Wednesday, 11 July 2018

London, England (Hampton by Hilton, London Docklands)

I woke after a good night’s sleep and went down for breakfast. It was very crowded as I filled my plate with scrambled eggs, bacon, a sausage, and a croissant while pouring a cup of coffee and a glass of orange juice. Normally, in other Hilton properties, there are a 20 – 30 people having breakfast at one time but I think that everyone who stays in this hotel are offered a free breakfast, not just Hilton Honor members or people who pay extra for the meal.

After breakfast I returned to my room and squeezed in another hour of sleep. I had made plans to meet up with Prean and Viktor at 3:00 p.m. so had a little bit of time to get ready and print out the court document, for my cousin’s estate, to have notarized.

From where I’m staying, it takes over 45 minutes to get into central London. This hotel is located across from London City Airport in the area of London known as the docklands. The docklands is where the vast London shipyards were once located, east of central London. There is a special train (DLR, Docklands Light Railway) that accommodates the passenger traffic from this area which has many apartments and industry now that this area has been re-purposed.

Was good to catch up with Prean and Viktor and hear about their new business venture. While I was listening, internally I was relieved that my work days are complete and have no need to think about the “what ifs” of the working world. My conversation with my financial planner a few days ago confirmed that I can continue on doing what I’m doing (travel) for many years before settling down.

Before I left Prean and Viktor, Prean showed us an old wine bar (Gordon’s Wine Bar) located in a cavern near the Embankment underground station. It really was a true cave and you had to watch your head as you walked through the space. Not for those who may be claustrophobic. Prean was looking forward to returning home to watch the football match between England and Croatia.

On the way back to the hotel I was thinking about dinner and perhaps dining at the nearby Chinese restaurant I saw that was near to the hotel. I stopped at the restaurant on the way back and looked at the menu and thought I’d give it a try later. When arrived at the hotel there were quite a few people in the lounge getting ready to watch the football match.

When I was at the Chinese restaurant a bit later, the football match was still going on and in the restaurant’s lounge and could hear the people in the lounge reacting to the game. The meal was good and glad I opted to eat there.

By the time I returned to the hotel room it was nearly 9:00. I posted an update to my blog and got ready for bed. I watched a couple of programs on BBC then turned in. England didn’t win their match.

Tomorrow I’m meeting up with Miguel in London and we’ll hang out for a few hours. The weather looks like it will continue to be mild. Nice!

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