The Anonymous Widower

Crossrailed Yet Again!

Coming back from St.Pancras today, I took my normal route of the Circle line to Moorgate to get a 141 or 21 bus home.

When I left on Sunday, the buses were running their normal route, but coming home, they were on diversion because of Crossrail. The display was showing  a bus was due, but if I had waited until September, I have frozen to death before one arrived,

So it was back into the Underground to take the Northern line and see if I could cut one off at the pass opposite Moorfields.

When I got there, it was showing twelve minutes wait, but one arrived in two.

So I was lucky.

Why don’t they divert the buses permanently until Crossrail is finished with digging up Moorgate?

I’m sure, I wouldn’t be the only one, who would be very pleased!

December 13, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Cafe Breizh In Paris

I found Cafe Breizh last time I was in Paris, by searching for “gluten free creperie”. But I couldn’t find it physically.

So this time, as I crossed Paris to get the Eurostar, I just had to visit.

I was not disappointed after a bowl of cider and two gluten-free buckwheat crepes.

It’s a wonderful excuse to go to Paris for the day.

December 13, 2013 Posted by | Food, World | , , | 1 Comment

Would I Go Back To Bordeaux?

Bordeaux impressed me.  In some ways it was like Paris without the tourists.

It had all the architecture, the shops, the restaurants and the magnificent river Garonne.

The people seemed to have a calmness and politeness that the Parisians lack.

If say, I was indulging in one of my passions and dressing a lady for say an important wedding, I think I might persuade her, to get on a plane to Bordeaux and then come back by TGV and Eurostar.  It’s probably a lot easier to come home on the train, than lug everything through the airports.

C would have loved Bordeaux, Just like she loved Paris, Hong Kong, Milan and Florence.

Every real lady deserves to be dressed to the nines, at least a few times in her life.  And that means from her toes to her hair and outwards from her skin to what everybody looks at.

But I did love those wireless trams!

If you ever wondered why we dress to the nines, look here!

December 13, 2013 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , | Leave a comment

First Class On A TGV

I hadn’t travelled in First on a TGV before, but on this trip I did.

I wasn’t impressed with the leg room, which seemed to be about the same on a Virgin Class 390.

Not Much Legroom

Not Much Legroom

I had thought it would be bigger as the TGV Atlantique has a much larger cross-section, than the British train.

The refreshments were disappointing too.

Disappointing Refreshments

Disappointing Refreshments

The picture shows, the smoothie and pretzels.

First Class certainly wasn’t worth the extra thirty euros or so.

Compare it with Second Class in the TGV Duplex I took from Geneva to Paris.

In Second Class On A TGV Duplex

In Second Class On A TGV Duplex

I took this picture from my seat on the lower deck. Is it a deck, saloon or floor?

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Leaving Bordeaux For Paris

Bordeaux St. Jean station was full of TGV Atlantique trainsets as I left for Paris.

It appeared that some trains were coupled together in pairs, to make massive people movers for the journey to and from Paris. Incidentally, each train can carry 485 psassengers.

I was not worried about the date of Friday the Thirteenth.  I’ve left jobs on this date twice and I’ve always gone on to better things.

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Experiments With Selfies

I was trying to get a decent picture of myself.

Most seemed to be rubbish, so I only left myself with these. So if I kept these how bad were the others?

Note the Liverpool University Engineering Scarf, I often wear in cold weather.

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My Hotel In Bordeaux

I stayed at Le Boutique hotel in Bordeaux.

Le Boutique Hotel In Bordeaux

Le Boutique Hotel In Bordeaux

It was OK and they found me a very good restaurant for supper on Thursday.

But I wouldn’t stay there again, as the lift to get to my room was not to my taste.  I can think of some, who would have used it once and left the hotel.

December 13, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments