"Are You Being Served?"
Trip Start Sep 22, 2012
30Trip End Oct 19, 2012
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But over the course of a month, none have been conveniently placed. On the opposite side of the room, 180° behind you, elsewhere out of reach. It's a function of a cramped bathroom, I guess. Base2Stay in Earls Court has their's under the neighbouring basin - accessible, but the style chosen is guaranteed to have the roll slide off with every use!
Apart from that, the room is very comfy. Small but not cramped, stylishly fitted, kitchen in a cupboard and fluffy duvets. We are one block from the tube, the Heathrow line and buses into town. The high street has a good pub and utility shops and the youth hostels are few, being replaced by small hotels like ours.
Today, Ian has a lunch date with his old employer so he and G-ma head toward Chelsea while I head on the #C1 bus into Piccadilly. Overnight, there has been much Googling of suitcase reviews, suppliers and outlets as I have decided to purchase the second bag.
Paris research had suggested the cheapest store was http://www.rayondor-bagages.fr/ and checking Samsonites there confirmed the good prices. Initially annoyed with the cost of my indecisiveness, I find a shop today where I settle on a bag that I am just as happy with, so set off in a chirpy mood, intending to knock the entire Christmas shop over in two days!
It's a blue sky sunny day as I find treasure after treat and begin to fill my bag. There are some lovely stall holders in a small market in front of a Piccadilly church. They contrast with the gruff Russians in some of the smaller shops. I find delightful arcades, Australian Wool Week in full swing and Carnaby Street.
London has a familiar feel about it today - although I'm still not sure I could navigate around without a map or the extremely good plans in bus shelters. The hanging flower baskets have mostly gone since we left town three weeks ago and Christmas decorations have appeared in the shops together with lights over Oxford Street.
The three of us rendez-vous late afternoon, heading back on the #74 Putney Road bus to meet Hilary at Earls Court for dinner and the planning of tomorrow's last hurrahs.