Well, every trip should finish with a celebration of highlights, high jinks and learning both good and bad. This is my list in no particular order.

  1. Don’t be afraid to build a basilica out of a barn.
  2. Never walk past a Michelin Restaurant. Somehow, God will open the door, and your wallet.
  3. Always download an offline map app to your iPhone, and remember to download the maps as well.
  4. Make sure you have the tube and metro apps on your phone, but don’t trust the National Rail Timings.
  5. Check the time of the last train, it could be a long walk home.
  6. Sooner or later, you have to sleep. It is impossible to do it all.
  7. Boring people do boring things, so don’t do boring things and you won’t meet them.
  8. Waitresses in pubs love a smile, waitresses in cafes couldn’t give a stuff.
  9. If you can’t find the shop, keep walking. The one you weren’t looking for is even more interesting.
  10. Forget the size of the hotel room. What are you doing in it anyway?
  11. It’s amazing how far you can get with a day trip.
  12. You always pack too much, so get rid of it. Anything that won’t dry overnight should be left behind.
  13. Pay extra for a shower, and it massage, food and a lounge are included, you have struck gold.
  14. The drugs don’t work. Just enjoy the drink, have a good book and hope the movies are ok.

And the meals?

  1. la Cognette of course</li
  2. Riverside At Stratford
  3. Either of the pubs I frequented in London
  4. Jan’s lunch

Time to fly!

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