Be spontaneous. That is not my style so I'm antsy. This is a rebooked trip from the original Covid lockdown. Most of it was copied & pasted from last year.
We are in London now. Plan was to travel to France (yesterday). 1 week London & 2 weeks Paris/Strasbourg. We are in a nice (budget?) hotel in London. Hub by Premier. The room is small but very well laid out. Lots of cubby's for storage. Half block to the tube station. Younger crowd here. Rebooked this because Premier group was good about refunding money from last year. We have been here a week or so. The original plan was to recover from jet lag & move on to France. We don't have a jam packed schedule. Mostly walking or tube to an interesting place & explore. We found a great Christmas square by Sloan square (Leicister?) Tons of good food & the food market was serving champagne! We were sampling lots of stuff....oysters, duck confit, rissotto balls, canolli. We did get our tube stations confused & ended up a long ways from our hotel. As our batteries were running low we Ubered back. (About an hour....but only about 24 GBP. Did laundry yesterday at a cute little laundrymat. Dropped it off & picked up the next day. Annette was the nicest ever.
We were scheduled to train to Strasbourg on Sunday....France discouraged travel from UK on Saturday. We briefly thought about moving our travel day to Friday but ultimately decided to play by the spirit of the request & cancel France. Apparently many Brits moved up their travel & we saw pictures/video of long lines at St Pancras. (Eurostar)
So now we are filling 2 weeks. We extended our hotel for a few days to figure out things. The hotel is a little busier this week. Last week was very quiet. We are going to train to Bath for a few days, then Cotswalds. (I don't know anything about them, but my partner wants to go) Perhaps Stonehenge. The holiday (Christmas & Boxing day) may put a crimp in things. But we'll take it as it comes. We may travel to Edinburgh (I'm Scottish) then train back to Heathrow, get tested & fly home
Covid is exploding here in London. And the mayor is hinting of lockdown after Christmas. Example of behavior....we were looking for food late (10:00 pm) and we were striking out. We walked into a German pub down some stairs. It was quiet on the street. We turn the corner at the bottom of the stairs & there is an oompah band playing (loudly) & everyone is dancing on the table...band included. We LOL'd and had to leave. Pubs are busy especially the smaller ones. Masking is good on the tube. There was a vax protest down by Westminster Saturday. Several thousand that got a bit rough.
Shout out to Portland Travel group peeps! Keep on traveling. and thanks to my travel partner (the lovely & beutiful Sara with an H) for keeping me on an even keel