Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Coronation Street Studio Tour.

We all spent an enjoyable evening moonlighting behinds the bar of the Rovers Return this evening while we enjoyed the Coronation Street Tour during a visit to the now redundant ITV studios at Quay Street Manchester.











A complete new set has now been built at Media City at Salford Quays, and has been in use since the beginning of the year.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Our Final Day In London

Sadly the end of our stay in London with friends is near and tomorrow we make our way back up t'North courtesy of Virgin Trains. Today we kept free so we could do whatever we fancied dependent on weather. As it turned out the weather wasn't too bad, with mainly sunshine until lunchtime and the occasional heavy shower afterwards. It didn't deter from our enjoyment at all.


We had a leisurely start after yesterday's busy schedule and took the Tube to Tower Hill. There is much to see and do in this location including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast.


What we didn't expect though, and hadn't managed to find on previous visits was St. Katherine Dock, a little gem of a marina located through a ginnel at the bottom of Tower Bridge. Once inside there are restaurants bedecked with flowers, vintage Thames barges, super yachts and Gloriana, the rowed barge that took part in the Queen's Golden Jubilee river pageant.





There is the Shard on the South side of the Thames, behind HMS Belfast.


And the Gherkin on the North side visible here behind the Tower.


The highlight of today's visit was to witness the volunteers placing a poppy for every serviceman killed during the First World War, around the moat of the Tower. When they are finished the area will be a sea of red.


We enjoyed lunch at a restaurant called Indian Fusion, just on the South side of Tower Bridge. We had picked up this from the 2 for 1 offers that are linked to our rail journey, and I printed vouchers before we left home that would allow us two free main courses. It is a most unusual Indian restaurant in that the decor was modern contemporary and the food was served nouvelle cuisine style with decorated artistically presented plates. Quality was exceptional although the price was more than we are used to at home even with our vouchers taken off. Very enjoyable in any case.


After a walk down the riverside towards London Bridge we caught the tube 'home' via London Bridge station before the more expensive rush hour fares kicked in. Our TFL Oyster cards allow us off peak travel all day long using either the Underground, London buses, or Docklands Light Railway for a maximum of £7.70 or £10.60 if peak time journeys are made, as we had to do yesterday to meet our schedule.