Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bye Bye 2013


Holiday Fun...

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Happy Birthday Sean : )

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

13 Days Dubai and England


30 Nov 13, Dubai Burj Khalifa and Desert Safari

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30 Nov 13, Saturday
0800 ExoraTaxi @ RM75 Mr. Khana 012 7192762
Flight EK345
1100 KLIA 
1430 Dubai T.3
1600 6 Hours Desert Safari Tour by Greenland Tourism info@greenlandtourism.ae, M Salman +971-508533180
pick up: 4pm @ Al Mulla Plaza (7 mins from airport), 2+3 pax @ RM66/AED 75 x 5 = AED 375 
The Package Includes:Pick up and Drop/Dune Bashing/Sunset Photography/Camel Ride/Buffet Dinner/Belly Dance/Tanaura show/Unlimited soft drinks and Water/Tea & Coffee/Sand Boarding/Sheesha/Local Dress Photographs/Quad Bike (Extra Charge)

Taxi @ AED19 from Al Mulla Plaza to airport (from airport + AED20)) http://www.taxiautofare.com/ae/cabs/Airport-Taxi

Dubai Taxi: +971 042080808 (or sms area no to 4774) Al Mulla Plaza = 4
Emirates Taxi: +971 - 4 - 3394455.
Metro Taxi: +971 - 4 - 2673222.
National Taxi: +971 - 4 - 3390002.
7 mins - Dubai International Airport terminal 3 to Al Mulla Plaza, Al Nahda 1
15 mins - Dubai International Airport terminal 3 to Burj Khalifa Observation Deck
16 mins - Burj Khalifa Observation Deck to Al Mulla Plaza, Al Nahda 1

13 mins - Dubai International Airport terminal 3 to Bujrman Centre
15 mins - Dubai International Airport terminal 3 to Burj Khalifa Observation Deck
14 mins - Burj Khalifa Observation Deck to Bujrman Centre

*If you are traveling with emirates and you have to spend more than 4 hours in the airport you get a meal FOR FREE. Go to the 'information' closest to burger king (around gate 202/204). You can get Thai, McD or sandwich/pizza.
*There are tour operators that offer short city tours in the Arrivals Area.
*Free showers located at Gate B13. You need your own towels.
*Children's Play Area - Location: Airside, between Gates 12 and 14

1-2 Dec 13, London Tower Bridge~Tower of London~British Museum~London Bridge~Trafalgar Square~Horse Guard Arch~St. James's Park~Big Ben









1 Dec 13, Sunday
EK007
0310 Dubai T.3 
0710 London Heathrow T.3

*Pick a map at tube station
*Rail card application

Premier Inn, London City (Tower Hill), 22 - 24 Prescott Street, London, Greater London, England, E1 8BB, Tel: 0871 527 8646
Booking Ref: APCR149594 (Ms K Kee) 2 x Family Room w B/F *PAID http://www.premierinn.com/   londoncitytowerhill.pi@whitbread.com
5 minutes walk from Tower of London and Tower Bridge.Exit Tower Hill tube station towards Tower Gateway DLR. Turn left into Minories road, follow road to the right into Goodmans Yard. Continue straight into Prescot Street Hotel is on the right after the church.
*safe @ GBP1.50/day/30 minutes free wifi /day @ front desk/double glazing keep city noise out/secure room to leave luggage/kids under 16 eat free

MUST visit:
Tower Bridge/Tower of London
Dickens Inn Their pizza is delicious! stay on the Tower side of the Bridge and go behind the hotel, along the water and you'll see the Inn set back a bit on your left. 

Big Ben (Houses of Parliament)/London Eye

Walking distance:
*British Museum - 13 mins - National Gallery - 2 mins - Trafalgar Square - 11 mins - *Big Ben - 7 mins - *London Eye - 19 mins - Tate Modern

British Museum FOC, Daily 10.00–17.30 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, Shadow Puppet Workship on Sunday 1 December,11.00–13.00 & 14.00–16.00 @ Samsung Centre *Free, booking advised Sessions last 120 mins.Age: 7+ , FOC object handling session Daily 11.00–16.00  http://www.britishmuseum.org/ Tube:Tottenham Court Road (500m) Holborn (500m) Bus:1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242 Stop on New Oxford Street 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390 Stop northbound on Tottenham Court Road, southbound on Gower Street 59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188 Stop on Southampton Row

Optional:
Royal Museum Greenwich FOC except Cutty Sark, Romney Road Daily 10.00–17.00
Greenwich, SE10 9NF Train: Maze Hill it is about 8 minutes' walk to the Museum and 13 minutes' walk to the Royal Observatory. DLR: The nearest DLR station is Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich. This is approximately 2-3 minutes' walk from Cutty Sark, 6-10 minutes' walk from the National Maritime Museum and 18-20 minutes' walk from the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium.

Churchill War Rooms of the Imperial War Museum Daily 09.30–18.00 Tube: Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Line) St James's Park (District and Circle Line) Adult £17.00 Child (under 16) Free King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AQ

National Gallery FOC (collections of Western European painting in the world) Trafalgar Sq, Tube: Trafalgar Sq, Covent Garden Tube, Zone 1
Tate Modern (art gallery) FOC, Bankside. London SE1 9TG Sunday – Thursday, 10.00–18.00 Tube: Southwark (Jubilee Line, 600 metres approx.)

2 Dec 13, Monday
Horse Guards Arch - the Changing of the Guard takes place daily at 11 am (10 am on Sundays) and lasts about 30 minutes. It is held on Horse Guards Parade by Whitehall, which is located east of St James's Park (Trafalgar Square end of St James's Park) 
OR
Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Queen's Guard @ 11.30 am for 45 mins even days *Stand in the middle around the fountain or Victoria Monument. Tube: Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. Bus: Numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road. *Changing of the Queen's Life Guard @ 11.00 each weekday, Sunday at 10 am @ Horse Guard

Natural History Museum FOC, Daily 10.00–17.50 Cromwell Road  London  SW7 5BD tube within walking distance of South Kensington station on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines.bus Routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414 and C1 stop near us. The 360 stops in Exhibition Road.Use the Cromwell Road entrance for dinosaurs, creepy-crawlies and the blue whale. Use the Cromwell Road entrance for the Darwin Centre and the Wildlife Garden. Use the Exhibition Road entrance  for volcanoes, earthquakes and our giant Earth model. The Cromwell Road entrance has 10 steps. The Exhibition Road entrance is step-free

7.40pm London Euston - Tamworth 8.42pm/9.09pm Virgin Trains Tamworth - 9.21pm Burton On Trent

Ibis Willington (ETAP Hotel) Reservation B5008 Etwall Road - DE65 6DX WILLINGTON,  Reservation: 775695 (Ms. KEN WEE KEE), Transaction: 819122004, 2 x Triple Room *PAID accorhotels.reservation@accor.com  (+44)1283701816

Distance from the hotel to the train station 
Willington railway (0.10 km) WILLINGTON STATION (1.61 km)
21.25 black cab (17.00 saloon car) http://www.burtonupontrenttaxis.co.uk 01283 440009 (optional: http://www.75taxis.com)
Tesco Delivery Kipling Drive, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 9, United Kingdom 0845 677 9215 3.11 Miles www.tesco.com
ASDA Sinfin Sinfin Shopping Centre-Arleston Lane, Sinfin, Derby, DE24, United Kingdom 01332 777200 2.79 Miles

Ibis, all-you-can-eat continental breakfast @ £4.95
Cherry Trees farm pub across the car park, good variety, good value carvery, nice *HUGE dessert
nearby: KFC, Costa express , Shell , and LP4

3-10 Dec 13, Narrowboat~Derby~Burton~Trent and Mersey Canal

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3 Dec 13, Tuesday
Check in: 1-3pm Narrowboat Holiday @ Mercia Marina, Findern Ln, Willington, Derby DE65 6DW  01283707400 caroline@avante.uki.net  donna@classicline.uki.net Route: Stoke on Trent http://www.narrow-boats.uki.net/visit.php

From the Trent and Mersey canal at Great Haywood access can be gained to this estate via the old zig -zag bridge crossing the River Trent.
http://www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/shugborough/Santa-at-Servants-Quarters
From 10am - 4 pm Come to the Shugborough Estate this Christmas to visit Santa in the festively decorated Victorian Servants’ Quarters. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 December 2013

Entrance includes:
*A visit to Santa and a gift
*Entrance to the Victorian Servants’ Quarters and the Staffordshire County Museum, where the children can meet Mrs Claus, stir the Christmas pudding and make a wish
*A train ride around the beautiful estate grounds on the Christmas Land Train
*Christmas craft activities and entertainment for the children
*A festive trail around the formal gardens, snow showers and a live nativity scene.
*The Lady Walk tea room is also open throughout the day serving hot festive snacks and treats.

Wedgwood The Master Ceramic Experience and Museum http://www.wedgwoodvisitorcentre.com/
By Canal
The Trent and Mersey canal runs right past the Wedgwood factory through the glorious Staffordshire countryside. The Visitor Centre is a 5 minute walk from the canal. The nearest bridge to Wedgwood is 104.
Monday to Friday: 10am – 5pm
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children): £32.00, after 3.30pm £25.00

Ceramic Experience Days
Enjoy a fascinating insight into the world of Wedgwood with an experience that combines the heritage of this famous brand with the chance to have some hands-on fun.

*Dolce Vita: At Stone. A very good Italian, not cheap but good value. Recommended by Graham and Lyn Precious.










10 Dec 13, Tuesday
9am check out 
*12 mins from Mercia Marina to Burton on Trent by taxi £21.25 black cab (£17.00 saloon car) http://www.burtonupontrenttaxis.co.uk 01283 440009 (optional: http://www.75taxis.com)
*6 mins from 9.44 Willington [WIL] to 9.50 Burton-on-Trent [BUT]  by train @ £2.50 x 5 = £12.50

10.22am Burton On Trent -  Birmingham 10.56am/11.10am - Virgin/Birmingham - 12.34pm London Euston 

Premier Inn London Putney Bridge, 3 Putney Bridge Approach, London, England, SW6 3JD, Tel: 0871 527 8674, Booking REF: AKVR359822 (Ms K Kee), 2 x Family Room *PAID londonputneybridge.pti@whitbread.com Check in: after 2pm Check out: before 12 noon

*nearby hotel: 0.1miles Bishop's Park/0.1 miles Parson's Green Farmers' Market

Science Museum FOC, Daily 10.00–18.00 The nearest tube station is South Kensington on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. A pedestrian subway runs directly from the ticket barrier at South Kensington station to the Main Entrance of the Museum on Exhibition Road.

Optional:
Theatre: The Lion King and Grease/Wicked/Peter Pan/War Horse/Matilda http://www.lastminute.com/site/entertainment/theatre/

11 Dec 13, Wednesday
1030 check out, depart to airport
1335 Flight EK016 London Gatwick T.N 12 Dec 13 0035/Dubai T.3

12 Dec 13, Thursday
Flight EK346 04.05am//Dubai T.3 2.55/KLIA



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