soozeinthecity

June 4, 2013

Things I Noticed – London 2013

Filed under: Travel — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — soozeinthecity @ 4:25 pm

Let’s see, even after 20 or so visits, London still manages to amuse and fascinate me.

The floor leading you to the observation deck at the Shard building is a drawn street map. This caught my eye as we were leaving:

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I love the Tube system, they manage to maintain the old & incorporate the new without too much whining:

Old style train destination flip board:

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Cheeky ads (not tacky ads):

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It’s a Vodaphone ad that features Yoda.

The escalators that take you deep down into the station (no elevators blocking your way):

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And mysterious names for rooms – any comments Yankees fans?

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But my favorite Tube enhancement is this :

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It was £5 for one week of wi-fi (Virgin Media) in the Tube system. This was essential, especially if you run your own business because let’s face it, there is no one else answering questions and finalizing sales. It also meant my teenage pet sitter had a free way of reaching me.

Hmm, lets see.. What else…Food? Well the big British breakfast seems to be disappearing. We did have one at Garfunkel’s. And we had a healthy version ( with freshly squeezed orange juice) at Zack’s Deli near Gloucester Road:

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We did our usual grocery run at Waitrose and Sainsbury. My favorite find at Waitrose was apple rhubarb juice:

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But at Sainsbury I was perplexed to see hosiery being sold with the wine:

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We found a couple of Chinese places near Leicester square that seemed to specialized in hot pot meals. We opted for entrees but we certainly would have hot pot next time.

And I snuck in a scone with cream at the cafe at John Lewis on Oxford Street:

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Whew!
That’s one long post.
All that’s left is to show my souvenir yarn.
In my next post.

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