UK Photo TR: live2tell75 (the other Eric Johnson)

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Postby live2tell75 » Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:27 am

What an amazing trip! Thanks to Robb and Elissa for organizing a coaster/theme park dream vacation! Everything from the ERT, extra perks, surprises, and parks were fantastic! You two out did yourselves, thank you so much! I am so glad I was able to meet so many new awesome people. I love my back of the bus peeps - holla! You guys all rock! Here are my trip pics: London, at Chessington, Coney Beach, Oakwood, Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Pleasureland Southport, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lightwater Valley, Flamingo Land, Pleasurewood Hills, Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, Joyland and Thorpe Park. There all here! Hope you enjoy.

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My UK adventure begins!
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Belgrave Road, near Victoria Station, where my hotel was.
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Here's my crib for 2 nights: The Carlton Hotel.
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What I expected, a pretty small room.
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The bathroom was super small! The shower blended into the rest of the bathroom which was the size of a closet!
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The House of Parliment and Big Ben.
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Big Ben
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The London Eye on the Thames River.
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Being a theme park freak, I couldn't resist riding the big wheel!
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The London Eye did give spectacular view of The City Of London and Westminster.
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The National Gallery in Trafalgar Sqare was amazing and imense!
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Couldn't come to London and not ride and take a picture of a double decker bus!
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My first English breakfast.
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My favorite part of London was the Tower Of London. I could of spent many hours there.
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It was a small village.
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So much history took place here.
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The Beefeater or guide told of the many famous executions that took place here.

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Postby live2tell75 » Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:36 am

More Pics:
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A Royal guard at the Tower.
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Climbed many winding stairs to the different towers.
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One of the Kinghts in Armor, was very cool, as was the weapons room.
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The Tower Cathedrial was gorgeous.
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The White Tower.
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The Tower Bridge was huge!
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Tower Bridge had amazing views of the Thames River.

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Postby live2tell75 » Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:52 am

More pics:
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Took in a play, The Mousetrap at St. Martin's Theather on my 2nd night. Fun Agatha Cristie Murder Mystery, the longest running play in London.
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After the play, I strolled around Piccadilly Circus at night. Kind of like London's version of Time's Square. Lots of lights and excitement.
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One the 3rd day I hit the British Museum. What an amazing place!
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The main central area is the Great Court and it is big!
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The galleries housed many interesting objects and artifacts.
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The Egyptian galleries were awesome.
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The mummies were very cool.
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The Greek exhibits also rocked!
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The weather was gorgeous and hot, but after the museum there was a breeze so I joined the locals and stretched out at one of the local squares/parks and relaxed and took in my beautiful suroundings.

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Postby live2tell75 » Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:55 am

Next up: Day one of the Theme Park Review UK Trip at Chessington World Of Adventures. Stay tuned!

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Postby BiCoastal Kid » Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:55 am

Who designed the Great Court? Oh yeah, Norman Foster did! Like yeses.

Great TR so far! Keep it up if there's more. =)

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Postby blackcurrent » Thu Jun 22, 2006 6:06 am

great report.... glad you took the time to take in and enjoy some of the finer things London has to offer..... It's a great city especially when the sun is shining

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Postby ImAPrincess » Thu Jun 22, 2006 6:47 am

I wish Ted & I would've known you before the trip. We could've had a blast hanging out in London!

Hopefully, see you in a couple of weeks!
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Postby live2tell75 » Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:28 am

After my 3 days in London, it was time to meet up with the crazy TPRer's for day one of our amazing UK Parks Adventure. Day one was Chessington World of Adventures. This park surprised me. It was very well themed and the landscaping was one of the best of the trip. This park featured my 100th coaster, Vampire!
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The TPRers desend upon Chesington.
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At Chessington, we got ERT (Extra Ride Time) an hour before the park opened on Vampire and Dragon's Fury.
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Ist coaster of the trip: Vampire, my 100th coaster!
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The ride and line area were both themed very well kind of like a very pre- Dueling Dragons. The loading area featured a vampire playing a organ.
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Some TPRer's getting ready to be bit by the Vampire.
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I enjoyed Vampire a lot. It was very cool the way it went through the forest setting.
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Rattlesnake, the first of many wild mouses on the trip. You can't tell from this photo, but this was one of the most elaborate themed wild mouses I have ever been on.
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Tommy & James are ready for the thrilling powered Runaway Mine Train.
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Tomb Blaster was a pretty good shoot out ride with large sets and theming.
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The Dragon Falls Flume was fun.

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Postby live2tell75 » Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:35 am

More Chessington World of Adventures Pics:
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Next up was ERT on one of my favorite coasters of the entire trip: Dragon's Fury.
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Boy do you spin on this baby!
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Lou is all ready to conquer the Dragon!
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Robb is going to attack the Dragon with his video camera!
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The horseshoe part of the ride was insane!

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Postby cfc » Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:46 am

Hi, Eric,

I recognized that guide from 2004 when my brother and I visited the Tower of London. Nice gig if you're retired from the British military, it seems.

My brain is slowly rebooting itself after this awesome trip--lemme know if you find yourself in Virginia (I'll do the same for Florida). I'm planning to post a TR focusing on dark rides, myself (especially Blackpool's) this weekend (after my brain fog clears).

Chuck
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Here's a shot for your Southport collection. (I was able to recover most of my photos off my damaged memory card.)

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