Saturday, January 29, 2011

July 14-16 In Merry Old England

Easy connections through Southampton, because it helped to be making one's own transfers so we among the first ashore.

We were met at Southbourne station near Chicester, by our dear old friend Iris, Lady Stuart-
Taylor. We had a nice visit indeed. Her daughter Caroline came down from
London, and it was nice to see her again as well. We finally met Iris’s son
Nick...or should I say, Sir Nicholas Stuart-Taylor, Bt.? Also visiting Iris
was an old neighbor and school chum of Nick’s, Richard Badham, now a
professor of management at Macquarie University in Sydney. Iris took us to
visit Uppark, the stately home of the Fetherstonhaugh family for centuries.
Iris and Bruce enjoying tea.

White Lodge, Lady Iris's home near Chichester.

We did manage to mail home the unnecessary formal attire from the
post office at Funtington, as the one in Hambrook was closed on Wednesday
afternoons. No need for black tie on the Trans-Siberian! These small
village Royal Mail post offices are actually combined convenience store and
postal operations. There was a rather a long line at the Funtington post
office, so Bruce stayed there with the packages, while Penny and Iris went
back home for the luggage. We made it to Southbourne Station with plenty
of time to spare, about fifteen minutes. We caught the train to London and it
arrived at Victoria Station on schedule. Then into the tube and around to
King’s Cross/St. Pancras via the Circle Line. We found the Hotel Meridiana
right away. The room was small, but otherwise quite comfortable, and with
a splendid view of hanging laundry from the adjoining buildings.
Bruce enjoying the train from Chichester to London.

Arriving on the platform at Victoria Station.

Beehive of activity in Victoria Station.  We love train stations!

St. Pancras Station in London.  The Eurostar trains to the continent leave from here.  Harry Potter fans may recognize this building, which portrays King's Cross Station in the film series.  The real King's Cross is right next to St. Pancras, but not nearly so photogenic.

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