Port De Soller Mallorca

Port De Soller Mallorca

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Lunch on the Thames....

Ishbel, hiding her large glass of red
from you
Ishbel and I received a voucher from our Daughter Marie and our Son-in-Law Peter for Christmas 2012.  We had meant to take advantage of it earlier in the year but with one thing and another happening, being diagnosed with cancer for one with little prospect of survival, we forgot all about it until last week that is when Marie, reminded us again, with the portent that it was likely to be expiring soon, I know how it felt then!

So, with that thought I went on line and then made a call to book the cruise. As luck would have it we were able to get a booking for the 2nd October, Ishbel's Birthday so once on and with  nice glass of red in her hand and a soft drink in mine we toasted both her birthday and last Christmas, hopefully looking forward too, to this Christmas!

It was a fairly murky day in town on Wednesday but not cold.  You couldn't even see the top of the Shard when we first got on, but never the less you could still see all that was described to you in the commentary, once the cruise got under way.  Ishbel and I are pretty good with our knowledge of London and her many wonderful sights.  But the commentary was informative, even imparting some stuff we didn't know.

The waiting staff, on board were attentive, we had the lovely Lucia, waiting on us and she took our order for drinks while pointing out the menu to us, asking if we were happy with it or did we need to change to vegetarian? No, it all looked fine and as it tuned out it was more than fine..

Smoked and Poached Salmon Roulade with pickled cucumber (forgot to take photo)

Chicken En Croute with Celeriac mash and green beans

Vanilla Pannacotta with chocolate macaroon

The amount of food was just perfect and well presented the only slight, and it was slight, was the macaroon which was just a bit over baked, but never the less thoroughly enjoyable.

The only downside and again it was only a minor complaint, was that you didn't really get any time to spend 'on deck' but then it was a 'lunch cruise' after all.

Other than that it was, as I never looked at the prices, before hand,  an enjoyable, pleasant  and value for money, couple of hours from our KIDS and BATEAUX LONDON and BUYAGIFT.COM  

A murky London skyline (but still a pleasant day) 

Some photos from our table view:

Saw this and thought it said: PORN FREE
Canary Wharf and odd shaped buildings 

Quite busy on the river today, cruise ships and working barges 

Passing under Tower Bridge
Sir Francis Drakes Golden Hind

Shakespeares Globe, Courtesy of American Sam Wanamaker

After our lunch cruise we decided to head up into town to Soho and Carnaby Street where we bought a couple of birthday gifts for Son-In Law Steve who had taken a few days off work to decorate the hall, stairs and landing for us, bless, he really is a good lad even although he might look like one he is little bit past the lad stage now turning 31 on the 3rd,  so Happy Birthday kid,  and thanks.....

It was a great afternoon with Ishbel. stopping off at side street bars for the odd glass of wine to fortify her walking legs, so she says and enjoying all the shops and weird looking folks who inhabit or visit this city and listening to Ishbel's acerbic comments as we pass yet another 'unusually attired' walker, she can be so funny in her descriptions of them, and as I say to her, they are just different, the eyebrows raise quizzically as if to say, 'yeah right!'

The Blue Cockrel on a plinth in Trafalgar Square, WTF!
A street performer. sitting on air! 


  1. WOW! Tom, what a wonderful lunch cruise you and Ishbel enjoyed. And what a loving and generous gift from your daughter and son-in-law. You must be a very special man! (You are, truly.)
    Make this a lesson--NEVER postpone enjoying a wonderful gift--and block the word expire from your vocabulary. This was a great post!

    1. Thanks Marylin, it was overcast but it was truly a lovely day and we both enjoyed it immensely xxxxx

  2. What a great day! The Thames does look busy-- but then it is a working river, and London does appear overcast but that's nothing new. The bustle at Trafalgar Square is always fun and how is that man sitting on air? Give Ishbel kisses for me! I can hear her comments now!

    1. It was a great day Jules and Ishbel's acerbic wit and commentary on folk is funny. I know how he did it, the man sitting on air but my lips are sealed xxxxx


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