April 30th, 2013

Orange Vespa Huskyteer

A Very English Weekend

In the runup to my holiday I had a visit from Howard, who was collecting a bike he'd bought from local friends of ours. We spent Friday doing London Things: we went on the London Eye, had lunch at Skylon, whose retro branding has long tempted me, and enjoyed a quick look around Tate Modern before walking across the Millennium Bridge. We ended up at the British Museum, where I'd booked tickets for a screening of the Up Pompeii movie, and managed to fit in a free mini-lecture on the Rosetta Stone too.

On Saturday we picked up the new bike. Testing, obviously, ensued. Our lunchtime destination was the Duck Inn at Pett Bottom - immortalised by Ian Fleming as the home of James Bond's aunt, who raised him after his parents died. Today the pub is also the home of a large huskyish dog who promptly installed himself under our table. The bacon baguettes may have had something to do with it. Afterwards we took twisty single track country roads to the Battle of Britain memorial at Capel-le-Ferne before heading home up the A20.

It was a lovely way to spend a couple of days before leaving the country for a week. On Sunday morning Howard rode his new bike to the station while I walked down with my suitcase, so he could wave me goodbye.

And then I was off!
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