Thursday, 20 September 2007

We Love London

Still moored at Paddington Basin.

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Wire Sculptures seen in St James Park.

Today we walked our feet off starting at Westminster underground station and Parliament buildings and Big Ben. From there it was down to horse guards parade and through to St James Park. We had a look at the Inn the Park restaurant/take away bar but the menu (price) was too rich for us so we carried on to the other side of the park where we found a more reasonably priced takeaway stall.

We arrived at Buckingham Palace only to find that Liz wasn't home as usual. After inspecting the guard we walked down the Mall where we came across Clarence House, the former home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. On down through Trafalgar Square where we rested our feet by the fountain for a while.

Next stop was the Embankment where Mary and Tony checked up on times and prices for the ferry to Hampton Court. We spent quite a while looking at the Battle of Britain memorial which is a three dimensional work of art.

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Battle of Britain Memorial

I must say that the new memorial to the women of World War 2 was also brilliant with it's 3D sculptures of the uniforms worn by women in various job rolls that they took on while the men were away fighting overseas.

We eventually arrived back at Westminster station to catch the train back to Paddington. It was good to get back aboard the boat for a brew and put our feet up for a while. Not long after Tracey joined us for a few days to see her Aunt and Uncle that she hasn't seen for quite a while.

692 locks, 893 miles, 25 Tunnels, 39 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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