After starting our post retirement travels 8 years and 10 months ago we have finally arrived in England, our 25th country. We are ecstatic to be here, and what a time to be here! One of the things I love about travelling is you never know what exact moment in history you may be seeing or experiencing. We were able to witness the first post pandemic Notting Hill Carnival, the largest carnival in Europe, the observance of the 25th anniversary of Princess Dianas death, to have that all eclipsed by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. The longest ruling monarch in history and one of the greatest leaders in history, it is a sobering time and we are honoured to be here to witness a nation in mourning.
We have only been here two weeks, however it has been a busy time. We are heading to our third housesit today and are booked solid for the next several weeks with more sits. Being able to casually wander around London has been a joy.
On a much lighter note, we have committed to exploring as many pubs and their wares as is reasonable. So far I have found my two favourites to be London Pride and Guinness.
The sheer number of high end cars here is almost breathtaking. Where Toyotas are common at home, BMW’s seem to fill that gap here. Rolls Royces, Maseratis, Porsche, Bentleys, Teslas, and Lamborghinis abound in central London.
With months to go here we are pumped to see what other gems the UK has to share with us. As well, we look forward to watching and sharing in some of the mourning and healing that will be taking place in the coming weeks.
So interesting and for sure good timing.
Hi Peter and Karen! I met you in Vanuatu diving and have been a dogsitter in Europe since then! I am living in London and would love to meet up with you! Please email me.