Another P-Day recap. This one is chronological, however, there are large gaps in my photos.
Heres a quick story of our stay in London. (I've left out the watch and food shots, others do that much better than me
We travelled to London a bit later than most, having family responsibilities earlier in the week. Took the red-eye on Wednesday evening.
Waiting for the plane, grabbed a quick bite.
Arrived in London Thursday afternoon too late to make the Dirty Duck gtg so we met up with a small group of stragglers and managed to make an enjoyable night of it. Thanks to Markus and Ali for making the arrangements and more. First it was off to Ciros Pomodoro in Knightsbridge. (apologies to Hagen, some of these photos are his)
Whats so important on your phone?
Our entertainment, they kept it hoping
Then we went next door to a club and from here things started to get a bit blurry
The next day it was off to do some sightseeing.
Friday evening was the first official event the cocktail party hosted by Panerai UK and the after party at the Union Club. This was the first chance to really get to see all the other participants. It was overwhelming with so many people there and not enough time to meet and chat with everyone.
Getting a cab back to your hotel at 02:30am in London on a Friday night is not an easy task. We were eventually forced to make alternate arrangements. Fortunately we had a crack team of international negotiators to bargain for the best possible rates
Ed and Asi (Im not saying anything
With a little strategic coaching we were able to hold off the their sprint to win the first Paneristi International Rickshaw Criterium
Saturday morning it was off for more sightseeing.
The lake in St. James Park
The Royal Horseguards
Nelsons Column in Trafalgar Square
National Portrait Gallery
We stopped into the Church of St. Martins in the Fields and watched a wedding rehearsal going on.
From here we walked up the strand to Covent Garden.
After lunch we headed over to Mayfair where we came across the famous Allens Butcher Shop.
Then it was off to the big event at The Crypt at St. Martins in the Fields.
Our guest of honor
She really wanted to bid on this watch and I think even Gush would have met his match, but sadly she had lent her spare cash to Jassies to pay for a round.
Another late night and more difficulties finding transport, but we managed to get back to the hotel before sunrise.
Sunday morning it was back on the circuit.
Changing of the Guards
Crazy glass egg shaped building
Between the sightseeing and shopping it was a full day.
Then Monday it was off to The Tower of London
The Medieval Palace
Unfortunately it was raining so the tours were shortened but we did manage to learn some history from our Yeoman Warder guide Mark. He seemed just a bit too enthusiastic about the European teams victory in the Ryder Cup. Dont the British know its not polite to gloat?
We went to see the crown jewels in the Waterloo Block. Im sure you could trade for a PAM 21 and a few vintages with cash back for one of those baubles.
This guy was on guard.
The white tower also houses the amazing collection of arms and armor through the ages.
Henry the VIIIs kit
This guy was a BFD
Big and Small
Every castle needs its dragon
And finally, dont get caught, shilling, the penalties are severe
We spent the afternoon sightseeing and doing some last minute shopping with the best guide in London.
Fornum and Mason
I got some unsolicited advice on how to improve the site, but WTF these guys dont even bother to post anymore!
Then it was off to a fantastic Indian dinner with a few of the leftovers. What a treat for me. We dont have much in the way of Indian food here on the Tundra.
If youve made it this far, then let me say what a fantastic job the organizers did making this a first class event with amazing venues. Others have already said it, but everything went off without a hitch. Andy, Simon, Gush, Paul, Adrian, Chris and JP I cant thank you enough for your hard work bringing this to life. Nad and Angelo have a tough act to follow
Finally a special thanks to Gush, you kept at all together and super cool, for real!
"But sometimes when you bring the thunder, you get lost in the storm." K.P.