Shearwin's in Europe 2015 travel blog


We all had a solid nights sleep for the first time in the trip. The girls dressed early and prepared to walk to Portabello Road to visit the outdoor market, Diana's memorial in Hyde Park and to shop for the Grandchildren at Harrod's.

As we were in need of our mid trip laundry service, I took our light clothing to a nearby laundromat. Two elderly ladies were pleasant and helpful, however, begrudgingly took our clothes with the proviso that they would not be ready until 1400hrs next day. Not discouraged I left the clothes and retired to a nearby coffee shop for morning tea.

While the girls shopped, I had a very pleasant lunch with Noel Philp, an OCS Portsea classmate from 1969. We had lunch at a restaurant around the corner from his home in Kensington. Noel has done very well for himself over the years!

The girls had just returned from their lengthy walk and shopping experience when I returned at 1530hrs. They also had a good morning. We spent the afternoon resting while waiting to depart for the theatre.

At 1730 hrs we took the metro Gloucester Road to Piccadilly Circus and walked to the Haymarket Hotel for dinner. Jan and I had the lamb while Kaye had the Sweet Bread + a Montepaluciano. All meals were exceptional, especially the melt in the mouth Lamb.

We completed dinner with enough time to catch the 1930hrs start to " The Book of Mormons" at the Prince of Wales theatre. The show was funny and irreverent of the Mormon faith, however, we all thoroughly enjoyed.

Following the show we walked briefly the area before returning to our hotel and to bed by midnight.

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