Despite my previous statements, I let Diane loose again on an unsuspecting
|ready to go|
So off she went again on the train, on a new line (Central), and once in the centre decided that she would see more miles above ground by simply taking the bus and view everything from the elevated space of upstairs.
She was unable to take her preferred seat at the front upstairs, it had been taken by some other tourists whom she identified as being of German origin - just the two of them but they had laid their
|Firstly the musical venues - research for later|
|Then the department stores - Debenhams|
|...finally, a rather drab exterior for John Lewis|
Then some general London scenes
|St.Paul's (r) and the Shard (c)|
|The welsh dragon|
|just the tip of the 'Gherkin' - just looks a bit phallic|
|St.Paul's up a bit closer|
|Courts of Justice|
|more of the courts|
|Looks like the remains of the cloisters of an old church, but is in fact at the side|
of the Courts of Justice
|Not quite Parisienne but certainly better than some of the other architecture|
|A modernistic building of concrete exterior, but an oddly appealing look|
|She also found Hamley's toy store - the store of Tom's boyhood|
Later on, when she was on foot, she came across these -
|A real bonus finding this small church|
|a memory of where it all started|
|Up close and gherkinish|
|Shaun the sheep - American style|
|We have been on the Monoploy trail and Diane visited|
King's Cross Station...
|...for shots outside and inside|
Friday being Friday, I got through my work early - my theory is that I have the weekend to finish anything still to be done; so we decided that we would take a visit to Wembley to enquire how we would go about buying tickets to any of the upcoming play-off matches.
So it was two trains to get there, but with the usual waiting times that occur it did take a little while to eventually arrive.
|from the train station - still quite impressive|
|a bit closer|
|Diane, of course, had eyes on the other venue(s) around|
Our main thoughts were simply to find out how to purchase tickets, but the only entrance open was the one dedicated to Bobby Moore where the stadium tours started.
|Larger than life, in real life and after|
|These 2 stone tablets were part of the Wembley Stadium before this new one|
was built, but have been painstakingly restored...
|...and list the gold medal winners of the 1948 Olympics|
Fortunately, I was able to ask one of the assistants who advised me that really you have to contact the clubs that will be involved.
If it was an FA cup match then it is on-line.
We opted not to do the tour whilst there, Diane fore-saw that we would probably come back again and she was quite quick (just a little too quick, mind you) to point out that next year I will get a discounted price based on me being a lot older than her.
Seems that Diane's attention had been taken with the Outlet stores in the complex along side the stadium and so we were off to look at lots of things that she couldn't buy - remember, she has said she is not buying any new clothes this year (4 months down and only 8 to go).
She did however want to buy a pair of shoes for me - seems that I do not have enough shoes - just boots.
|What a lovely pair of shoes that I bought - problem was that they|
were not my size but luckily they fitted Diane really well.
|Frankie and Benny's selfie|
|Look what else she found - we left a sizeable donation|
In moving up to Alperton, just where Sainsburys is, there was a boat about to leave the moorings, and just about where we would have moored, but disaster struck. As they were moving away the prop picked up a push chair and there was considerable difficulty in getting it off - sometimes the luck is with you (well with us at least, for now).
So later that night it was off to work by bus and train - continuing to learn about the public transport system - it is all good.
Interestingly, where it took us quite sometime to get Wembley via 2 trains earlier in the day, if we had already been at Alperton and took the No.83 bus we could have got there in about 15 minutes - knowledge for next time
YTD: 313 Miles, 180 Locks, 6 Tunnels, 2
Totals: 3207 Miles, 2301 Locks, 104 Tunnels, 36