We were running late getting to the X90 Coach at London’s Victoria Station and by the time we arrived it was after 10am. With a 100 minute journey ahead of us it was going to be lunch time before we even reached Oxford which would only leave only half a day to explore. However, we discovered that no coaches had departed for Oxford in the last two hours because there had been a nasty smash en route. Coaches normally depart every 15 to 20 minutes and the last six departures had not taken place. The driver was full of apologies because everyone had been waiting for hours but we just grinned at each other, we knew we were right on time. Once in Oxford we joined a walking tour lead by a lovely young Christian woman and we didn’t miss a thing.
In the grounds of Wadham College – Hoped to see a dead body – or at least Inspector Lewis
Across the road from the Globe
On Wednesday we rose early to visit the London Eye but after purchasing our tickets and joining the very long queue we were advised that there was a problem and for safety reasons it would not operate. We headed toward the West End and on Shaftsbury Avenue discovered Jamie Oliver’s updated version of a Diner, complete with a dina(saur). We entered and asked them could they fit us in for a quick meal as we had tickets to see the Matinee of Les Miserable. They could and I had the best Chicken Caesar Salad. There aren’t enough adjectives in my vocabulary to describe Les Mis. That evening we headed for the Playhouse Theatre on Northumberland Avenue and discovered the Sherlock Holmes Pub so we went upstairs for a gigantic Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding meal. At the Playhouse we enjoyed ‘Spamalot’ (a few Monty Python fans in our group).
Thursday Morning we returned to the London Eye and were able to enjoy the ride we had missed. There was only one thing left to do before we returned to The Mansions to pack our bags and we did it. We went shopping at Harrods bought some souvenirs and had a lovely lunch in their café. Later that afternoon we were picked up by our courtesy vehicle and returned to Heathrow. Thank You God for an amazing holiday and thank you Fiona and Shane.
In the Pod on the London Eye
My favourite Holiday snap. In eight days Grandad would be seventy eight and Brianna twenty one.