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A week of ups and downs at Hotel TerraVina… The London Eye was fun from the ground!

Apologies that this week’s blog is a day late… it was due to a technical hitch, (read that as being that I thought yesterday was Tuesday and today was Wednesday, but of course it is actually Thursday so I have written this week’s blog a day late!)

This past week we have had some staff dramas to deal with, some tricky customers (and thankfully some lovely ones too) to enjoy and the usual every day ups and downs of hotel life and then in a blink of an eye the week is nearly over and it’s time for me to write the blog again (except this week I muddled up the days).

I have been here, there and everywhere in the past couple of days.  I spent a couple of great days in London celebrating a friend’s special birthday… it was a surprise for her which she had no inkling of and her daughter, Dawn, should be commended for keeping the whole trip a surprise and planning such a great time for us all (we were a party of x6) and we had so much fun eating (and drinking) our way around London; that’s called market research! Starting with lunch at the Oxo Tower, dinner at Bentleys, lunch at Gordon Ramsey’s, (truly delicious….. the steamed steak and onion pudding was divine), cocktails in the American Bar at the Savoy and afternoon tea at Brown’s with Parky sitting next to us… in between all the eating we whizzed all over town, including the Royal Mews, the Queen’s Gallery to view the Shakleton exhibition, the Tower of London to gaze admiringly at the beautiful Crown Jewels, we took a boat trip down the river and there were two trips, a night and a day, on the London Eye, (although I declined both as I hate heights) and we had a fun filled few hours in the London Aquarium enjoying the antics of the penguins……. A lovely night away, but how great it was to arrive back in the forest and see all the beautiful colours on the trees.

We are now busily turning our thoughts to Christmas and decorating the hotel with pretty baubles – London looked glorious with all the twinkling Christmas lights, but it was very, very quiet which I suppose is a sign of the economic times and all the gloomy news that we are constantly fed by the media…. In fact with that in mind, Gerard has urged me to watch a film (more a factual documentary) that he saw on his recent trip back from New York, Inside Job, which apparently is a not to be missed look at the financial crisis, how it happened, but more importantly who has allowed it to happen…… I’ll report back next week!

Until next week


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