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Back to London

We’ve had a wonderful visit in Northern Ireland and Ireland. The weather has been fantastic, the countryside beautiful and the citizens friendly. After breakfast, we took the one hour drive back to Belfast International Airport, and dropped off our rental car.
Our flight to London Stansted was pleasant, though we abhor the despicable practice that airlines like Ryan Air have implemented, of requiring you to pay an extra fee to sit together. It’s only a matter of time until they create a new fee for use of the toilet!
From Stansted we took the very efficient Stansted a Express train to Tottenham Hale, and then the Tube to Vauxhall. We arrived back early afternoon at our B&B. Then it was off to Waterloo Station where we meet our friend Christine from Florida who is in England visiting her family. Pat and Christine have known each other for many + years but this is only the second time they’ve met. They started corresponding as teenagers and have kept in touch ever since.
After a delicious late lunch and fun catching up on each other’s lives we headed to the British Library to see some of the exhibitions. It was late in the day so we only had limited time in the exhibitions, but enjoyed what we saw. We viewed the Magna Carta, as well as handwritten music from Handel, Beethoven, Chopin and more; lyrics from The Beatles; a letter from Churchill authorizing the Monuments Men; stunning religious texts; works from Austen and Dickens -- all well-preserved and respectfully displayed. Then there was time for a coffee before Christine headed back to Colchester and us to Vauxhall. It was lovely to spend time with Christine again and appreciated her making time during her family visit to see us.

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Christine and Pat

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The amazing library wall beside the coffee shop

Posted by Jimpat 12:11

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I had an absolutely wonderful time catching up with you guys in London. I'm so glad that our schedules allowed us to do it. Yes,the British Library was wonderful! Enjoy the rest of your trip - looking forward to following your adventure 😊 See you in August!

by NaplesChris

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