Thursday, 23 July 2009

You know someone is a good friend when

you have not seen them in a while but when you meet it feels like you just saw them the day before!! It was so good to catch up with JJ and her kids last week and within seconds we were talking our usual nonsense...she was teasing me for drinking too much the night before and I was teasing her about her public transport skills!! (Seriously, I don't know how she manages to get was a small miracle she managed to meet me!! Just read this).

We had such a fab day!! After going for our traditional coffee in Starbucks, we did a bit of shopping and then she introduced me to the delights of a wholefood restaurant called Leon (Honestly, everything looked so good I had real problems deciding what I wanted). I had a grilled chicken wrap with yogurt and garlic mayonaise and then spent our entire lunch with food envy!! (Is it just me that gets this?). JJ had sweet potato falafel and hummous which looked utterly scrumptious....I know what I'm having next time I go!!

Anway, after lunch we went to see who was on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square (If you don't know what I'm on about click here) and then went on one of London's City Bus Tours!! I can't believe I lived in London for five years and never went on was fab!! We sat on the top deck of a double decker bus and spent a wonderful two hours travelling all over the city....we saw St. James's Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben & Houses of Parliament, The London Eye, Downing Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Bridge, The London Dungeon, Shakespeare's Globe and Tate Modern to name but a few. The tour guide was very entertaining and actually very knowledgable!! If your ever in London you should so do the tour!!

Thank you for a lovely day JJ. It was great seeing you and the kids and hopefully we'll manage another get together next time your in the country!!


JJ Beattie said...

Oooh, I can't believe you beat me to posting about this... It was so lovely to see you and being in Starbucks was just like our Bangkok days! Next time, we'll manage the theatre too!

Carol said...

If your not fast your last *grins*

Your right, it was just like old times...right down to the bloke behind the counter that couldn't get the order right :-)

I'll hold you to that!!

C x

Ann said...

Sounds like a great day, sometimes you just have these wonderful days, everything is perfect, especially the food, ( did you have to mention garlic again Carol )I too get food envy, called greed methinks, jeez I should have had that, a waiter passes with another gorgeous meal, and off I go again, so I am abnormal as well.

Love the story of the trains.

Good luck with whatever is coming up, hope you get what you want, cannot wait.

HelenMHunt said...

Glad you had such a good time x

Queenie said...

Old friends are the best.

Kevin said...

I lived in London for over twelve years and still didn't see most of the sites. The best time to be in London is when you aren't working/living there....sounds like you had a blast and got to see all those places I should have seen in my time. I'm fairly sure I've done all the toursty things in Malmesbury - I've even seen the naked gardeners, from behind :-0

Lily Sheehan said...

A very sweet post, glad you had a good time x

Blu said...

Wow that Globe theatre is fantastic brilliant picture, love the steps in front of the St Pauls shot too!

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

I agree about good friends and picking up where you left off. I lived in London for 12 years and never did the tourist thing. We keep talking about doing it - maybe this year.

ladyfi said...

Sounds like a great outing! Is that round building Shakespeare's Globe?

I do long for some gourmet veggie wholefood!

Debs said...

It's lovely to meet up with friends that you don't get to see too often. Glad you both had such a brilliant time.

Will definately do one of those tours next time in London. Went on one in New York and saw so much more than we would have done by walking/taxi. Excellent.

Caroline said...

Sounds like a perfect day! Good friends are treasures.

French Fancy said...

That is the law of eating out with friends - everyone else's plate always looks better. As for tourist buses - as a Londoner I've done it quite a few times now - I love it - but not in the rain, not in an open top one anyway (also done a few times - with the umberella open)

SueG said...

How terrific that you both were able to meet up in London. I'm so glad you had such a great day!!

Carol said...

Ann - It was a fantastic day (even if I was oozing alcohol from every pore!! I stayed overnight with Tom, who was my Matron of Honour, and every time I see him things tend to get a bit messy!!).

In Thailand I rarely got food envy cause you just order a bunch of stuff, stick it in the middle of the table and then everyone gets a bit!! My idea of heaven!!

Helen - I've really missed her since we've been back so it was just great to catch up!!

Queenie - You just can't beat them can you!!

Kevin - OMG that made me laugh!! Please tell me that they were not bending over at the time :-D

We've not been yet, my Mum is coming to visit in about a weeks time so we decided to wait!! (I have a feeling that all our guests will be taken there)

Lily - It was a lovely day!!

Blu - I have to admit that I stole them off the internet (would love to say that they are mine!!). All my pictures had trees or the back of people's heads in them....and then the battery in my camera died!!

MOB - I really really enjoyed it!! It's not cheap but the ticket is valid for 24 hours and there are about four different bus routes and a river cruise that you can go on so I think it is worth it :-)

LadyFi - It is indeed!! It's an absolutely stunning building but I've never actually seen a play there...that's on my list of things to do now that we're not a million miles away :-)

You wouldn't be disappointed with the food. It was fab!!

Debs - Ooohhh I bet the New York one was amazing!! A friend of mine visited NY and went on one of the sex and the city tours...she was determined to buy a pair of Jimmy Choo Shoes from the shop where the character Carrie bought hers. She went into the shop, saw a pair that she loved, bent down to pick them up and then farted!! She was so embarrassed that she ran out the shop and never bought the shoes!! (I, erm, laughed supportively when she told me!)

Caroline - You are absolutely right!! Where would we be without them eh!!

French Fancy - I's just not fair!!

We were in an open top did threaten to rain but fortunately that's all it did!!

SueG - I missed her last time she was over so I was determined not to this time!!

C x

Calico Kate said...

We did Bath on a realy really really hot summers day - too hot to walk - on an Open Topped Bus - the best breeze in town and a great way to travel. You do see so much more that way don't you.
Good friends like that are worth treasuring and and only come along a handful of times in ones life.
(Arrived here via ChrisH!)

DJ Kirkby said...

What a great day! JJ is so lovely... I want to go on an open topped bus tour now...

Carol said...

Calico Kate - Welcome and thanks for leaving such a great comment.

We've not been to Bath yet but, given your recommendation, I think that we might just take a tour when we do :-)

Good friends are worth their weight in gold!!

Right, I shall finish this comment and then come 'visit' you :-)

DJ - She is mad as a hatter but lovely with it!! Next time you visit London go for it :-)

C x

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