Okay a visit with friends, but it is London
28.06.2011 - 29.07.2011 24 °C
Another good sleep serenaded by the early morning gulls. Another breakfast of sweet fresh fruit and croissants that flaked beautifully and we are packed ready to leave. Robert wouldn't take any money for the two calls we made and we chatted for a bit. He has lived all over the place and worked in BC at one time. He commented on some of his more interesting guests...the ones who had to ship their luggage over from the states, the ones who book a B & B in a heritage house then suggest he needs to update and put in a lift. All of a sudden we realize we should be on our way to the train.
We arrive in plenty of time and ask someone if they are waiting for the 10:05 for London. She says yes so we settle in. Her daughter suggests we not listen to her mom, but check, as there are three trains to London leaving in a short period of time. She is right and we move over to platform three and board the correct train. We get a table and seats for four and the train stays fairly empty through most of our journey so we are able to enjoy the space and have our fruit snack on the way. We did pick the regional train, which is much cheaper, and stops at every little town along the way so we do have plenty of time. A family sits behind us and the boy talks nonstop but is really funny to listen to, he obviously says whatever pops into his head and was very excited to visit the zoo.
Our arrival in London is right on time and the instructions I have for the underground are pretty good. We manage to get our tickets and find our way to the correct train, make a transfer and arrive in great time. We are about to call Kerry to let him know we are here as he appears behind us. It is a nice walk to his place so we go on foot.
Sam is waiting at the flat and of course we are on the third floor. The flat is a Counsel flat right on the Thames at Canada Water. It is large for London, bright and open and has doors that open up to the river. Our room is also on the front and the nighttime lights are wonderful. Amazingly the area is quiet. Kerry says behind them is the more expensive higher class places and the other way is a bit rougher. We watched the clippers, rowers, and party boats pass by. This is just an overnight to visit old friends so the sightseeing in minimal.
A bit of a cheese, a bun and a cup of tea and we are on the road. We walk up and catch the clipper across the river to Canary Wharf. We catch a train to the Cutty Sark, which is under repairs. We imagine they are getting it fixed up for the Olympics. From there we find a tunnel and walk under the Thames to the other side. We arrive in Greenwich and walk up the hill for a great vista of the city. Every tour with a busload of teenagers must have been there. We do the picture of us on the Greenwich Meridian, the Prime Meridian of the world before wandering on.
Stella calls and we catch a double decker bus back to the flat to meet up with her. The evening is fun. We start with Prosecco an Italian version of Champagne and order in Indian. The 45 minutes to deliver it turns into 2 hours, but it does arrive and the food is good, the company is great and the day has been wonderful.