My yesterday was suppose to be walking around and enjoying the city a bit … but ended up to be more about on and off… in and out.
All because rail engineering work between Brighton and Three Bridges, and a train journey that normally should take about 60 min took 2 hours 10 min. Great value for money!!!!! *smile
Something my “sorry ass” wasn’t too happy about and neither was I, but it was what it was. Saw a lot of the countryside and Littlehampton.
My day started of very bleak and misty, but in London the sun came out for a short period and outside Park Lane Hotel a magnolia tree in bloom (old image) enjoyed the sunshine … and it finished of in pouring rain.
So it was on the train and after seeing most of East Sussex’s country side we arrived to London Victoria. There was a standstill by the exit machines – all trains must had arrived on the same time.
First pop up of the Oyster Card (London Public Transport Card) and endless ques there too. Then on the Victoria Line, 2 stations, off at Oxford Circle … into Clark’s shoe shop. In and out of a couple of pairs, bought one .. out on Oxford Street again.
A short walk to St. Christopher’s Place and a fast lunch, at my favorite British fast food chain, “Pret A Manager”. A Hosin Duck wrap and a large cappuccino. The place was packed like the rest of London. The weather was so mild that nearly all outside table in area was taken. St. Christopher’s Place is a hidden gem off Oxford Street. My oasis when visiting Oxford Street.
Out on Oxford Street again, I walked down to Selfridge to get a stop for bus 10 – visited M&S very quickly, in and out. Tried on very nice boots, but no space in my luggage yet.
Jumped on bus 10 that took me to Royal Albert and Cirque du Soleil and their show AmaLuna, it’s their 20th anniversary this year.
The show was magical, as always, maybe not all that interesting act in the first act, but the scenery, customs and the music made up for it. Second act – the true magic arrived in all acts.
It’s not allowed to take photos with flash during their shows, but I manage a couple before I was told off. I never use flash indoors, but still I was told off, I think some of my seating neighbors had complained on the light on the screen display.
Anyhow the show was worth it’s money … and already looking forward to next years show.
Jumped on bus 52 that took me to Victoria Station, had time to visit the ladies … and jumped on the Southwestern train to Brighton … for another 2hours and 10 min.
Stepping outside Brighton station, it started to rain. It was now 8.40pm and I had left Brighton 10.03 and hadn’t got much done.
On my way back to the hotel I decided to have my dinner at “Wagamama”, that I hadn’t visit for year. When they opened their restaurant in South Kensington I was one of their most faithful customers. And they are still delivering.
“Wagamama” is a British food concept and chain that serves excellent food in a simple plain big restaurants, quick and efficient service and no fush what so ever. In Japanese, name means ‘naughty child’, or ‘one who is wilful and determined’. They been practicing kaizen since 1992 and first opened doors in London’s Bloomsbury. Today they have 140 restaurants in UK and Global.
I had one of their still best dishes the Chilli Sirlion Ramen (ramen is a hearty bowl of hot broth filled with fresh ramen noodles, toppings and garnishes, all served in a traditional black bowl) .. and as side dish I had their’s Lillipop Prawn Kushiyaki (skewers of grilled prawns marinated in lemon grass, lime and chilli. served with a caramelized lime) and I treated myself to 250ml fantastic hot and lean sake.
And on a rainy evening as it was I just had to have a dessert too … I went for Onigiris ( balls of sticky rice rolled in dry coconut and deep-fried) and they was served with a passion fruit sauce. Just perfect ending on a very strange and bit all over the place day.
The best thing was that after leaving the restaurant I only had to walk for 6 min in the pouring rain and I was back on the hotel.
Another memorable day for the hard drive.
“A bad day in London is still better
than a good day anywhere else.”