London Adventure

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Graham and Carol's home

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

18/9  A bit of a rest day for all of us. Feeling a bit weary after our big day the day before. Graham took us to the local reservoir, great place. It has a footpath just about right around and hides situated here and there. We went in one and it was a delight just to sit in there and watch the birds. We felt like we could sit there all day and watch. Lovely forest to walk through as well. A good place to visit. We were going to have a drink at the cafe at the reservoir, but it was a bit cool and windy, so went home instead and made ourselves some lunch and a cuppa, followed by a relaxing afternoon. Football on TV that evening, Arsenal played , they won but just about gave us a heart attack in the second half. They seemed tired but hung in there to score a win.
London visit again for the 4 of us. Graham and Rick planned all the places we were going to visit and how to get there. Did the usual bus and train journey to get to Liverpool Street Station. From there on we were totally in the hands of our host for the day. Boy Graham did an excellent job all day. It was an adventure for all of us as we did not exactly know what buses to catch or which underground station to go to. It made it a very interesting day, walked through some beautiful areas and saw lots while on the bus as well. We stopped at Abbey Road, well known for the Beatles photo of the cross walk there. Yes I did walk across the road on that cross walk as well. Walked to Lords Cricket Ground, only saw the outside of it as you are not allowed in there without a permit. Never mind we saw it and had a cuppa in the Lords Tavern. Close enough. Caught a London Taxi which took us to Portobello Road , Notting Hill, well known for the movie with the same name. Very different and fun to walk along, lots of unique little shops, market stalls and eateries. Found a great cafe called Mike's Cafe, not a very original name, but it has been there since 1962 and we felt confident that it would be ok. Well it was, lovely food and lots of it. Good home made grub.
Harrods was next on the list but we did not realy know how to get there,walked along a bit at first, caught 3 different tubes I think and somewhere in there is also a bus ride, however Graham managed to get us all there. Harrods is unreal and very very very very expensive. Everything is displayed beautifully and looks good but you need a big fat cheque book to be able to buy its merchandise. Strawberries were 13 pounds a punnet, steak 150, yes 150 pounds a kilo and so on and on. A beautiful food hall with stunning displays. In the menswear department we saw a coat worth over 5000 pounds, suits over 3000 pounds, bought 6 of each. Unfortunately all I could afford to buy there was a shopping bag,but at least I have shopped and bought in Harrods. Once we were done with Harrods it was time to catch the number 11 bus back to Liverpool Street Station and go home. We had a fantastic day and turned out to be very adventurous and exciting. Thanks Graham you passed as our guide with flying colours and will remember this day for a long long time. Well Done.
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