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01/05/2008 03:26:18 PM · #1
OK, I know it hasn't been that long since the last one, but I am thinking ahead to organising the next one. This time taking in as many photogenic areas as possible. I am maybe looking at a date in March/April, not too many tourists and hopefully better weather than last time.

I have a rough route planned out already, maybe I could put a google earth tour together so you can see how slick it is and how all the sections are very close to each other. So, here goes..

Start at London Eye.
Go Past London Aquarium (Old City Hall)
Across Westminster Bridge to
Houses of Parliament/Parliament Square/Big Ben/Westminster Abbey
Up Whitehall, inc Downing Street, The Cenotaph, Horseguards etc.
Trafalgar Square, - Nelsons Column, stunning architecture, National Portrait Gallery.
Head down The Mall - Admiralty Arch
Into Hyde Park, Horseguards Parade etc
Buckingham Palace
Birdcage walk/Hyde Park
The Treasury building.
Back into Parliament Square.

The whole route is a little under 3 miles, and if we start early enough we could even end the day with a trip on the river down to Tower Bridge/Tower of London, only costs a fiver or so.
Loads of photo ops, a few pubs, plenty of places to sit and have a rest. I'll throw the idea out now, give us some time to get names together. Maybe even give some non-brit DPCers a chance to organise a short break over here.

Anyway, willl leave it at that for the time being.. any up for it?

Message edited by author 2008-01-05 15:27:28.
01/05/2008 03:27:52 PM · #2
I will actually be in London in Mid May 2008 for about 3 days.
01/05/2008 03:29:01 PM · #3
Originally posted by Judi:

I will actually be in London in Mid May 2008 for about 3 days.


Wow well we could easily make it then if you fancied joining us.

Message edited by author 2008-01-05 15:29:18.
01/05/2008 03:30:01 PM · #4
Originally posted by Simms:

Originally posted by Judi:

I will actually be in London in Mid May 2008 for about 3 days.


Wow well we could easily make it then if you fancied joining us.


That would be great...I was hoping to see at least half of what is on your list while I was there...but wasn't sure how I was going to do it.
01/05/2008 03:33:23 PM · #5
Originally posted by Judi:

Originally posted by Simms:

Originally posted by Judi:

I will actually be in London in Mid May 2008 for about 3 days.


Wow well we could easily make it then if you fancied joining us.


That would be great...I was hoping to see at least half of what is on your list while I was there...but wasn't sure how I was going to do it.


Well, if we started at say 10am, we could do all that by 3pm, if you wanted to do the River thing as well, I reckon we could get down to Tower Bridge/Tower of London by 4pm. If you actually wanted to look around the Tower then I would suggest at least hlaf a day purely for that, loads to see (and shoot). But if you are happy just taking shots of the outside then you could do it easily in a day, you could even walk up to St Pauls Cathedral from the Tower in around 15 mins, then walk down to the River, across the Millienium Bridge and end up here at around 7pm. But thats if you took a leisurely stroll, you could probably do it all a lot faster than that.

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01/05/2008 03:34:49 PM · #6
I am definitely interested - the earlier a date is finalised the better, so that I can get a cheap rail ticket booked.
01/05/2008 03:37:43 PM · #7
I'm in if it's in March, I'm in Luxembourg for most of April.
The route sounds good to me!
01/05/2008 03:40:25 PM · #8
With this type of advance warning, I can most likely make it too (as long as it's not Easter week). I missed the last one, but really enjoyed the September 07 GTG and would love to join for this.
01/05/2008 03:52:08 PM · #9
Originally posted by Simms:



Well, if we started at say 10am, we could do all that by 3pm, if you wanted to do the River thing as well, I reckon we could get down to Tower Bridge/Tower of London by 4pm. If you actually wanted to look around the Tower then I would suggest at least hlaf a day purely for that, loads to see (and shoot). But if you are happy just taking shots of the outside then you could do it easily in a day, you could even walk up to St Pauls Cathedral from the Tower in around 15 mins, then walk down to the River, across the Millienium Bridge and end up here at around 7pm

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Oh man...that sounds awesome.

This is my itinerary so far.

17 May 08.....................Depart Brisbane, Australia
18 May 08.....................Arrive London Heathrow via Singapore
19, 20 May 08..............New Pembury Accommodation
21 May 08.....................Depart London
22 May 08.....................Paris, France
23, 24 May 08..............Interlaken, Switzerland
25, 26, 27 May 08........France, Annecy, Nice, Monaco
28, 29, 30 May 08........Italy, Florence, Rome
30 May 08.....................Depart Rome, Arrive Athens
31 May 08.....................Athens
1, 2 June 08.................Tinos (Greek Islands)
3, 4 June 08.................Mykonos (Greek Islands)
5, 6, 7, 8, 9 June 08....Santorini (Greek Islands)
8 June 08.....................Depart Santorini, Arrive Athens
9 June 08.....................Depart Athens
10 June 08...................Arrive Brisbane, Australia via Singapore
11 June 08...................Depart Brisbane, Australia
12 June 08...................Arrive Nadi, Fiji
12 to 19 June 08..........Fiji
19 June 08....................Depart Fiji, Arrive Brisbane Australia.

This is going to be an awesome trip...so any highlights you can throw in for London would be great.
01/05/2008 03:53:40 PM · #10
I guess you can shove my name down, I'll try to have a shave and wear something decent this time.
01/05/2008 04:03:20 PM · #11
Originally posted by MAK:

I guess you can shove my name down, I'll try to have a shave and wear something decent this time.

Is that the best disguise you can think of on the spot?
01/05/2008 04:43:26 PM · #12
Originally posted by MAK:

I guess you can shove my name down, I'll try to have a shave and wear something decent this time.


Dont worry about that, just try to turn up on time would probably be best. :)
01/05/2008 04:53:46 PM · #13
Judi,
the problem with your dates are they are mid-week. always quite hard to get people together for a mid-week GTG, but if I can get enough names together we could still make it work, I for one would be well up for it.
01/05/2008 04:59:00 PM · #14
Put me down - I am determined to get to this one !

Edit to add - Easter holiday is early this year -
In 2008 the Easter weekend will fall between Friday March 21st and Monday March 24th inclusive.

Mike



Message edited by author 2008-01-05 17:02:11.
01/05/2008 05:02:26 PM · #15
Originally posted by MikeOwens:

Put me down - I am determined to get to this one !

Mike


I am determined that we should meet up, Mike! 11 miles apart is a real long way. Perhaps this is the way to do it? I will try to make it, but I hate travelling with equipment on a train to London. I can do this...I know I can :)
01/05/2008 05:04:34 PM · #16
Sadly it looks like I'd have to miss this one then :o( Unfortunately for me there is no way I could manage so many places in one day and I'm pretty sure my wheelchair pusher wouldn't be too chuffed if I asked him to push me to them all either! :o(
01/05/2008 05:07:50 PM · #17
Originally posted by talj:

Sadly it looks like I'd have to miss this one then :o( Unfortunately for me there is no way I could manage so many places in one day and I'm pretty sure my wheelchair pusher wouldn't be too chuffed if I asked him to push me to them all either! :o(


I have experience of pushing, and I am sure there would be volunteers!
01/05/2008 05:09:15 PM · #18
Originally posted by Simms:

Originally posted by MAK:

I guess you can shove my name down, I'll try to have a shave and wear something decent this time.


Dont worry about that, just try to turn up on time would probably be best. :)


HA! That just ain't my style sorry I MUST be late
01/05/2008 05:59:58 PM · #19
Originally posted by Simms:

Judi,
the problem with your dates are they are mid-week. always quite hard to get people together for a mid-week GTG, but if I can get enough names together we could still make it work, I for one would be well up for it.


Okies...well I am still very keen to meet up with as many of you on the dates I am there...just let me know what the go is.
01/05/2008 06:09:24 PM · #20
Originally posted by formerlee:


I have experience of pushing, and I am sure there would be volunteers!


Hey Steve, thanks ever so much for the offer! I'll have to have a word with my chief 'pusher' and see if he thinks we'll be able to make it :o) Am sure he'd be happy to have a bit of help so that might make things easier for us :o) Will keep an eye on this thread and see what dates are set etc :o)
01/06/2008 09:33:14 AM · #21
bump for the Sunday Crowd.
01/06/2008 09:56:29 AM · #22
I'm totally up for it

N
01/06/2008 10:19:38 AM · #23
I'm in. I need to make two trips to the UK this year. Choose and date and I'll schedule my trips around that.

01/06/2008 10:50:40 AM · #24
well, it looks like it might be split between 2 GTGs now, we may do a smaller scale one for when Judi is over here (obviously the more the merrier), but also a weekend version for the Brit working crowd... we'll nail dates over next few weeks, but this way it gives us PLENTY of notice.
01/06/2008 11:18:45 AM · #25
Give me enough advance notice and perhaps a couple of tips on cheap places to stay, and I'm in. Oh, and I'm good for at least a bit of pushing, Natalya, as long as they're moving slowly and it's not horribly uphill or downhill. :-)

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