We Explore the Neighbourhood
But even if we were quite exhausted, we didn’t want to lie down and go to sleep, but explore the neighbourhood and walk along Oxford Street. It was only w few minutes’ rest we wanted to have on the bed. But then, after just two minutes, we fell asleep even though. Luckily I must have started snoring – sometimes that usually annoying habit DOES have its merits! ;) – and with that I woke Mary up again after a short time, and she woke me and we went off on our first exploration of London which took us, lo and behold, to a Starbucks! As we were to find out soon during our stay, they’re quite ubiquitous – ten a penny as the English say – in London. We took some refreshments and then walked on, while there was some drizzle sometimes. But mostly it was dry, even if grey, overcast and quite cold, at least for people used to the southern Texas climate.
What we immediately realized in Oxford Street and what we found confirmed again and again later, is what Mary described in her diary with the following words, “Pedestrians are in a rush, it seems, as is all of London.” And of course, one of the first items on Mary’s to-do list was looking for postcards. The longer she was looking the cheaper they seemed to get: from 6 at £1 in the beginning, then 8 and finally 15 at £1! Of course she went ahead and bought those. The way she writes postcards those fifteen might have lasted her through her first day – possibly! ;) And what she also found – on her very first day in London – was a Penny Mangle [or “Penny Press” as they’re called here in the US]!
And that really made her day. Pressing pennies and collecting them is her big hobby when travelling. And finding that Penny Mangle was a real surprise as she didn’t have that on her list of locations of Penny Mangles which she had compiled with information from the internet before we left the US.
Our supper was at “The Tottenham“, a pub near the intersection of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, belonging to the Nicholson’s chain of pubs. Both of us went for the traditional food, fish and chips [line-caught cod, as the menu had it, with mushy peas]. And I had to have a “pint of bitter”, of course.
I had really been looking forward to that, namely having a real English beer, ever since we had begun planning this trip. After our supper we went back to the hotel, full, content and quite tired, and now nothing could keep us from going to sleep any more, even at 6:15 p.m. only.
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- Travelogue: England & Scotland 2013 – Day 2 [Arrival in London – To the Hotel] (pitstexasexpatblog.wordpress.com)
- Oxford Street (buddhachicandbuttercream.com)