long flights to distant places are unappealing, so we will travel mainly within Australia or to countries that are close to home.
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