No, I haven’t finished posting about our trip last September. For now, I’d like to share some photos and impressions of the few days we spent in London.
This is an interesting city for walking. The weather tended to be overcast with occasional rain, but we didn’t let that discourage us. One destination was Millennium Bridge, which stands between St. Paul’s and the Tate Modern. I really liked the sleek, fluid shape of this bridge, and it afforded some excellent views.
I was very excited when by luck we found ourselves walking by the Old Bailey, stomping grounds of Horace Rumpole, my favorite fictional barrister.
Another unplanned find was the Christchurch Garden, which was created between the walls of a church that had been bombed out during World War II. Creating a garden on the site of such terrible destruction seems like an admirable act of optimism.
The garden had tall, rectangular wooden trellises that I wish I could make or acquire for myself. There were many blooms – Roses, Clematis, Salvias, Buddleia, Agastache, Agapanthus, etc. The colors were mostly blue and white, and created a serene atmosphere.
London is very bustling city with lots of construction going on. Buildings are at times mixed in a hodgepodge of the venerable, the aggressively modern, and the ugly. Sometimes this mix is exciting.
At other times, to my mind, somewhat jarring. It also surprised me that parts of the Thames River front have been left undeveloped.
Getting around London can be intimidating, as it is such a gigantic place. We tried the subway, which is efficient but very expensive. The buses were more reasonable. We sat at the front of the second level, which was fun except that we had the constant sensation that the top of the bus was going to keep moving onto the vehicles in front of us when the rest of the bus stopped.
We also took a ride on the Thames, so we got to see Tower Bridge opening up for the river traffic.
After we left London we visited Judy’s old friend and her husband, who live in a small Sussex village. They drove us around to the gardens at Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, and Wisley, as well as various castles and other sites. I’ll do posts on these in the course of the bleak winter weeks.