Thankfully the assistance at Heathrow took me directly to the taxi stand - very friendly London cabbie took me to the Kew Gardens Hotel, obviously in Kew near the Kew Gardens. Arrived about 11:30 am and of course my room was not ready however the staff were most apologetic and offered me a cup of tea. The bar at the hotel is very comfortable and relaxing.
|View from my room at Kew Gardens Hotel|
|Cafe at V & A Museum|
|Tea & scone at V & A Museum|
|Diamond bow brooches V & A Museum|
|Victorian silver centrepiece V & A Museum|
Off early to TNA at Kew, the hotel is very close just a short walk to the Kew Gardens station and through the subway tunnel to the archives. Managed to get my reader's ticket with no problems and then off to the Reading Room. Delighted to see the original parchment records of three of my convict ancestors. I had previously seen transcriptions but seeing the original documents was amazing. Interestingly TNA does not require researchers to wear gloves except when viewing photographs. Of course, I visited the bookshop at TNA and sent eight books home - difficult to resist the temptation.
Tuesday night was my last at Kew Gardens Hotel and I enjoyed an early dinner of soup and dessert with a glass of Chenin Blanc or two. I would recommend this hotel for anyone researching at TNA, very welcoming and friendly staff, nothing is too much trouble for them.
Up early - 5:30 am - as I needed to be in central London by 8:00 am to begin my Back Roads tour of the Channel Islands and Northern France. I had a taxi arriving at 7:00 am and the driver was on time and very helpful. We arrived at the Wellington Hotel at 7:45 am in plenty of time. There were already three people waiting in the hotel forecourt. The coach (a Mercedes 16 seater) arrived at 8:40 am as the tour guide had problems with the London traffic. This extra time gave us time to meet the fellow travellers, a total of fifteen. There are three singles and six couples on the tour All from Australia except for one delightful couple from Toronto, Canada.
|Back Roads Mercedes coach|
|St Peter's Port Harbour, Guernsey|
|Harbour with Castle Cornet in the distance|
Delicious lunch at the Octopus Bar & Restuarant, quite the best classic fish soup I have had for a long time. Then off for a tour of Sausmarez Manor.
|Sausmarez Manor & Angel sculpture|
We are staying at the Duke of Richmond Hotel in Cambridge Park, St Peter's Port.
|Duke of Richmond Hotel, Guernsey|