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This is my big medical visit, when I have my blood test and check up so I use it to visit the family.  We drove up to London to see my sister going round the M25 then into London via the Blackwall Tunnel.  As we came out of the tunnel and headed towards Leyton the olympic site could be seen on the right hand side.

They are getting on with the building very well, even if the sculpture is a bit bazar looking at the moment, with lots of red steel and what looks like the start of three viewing platforms.  So the next morning when my sister mentioned the Westfield Shopping Mall, the biggest in Europe,  I suggested to the delight of my wife that we took a look, I did not expect what I found.

As a boy growing up around this area places I knew had disappeared to be replaced with a new housing development for the athletes, and very smart they look too, a sort of modern ‘White City’ only 100 yrs on.  These flats are white, modern and look well designed.

There is also a brand new Stratford station which brings the Euro Train into the site and East London, so there is easy access for trips to France, which will no doubt bring in plenty of visitors.

The car park was reached via a spiral ramp which took us to the first level parking with spectacular views of the athletes flats. There is a ‘wall’ of safety meshing round each level but your view is not obscured.  On the floor you will find a ‘path’ marked in pink which takes you to one of the two exits down to the shops.

Two escalators later we found ourselves in the mall.  It is bright, spacious and packed with lots of shops and three floors high.  There are seats scattered around for those who are pooped from shopping to sit, or bars of all types, food, champagne, sushi, tapas, with an icecream bar where the icecream is shaped like a rose, and plenty of coffee bars.

We wandered off towards John Lewis which is at one end of that level, camera in hand (well in my wifes hands) taking pictures. In John Lewis we discovered they have a viewing platform, well it is an area where you have a clear view of the olympic site and the ‘Gherkin’ through large clear windows, plus seats for those who just want to sit, stare and take it all in.   The store was being decked out for Christmas with displays dotted here and there.

My sister and I went to have a coffee whilst my wife went off to take a few pictures of the shops and an exhibition of skateboarding.  Then  she joined us for her coffee, after which we went down to the next level and Primart.  This is one of her favourite shops, shopping done she went to que up, my sister and I thought, from the length of the que, that we were in for a long wait, but this branch had it all worked out, fifteen tills, all open and working the que fairly flew along.

Then back up to the top-level where we wandered back the way we came, and headed home.  We had been around 3 hrs and no, we had not covered all of it.  There were so many things to see, so many walkways to go down it was impossible in the time we had to cover more than we did.  But if you are in London take a day and go see, it really is well worth the visit.

And Lewis?

Oh yes if you do go, you will probably meet PC Lewis and his WPC partner to whom I must apologise for not getting her name, and say a big thank you for letting my wife take their picture and being so polite.

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Well this has certainly been a weekend of mixed events, we had intended to go to the Mora Morisca on Saturday but as is normal things went a little differently.

It started with the inverter going kaput and with the World Cup Final on Sunday we really had to go into Reus to get a replacement. Priorities rule and football being a must my wife did not pick up her camera football!! So about 5pm we set off going round the town as the streets were blocked off for the fiesta.  After purchasing the replacement, we drove back to town and parked the car walking to the old part which was decorated with banners flags and various coulorful awnings. There were stalls selling various cheeses, dried sausages, herbs and sweets with displays of craft work smithies, glass blowing metal and woodworkers. At the top of the town were the birds of prey falcons, owls, an eagle and one or two I do not know. 

Walking down to the main square we found people dressed in medieval clothes both Spanish and Moorish with plenty of bars open. We had been invited to join some friends in their house overlooking the square and spent a very pleasant hour in good company. Whilst there the owner of the bar outside the house asked if he could run a large screen off their electrics to show the football, this all arranged we decided to leave as we needed to eat.  We did not go down town to watch the match it was too hot for us but we saw it on tv and heard the celebrations the flashes of the fireworks could be seen from over the hills.

Then this morning about 7am I heard a noise outside the bedroom and found to my delight a small eagle. It had flown into the  small gazebo outside the sitting room window but was thankfully unhurt, life can be full of wonderful sights at times.

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