The Top London Travel Blogs

The travel agency LastMinute.com has started publishing a monthly top 50 list of travel and lifestyle blogs in London/UK. To kick that off they organized an event they called Oh You Lucky Bloggers at Planet Hollywood. It’s not like Ann or I has made it into the list but it’s always fun to get out and meet other bloggers. The event was great, mingling with the cool crowd of London blogosphere.

LastMinute.com: Oh You Lucky Bloggers!

I’m not sure how the list is compiled but there are some really cool blogs on it – go have a look yourself.

There is a couple of my favorite London blogs that hasn’t made the list so I figured I’d give them props here:

  • IanVisits – Ian is constantly on top of what’s going on under and over ground in London events.
  • London Cyclist – Andreas is really busy creating resources for the biking crowd in London
  • Ghost signs – Not exclusively a London site but very interesting nonetheless with old painted signs on house.
  • From The Upper Deck – Another quirky blog where Przemek drives around on the double deckers of London and takes pictures out the window as London life goes by below him.
  • Georgian London – excitingly writings about life in London in the 18th century
  • Scandinaivian Kitchen – for everything homely on London

Obama in Prague

Sunday morning at 5.45am my alarm went off. Obama was in town and I wanted to go see him so that’s what I had to do. I went through the city as the sun was getting up – not something I do a lot. Here is the sun rising over St. Vitus Cathedral in the middle of Prague castle.

Sunrise over Prague Castle

I got closer and ended up in this street where I could not see the beginning of the line. But for some reason there was a sign that said Walk Through and Food and I wanted to do both so I did – and avoided the line 🙂

The line to security check

In the area I met up with Christoph and Sue and we stood around waited from about 7.30 till Obama went on stage sometime around 10.30. It can be tiring waiting for so long.

Christoph and Sue

I ran into Karen from the Empty Nest Expat blog which I seem to do quite often. It was fun catching up with her and someone at BBC had read her Open Letter to Obama and wanted to interview if it could be organized. I haven’t heard if they managed to interview her, but keep an eye on her blog. She also wrote a very nice piece on the Czech Democracy.

Obama finally showed up and the crowd was roaring. We stood on the grass quite far back and could not see Obama very well but there was a screen in front of us so we saw most of the action on that. Not as fun as seeing the real thing but still very cool.

Obama

Obama talked about US leading the world into getting rid of nuclear weapons as well as the historic significance of Prague, the Czech people and the peculiar situation of him, a black American president standing in a city that was under a communist regime just a few decades ago.

Barack and Michelle Obama

Glee with the help of a friend got into the VIP area so she ended up within good sight of Obama and the rest of the shananingans. She kindly let me borrow the shot above so you can see the guy who it was all about.

Pavel and Helge has collected a number of resources and news reports about the event, from before, during and after.

I’m sitting in Germany as I’m writing this as tomorrow morning I’m off for two weeks to Malta with Ann 😀