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things I miss about london

November 30, 2007

I am often asked what I miss about my former life in London. Friends aside, the list is as follows:

1 M&S foodhall, M&S foodhall, M&S foodhall (in particular, the organic vegetable section).
2 Pret a Manger cappuccino and the daily ritual of a 20 minute walk to Ken High Street to get it.
3 Shops that don't close between 12-2.00pm.
4 Alexander Technique sessions with Noel Kingsley.
5 Pilates at Alan Herdman's studio (Pilates does not exist in my patch of France).
6 English newspapers. If you can get them at all, in my region, they’re at least a day old and never with supplements.
7 Sunday lunch in the Haverlock Tavern.
8 Impromptu drinks with friends in hotel bars or the Haverlock Tavern.
9 John Lewis kitchen department.
10 Autumn leaves in Hyde Park.
11 Invisible exercise – you forget how much you walk in London, and how many escalators you run up and down in a day, without even noticing it.
12 Car parks with parking spaces big enough for you to park your car and get out of it, without being sandwiched against a pillar.

Et voila. These are the things I miss - but fortunately, not badly enough to move back. I must ask some of my French friends living in London what they pine for from home.

comments (5)

1. Posted by Aj on November 30, 2007 7:13 PM

Now come on Mimi - there are some alternatives!:
1. Recent experience proves to me that even M&S food is boring after 3 weeks of eating nothing else!
2. French cafe creme - better and cheaper!
3&6. OK, I have to agree.
4,7,8. Can't comment on these!
5. What about your beloved line-dancing?!
9. Try Printemps - smaller therefore less temptation to waste money on all those gadgets you'll never use!
10&11. Get a dog and discover the gorgeous autumn leaves around here!
12. Car parks that are sooooo cheap compared to the UK (and less packed).

Mind you now you've got me started on what I miss in the UK................

2. Posted by Eagle Wings` on November 30, 2007 9:12 PM

Simply absolutely no alternative to No 4 :-)

3. Posted by queen of provence on November 30, 2007 11:10 PM

Mimi darling, I am alarmed by this entry. It sounds like you are falling out of love with La Belle France

4. Posted by Dave B on December 1, 2007 2:57 PM

So how about a list of the things that you DON'T miss?

5. Posted by rockfrog on December 1, 2007 3:19 PM

Ha, ha! It is true about the parking spaces..

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