Tapping our way through London

Trip Start Sep 25, 2012
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Trip End Oct 16, 2012


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Sunday, October 14, 2012

This sunny Sunday Annie met Ashleigh and her roommate Kara for a rousing Hillsong church service at the Dominion Theatre.  Then we all met at Gaby's Deli for an equally rousing Israeli lunch.

From Gaby's we led a stroll down Charing Cross to the National Portrait Gallery.  In short order both roommates were misplaced, but we trusted that they were still together, whereever they were.  Then Annie and I popped up to Euston to seek our fortune at the Euston Tap, one of the best craft beer pubs in London, at least according to a New York Times article.

It did not disappoint.  As you can see from the photograph, there were roughly a gillion craft beers (what we Yanks call "microbrews") on tap, almost all from tiny breweries from towns in England that we'd never heard of. Of course I can't now remember the beer I had, but it was a beaut.  See the photo of Annie guarding it for me as we sat just outside, in the cool of the day.

All those taps evoked thoughts of our Oyster cards, which all Londoners now use to pay their bus, underground, and train fares. As you can see in the riveting closeup shot, you pay your fare by placing the Oyster card on the yellow disk located on a little platform at the entrance and exit of each train station. In order not to be charged for the maximum possible journey, it's vital to remember to "tap in, tap out."  This has become our travel mantra.

We went from Euston back to Victoria by bus and were lucky enough to grab the front row seats on the upper level, providing a stellar if sometimes vertiginous view of London street life.  There are a few photos from this perch: a somewhat bizarre sculpture at the entrance to one of the posh department stores near Oxford street and other select views.

Finally, here are some local shots of our 'hood--our revered bright red postbox, the mighty river Bec (after which Beckenham is named) as it flows its way through Cator Park across the street from the flat, and assorted other Cator Park shots.
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