Today was London get away day.
We started with a personal, guided tour of Parliament by our host Sarah, who works there. She was able to get us to some behind the scenes places not available to the general public.
Unfortunately, no pix allowed – very strict security.

After a picnic lunch in a park on the Thames, and a bit of shopping in Hyde Park, for what may have been the last remaining souvenir t-shirts in all of London, we boarded a train at Victoria station bound for Canterbury. I don’t know what the Cathedral pilgrims found 600 years ago, but we found a town that was party hardy on a Friday night.

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Celia looking short, complains it’s not fair – Sarah was wearing heels.

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Hyde Park – Connie, I would say that is a fine looking horse and rider.

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Hyde Park – security lines, not my fave Olympic moment.

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Canterbury – view of the West Gate from our restaurant, the very fine Cafe des Amis. The next day when talking to an Olympic volunteer who lives nearby, she told us that this was her fave restaurant in town. We went there because it was still open and was near our hotel. Sometimes you get lucky.

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Today’s PerfectPint: In Transit, a summer hop ale from Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame. This local Kent brewer came highly recommended by the train bartender.

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Today’s PremierPub: Cherry Tree Freehouse. on a dark side street off the main drag in Canterbury, High Street. fortunately, there were a couple of guys in the place you could have a pint with and some conversation. in fact, the chap on the right spent 2 years in washington heights, and lived to talk about it.

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Cherry Tree has trivia, but it seems their game may have started before Tuesday night Trivia in Northport.

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