Afternoon of cycling without hills!

The 2014 UCI World Championship Road Race took place for the ladies and mens on 27 and 28 September, respectively, and I decided I wanted to see the men’s race on big screens, shared with other cycling fans and good coffee served with musette-worthy cakes ๐Ÿ™‚

So I chose the Rapha Bar in London’s Brewer Street as the surprise venue for Mr P’s visit (he was initially resistant, but quickly warmed when the very tasty snowball cakes arrived!)

CCC Team riding hard for Michal Kwiatowski at the Rapha Bar!

CCC Team riding hard for Michal Kwiatowski (the race winner) at the Rapha Bar!

Cool bike racks for customers, plenty of screens, yummy smells and nice folks to share a race with!

Cool bike racks for customers, plenty of screens, yummy smells and nice folks to share a race with!

Happy cycling fan :-)

Happy cycling fan ๐Ÿ™‚

Coffee served with love :-D

Coffee served with love ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Pre-cycling musings!

Before the Rapha Bar, Mr P and I ventured to The National Gallery mid-morning for me to have my Leonardo ‘fix’! ๐Ÿ™‚

I felt him calling me again from the darkroom, inviting me to behold his most beautiful work (in my opinion!). I took the opportunity to breathe in my other favourite, Carlo Crivelli, and a little Cimabue, and works by an Umbrian unknown artist… Mr P got his share of fun too, revisiting a few Dutch and Flemish greats, including the The Arnolfini Portrait. This was a very fleeting visit, but wonderful all the same!

Mary of Galilee with her mother, Anna, and her son, Jesus of Galilee, and a young John the Baptist (Leonardo da Vinci 1500)

Mary of Galilee with her mother, Anna, and her son, Jesus of Galilee, and a young John the Baptist (Leonardo da Vinci 1500)

Portraits of humility, unknown Umbrian artist 1260

Portraits of humility, unknown Umbrian artist 1260

Catherine of Alexandria, by Carlo Crivelli 1491

Catherine of Alexandria, by Carlo Crivelli 1491

Mary of Magdala, by Carlo Crivelli 1491

Mary of Magdala, by Carlo Crivelli 1491

Mary of Galilee, by Carlo Crivelli 1492

Mary of Galilee, by Carlo Crivelli 1492

Post-cycling musings!

After all the excitement of the arty morning and cycling afternoon, we were raring to keep discovering the joys! But first, I wanted to wander through Soho and onto Covent Garden to fill my tum at my fave Persian resto, Dishoom (second time in 2 days, but this time we tried different dishes…!) ๐Ÿ˜€

On the way I saw this cool pub… made for me, but we didn’t have time for a beer on this occasion!

The Glassblower, 40-42 Glasshouse Street (cornered with Brewer Street)

The Glassblower, 40-42 Glasshouse Street (cornered with Brewer Street)

After Dishoom, we decided to wander over the bridges of the Thames river and enjoy the riverside entertainment, from dusk until my last train departed (and feet ached)!

We crossed over the Westminster Bridge, Hungerford Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Millennium Bridge, and, the Southwark Bridge. We were tempted to continue to the London Bridge, but this was literally ‘a bridge too far’!

Riverside skaters park

Riverside skaters park

Eye spy...

Eye spy…

Dong!

Dong!

Skinny dip anyone?!

Skinny dip anyone?!

Mr P resting his feet

Mr P resting his feet

Just so

Just so

Millennium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral

Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral

West view from Millennium Bridge

West view from Millennium Bridge

East view from Millennium Bridge

East view from Millennium Bridge

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

West view from Blackfriars Bridge

West view from Blackfriars Bridge

Somewhere nearing the moonlight hour we took a nice beer at the British Film Institute to watch the shadowy boats sail by.

Amazing what you can do in just 14 hours here!

Originally published: Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 23:47 in Living matter, Monologues

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4 Responses to “Coffee and Muse-ettes”

  1. Mr P says:

    That’s not the CCC team, that’s the Polish national team with a little sponsorship added on.

    Yeah, Rapha … let’s just say that I have my views on hipsterism in cycling, but I’m glad I let you convince me anyway. It was a wonderful day!

  2. Mr P says:

    … And while I’m at it, you have Bodnar (front), Niemiec and eventual winner Kwiatkowski himself. Poland rode well. Indeed I think ‘Kwiatek’ was the only Polish finisher. Great result for him at 24 years old!

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