Monday, October 02, 2006

England swings like a pendulum do,
Bobbies on bicycles two by two.

It is very hard to come on a trip down memory lane to London without remembering the words of the Roger Miller song that was such a hit in our younger years.

Once again there is so much to do and so little time, but we are endeavouring to make the most of whatever time we have.

We had planned a walk in Hyde Park yesterday morning but the weather was against us so we took a red bus to Pimlico and the return journey provided an opportunity for us to stop off at Westminster Abbey. We arrived at 12 noon and it was lovely to hear the chimes of Big Ben ring out.

Being a Sunday, there was an abundance of tourists, far more than either of us could remember from previous visits to London.

By prior arrangement we were due to meet Linda's relatives at Trafalgar Square and, as the weather was turning against us once again, we sheltered at the front of the National Art Gallery while we waited. This spot gave us a wonderful overview of Trafalgar Square which has lost none of its majesty over the years and I can see why it is still a great gathering place on New Year's Eve.

After a lovely get together with friends and family we took time out to have a quick look at some of the wonderful array of paintings at the National Art Gallery before it closed for the day.

Back to the buses and we worked our way across town to Knightsbridge and a quick look at the wonderful food halls at Harrods before we wearily made our way home, once again by bus. We were so pleased when the bus stop turned out to be just in front of our hotel and so it was not too long before we could collapse in our room and take stock of a lovely day in London.

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