After returning to our room from our evening saunter, we turned on the TV and scrolled down to check what channels were available in Strasbourg.

My French was almost good enough to get by as a tourist. I could understand French TV programmes as long as it was not too complicated so mum and I had a load of fun during channel surfing in our hotel room. I served as a translator, and we shared lots of giggle.

Hötel Cathédrale didn’t offer any English programmes, such as BBC or CNN, but French and German. At Reims, we discovered Les Guignols and found it hilarious therefore we were looking for something similar.

Then, we found “Verstehen Sie Spaß?”(Do you understand fun?)…

A German prank show!

It was because we understood very little German, except ‘Wunderbar!’, ‘Bitte?’ and ‘Danke’, we didn’t understand what those poor victims in the show were actually saying. Still, their reactions were priceless and the ideas behind the pranks were brilliantly funny. Long live Spaß!

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Allez, Brigitte! Allez!

So Emmanuel Macron has been inaugurated as the 25th President of France today.

A new First Lady of France walking down the red carpet…

So elegant and confident!

Blue really suits her. She looks beautiful,

Hope they will visit London one day soon. And I and Bella will be there along The Mall to cheer her on!

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Lunch @ Les Deux Salons, William IV Street WC2

When Alex and I discussed what we fancied for lunch, her first suggestion was Thai. Since I would never be able to take my chilli-shy Hubbie to any Thai restaurant, I was more than happy to follow her proposal. After lunch, we were planning to visit the Somerset House for their Christmas Arcade, therefore, we hopped on to Victoria Line, heading South East. We alighted at Charling Cross and found ourselves a little lost at in front of St.Martin-in-the-Fields, because we didn’t know any Thai eatery around there. Then, Alex suggested that we could have a quick bite at a French bistro she knew near Trafalgar Square Post Office.
It was cold and we were getting increasingly peckish so we agreed to postpone our Thai lunch for some another time.

During a festive season, everywhere I had been so far was adorned with Christmas trees and Les Deux Salons was no exception…


A beautifully decorated tree stood next to their well-stocked bar area, adding a fuzzy joyful atmosphere.
And the dining hall was already teeming with lunchtime diners…


We were ushered to the upstairs and seated by the balcony overlooking the ground floor…


For a starter, I had cream of cauliflower & potato soup while Alex settled on green salad…


The soup was hearty and delectable. It warmed me up from the inside.
For our main course, Alex opted for fillet of cod while I decided upon roast chicken and gratin dauphinoise…


The chicken was succulent and the gravy was seasoned just right…


The gratin was creamy but not too heavy. A perfect lunch for a chilly December day…


Even though the service was a little too slow for our liking, their foods were absolutely delicious. If one is not in a hurry, the place is an ideal place for dining, chatting & people-watching. Highly recommendable…

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