Well, I think this is not so...
Well, I think this is not so unbeaten but anyhow it is not crowded: Christchurch Playing Fields is a garden along the river Thames; you can easily find people playing something or just walking or people watching. It is really relaxing and just few minutes away from the railway station.
Superior Chinese takeaway
Most Chinese takeaways are much of a muchness and not terribly exciting, but this one is a cut above most of them.
All food is cooked to order so the waiting times are longer than usual, but the quality of the food and the exceptionally friendly service is worth the wait.
Apart from the Chinese (Cantonese, Szechuan and Pekinese), Malasian and Indonesian specialities, the Singapore also serves very good fish and chips, albeit limited to cod only, but you don't get the free fortune cookie with fish and chips! I'm always torn between the Capital Ribs and the "Mee Goreng" noodles.
Not In Anybody's Top 10 Places But.....
".........interesting in its own way!"
Reading isn't really the sort of place which you would normally consider as a tourist destination here in the UK, well I certainly didn't. Until last year my only experience of Reading had been when changing trains, or perhaps getting the bus to Heathrow, and as such, apart from a single (disappointing) foray into the town in search of a pub, all I really saw of the place was the confines of the railway station and its forecourt.
Although at this stage I should note that there is an excellent pub, The Three Guineas" attached to the station itself (Tip to follow under "Things To Do") - which is probably why I was disinclined to leave the environs.
It just so happened that after my 4 month break in the US and Greece last year, I arrived back in the UK with no great enthusiasm for returning to the grind, nor even having made a decision exactly where I was going back to: the mental coin being tossed between Essex to the East and Devon to the West. With both choices having similar merits, I was temporarily stuck in the total void of vacillation and hence ended up spending the weekend in Reading - which if you check on the map is pretty much midway betwixt the twain!
"The Good, The Bad and The Ugly?"
Having chosen Reading as a sort of anonymous no-man's land with the intention of just chilling out for a couple of days before heading either East or West, I was indeed surprised by how pleasant a place it really is, once one sees beyond the ugly facades of the modern shops and office blocks and begin to discover the hidden joys of the town with its river and canal, the historic Abbey and its associated buildings, the industrial heritage, and, of course, the pubs!!
The pubs are always the most important thing about a place - it's all very well and fine having wonderful architecture, culture and history, but if the pubs are naff, then that's another place to be struck off the "revisit list". Reading is definitely on the list!!
" TWO OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS..."
This is my EX LIBRIS: a tree with its roots firmly wound around a thick book!
Books and trees are my favourites!
" "ONZE TAAL"......."
This is a special Magazine, from the Society ONZE TAAL from which I am a member;
a magazine for readers, poets, writers, teachers, students and every one who is interested in OUR OWN language: DUTCH.
Interested in its history........it is so very old, centuries and centuries......in how it has changed and is changing through the time......
Language is a living being, it can adapt itself, change and surprise us and..........make things difficult for us when we are trying to use it.......it definitely is my best and dearest friend!
" THE JOY OF READING......"
" DER BüCHERWURM......"
" TWO SISTERS, READING....."
" EVENING, THE BEST TIME TO READ...."
" COLOURFUL ........"
" LE RELIEUR......"
" FANTASTIC ANCIENT PICTURE...."
" YOUNG OR OLD; READING IS GETTING WISER...."
" READING BRONZE....."
" THE OBSERVER....."
" POEMS ?"
" SO OLD, SO IMPRESSIVE...."