Saturday, November 17, 2012

Goodbye London

Friday 16th November
Nicole had a full program for the morning so I went shopping up Oxford Street and managed to find a couple of jumpers to buy even though I was looking for bathers for when we go to Bath! I am so stupid I forgot to bring mine. I had a lovely lunch in Piccadilly Square and then went for a wander through the National Museum in Trafalgar Square before going back to the hotel to find MBD.

Nicole wanted to see a squirrel so we went for a walk across town to Hyde Park, past Christies Auction House and Xstrata London office. Well did she see squirrels, they were everywhere and so bold too. We walked back to the hotel via Oxford and Regent Streets where the Christmas lights were a great attraction.

Saturday 17th November

This morning we were up bright and early to pack our bags and make our way, like Paddington Bear, to Paddington Station to board the train for Oxford. Not exceptionally pleased there as we had to wait for over 40 minutes for the hire car people to come and pick us up despite 2 phone calls. Then when we got to the depot the GPS that had been requested was no where to be found, so our first stop was to buy a GPS!!
We decided to go to Blenheim Palace as it was (sort of) on our way to our first B&B. I went there in 2004 when I was in England before so have now experienced it in both Spring and Autumn. It is hard to believe that people live in such grand places. The grounds were just magnificent as I remember and where, on my previous trip there were masses of bluebells, there are now masses of fallen leaves. I don't know how I do it but guess what!!!! There was a Christmas Craft Fair in the Palace so I had a fantastic time looking around that as well BUT didn't buy a thing, how restrained was that. Our new GPS and Nicole's marvellous driving skill brought us safely to Trinity House, Upper Oddington where Zelie was waiting with coffee and cake. We were made feel very much at home and our room is very comfortable so we are looking forward to our stay here.


  1. lovely catching up on your travels!
    bummer about the car and gps but sounds like the final destination made up for the hiccups.

  2. Anonymous8:12 am

    MBM - I rely on you tp keep an accurate record and yet you forget the highight of the day - seeing the Lion King in London's West End!! And yes, I may have cried......again! YBD


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