Day 2 - Impressions
The weather doesn't know what the hell it's doing. Pouring down rain, wind, cold, sunny, 70s, sweating... all in one day. Hell, all in about 4hrs.
Edgware Rd - lined with heavenly smelling middle eastern restaurants, all with tables outside under awnings. Only men at the tables, smoking, eating... watching. No women. Cultural? Or smoking ordinance? You decide. (I passed down this street later in the day and there were women at the tables. I was probably just too early.)
Accidental find: Churchill's residence - at the corner of Edgware Rd & Bayswater Rd.
(Camera didn't work - it was after this that I switched & just used my phone as a camera.)
Drenched. Opted for a chocolate croissant & tea in the café. Shared table, but no talking.
At the next table a young man was tutoring an elegant young woman with shocking RED hair in languages. (Polish? French? English?) An artistic looking woman walked by with turquoise blue hair.
HYDE PARK in the rain!
|My first Magpie|
Queen Elizabeth gates - stunning Wellington Arch & statues - imposing
RAF Bomber Command memorial - fittingly somber & emotional (I've lost the photos)
Walking thru Green Park - not paying attention to the heavily fortified wall (cleverly disguised) across the street - bought a (horrible) sandwich from the vendor & looked up .... at BUCKINGHAM PALACE.
O. M. G. Magnificent.
Walking down Constitution street - Drum corps from behind the gates at Clarence House & St James Palace. I couldn't see them, but I could hear them.
St James Park - achingly beautiful... everything is blooming
|Entrance - St James Park|
|St James Park|
|Birdkeeper's cottage - St James Park|
|From the bridge - St James Park|
Churchill's War Rooms (not a replica) - everything I wantd & more.
(The sense of urgency and a sort of close-quarters-intimacy is prevalent. The only thing similar I could compare is probably a submarine. A friend looked at the picture below of the green doors that say 10 Downing Street. He asked if there was a passage behind the doors? I said No. This *was* 10 Downing St for the duration. OH, he replied.)
Thousands of students everywhere - speaking every language.
|Young hopefuls at entrance to 10 Downing|
|Entrance to 10 Downing St|
|Memorial to Women of WWII|
Trafalgar square & Nelson's Column...crawling with people like ants
Trying to find Temple Church (built by the Knights Templar) I found instead... The Thames. The London Eye. Millennium Bridge. Cleopatra's Needle.
Mistake - what did I buy at the War Rooms? Books. What did I have to carry for the rest of the day? Damned books. My arm was about to fall off.