Last week, I had to go on a business travel to Derby, in the East Midlands. So, I told myself, why not blend pleasure with business. I extended my trip with three days, so that I could visit the neighboring towns as well. My list included Nottingham, Burton upon Trent, Lichfield and Loughborough. The company for which I worked checked me into Jurys Inn (King Street) and I chose Hallmark Hotel (Midland Road) for the remaining days of the trip. As for transportation, I had one of those executive cars to take me wherever I wanted. My company also provided one of those comfortable minibuses for out-of-town trips, which was quite great.
After I had finished attending the business conference, the first thing I wanted to do is see the major tourist attractions in Derby. I visited the Derby Silk Mill, as I had a secret passion for mills. I also satisfied my passion for art by visiting the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. I have discovered a very interesting collection of art, with important painters and their creations. Knowing that I will be dead tired after a day spent running from one attraction to the other, I had ordered a taxi cab in advance, so that I could go straight to the hotel when I was finished.
The company for which I work arranged for an airport taxi to take me from Derby to Gatwick airport. The driver was really nice and I don’t even know when he covered the 168 miles. The pleasant journey lasted 2 hours and 46 minutes and it was somewhere around £297 with a saloon car. A colleague of mine went from Derby to East Midlands and used a wheelchair taxi, as he had a physical infirmity at that moment. Later on, he told me that he paid £25 for the 14 miles journey and that he reached his destination in only 19 minutes. As for myself, I took two breaks on the road, at Leaside Hotel (72 New Bedford Road, Luton) and The Carlton Hotel (130 Railway Terrace, Rugby). I also stopped to eat at Miraj Indian (249 Birdsfoot Lane, Luton) and Lazzolli (155B Bilton Road, Rugby).