Twilight Trip to Europe – London

(originally posted on Blogger on June 23, 2010)

Hello everyone!

I’ve missed you all and of course missed all the Eclipse/MTV/convention news too. Thank you for keeping your blogs so well updated so I had a chance to catch up.

You know how I love writing epic long posts? Um, I’ve lost that compulsion now. My type A personality is still on vacation and got left behind somewhere between Venice and Florence and I don’t know when it’s coming back.

The following weeks worth of travel posts might be in point form okay?

Before I start, how about I show you what Twi-loot I brought back home?

Imagine the delight that Mr. TC had dragging our suitcases all over Europe on trains and cobblestoned streets. Yes, I bought a hard cover copy of Twilight in Italian on day 3 and lugged it around til day 14 when we got home.
I’ll show you in detail what I bought in each city when I get to that location.

Our two week trip itinerary went
London
Venice
Bologna
Florence
Tuscany (Volterra/Montepulciano)
London again

Today’s post:
London

First off things I did NOT do
– go see the wax Robert Pattinson figurine at the Madame Tussaud’s museum
– hunt down Rob’s birthplace and acting school or any of his previous haunts (seriously considered this but thought it would be way over the line for Mr. TC)
– any regular touristy stuff that we did last time we were here like museums and things regarding the Queen

Only Twilight purchase

UK Elle I lugged around for 2 wks – worth it!
loved seeing Rob’s face in the Tube stations

Flight

view from my seat over Iceland

– flew British Airways 747 – note they were on strike and only had 12 crew for the whole plane.
– sucks for those in business or first class during a strike as you still only get offered “chicken or fish”
– our flight attendant lamented the whole time about how BA used to be about service and that she’d get fired if she wasn’t there – made for an entertaining flight
– they gave free extra alcohol and snacks the first time around so they wouldn’t have to come back – score!

Hotel


– took the Tube/Subway there from Heathrow – note it might look like it’s on the same line and you’ll think it’s only 45 minutes but it’s not worth it
– pay the extra money for the Heathrow Express and take a taxi from Paddington station to your hotel
– stayed at Intercontinental London Park Lane – 5* with 4/5 rating on tripadvisor

Intercontinental London Park Lane lobby

– great discount using Hotwire (see my post if you don’t know how to use Hotwire)
– couldn’t figure out how to get from the Tube station to our hotel as we had to go back underground – walked in front of the same group of people four times totally lost – damn tourists!
– 8 minute walk along Park Lane to busy Oxford Street
– felt like a good 4.5* hotel – adequate room and nice washroom

too tired to have the forethought to take photos first sorry

– only complaint – we had a nice Bang & Olufsen TV but couldn’t figure out how to turn it off – and this is with my husband the computer guy – ended up unplugging it

Food

Loved this – we spent a couple hours walking around having brunch on Saturday at Borough Market

Kangaroo burger – overcooked but had to try it
Super tasty!
Mr. TC was in heaven for raw clams and oysters
awesome way to melt half a wheel of cheese
my cheese bubbling away
yummy raclette – cheese on potatoes, gherkins, and pearl onions
these meringues are gigantic
the weirdest orange and blue – reminds me of my monkey cupcakes
yes this guy is selling fudge
cheese and meat – holding off until Italy
Had to ask what a Bap was – reminder Canadian English is different
giant scallops with bacon bits
made me think of Dangrdafne 🙂
Brownies so good our friend has filled up two frequent eater cards
Outside of Borough Market
mini pies so pretty
super cute petit fours – wonderful gifts
see the filter? they just pour hot water right over the cups, so efficient
Dinner at Fifteen London
Mr. TC doesn’t get excited about much but he was anxiously awaiting our dinner at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant. We had reservations a few weeks ahead of time. Tasting menus only but all for a good cause as the profits go to Jamie’s apprenticeship scheme. Read more about it here.
My favourite dish was dessert

Baked Amedei chocolate mousse, crème fraîche and raspberries macerated in black raspberry liqueur

I am fastidious about pics but I was too busy eating and forgot to photograph this.
Good Indian Food
Shopping
David & Goliath store in Covent Garden
Not too many photos
– spent a lot of time in Covert Garden especially at the David & Goliath store
My favourite patterns
Bella & Edward
– tons of cupcake stuff at Paperchase and a few other stores in the lower level of Covent Garden
I found a chain of chocolate shops named Hotel Chocolat
The Eton Mess strawberry truffles were to die for!!
these guys are filled with strawberry mousse
Lastly, in case you thought there wasn’t any green space to breathe in London
The Regent’s Park – the views of London are much better than my photos
Next we got on a plane to Venice…
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