No foggy London Town for us last weekend… it was 60 degrees and blue skies! Looks like London will beat Paris in the race to Spring. It’s a quick and easy 2 1/2 hour Eurostar train ride from one capital city to the other…Gare du Nord to St. Pancras….thanks to the Channel Tunnel (otherwise known as The Chunnel). Construction of this undersea link between England and France began in 1988 and was open for business in 1994. I was surprised to learn that this idea had been around since 1802, when Albert Mathieu first proposed just such a tunnel. His vision, however, was one of horse-drawn carriages, oil lamps for illumination and an artificial island mid tunnel for the purpose of changing horses.
Here’s a little something that has surely saved my life in London countless times. I wonder how many foreigners had unfortunate run-ins with cars and motorbikes before the city started directing us which way to look before crossing the street.
We spent most of our weekend in the Notting Hill area where #2 son lives these days. It can be a bit crowded on Saturday due to the wonderful and popular Portobello Street Market but otherwise a fabulous neighborhood. We especially enjoyed a wonderful dinner on the outside patio of Portobello Ristorante Pizzaria, 7 Ladbrook Road, (Thanks Janos and Sevgi!)
On our way to Whole Foods on High Street Kensington (their upstairs food court is a wonderful spot for lunch) we were lucky enough to arrive just in time to help celebrate this company’s return from duty in Iraq. A bystander informed us that there is a little parade and ceremony for each troop as they make their way home. Welcome home guys!