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Helga's Big Day Out Part I
Helga's Big Day Out Part I
Thursday, 1st September...
Woke up, bright and breezy at 6am.
Tea, snuggles, toast and a shower... all by 7.30am.
Blogged, hair dried and dressed... all by 8.50am.
Arrived at station and parked car... 9.10am
Paid for parking... 9.15am
Hurried to collect tickets from the Fast Ticket machine. Discovered that I had a seat reserved going INTO London, but that my reserved seat coming back was from Norwich...WHAT???
Seated on train... 9.31am (WOW!!! An on-time train... how unusual!!)
Knew it was too good to be true! Arrived at Swindon station to discover that there had been a power surge, which had knocked out the signal points... sigh... we spent 15 mins at Swindon Station... I was going to be late!
Hooray... off again... and had TheQuietGuy2005 sending me a text telling me I was going to be late.... erm...
Finally arrived at Paddington Station and was entranced to find that Jx had organised a red carpet for my arrival... WOW!!!
First coffee stop of the day at Costa's... 11.20am
Well, ladies, what can I say? TheQuietGuy2005 stands at 5'11, well-dressed, nice smile, twinkling eyes and yes, he does have a beard. We sat down and just started chatting away... just as we would have had we been in the Tub. No awkward silences, no uncomfortable moments... just plenty of chatting and laughing. An hour seemed to fly by and we probably could have spent ALL day in that coffee shop, but we decided to head for Covent Gardens.
Jx is a native to London... okay, okay, so he's not actually FROM London, but he does know the city a darned sight better than I do, and after taking the Tube to Trafalgar Square, we came up to ground level just as a shower of confetti was being scattered. For one brief moment I thought Jx was pulling out ALL the stops , but it was actually Londoners finally celebrating the success of the London victory for the hosting of the 2012 Olympics. How strange it was to remember that I had been in London on the day it was announced that London had successfully pipped Paris to the post, and for one brief moment I was remembering the awful tragedy that took place less than 24hrs later.
We carried on up past St Martins-in-the-Field, and before I knew it, we were at Covent Garden Market. We slowly made our way through the market, pausing for a moment to listen to a very talented string quartet abraxas entertaining shoppers with some excellent music. Our tummies were rumbling, and we decided to head off in search of lunch, finally settling on Tuttons as a suitable lunch venue. Jx chose Red Mullet from the specials of the day menu, while I decided to tease my pallet with Saffron Chicken and cous-cous. YUM!!
9/2/2005 8:55 am
On to part duex|
9/2/2005 11:21 am
sounds pretty smooth|