Thursday, August 6, 2015

London & Cambridge 2015 version

When Andrew was taken out the back when we passed through immigration at Vientiane airport it looked like our trip might be over before it started. But a phone call to my work determined that that yes, there was an error with his residence permit but that it was the fault of the immigration department. He will probably have the same issue getting back into Laos – but that is an issue for September!

12 hours through to London followed by a painful 1.5 hour shuffle through Heathrow immigration and we were finally into the UK.

The week was spent half in London and half in Cambridge. Mixing baby time with some other activities. Photos speak a thousand words:

In London Chloe took us to the Duck and Waffle for a superb breakfast. On the 40th floor of the Heron Building The food was excellent and we all had the namesake ‘Duck and Waffle’ and none of us were disappointed. The views were magnificent.


We visited the V&A where we were probably more overwhelmed by the crowds rather than the exhibitions. We did however manage to have a very good Lebanese lunch at Le Comptoir Libinais


And there was a trip to the theatre to see ‘War Horse’ We were sitting in the front row and could literally touch the stage. They were probably the best seats in the house as we could see all the action and the detail of the working of the horses. It was a stunning show.

There was also a dinner at Granger & Co with the Jackson's old neighbours, the Russell's. A fun meal with Charles, Charlie and Tom and Andrew and Chloe. And a lunch trip out to see Hilly in Catford - a part of London unknown to Andrew and I.


We managed to go to two other new areas also. The 1st was Canary Wharf, which is an interesting, manufactured area and the 2nd was the canals near the hotel. Lots of real atmosphere around here.

In London we stayed at the Z hotel, just a few hundred metres from the Old Street tube station. The rooms were small, but completely functional, clean, and light. The cherry on the top was that there was free wine & cheese in the lobby between 5 & 8 pm. And the wine and cheese were good quality.

There was a new hotel nearby designed to have a 3d effect. I wonder if that was disturbing for the patients coming out of the Moorefields eye hospital over the road? My eyes are fixed, yay...wait... that building looks like it is on a lean...noooo


In Cambridge we were lucky to be able to stay again with Annie Jackson. She also kindly had a lunch for all the families on the Sunday before we headed off to the continent.

Cambridge in summer is overcrowded with tourists and just busy, busy, busy.

But a trip on Saturday morning to Granchester and the Orchard for scones and cream was England at it finest. Walking along country paths and seeing free roaming commons cattle.

And we were lucky enough to be able (via Annie) to get tickects to the last night of the Cambridge music festival. Sir Willard White, a wonderful bass baritone had a fun time singing songs he obviously enjoyed. The audience also enjoyed him and the Soprano Claire Booth.










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