Wednesday, April 3, 2013




We headed down to London for one night before starting the journey back to NZ.

Bags dropped at the Easyjet hotel in Barbican (surprisingly larger than expected and good value) we headed off to the Museum of London.  We spent an enjoyable hour browsing some well displayed exhibits.

We popped into St Paul’s and a choral evensong service was about to start and we sat in the Quire (between the choir and the high altar). 

Dinner was at the Newman Street Tavern.  A good place to go if in the area, and we had a pleasant meal.

Next morning we went off in the snow to the Borough Market where we were tempted by lots of wonderful food, but couldn’t really buy anything we weren’t able to consume then & there.

The Shard in the background, shrouded by the weather

borough Market

It was all a bit cold as we stood in a line for 15 minutes to be admitted to the John Soane museum.  An architect, who collected so much he purchased the house next door to display his treasures.  It was a real treasure trove and a very enjoyable (free) museum.

We also did a return visit to the Wallace collection before heading out to Heathrow for our flight to Singapore.

Aachen & Tilburg

Leaving Andrew to Grandfather duties I headed off for 2 nights to Aachen, in Germany just on the border with the Netherlands and Belgium, and then on to Tilburg in the Netherlands – about 90 minutes by train.


It was nice to be back in Aachen where I had lived for a year in 2004.  It snowed and I also visited the Lindt factory chocolate outlet shop and a local gingerbread (Printen) factory


Then back to Tilburg to visit my friend Suzette and her daughter Tina.  In a piece of bad timing Jan Willem was off to a conference in Milan.  But I did get a special visit to his workplace, the Textile Museum, a good display of the old and the new aspects of what was once the “Wool capital of the Netherlands”.  The Museum is an operational studio and also takes on commissions such a recent large tapestry weaving for the refurbishment of the Rothschild bank in London

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Return to Cambridge

Having enjoyed the continent we returned to Cambridge.  The next morning I went to Germany & the Netherlands and Andrew stayed in Cambridge.
Here he had a lovely time going to the Fitzwilliam museum, Anglesey Abbey and generally just enjoying life with Chazzy Simon & Izzie.





On the will-wonders-never-cease front Andrew purchased a VEGETABLES cookbook.  So inspired by good meals at the Withefords, we are now the proud owners of the River Cottage Vegetable cookbook.  And it has been used since returning to NZ.