A few random pics from the trip that you might enjoy:
Today, I visited Greenwich on another London Walks tour. Getting to the tour was half the fun: I walked from my hotel just north of Soho to London Tower. Along the way, there were a number of really cool things to see:
The tour began with a boat ride to Greenwich, passing underneath the very lovely Tower Bridge and continued down the Thames. The crew gave us a great narration about the history of the docklands areas and how completely unaffordable it is now:
Once we arrived in Greenwich, we walked around the grounds of the Royal Naval Academy:
At the conclusion of the tour, I went up the hill to the Greenwich observatory to get a better view of the city and learn more about the invention of a clock that works at sea. And to stand with a foot on either side of the Prime Meridian. Because I’m a dork like that.
Today began with a two-hour walking tour of Notting Hill. The tour guide (Tom) is a barrister during the week, but prefers doing this. He’s definitely got the personality for it. I’m taking a couple more walking tours with this company (London Walks) and am really looking forward to it. The highlight of the tour was when Tom pointed out where Annie Lennox lives. Unlike s lot of her very wealthy neighbors, she takes out her own trash and recycling.
The end of the walk left us at the Portobello Road street market. It was insanely packed and I had to leave quickly, but not before getting one of these:
From there, I walked down to the Victoria and Albert museum. I failed to reserve s ticket for the Pink Floyd exhibit, but that’s ok. I’d rather not spend £24 on it. The museum offers a lot for free (most of the museums in London are free):
On the way back to the hotel, I walked through Hyde Park. I can see why it’s so well-loved:
There’s a flock of Indian Ringneck Parrots that live in the park. Had I known this ahead of time, I would have brought fruit for them.
A statue of Peter Pan:
A few years ago, 2013ish I think, I realized that visiting one museum per day is plenty. I’ve been good about following that rule until now. Today, I went to the British Museum, the British Library, and the National Gallery. In all fairness, I didn’t walk them all top to bottom. I focused on the Rosetta Stone, Greek, Egyptian, and Assyrian galleries at the British Museum, the “treasures” at the British Library (one of four parts of the Magna Carta, handwritten drafts by Mozart, and 1,000 year old bibles from multiple religions), and modern art at the National Gallery (Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Monet, and Pissarro). Not a bad way to spend a day.
Lunch was pretty great as well: