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November 28, 2014

England: London, Little Venice and Paddington Basin


Paddington Basin

Paddington Basin

In August we were “forced” into an extended stay in London waiting for a weather window to take Wanderlust across the English Channel. Everyone who has made the Channel crossing in his or her barges told us that we would not have to wait forever. The weather, we were reminded, will turn in our favor and crossing the Channel in our home would at some point be possible. It is just a matter of waiting for a good window. Nevertheless, though we trusted what we were told, at the moment taking our barge to France seemed to be a nebulous dream. (more…)

England: The Magic Roundabout in Swindon

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A schematic of the Swindon Roundabout courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Swindon_Magic_Roundabout.svg

A schematic of the Swindon Roundabout courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Swindon_Magic_Roundabout.svg

Yes, it’s true. On the way from Plymouth to Caversham last summer we took a detour to see a traffic intersection. It’s not just any intersection; it is the “Magic Roundabout” in Swindon. The idea behind this intersection seemed crazy when we read about it. Five small traffic circles nested around one large circle. Who thought of that? (more…)

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