So as you will know, the bride and I have left the sunny shore of down under to the cloudy and cold of old London town. Things are going well, the cold is no where near as bad as everyone makes out, enjoying the weather actually a bit of a change.
Quite an interesting life really, still getting used to not having a car. So much so we decided to go and stay a night outside Stratford upon Avon (birthplace of Shakespeare, for those playing at home), and I used it as a great excuse to hire a car and drive up and see some of the countryside. I figured we'd get something a little fun so hired a Fiat 500. It was only the 1.2 Pop, but did the job. It took a little while to get used to, the first two times I stopped at lights I didn't realise that the car has stop/start! I was trying to work out why the car sounded like it was stalling whenever I put the clutch in, then I realised it was the engine starting lol. Also after driving a large car for so long, a little car was so much lighter, it kind of felt like the steering wheel wasn't really connected to the front wheels.
So we headed straight up on Wednesday but on Thursday we took the scenic route back to London. Stopping in at Silverstone and fanging down the pit straight, ok not really, couldn't find a way on to the track. Pretty sure we'll make the trip up in July. Then we went down via Milton Keynes (with a short interlude to see if we could stumble across the Red Bull F1 factory but no luck. Then we headed to Mentmore, where Mark Webber owns a pub, The Stag. Unfortunately he didn't make a show, but we contributed to his retirement fund. We chatted to the locals, who all seem to like MW, then we had a feed. It was really good actually. Might head back up at the start of July when MW hosts a charity bike race, see if we can meet the man.
Then we headed back to the capital, and as we thought we should take advantage of the wheels we drove through the city without working out the route first. Not recommendable, but we got home in the end.
So here a few pics from the adventure. Also learn the road signs before you drive as there are quite a few, and then there are none when you want them. They don't use speed signs on all roads, there is just the underlying assumption that if there is no sign you do the national standard. You just need to learn what these standards are!
Also the last picture is of a 500 we found in Notting Hill!