I drove into Tonbridge, parked up and bought a Senior Rail Card. The last one I bought was literally two weeks before we went into lockdown and having cost me £30 I was loathed to buy another until the bulk of the strikes and railtrack repairs had been completed.
Today was the day and I headed up to Charing Cross for lunch at Itsu.
The picture is not the cleanest in the world, blame BR for dirty windows, but I was really struck by the enormous "play" button which graced the top of one of the new buildings Canary Warf way. It was really bright in the sunlight so come the summer I suspect it'll really stand out.
Following Itsu and yes it was as lovely as my memory had told me, I wandered off in the vague direction of Foyles.
Being a Sunday I wasn't that sure if it would be open but it was, so a happy perusing of books ensued.
Yes, I did succumb and bought the first in the series Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation.
Happy bunny, its a book I'll enjoy curling up with.
The wander continued and it took me around Piccadilly, Leicester Square and up to Tottenham Court Road. I wandered up Oxford street stopping only at the Samsung show rooms. Interesting, they seem to be teaming up with Smarty.
I must admit I was getting weary so headed along Regent Street, passed Trafalgar Square and then back to Charing Cross.
One thing which did make me smile was a toaster. Not just any toaster but one giant one in the shop window of Smeg I think.
This thing was at least the height of an American fridge.
So that's it, my first foray back on the trains.
Next stop Hastings. Now they've repaired the embankment collapse at Robertsbridge it's worth a day out.
I wonder how much has changed?