Paul (DH) took me to the railway station on Friday morning in plenty of time to catch my train to London Paddington. I had booked my ticket well in advance and took the option of a complimentary first class ticket and booked a seat in a mobile free carriage. The train had started at Cheltenham and I picked it up at Gloucester. It stopped at Stonehouse, Stroud, Kemble, Swindon, Didcot, Reading and London Paddington. Stonehouse, Stroud and Kemble have short platforms so you have to choose the correct carriage. The train conductor advised that at least one stop was a request stop, which is strange for trains. We arrived a little late, the train had to go more slowly in the Stroud area, due to leaves on the line. I have poo pooed "leaves on the line" in the past but it makes the tracks slippery and one wouldn't want to be on a train that derailed.
I believe that Paddington Station was built in Victorian times. The picture below shows a window which is at the end of the train shed. The frame is very elegant. I should use it as a basis for an embroidery or quilting pattern.
|Paddington Train Shed|
I just adore St. Pancras station. I purchased the cheapest tickets for my journey which meant I had to catch the single train that the ticket was purchased for, so, I had given myself plenty of time between trains. I had time to walk up and down the concourse taking photos and choosing a place to eat. The station was built in Victorian times and renovated and expanded in the 2000s (the noughties) in preparation for the Eurostar trains travelling under the channel. There is a very interesting article about the station on wikipedia.
|Entrance to St. Pancras Station|
|Clock in St. Pancras Station|
|Architectural Detail of St. Pancras Station|
I ate lunch in "des Vins". I ordered an anipasto of meats. The waiter brought two sets of cutlery and I was surprised at the size of it. It was gorgeous, but I did have to leave some behind.
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