There were two min-adventures in November, both courtesy of Great Western Railway, which had a little-publicised (almost secret) special offer on during October and November, just for those of us who are 60+. Go anywhere on their network for a maximum of £24 return.
I had a packed day out in London for just £24 (about 2/3 of the normal charge). I was amazed at how much I managed to cram into a single day.
I walked from Paddington Station to Sloane Square and enjoyed a coffee and cake and fabulous view from the cafe at the top of Peter Jones. I even got a much-in-demand window seat. (And as I used a voucher for free coffee and cake, this was another bargain aspect of the day).
Then I walked from there to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery, where I wanted to revisit some of the paintings I saw in September, in particular to remind myself of the painter of a portrait I found intriguing.
Another walk from there to Bloomsbury, where I met up with a friend for lunch.
Yes, all that, and it was still only lunchtime.
We got a bus eastwards and explored more of the area around Brick Lane. I bought beigels and cheesecake to take home with me, including something for my supper on the train home. He showed me a fascinating work space, and an even more fascinating bookshop across the road.
Then we split: he to go to his print-making class nearby, me to walk west again back to Bloomsbury where I met up with oldest son and daughter-out-law after work for a(nother) coffee and cake. It was lovely to be able to celebrate with them in person him finally (finally!) qualifying as an architect, and her passing her British Sign Language course.
Then a bus ride to Paddington and home again, after a full and delightful day, with plenty of exercise built in.
Along the way I chanced upon all these inspiring people.
You’ll have to come back for another post to find out about this! Back soon….