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The London Logs: Cheaper Than You Think!

July 26th, 2012 | Username By Kelly Hayes-Raitt | Comments No Comments »

glorious-london.jpgThe rap on London is that it’s terribly expensive. It’s not! Museums are free, theatre is an exceptional bargain and interesting, affordable meals can be found around. Wine and beer are not cheap, however, and a glass of wine can run the equivalent of a meal.

Of course, I’m housesitting, which avoids pricey accommodations, and affords me the opportunity to make a meal or two at “home” – or at least store restaurant leftovers for future meals.

Here are my daily expenses: (more…)

Category: London, Olympics

The London Logs: Timeless Greenwich & Walking Underwater

July 23rd, 2012 | Username By Kelly Hayes-Raitt | Comments No Comments »

In keeping with the birthday theme of stopping time, I headed to Greenwich today to stand at Zero Zulu Time. greenwich-the-world-fm-0-longitude.jpgAlas, my timing was off: The Royal Greenwich Observatory is closed during the Olympics. This is where the equestrian events will take place. I’ll return next month.

Greenwich is a charming section of London, hugging the southern shore of the Thames. greenwich-fm-across-thames-2.jpgIt was a brilliant day (more…)

The London Logs: Time Is On My Side

July 22nd, 2012 | Username By Kelly Hayes-Raitt | Comments 1 Comment »

Hard to believe the Rolling Stones are nearly as old as I am. So, to kick off my birthday week and to celebrate that this was the first morning I woke with my throat not feeling as if I’d swallowed a bagful of bumblebees, I headed to Somerset House to see a photographic retrospective of the enduring band. rolling-stones.jpg

Two things from the dozens of blown-up black-and-white images immediately struck me: (more…)

The London Logs: I Found a NEW Flame!

July 21st, 2012 | Username By Kelly Hayes-Raitt | Comments No Comments »

[Here is a brief video of the torch passing in front of me. It was so close, I could’ve blown it out had I not been suffering this cold! olympic-flame.mov I don’t know how to make this link look like a little TV screen. If you do, send help!]

torch3.jpgIn its first full day in London, the Olympic torch passed just 2 blocks from the flat where I am living this summer! I tracked its progress on a lame web site (set up by Microsoft), a silly bumblebee-looking icon inching along a gold line on a street map. But as the bumblebee got closer to Leyton, I got increasingly excited. torch5.jpg

When I left my front door, neighbors were streaming into the street, cameras strung over their shoulders, iPhones at the ready. I love this neighborhood. Within a stone’s throw of my flat, there are Russian and Polish delis, (more…)

Category: London, Olympics

The London Logs: Olympic Village

July 18th, 2012 | Username By Kelly Hayes-Raitt | Comments No Comments »

Londoners are expecting 1 million people between the Olympic athletes, media and tourists, Entrance to the Olympic Park“but 1 million have left town so it balances out,” joked Jo, a guide for London Walks’ popular Olympic tour (www.walks.com). I remember when the 1984 Olympics came to Los Angeles and many of us thought the city would collapse under the extra tourism, but transportation never (more…)

Category: London, Olympics
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