Europe, Day 4

20-Mar-2011 17:02, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 3.2, 9.784mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400

Since I had to catch the EuroRail to Lille, France early next morning, it didn’t make sense to come back to the Strand Hotel. Thus I had booked a hotel close to the St. Pancras station. Typically it is a 10 minute walk to the Judd Hotel. But, as was becoming a routine, the sense of bearing I got after alighting the train, led me astray for about 20 minutes after which I decided to throw in the towel and signed a cab.

A word about the famed London cabs. These 20s style, early car-era like cars are pretty spacious to get into and out of. The cab drivers know the streets of London very well and are very adept at driving in the small streets of London. Pedestrians are treated a little less the same when they are crossing the streets. There is a mix of you-are-not-right and I-have-to-slow-down-for-the-bloke kind of thing – well, that’s what I evidently saw. Ultimately the pedestrians win whether right or wrong, but the hurrying cabbies don’t miss a chance to make a point.

20-Mar-2011 13:06, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 4.0, 6.1mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

The Judd Hotel is a B&B kind of place. The crowded location near the train station and the crammed building gave me a hint of wanting space, but I was delightedly surprised. The interior was brightly lit and the Victorian sort of furnishings made no doubt about the age of the place. The room, while small, was neat and comfortable. After a shower, I thought I will explore the streets nearby. I found a few Indian restaurants, but chose to enter a vegetarian place. The food was a bit cold and the place small. The 10 or so tables were mostly occupied; the buffet was about seven or so pounds. It was a place that seemed to be frequented by the same people. It was a food-at-the-cost-of-money kind of place. The masala tea came in a rather unclean cup and I didn’t finish it. It reminded me of the hotels in and around City Market in good old Bangalore. You might find better, if a little more expensive place to eat, a little away from the station – you get the idea.

Another 30 minutes of walking and I was back at the hotel. I set up an early alarm for 1 AM EST for the mornings EuroRail train to Lille and went to bed.