24 Hours in London

For a quick 24 hours in London, there is not much to report. My main goal of going to the record fair at Old Spitalfields Market was met after a great lunch there. Lots of food stalls set up selling amazing foods from around the world. I had Turkish for the first time and it was amazing. So amazing that once I found the pizza place selling any pizza for £5, I still felt like I made the correct choice.

I picked up about twenty 45s at decent prices. Including my favorite Jam single “Going Underground” a few more Slade and Thin Lizzy singles and surprises by The Rezillos and Captain Sensible thrown in. Lots of overpriced stuff, at least in my opinion, but you can find a few bargains. I had more than one dealer remind me that the better show was the next day (sorry, I’ll be on my way to Switzerland), and the biggest show is in the Netherlands. Well, I guess I’ll have to come back then.

Upon walking back to the tube we stumbled upon a chocolate shop. Same thing happened in Paris. We all showed much restraint, but I did get a few things including a small bottle of gin infused with cocoa. I haven’t tried it yet. I’ll report back when I do.

Had a great dinner at an Indian place near the hotel and met three locals getting together for the first time since they were at university together about 30 years ago. The food and the company really stand out as a highlight on the trip and it was all unplanned. We just stumbled upon it all. I plan before each trip and try to have as much plotted out in advance as possible, but as with life itself, it is the unexpected that can be amazing and most memorable.

We turned in early to get ready for the next day which would see us travel via rail to three countries. I’m already planning for my next trip to London, whenever that may be.

Getting Ready For Paris+

I am heading out next week to Paris and London and Geneva. This trip is an outlier for me as I will be traveling with a couple who are very dear to me, whereas I’m usually traveling alone. Here’s the outline for this trip:

  • Atlanta, GA  (ATL) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) on Air France
  • Flight Time: 8h 15min
  • Days in Paris: 3-4 if you add them all up
  • Days in London: 1
  • Days in Geneva: 1
  • Book for Flights: (Good question. It should be a book on French. I haven’t taken it since high school and was terrible at it then).
  • Music for Flights:  Lots of Ann Peebles and Al Green
  • My Mother’s Biggest Fear: I’ll get caught up in a terrorist attack
  • My Biggest Fear: Not eating enough cheese
  • Plans for Paris: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Notre Dame, Catacombs, eating my first macaroon, Xmas shopping, enjoying Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2017 and NOT being hungover for the train ride to London the day after.
  • Plans for London: Old Spitalfields Market Record Fair, then whatever my travel companions want to do. Full English breakfast before a long day of return travel.
  • Plans for Geneva: Figure out how to get to Tolochenaz so one of my travel companions can see Audrey Hepburn’s grave. Finding a discount cuckoo clock?
  • Plans for whole trip: Figure out how to make sure my friends are still talking to me by the end of the trip and want to travel more with me.