London for four
So I was back to the Kingdom this weekend with her and friends.
The last time I was there I was "stationed" at St Francis College in Letchworth... some 15 years ago.
Making a long story short... here are some highlights.
Ryanair. The food (payed for) sucks, they were always late and they make you walk on the tarmac (I wonder if they do the same on rainy days). I guess you get what you payed for.
In the first day, we moved from the hotel we were suposed to stay in to a better one in the heart of Piccadilly. I'm not forgetting the "Can we first see the rooms ?" line any time sooner. ;-) Basically the first one was falling apart "victorian style" (as we were told by the clerk), the second one was nice and in the heart of Piccadilly, along side Trocadero.
Regarding food, we made some bad choices in the beginning. Nice food the following days, mostly Italian. We met a portuguese waitress and all... the downside of course were the price tags. £100 a dinner for four every day kind of sucks.
Sure, I went to the Apple Store. I would kill myself if I wouldn't. :) Beautifull building. They know how to build stores as they do computers. Loved Hamleys also.
Had my first Starbucks, a 'macchiato' or something, not bad. Too bad they don't sell those mugs, only some collectable ones. Regarding everyday coffees... believe me, I had worst expressos here in Portugal, but not with that price tag. :(
Nice 'hop on, hop off' bus tour. London Bridge (saw it open which is a rare event I was told), Tower of London ("you can't see the Bloody Tower because of those bloody trees") :-D , the City, Big Ben ("fortunately the guy wasn't named Richard"), House of Lords, Westminster (expensive and with a lot burried people), Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery (it's free), Buckingham (the change of the guard is over rated), London Eye (which malfunctioned), Madame Trousseau (what a joke), Hide (lots of squirrels) and Green Park, etc etc. We saw it all.
The tube... yup, it's old and everything, but the time we wait for the train is near zero compared to ours. Great service, we abused it alot. Oh, and they even refunded our Oyster card.
Must upload some photos to Flickr as soon I get an USB cable for the camera (it's at the parents home).
The title, to be fair, should have been "London for four... and a half"
Pelos vistos... Parabéns :) por Tiago Pinto a 1 Maio 2008 - 18:01
Olás, e parabéns pelo "and a half" :) por Pedro Melo a 1 Maio 2008 - 20:23
Is it yours ? :)
Congrats. por NiN a 1 Maio 2008 - 22:02
Congrats. Welcome to the club ;) por Nuno Mariz a 2 Maio 2008 - 01:36
Não te esqueças de registar um domínio assim que houver nome. :) Parabéns!
Já agora, quando fui a Paris trouxe uma caneca dessas que falas do Starbucks... weird. por André a 2 Maio 2008 - 02:11
E sim, eles por aqui vendem a caneca :-) por Vitor a 2 Maio 2008 - 07:09
Carlos, Parabéns para ti e para a esposa. por João Pinto a 2 Maio 2008 - 12:17
baby in the oven?
Parabéns! por hav0x a 4 Maio 2008 - 22:39
Tarmac when raining?
-> Yeap, and in Liverpool you wait on the rain for the passport control.
-> Can't complain, it's not Leitão, but I had a nice sandwich there, and Coca-cola is the same everywhere
-> Never happened to me.
Food in London?
-> Try some "all-day english breakfast" (also at 13:00). Decent priced meal will keep your tummy busy till dinner time.
Things to see?
-> Excellent choices. I would had Harrods, and the Rainforest Café near Your Hotel in Trocadero (Piccadilly) por Carlos Manta Oliveira a 5 Maio 2008 - 14:39
Tem 37 anos, é natural de Vila Nova de Famalicão mas mora no Porto desde que veio para a universidade... bem, morou. Agora já casado, está pela Maia. Anda pela internet há já uns 17 anos tendo trabalhado em vários projectos como foram o caso do Mail.pt ou no Sapo. Também conhecido como o responsável pelo ITJobs, o Destakes e o Usauto entre outras brincadeiras.
De resto já bloga há uns 12 anos apesar de ter perdido parte da "vida" numa mudança de hosting provider. Algumas restias ainda por aí andam... ah, e o email de contacto está no footer.
não chateiem com os erros de Português... "the bad spelling is part of the charm". ;-)
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