Arriving in London

Earl's Court, 2009 London Book Fair

Earl's Court, 2009 London Book Fair

Sarah and i have arrived in London for the London Book Fair. Well, she’s arrived for that. I have arrived to accompany her while traveling and enjoy the city for three days. The flight was uneventful and as pleasant as nine hours in a confined space can possibly be. We are flying British Air. The food was fine, and we had decent red Bordeaux with dinner.

We rode the underground straight from Heathrow to Earl’s Court station, a stone’s throw from our hotel, the Barkston Gardens Hotel. After dropping off our bags and freshening up, we headed out for a stroll and  then to a pub for dinner and ale. Photos and more details coming soon.

London is even more wonderful than I remember it. The first morning after arriving, I got up with Sarah, and we went down to continental breakfast in the hotel. From my perspective, the best thing about this breakfast is the toast. Soon after the server seats you, she brings you several triangles of toast, hot, unbuttered and standing on edge in a cute little rack. For a toast fiend such as myself this is quite a treat. Naturally, there is quite an assortment of condiments. The rest of the continental breakfast is fine but not particularly interesting.

Afterwards, I walked Sarah to Earl’s Court for the London Book Fair, and went on my way for the day’s exploration. I should mention right off that the weather here is just unbelievable right now, sunny and about 68 degrees, perfect for long walks in the city. I took the tube from Earl’s Court to Westminster. I walked out of the tube station and straight into view of Big Ben. I walked about taking some photos and started off in the direction of St James’s Park. But before I got far, something caught my eye. I will go into that, along with other details I’ve skipped, in the next post. Right now, I have to get back out into the city for day 2!

  • torotoro

    Continental breakfast in London? Doesn’t that violate some law of nature? Wish you’d been able to visit Boise when we had that little restaurant downtown called ‘Toast’. The only thing they served that required any chewing was (you guessed it) toast.

    Anyway, hope you and Miss Sarah have a grand time. We miss you guys!!!
    t

  • torotoro

    Continental breakfast in London? Doesn’t that violate some law of nature? Wish you’d been able to visit Boise when we had that little restaurant downtown called ‘Toast’. The only thing they served that required any chewing was (you guessed it) toast.

    Anyway, hope you and Miss Sarah have a grand time. We miss you guys!!!
    t