Monday, April 30, 2007

Samuel Johnson was on to something….

‘...when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life;’

A full day and night in London is just not enough…it really is the most amazing city in the world.

It helps having a friend who works in a rather nice hotel who can put me up in rather nice accommodation, leaving the cash to be spent on the likes of dinner at Maze, shopping and just generally skulking around the city.

Dinner at Maze…what can I was fantastic.

I had the BLT and the Foie Gras to start followed by the veal and the lamb...dessert was a peanut butter and cherry sandwich. Wines...a wine flight taking in a Michel Wust Gewurtztraminer (cannot recommend it highly enough - if you can find a bottle - buy it!!!)and a Spanish Red - Realte...which was fantastic

Added to the copious glasses of wine consumed at the hotel bar before and after dinner, I was quite merry and unfortunately could not make best use of the bottle of Champagne put in my room for me to enjoy!!

I was incredibly lucky with the weather in England for the week I was there…it was glorious...I even came back with a hint of tan! So a little walk around London was definitely something to be enjoyed...

I started off in Oxford Street...just next to Selfridges

Then wandered down to Piccadilly Circus,

Down the Haymarket to Trafalgar Square...

A quick visit to my painting in the National Gallery..

Then down to Westminster Abbey

And the Houses of Parliament….and of course, Big Ben…

Downing Street

Horse Guards Parade

St. James’ Park

And down The Mall to Buckingham Palace

Buck House

And finally..Green Park and then home!

A good four or five hours walking with a few well chosen stops...for tea normally.... Fortnum and Mason, The Chocolate Society in Shepherd Market...

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

At the Star Ferry in Hong Kong

It's the little things that make me laugh....!!!!



Normal programming resumes...

I'm back....a two week holiday taking in England, Hong Kong and Banaue has ended...I'm now dealing with the onslaught of work and also editing the thousands of photographs I took...that's the problem with digital photography, I just knock off hundreds and hundreds of pictures!!

Will post pictures and notes on my travels as soon as I can catch my breath. And hopefully have time to catch up on all my fellow bloggers going's on...

In the meantime, many thanks for your e-mails etc checking that I was still in the land of the living! All much appreciated!

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