Here we are in a chilly January! You find me freshly back from a trip to the UK to partake of a little culture. My wife had seen 2 exhibitions in London that were soon to close so we flew over to see them. As you will know from this blog, I am a Sherlock Holmes fan and what better place to stay in London than at the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes Hotel in Baker Street! A 50 minute flight from Dinard courtesy of Ryanair into London Stansted and then a coach ride direct to Baker Street.
The Sherlock Holmes hotel was full of charm and not full of glass and chrome. It did have a bit of a Gentleman's Club feel to it. The hotel has a reading corner and I presented the hotel with a copy of my paperback, The Julia Moriarty Trilogy which I signed for them. I don't know whether this helped but we were upgraded to an executive room :-) It was much appreciated! Thank you Anita!
The two exhibitions we visited were the Constable at the V&A and the Turner at Tate Britain. Of the two, I preferred the Turner which was superb! My wife and I had seen the great film 'Mr Turner' starring Timothy Spall before going and it certainly did give the exhibition a new dimension. Two nights at The Sherlock Holmes was not enough and a quick train ride up to Nottingham allowed us some time to see our children. Booking in advance for the train allowed us to travel first class for only £21, a real bargain! We had use of the 1st Class lounge at St Pancras for free tea, coffee, juice etc. and similarly on the train. A one way car hire from Nottingham back to Stansted brought us to the Radisson Blu at the airport and a really good evening meal in the Italian restaurant. A missed flight and 2 days later, we were back home!
More to follow, have a good week!