This morning we had a leisurely breakfast of boiled eggs and toast (and cereal in Stephen’s case), tea and coffee. We talked about going to visit Oxford and staying for a few nights. After checking out the YHA and college options, and finding them all full next week, we went for Airbnb, and found a room for $72.00 per night, with breakfast, with good access to the centre of the town. Our plan is to go by train to London and catch a coach to Oxford. We booked for four nights leaving Monday and returning on Friday. This is just before the term break.
Airbnb differs from normal B&B in that it can be a bit more casual and lower in cost, I think. This house has only one bathroom and toilet that we share with our hosts, hence the relatively low cost. We checked out the weather and it should be fairly dry on most days. Sunshine is a possible bonus.
We are going out this evening to Fairfield Halls to see the simulcast of ‘Hamlet’, which is still on in London. Below is a photo of the outside of Croydon Minster from yesterday.
Today we went out to pick up a new remote for the Apple TV and to see Croydon Minster. It is impressive, especially for what is basically a parish church. It was destroyed in a fire and rebuilt using some of the older features rescued from the rubble, but basically restored as it was. We had packed a lunch and as it was cold and a bit windy we ate some of it in the relative comfort of this centrally heated church. We sat just under a CCTV camera, but no one came rushing in to make us stop.
We walked back towards the main shopping area, taking in the local market, which focuses on fruit and vegetables. We noted a couple of butchers’ shops nearby.
And after a toilet stop at the town hall we ambled home to a quiet afternoon of reading, etc. In the evening we went to a talk on a section of the canal system on the River Wey in and around Guildford. Quite interesting, especially to see how much the National Trust depends on volunteers and donations to preserve these waterways for recreational use and historical interest. Especially after reading the Bill Bryson book, where he also talks about the preservation of Britain’s rich historical heritage.