Au revoir, Cannes — Hello, London!
Today was, as you can image, a bit exhausting — flying from Cannes via Brussels to London. I enjoyed seeing the Belgium landscape from the sky — all the little houses and even an old castle-like estate. The airport in Brussels however was a real pain! So I was quite happy when I arrived at Heathrow.
I took the Heathrow Express into town, which was so easy, and a taxi from Paddington Station (so I wouldn’t have to schlep my enormous suitcase around) to Russell Square. The taxi driver was so friendly and even talked with me about David Bowie! Plus, he had a super cool turquoise cab.
After getting settled at the hotel, I explored Russell Square. The green square is quite beautiful, the British Museum is right on the other side, and the tube station is very convenient.
At 8 p.m., Simon (shipscooksstuff.wordpress.com) and co. picked me up at my hotel to take me to some local pubs and tell me the history of the city I would otherwise never hear. They were all so friendly, patient, and knowledgable. And I had a truly wonderful time with them!!
Thankfully, we didn’t stay out too late because I have quite a busy (but exciting) day tomorrow.
After my trip, Simon sent me an incredibly detailed account of everything we saw and did. Many many many thanks to Simon!!
1) The Newman Arms as featured in Michael Powel’s film Peeping Tom was the pub with the passage down the side that was shut. That was in Fitzrovia named after the Duke of Fitzroy, one of Charles II’s illegitimate offspring.
3) Garlic and Shots was the place in Frith Street where we had the honey and garlic vodka.
6) Then, we took a walk through Chinatown.
7) Then, we visited De Hems Dutch Cafe Bar, where I had the strawberry beer Fruli from Belgium.
8) Then, on our way up Dean Street, we passed Quo Vadis the exclusive restaurant in the building where Karl Marx lived when he was in London.
Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas