What’s the first thing you must have before going abroad? Your passport, of course. That magical document opens border fences and invites you to delight your senses on the other side! Here’s a picture of mine:
Stanfords book store in London calls their loyalty card the ‘passport,’ which is completely appropriate. Travel books and maps are their raison d’être. That’s what they do exclusively. All six floors of an historic Covent Garden building are cheek by jowl with everything travel-related. Every destination is covered, and all means of transportation. The basement maritime section and charts are phenomenal. A couple times I’ve been so absorbed, staff have had to ask me to leave. “Closing? Now? But I’m in the middle of the South Pacific!”
Can you think of a more appropriate place for my travel memoir French License ? Sure, my adventure isn’t quite as harrowing as that of fellow Stanford patron Ernest Shakelton, but it sure felt like it! We both got out alive, and now my grind is your guffaw. Check out French License, and while you’re at it, pick up a map and a guidebook. Those pesky travel destinations keep building new roads and restaurants!
tube Covent Garden or Leicester Square
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