There is a enough to do in Singapore. I have yet to look up a gay bar, in spite of urging from friends. We don't really do bars nowadays. Maybe we will make the effort. For the rest, we have decided to rely on the tour desk at the hotel. I clipped a couple of pertinent pages from last months RACV journal.
I have carefully checked the hop on hop off tourist buses in London, there are only two, and they will occupy a day or more. I forget which day, but we are booked to go on the Chunnel train to Paris for some ambience, lunch inside the Eiffel Tower, and a river cruise. We will see the outside of some notable places. At one point I will call out, the bells Quasimodo, the bells. I am smoking a Sobranie as I write with a short black at hand.
It was my idea to catch the train from London to Newcastle. I had visions of travelling on the steam powered Flying Scotsman. I guess the train will be full of poor people and backpackers. Who catches trains in England? R's family never do, and they are basic as.
R's sister has booked us a trip to Amsterdam by ferry, three nights I think.
A visit to to the famous Brian down Fleetwood way could be on the cards but it has not been pre booked.
Nephew seems to have insufficient money to make his trip to Glasgow and therefore us to visit him, but we may take a trip in that direction regardless.
Hopefully we can wrap up the all the family stuff in the first week and then just appreciate where we are and then explore.
Traveller's tip: If your crappy bank is like mine, they will charge you to buy some foreign currency. Each currency, a separate charge. ANZ, $8 per currency for a faithful customer. For anyone else, $8. We have SG$130, which should go a long way, £200, which will disappear in five minutes, and €30, which might be enough for a cup of coffee in Paris, but I am sure we will spend what is left in Amsterdam on a nice biscuit in a cafe.
Oh yeah, the tip. Australia Post do not charge for foreign currency, order one day, collect the next. Check the exchange rate though. I ended up buying at the bank, because the bank exchange rate was better, but checking later, I would have saved money buying at the PO.
Just one of many mistakes made in booking our trip. But we have had some wins too.
Counting down now, a week at this time, we will just be in Singapore. We are frafully busy so don't expect much in the way of blog posts. I would say I am a state of mild panic.
Next Saturday night, our last night, we will dine at the Dick Whittington pub in Chapel Street, with all the folk we can muster, all our friends including the brother friends who will be back from Thailand, but not the ex NT pollie/policeman and his Fijian Indian b/f as they are in Canada cruising. To people I know well via my blog, I dare you to turn up. I am not as bad as I sound in my blog. (Shut up Vik)