Tuesday July 4, 2017
Here we are at the Ibis Styles, Heathrow. We arrived last night after the five-hour bus trip from Plymouth, where we had stayed overnight Sunday after the five-hour ferry trip from Roscoff. We didn’t have a chance to see much of Plymouth though we did manage a walk along the Hoe for a ways, and along Armada Way to check out the route for the morning from our very nice guest house to the bus station. But given the number of ferry and river trips on offer, I suspect Plymouth will be on our re-visit list should we get back to the UK. Oh and I found a dragonfly sculpture.
We also had an excellent meal on the Sunday night, right up there with the other ‘best meals out’ of our trip, which include the fish and chip meal at a pub in Bugbrooke, two Italian meals — one in Poole and one in St Malo — and the meal in Guernsey (Italian for me again, and sirloin for L). Sadly the food at the Ibis is not up to much (reminds me too much of the Baltic container ship cooking), though the room is comfortable enough and we are enjoying watching Wimbledon and the Tour de France on the telly.
Today we did a day trip to Oxford. A lovely day, though it was by far the most tourist-filled place we’ve been to on this trip. So not a lot of photos because it was impossible to avoid the randoms (except in flower close-ups). It was a bit of a nostalgia trip for me as I was lucky enough to spend three months there nearly 20 years ago, and it was fun checking out the places I remembered. We were also lucky enough to talk to the Bodleian chief librarian (maps) about a most amazing tapestry on display, the Sheldon tapestry of Worcestershire, created about 1590. (google it for better pictures than mine). We finished the day by walking along the canal towpath, which seemed fitting given we started this holiday on a narrow boat.
Tomorrow we start the long flight home, though not till later in the day, so we may fit something more in tomorrow morning. Or maybe not.