Monday, April 27, 2015
OUR FINAL DAY IN LONDON
The story of their building this home over the last twenty years was wonderful. The wife is a fashion designer and her touches can be found everywhere. He was in the financial world prior to retirement. They purchased an old barn and turned it into a beautiful family home and after the children married they opened a B&B with five guest rooms. They still have a horse and several sheep on the property.
Checking the car back in was very easy. I looked in the back seat and found Jim's jacket, but failed to notice that I was leaving some important paperwork in the door panel pocket. We took the shuttle to Terminal one at Heathrow Airport and caught the Piccadilly Line to Hounslow Central; only a few stops from the Airport. Walked about a block to the hotel and then relaxed for a bit before walking the area to look for a place for dinner. Then back to the hotel where I started packing the extra bags into the two large suitcases....they are stuffed to the gills!
During this process I realized that my large map, driving directions, hotel reservation sheets and our tickets for the EuroStar tomorrow were missing. I looked and looked and finally determined they were either still in the car, at the ticket window for the Underground or on a street somewhere. I figured out what numbers to use for the telephone at the car return and after three attempt contacted a live body. She checked and called me back; yes, they had my paperwork all in the zip lock bag that I had it stored inside of during the trip. I hadn't taken it out at the hotel because I thought I just might need the map during the six mile trip to the car rental office. Duh....
Off to the Underground where we caught the tube back to the airport. There we caught the shuttle bus to the rental station. That took an hour because of some waiting between transports. Picked up the paperwork and it only took us half an hour to get back to the hotel by four thirty! We got out the cards and began a game of Hand and Foot until nearly six o'clock. We then walked across the street to the TraveLodge Hotel and enjoyed a wonderful and inexpensive meal. It was my choice to go there because it's cold out this evening...rain predicted for tomorrow...and it was close. But, Jim admitted the meal was one of the best that he's eaten recently.
We have tickets for the 12:25 Euro Star to Paris that goes under the English Channel in the Chunnel. First time we'd done this! We lose an hour so will not arrive until 4 pm. Taxi to the new apartment in the Marias and then off to an organ concert at Norte Dame that starts at eight thirty. Never a dull moment! See you in Paris....au revoir
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