Travel & London
Neither of us slept well on the flight. They followed an interesting flight path over Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan then into Russia, Poland, Germany, Holland and England. On the screens it did not appear to be the most direct route but somehow they made up the lost time and had us on the ground 5 minutes early.
Bronwyn and good friend David Hudd kindly met us at the airport around 5.45 after we cleared formalities. David drove us to Bronwyn’s flat in Fulham. We ate breakfast (again, after meal served around 4am on plane), freshened up and headed out on a bus to Notting Hill with Bronwyn as our guide.
We walked the streets there and had delicious lunch at a fresh food chain called Pret. We then caught a bus to Harrods and along the way observed locals sunbaking on the grass in Kensington and Hyde parks. The 27 degree day was unprecedented and the warmest in Bronwyn’s 16 month stay so far.
We visited the tribute to Princess Diana and Dodi El Fayed and covered a lot of territory inside the store. We found a few things to buy before Darlene hit the wall. Too much walking yesterday and today with insufficient sleep in between had us returning to Bronwyn’s flat for some much needed rest ahead of dinner at Crabtree Hotel on the Thames booked for 6pm.
Our table was on an outside deck directly overlooking and just a few metres from the Thames. With such a wonderful setting and unusually warm London weather it made for a very pleasant evening. We chose a French Pinot Noir to accompany our delicious meals. If the rest of our holiday is as good as this we are going to have a magnificent trip.
Eyelids started drooping from our 31 hour day around 9pm local time and we crashed around 10pm.