i posted a few weeks back in <729hohFou29uU1@mid.individual.net> asking
about touring your fine city donned with a belt-mounted flashlight and
yes, i'm that guy. and i'm heading your way soon ;-)
i had to change up nntp servers, so i'm just now setup to post again...
anyhoo, on a serious note...
the conventional wisdom in the travel guides is to use your ATM card to
get local currency. 2nd preference seems to be to walk into a bank if
you have U.S. $$ to convert. is this the street-level advice as well?
my credit union is charging me 1/3 of what my commercial bank is
charging for conversion fees, so i think i am settled on that ATM card.
however, it's on the ``Cirrus'' and ``Accel/Exchange'' networks (as
evidenced by the logos on back). an informal survey seems to suggest
that those networks are less popular (here in the U.S. at least) as the
``Plus'' and ``Star'' networks. my plan is to get enough currency to
last me two days at LHR (iume ATMs are rather ubiquitous in LHR)
after i land. any comments on the general availablily of Cirrus and
Accel/Exchange outlets throughout London?
as far as tourist information ... as an amateur radio operator, i'm very
interested in anything i might be able to visit having to do with
amateur/ham radio stuff. google doesn't seem to be too much help. any
pointers? old military radio transmission sites. restored radio rooms
from passenger/military ships, etc...
also along those lines ... i'd love to visit Bletchley Park. is it worth
a visit? i've seen Enigma machines before, but i understand they have
some rare ones there.
FWIW, my wife and i are staying in south Kensington, near Hyde Park and
will not have an automobile. we're used to making use of rail and public
transit when traveling.
thanks in advance for any advice you can pass along.