How Londoners Fight Terrorism

While Danny and I prepared for our trip to Europe, we heard about the terrorist attack in Manchester, England. Our whole vacation started with London at its heart. I would attend the Bloggers Bash on June 10th.

We didn’t change our plans.

Instead, we drove from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Scotland when I noticed London trending on Twitter. To be honest, a second terrorist attack so soon after Manchester gave me pause. Was it an outbreak?

We didn’t change our plans.

After a fabulous week in Scotland, we flew to Gatwick airport and took the train to London. I wondered if police presence would be everywhere. Would any of the tourist attractions be open? Would we have to stick around the neighborhood of the Wellington Hotel?

The fabulous Bloggers Bash was the next day. We planned to take London by storm on Sunday. I brought my most comfortable walking shoes. I wanted to see Buckingham Palace, check out my buddy, Chuck, I mean Charles Dickens’ haunts, and go to Covent Gardens.

As soon as we walked out of Victoria’s station, I was struck by the number of cute little children, dressed to impress.

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And just like that, I was over any doubt or fear.

Of course, we didn’t change our plans.

When I asked people in London how they felt about safety, they all said, “We have to live their lives.” One man said, “Americans are scaredy cats.” True that. I was, but not anymore.

My suggestion to Americans?

Travel to London or Paris or wherever you want. It’s the only way we win. Terrorists want to destroy our way of life. When we change our plans because we’re afraid, they win.

Have you changed your vacation plans because of recent events? Would you?

Where in the World is the Wild Rider Now?

Wow! What a Wild Ride. After traveling thousands of miles and taking thousands of photographs, I’m back. I met lots of fun people, saw some amazing sights, ate the most delectable foods and danced, of course.

I gave up on blogging after a few frustrating attempts and remained unplugged for most of the trip. I know! Hard to believe, right?

I just downloaded most of my 5000 pictures and froze up my computer. Sheesh! I am off to the store to buy more memory. Back to ye old grind.

The contest continues. Figure out where in the world I roamed and win a trinket stolen purchased from a wammer scammer respectable vendor in the park. Get your clues in the photographs below or stalk me on Facebook. The more specific you are, the better. If there are multiple winners, then I will draw a name.

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Good Luck!

This place had eye candy everywhere! A feast for the eyes and soul and the obvious…

The winner will receive everything in the case above. Kidding! Wouldn’t that be most excellent? I miss that country already.

A souvenir trinket will be sent to the winner. Really!

The winners will be announced at the end of the entire contest.

Say a prayer for fellow blogger and wonderful writer Suzanne Vince who is having a bilateral mastectomy today. Her husband, who is in the military, will be taking over her blog for the next two weeks. Leave a note here. 

Where is your favorite place in the world?