It was my day off today and we had no firm plans. The weather was dull and damp and the wind was a main disincentive to taking a walk. We decided to drive out and find an indoor venue for a bit of distraction, ending up in Derby. There is a wonderful car park on Bold Lane, near the Museum. It has a secure system where you take a ticket on entry and a door opens to let you in. The car parking bays are numbered and have sensors fitted. As you leave the car park, you key in your bay number and you are let out. The only way you can re-enter the car park is by using the parking ticket as a door key. The exit door will only open on your ticket if you have paid the fee.Derby taxis are all yellow and they do look fine in their ranks. It is a real contrast with the black cabs in Stoke and other UK cities. We took a look around the new Westfield shopping centre. It is big and glossy with lots of floor levels and a wealth of eating venues and coffee shops The views from the upper levels are quite extensive.
Then off to the Museum to look at the natural history collections and the new exhibits. Whilst waiting to cross the road and old bus passed by. It had a driver and a conductor on board and actually stopped to pick up passengers at a scheduled stop. I have not seen buses like this in service for years. The photograph shows the bus outside the Library and Museum entrance. The bus was a Leyland Routemaster in the old Derby Corporation colours and it was going to Littleover Lane.