My first real big O/S trip was just after I turned 21…..quite a few years ago now and I recall so many details, like it was last week. Before I departed I remember a friend who was lamenting his travels had said to me “London is magic”. Those words have always remained with me and every time I have the good fortune to visit London – I still think it is indeed magic.
Those of you, who have been there, probably get it. Those who have not, may wonder what the hype is about. I never quite know what to say when I am asked what it is I love so much. For me, it is simply the vibe that is there.
Really, it all commences as you disembark the plane at Heathrow Airport…the kaleidoscope of humanity in the place is HUGE! Yes, every single time – I can’t help but think of the opening and closing scenes of “Love Actually” - it really is that! I am so in life, every time I arrive here.
There is always someone in London to meet up with; relatives, friends, friends of relatives, relatives of friends. It is that kinda city, where someone is always hanging out and there is always someone to say hello to. Of course, a recent post shared with you that my nephew, Kane, is now living there with his partner Carly and their new baby.
Our visit this time was particularly quick only three nights, so some serious ‘getting about’ was necessary.
Time to wander the usual places we like to visit. Old & New Bond Street, Piccadilly and of course, Selfridges. Two noteworthy visits must be mentioned.
Firstly, the Vivienne Westwood men’s wear store. Tez has discovered quite a fancy for some of VW designs. So a quick look satisfied him with one new purchase.
seems to work for Tez. Lovely little surprise was the gorgeous Paul Smith outfit I located for Imogen!
That evening the venue was Andrew Edmunds in Soho. I think I chose the dish of the evening – beetroot stuffed ravioli. Sorry folks I was having so much fun with the company, food and wine I forgot to take photos. You will just have to imagine……. and, I must mention the company; our wonderful friend Lloyd. Many of you know Lloyd Morse as one of our very first guest Chefs at PCCS. Food always tastes just a tad better when dining with Lloyd, as he is always so enthusiastic about food, life and living. Kirsty and he had not long returned from a quick trip to Australia, so it was a lively discussion amongst the four of us. It had been Kirsty’s first visit down under so it was delightful to hear of her impressions.
Next day we managed a few more stores and then a delicious dinner with Carly and Kane, again. Such a joy to be able to hang out with them.
While we were there the backdrop was World Cup, Tour de France heading down from Yorkshire to London and Wimbledon.
All in all, plenty to see, plenty of places to eat and plenty to talk about.
Oh London town, you are STILL magic!