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Destinations Travel Show

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Cannot believe it’s a year since our last pilgrimage to the show, I must say there were less stands than last year which was a bit disappointing, but that said we did pick up some useful ideas for our future travels. It seems that all shows which were big in the past are getting smaller and smaller. take the ideal home exhibition for example which used to be a huge event but is now a shadow of ts former self

Our accommodation for the trip like always was the trusted Travelodge chain, we stayed in the Snaresbrook Wanstead lodge which was very good, and the location was perfect just a few minutes from the underground station to the centre of London, and as we booked in advance we got a very good rate

The next day we decided to go into London again and visit Harrods in Knightsbridge, now its been a number of years since I was last in Harrods and that was just a flying visit so this time we thought we would have a real look around, well that look around turned into a five hour visit it was just amazing to have a look at all the ware’s for sale you can buy absolutely anything with some amazing prices as well for example just plain good old English fish & chips  in the fancy food hall was £29 far pricier than Rick Steins restaurant in Padstow Cornwall. We came across a cup & saucer which was very nice and I would have liked until we saw the price a snip at £2020 for a set of four just mind blowing, but there was a bargain to be had at a nearby Kitchen design shop, a really nice range cooker reduced from £74000 to a mere £48000 so just goes to show what bargains can be had if you shop around.

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Camden Market

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Our last day in the capital, we were not up as bright and early as Saturday as we had a long and full day previously. We decided to take the tube to Camden Market, now I had not been here since my days in the Fire service some 12 years ago, so much has changed, the market has grown greatly, and just like Portobello road there was an amazing selection of all sorts of shops and stalls, and not to be missed is the food stall area where you can sample all types of cuisine from all over the world, there was even a Zulu restaurant which if we had time I would have loved to try. So Camden Market is  another must see if you are visiting London. So after spending a good few hours at the market it was nearly time to head for home, but we decided on one last stop as like me having never been to Portobello Road market our friend had never been to St Katherine’s Dock near Tower Bridge, so it was back on the tube for our last stop. Now I have been to St Katherine’s Dock many times and have seen it grow and grow over a period of about 35 years, in fact I had the pleasure of sailing a 45 foot yacht called Arwen to berth in the dock when I sailed with the Cirdan Trust. Now in my opinion it has grown to be a great tourist attraction, and another must see if you are visiting the capital. Then it was into the Dickens Inn for one last drink before the journey home.

So another great weekend away was had by all, with a great many laughs along the way. Watch out for our next trip, which will probably be to the Isle Of Arran in Scotland so watch this space. Or why not subscribe to my blog

Destinations Travel Show

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Up bright and early for the day ahead. First stop was for breakfast at South Kensington, we found this great little Italian run cafe called Floris by mistake on a previous trip to London, so we decided to give it another go. They have really nicely cooked food and is reasonably priced and only one stop away (South Kensington tube station) from Earls Court. Then it was off to the Destinations Travel show. Once inside their were an amazing  range of travel companies from every location you could think of around the globe, they ranged from companies advertising really expensive and exclusive 5 star resorts to trekking across the desert in what only can be described as a very old lorry converted into a bus where the accommodation on the overnight stops are communal tents, which I would have loved to do maybe 30 years ago, but now at my age I like a little more luxury but it looked good all the same. It was really nice to see stalls advertising places such as Mongolia, Korea, Vietnam, Samoa, along with all the more popular tourist destinations. So a good time was had by all, so we came away with lots of ideas for our next trip, which we think may be Thailand & Vietnam, really early planning stage at moment though so watch this space.

After the show we decided to go to Portobello road market, now having been born and bred in London and having travelled around the capital a great deal I somehow missed going to Portobello market, what an amazing place, lots of really good shops and stalls selling antiques, paintings, records in fact everything you could think off, a real must place to visit if you are coming to London.

After the market it was time to find somewhere to have dinner, and as there was maintenance work being carried out on various underground train lines, we decided to take the bus back toward our hotel, it made a nice change to travel on the bus instead of the tube as you see so much more. We ended up by Tower hill in a nice pub called the Liberty Bounds which is owned by the JD Wetherspoons group where we had a very nice meal. Then it was back to the hotel for a goods nights rest.

Brick Lane

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A great afternoon was had by all, we took the DLR to Canary Wharf and had good look around the old place, still lots of impressive buildings going up and looks amazing at night. Then it was time for a well-earned drink, we found a pub which was called The Ledger Building which is where all the old documents were held for the East India Dock Co many years ago a real impressive piece of architecture, with some great old photos from the past and a great location overlooking one of the many docks in the area. It was then off to Brick Lane for dinner. As I have said in previous blog posts Brick Lane is an amazing place, a real cultural hub for the Indian community in East London, which really comes alive at night, nearly a whole street of Indian restaurants bars café just too many to choose from, but we found one called the mango which turned out very nice indeed. Like I said it is so difficult to choose as there are so many, I used the Curry finder app on my iPhone and it had a good rating so we gave it a go. I will post a review on Yelp on our return. Then it was off back to the hotel for a good nights sleep for the busy day ahead tomorrow.

Travelodge Docklands

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Its 2:30 pm and we have just arrived at the travelodge so far so good, hotel has a nice restaurant and bar area which we are currently using. Car parking is a very reasonable £5 for twenty four hours which is good for London.
Just got into room and just as you would expect from a Travelodge it does the job. (See my review on bobrouse Trip Advisor) Now off to Canary Wharf to explore, have a drink and plan our weekend