Still in Christmas-hibernation mood, we had a rather late start to the day. In the end, we forgot about breakfast and went straight for lunch.
It may seem strange to go to a railway station for lunch but at St Pancras is a branch of Carluccio’s that we have grown rather fond of. We had lunch there are came out by the side entrance that has this rather fine name panel.
While we were there we visited Paul Day’s famous giant sculpture called The Meeting Place. To be frank, I don’t like it that much but I expect it will find a place in our affections like other unlikely icons, such as the Post Office Tower.
But I do like the sculptures around the plinth. I have already mentioned these in From St Pancras to Sutton and posted some photos of them there. Here’s another one:
These sculptures are so full of detail, humorous, serious and even tragic, that you could spend a long time looking at them and revisiting them. They are in an entirely different class to the rather kitsch main work.
We caught the bus back up to Angel and walked via Chapel Market to Sainsbury’s. We were relieved that the store was not as busy it was just before Christmas and we got our shopping done quickly.
On the way we stopped to take a photo of the Italian delicatessen because it brightened up the place with its red decor and with the Christmas lights in the window. It’s a very good shop too and well worth a visit if you like fine food.
Chapel Market was closed and when that is the case, it turns into a car park. Actually, this is the “wrong end” of the street where there are no stalls even at the busiest times. Nonetheless, it was eerily quiet in contrast to the usual Sunday.
After shopping, we went home and resumed hibernation mode. Usual activities will start up again soon enough.