Category Archives: Europe 2015

Getting back to London | Canary Wharf

We ended up in Dusseldorf, and had to head back to London.

Sadly the boat tour finished early in the day (all out by 9.30am) and then I presume the crew collapsed.  This meant we had a 10 hour layover with our gear.

We caught a Taxi to Hillsong (which turned out to have earmuff style gadgets, LOUD loud music with translation of the service into English)
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On to London.  We had one night in Surrey and booked a mystery hotel in London.  Turned out to be at Canary wharf.
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This was a remarkable place, like a little fiefdom in the edge of London.

But before that a visit to the Studmans.  Suburban London.
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A real cutie!!STUDMANS IMG_8023

Canary Wharf

Modern train Station at Canary . . .TRAIN STATION IMG_8092

I saw this sign- no wonder thy serve beer warm over here:
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Floating Chapel:
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Food: From Leon, in the Canary Wharf Mall

Very, very impressive place.  Probably will become a franchise.  Googled.  Already IS a Franchise.

http://leonrestaurants.co.uk/restaurants/

 

Up Market Muffins:
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PROPER SAUSAGE AND EGG IMG_8080

 

 

I talked to the owner.  He was a great guy.  Instantly gave me the time of day and listened.  [Unlike a lot of other Londoners who just plug in and zone out or just zone out]

Here is where he worked:
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Paris

Paris was great.

Eurostar

We went there on the EuroStar.

Hotel

Walked about 25 minutes to our hotel which looked out on a delightful square. Platz des Inocents, a previous children’s cemetary.

This was next to Les Halles, a famous market I learned about in French at school.

We got a City Pass.

http://en.parisinfo.com/what-to-see-in-paris/paris-pass/paris-city-pass

This gives: 5 days Metro, Eiffel Tower, Bus Tour, 34 Museums and a Boat Tour.

1. Boat trip

 

2. Eiffel Tower

This is the mechanism.

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From the ground.

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Me on the top.

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3. Hop on hop off bus

I can’t find a single picture of this.

4. Tons of museums

Centre Pompadou (Modern Art)

From the top
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From outside. An amazing building:

[Modern Art] . . . .

Not really sure I undersatnad it.

Case 1: A pile of pots under a video screen.
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Case 2: This is a pile of cubes
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Case three: You would not know what this was unless you were told:
PARIS BLIND IMG_8733It is some personal paper items like bills and receipts that have been painted over.

What the guide notes said:
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Churches

Outside Notre Dame.  A huge queue. A beggar.
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Now we are real tourists!!