On Monday 20 April, 15 members of the Association took the early morning Easyjet flight from Blagnac to London, for a 5 day visit.
We stayed in a big youth hostel, in the centre of London. The accommodation was excellent, and very reasonably priced – a night in a small dormitory cost 31€.
Our programme included visits to museums, monuments, neighbourhoods, including Chinatown and Soho, parks, a flea-market, a 19th century tea clipper sailing ship, a boat trip on the Thames and, of course, shopping.
Our secondary mission was to sample the different kinds of restaurants in the metropolis, and we tested a small, family-run Italian restaurant, a pub meal, the best fish and chips in London, a busy restaurant in Chinatown, and a Noodle bar. The food was very varied, and of excellent quality.
We were very lucky with the weather, which was cold, but sunny for most of the 5 days.
London is very big, much bigger than Paris, and the possibilities are unlimited. Our visit concentrated on a variety of different activities, and we came away with a real feeling for what London has to offer.
Next year, we are planning to visit Dublin, in Ireland, a much smaller city, but one with plenty of history and character.