Well then. The last full day of my #GHTC2016 holiday yesterday included two sumptuous meals.
I joined my once-student, now fully-fledged international operatic tenor, Brenden Gunnell . . . at his tailor, of all places. We had a long stroll through Piccadilly and Covent Garden and made our way to Rules, a swank Covent Garden joint that claims well over 200 years of consecutive service and states proudly they are “England’s oldest restaurant.”
Some London scenes from Downton Abbey were filmed in the restaurant itself.
This meal officially now ranks as the most expensive I have ever had, coming in at just over £200 for the two of us. And this was just luncheon!
What to do after that? Take a walk in the humidity, down The Strand. Stop by a Christopher Wren church or two. Explore the Inns of Court. Have a sit down chat for a bit in a pub. And then attend Evensong (magically sung) at the Temple Church. And then say ‘so long’ to a dear friend and now-colleague, on the Embankment overlooking the Thames, in sight of Big Ben.
Singing “The day thou gavest” as a close to Evensong on this last day was a perfect benedictory coda to this wonderful, sometimes magical three-week holiday.
And then, as if the daylight hours with B weren’t enough, I met my friend R and we dined in style as well, and chattered and chattered about taxes and travel and RVs and all sort of mundane but fun things.