The Punch Tavern on Fleet Street in London

For the first time ever, we decided not to stay in a hotel, but a rental apartment while in London. We chose a good location on Fleet Street to make it walking distance to LSE for our travel purpose.

The frame above the door features the character Punch. Too bad I had just seen one like it, but with a white mask! There he was in broad daylight in a car near Fleet Street… He reminded me of one of the murder cases in the detective show Elementary which we like to watch.

Punch Tavern ceiling

The Punch Tavern features 70 different types of Gin. I tried the London Dry, Beefeater, and Bombay Sapphire. I’ve done my share. It took me two nights to down three of them.

London Dry

This was their vegetarian version of the Caesar Salad. My husband enjoyed his Shepherd’s Pie.

I opted for the Punch Baby breakfast, which was enough. At least, I got the beans and sausage with it.

Punch Baby Breakfast

The rental place above the Punch Tavern is in a good location. It was clean and comfortable. There are four windows in the apartment, but they only point to grey walls of more holes in the wall. But we weren’t there for the view anyway. I would stay there again.

While there, we also realized why we had to leave a GBP 500 safety deposit. Now we know, but this will be our secret. 🙂 The deposit was returned to us in full right away. We had been good.

London and LSE Graduation Ceremony 2017

Yes, the time had come for us to see our son graduate from London School of Economics (LSE) with a MSc double degree in Global Media and Communications.

This was taken on our first walk since arriving in London. We had two mostly sunny days ahead of us.

London Eye

We passed a little demo, rooting for baby Charlie, near this place.

 

LSE Old Building

The moment we had been waiting for. My husband and I did a High Five.

LSE Graduation Ceremony

We joined a very nice reception on the roof top.

The Media and Communications group posting for a photo.

Relaxed atmosphere.

The LSE is a good school, and will continue to serve its students very well.

Our next graduation ceremony will take us to Exeter University.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Beer Balcony Season has started again. My first visitor this summer was Martina, who used to live in our neighborhood. We had met at a camp fire on Halloween night 10 years ago.

And yes, it can be a glass of wine too.

Homes For Sale in Burgundy, France

In this quaint village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one out of five homes seems to be up for sale. There were quite a few of ‘A Vendre’ signs, some of the signs also looking rather old already.

This photo happens to show two for sale, side by side.

A Vendre

An old-fashioned mailbox near the Office of Tourism.

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain is also the home of the famous anis candy. Stop at 4 Rue de l’Abbaye to visit their shop and museum. It will be easy to locate – just follow the smell.

Burgundy Food Specialties

In an earlier post, I had mentioned the La Grange eatery in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. They serve homemade cooking. Here we had roasted lamb with black lentils and sauteed zucchini. This place has many customers.

Lunch at La Grange

On morning, when the croissants were sold out, I ended up trying a local specialty. This is called a gougère and has a creamy cheese filling. Gougères are made of  savory choux pastry mixed with cheese.

This was my favorite place every afternoon.

This area was full of butterflies! Most of them were attracted to purple and burgundy colored blossoms.