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We are woken by an early morning call at 6:30am and enjoy an excellent breakfast at the hotel. West Drayton taxi turns up early and we're off the T5 for our flight.
The flight is scheduled as being on time. We check in and are offered an upgrade but we decline it as the offered seats are in the middle of the plane with no window seat …
... for this one. One was in a very well hidden Victorian market (Leadenhall Market) that used to be frequented by Charles Dickens back in his day. This was a very nice little area with bars and shops and restaurants. And because it was Friday night, it was a full house! You'll still see the old cobblestone streets as well as the hooks on the outside of the buildings that used to be used to display meats when the markets were going on back in that time. ...
... at a
much more reasonable time. Things went
well though and I hung at a Starbucks until close to when my train arrived. I was kind of snobby about Starbucks before I
left. But it’s been a lifeline for me
when I didn’t have wifi…..like on this boat….but more on that later. I need to disconnect more so I wasn’t worried
about email, but for checking the weather, in October, in Northern Europe, ...
... happens. I go down expecting an explanation. Finding none, I'm given a third key. This one doesn't work either. Finally, after the fourth try one of the desk clerks says "It's possible your room mate locked the door. I'll come let you in". I then shower, drop off my stuff and head back down.
I attempt to call home but Tango doesn't work. I decide to go to bed (which is exactly what I do).
... to Southwark. Easy! We were quite early, so we turned left down Blackfriars Road, eventually reaching the Thames and crossing over Blackfriars Bridge. Another left turn on the north side of the bridge and we were right near the old City of London School.
We wandered back along the same route to Southwark station and, as we still had plenty of time, crossed the road to a small coffee shop to sit and sip and watch the world go by.
Back outside the ...
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