Hello everyone, and greetings from Earl's Court easyInternetCafe! I try to start with my travel report before my one pound internet time has run off. Have had wonderful time (lucky me, wasn't even near the bomb attracks).
DAY 1 Wed 29th June
Had a nice day in a Finnish town called Tampere, because Ryanair flights fly from there, not from Helsinki. Arrived in Stansted late by night and slept in Stansted Hilton.
DAY 2 Thu 30rd June
Came by bus to London. Found the hotel. Ate in an Italian restaurant near Covent Garden. The waitress made a mistake and brought me THE WHOLE lunch menu, I mean TWO starters and TWO main courses. I was wondering a little but tried to eat it all (didn't make it). If something like that happens to you, mind a doggy bag, you save the price of the next London-priced dinner! - The rest of the day I was just walking around and driving around by buses; being in London again! And of course it was raining!
DAY 3 Fri 1st July
Went to Portobello Road, because had got false information and thought it was the market time also on Friday. Well, nice place to walk around anyway. Walked to Holland Park: never been there before and it was really nice (more intime than the big and spacious Hyde Park). Took a photo on little boys playing in similar suits and ties (we don't have those school uniforms in Finland so they seem so funny to me). Drove by bus to Chelsea and went to a vintage clothing shop called Steinberg & Tolkien. I love the vintage clothing, and it's nice just to look around altough it's quite difficult to buy anything and yet be sensible (you don't really need a 1950's glamorous evening dress, do you?) Visited Sir John Soane's Museum in Holborn. It's an interesting place to see how the upper middle-class Victorian familiies used to live.
DAYS 4 - 7, 2nd - 5th July
Trip to Paris. I may be writing about it on Paris forum. Here I just like to tell I was glad I made that Paris trip, and glad I took a little longer time than just a day as I first planned to do.
DAY 8, Wed 6th July
Went to Kew Gardens. It's a lovely place to spent an easy and relaxed "green" day during the busy city days. There is a plenty to see even you are not exactly a gardener (I'm not), different kinds of beautigul gardens. Had a set tea at the traditional, famous tea room Maids of Honour just near Kew Gardens. Walked along Strand on the Green near Kew. There are very nice old houses and traditional pubs there and you can have a drink looking at Thames.
DAY 0, Th 7th July
I was just buying a new Travelcard to go to the tube when all the passengers were allowed to leave the station. I thought a long time that it was just some "normal" case, nothing serious. Then I got a text message from my mother who was very worried, and got to know what's happened.
As I got the message I was near Victoria & Albert trying to catch a bus. I realized that it's impossible so I walked to the museum and spent many hours there.
So, time is running out, have to stop and continue later...