Monday, November 02, 2015

Glimpses of London and Its Vicinity

My holiday was planned in 3 parts - Sir Cliff Richard 75th Birthday Tour Concert, the Lake Como/Bernina Express/St Moritz Holiday and the London/Bath/Cotswolds/Oxford Holiday, taking up a total of 2 weeks. Rather short duration considering we covered quite a bit. While the Lake Como holiday was quite relaxed, the UK part was a bit of rush. On hindsight we should extend by another 4 days to see more and slow down the pace.

We didn't do much in London. Arrived Oct 13 evening, watched Cliff Richard perform Oct 14 night, and discovering we need to rest before we embarked on the Lake Como holiday, we didn't leave the Inn at all on Oct 15. So it was only on Oct 14 morning we decided to take the underground train from Queensway to the Regent's Park station. From there we walked to the Regent's Park Broad Walk Entrance, the same way my daughter and I took when we visited London in July last year. Sort of walk down memory lane for me. And I behaved like a guide to my wife, my friend and his wife (a different pair from the ones who joined us for the Lake Como holiday). At Chester Road we turned left towards the Queen Mary's Garden and the Boating Lake. It was a chilly morning. Perhaps we've yet to accustom ourselves to the autumn cold. After 2 hours we decided to have a bite of fish and chips along Baker Street before heading back to the Inn to rest.

The next stint of UK was after the Lake Como holiday. For 2D/1N the four of us took the Rabbies Tour to sightsee Avebury/Lacock/Bath and stayed over at a B&B guest house in Cirencester. The next day we toured the Cotswolds (Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold) stopped briefly at Bibury village through which the River Coln flow before heading to Oxford to spend the afternoon and then return to London. It was drizzly on the first day but dry the second. On the whole the England holiday went by without a hitch. But on our drive back to London we were delayed by an hour on the motorway caused by a multi vehicle accident. The motorway was closed for an hour which resulted in an 8-mile traffic build-up. I witnessed British patience, tolerance and discipline during this incident. The emergency lane was not blocked and used only by the police, fire engines and ambulances attending to the emergency.

We stayed at the Comfort Inn Hyde Park a total of 5 nights. The staff were efficient and helpful and helped arranged taxis when we requested for them. On the morning of Oct 26, after breakfast at the basement floor, we checked out and left for Heathrow to fly home. The final words from the staff,'When will you come back?' echo the sentiment of we miss you. For us it means we will miss London too. Seriously I don't know but it was very nice of them to ask.


Irene Yew said...

Such lovely photos, and I can only imagine the memories must be lovelier. One cannot ask more out of life than to travel to different parts of the world with loved ones and good friends. I hope one day I can do the same.

Girl said...

Yes, lovely lovely experience and scenery. Pa and mi deserve a break and hope have many more to go and enjoy.


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