London

Today, I went into London--big thing for me since cities freak me out and I went totally alone (though I ended up seeing several students in Paddington and one rode back to Oxford with me!). I caught the 9:31 train from Oxford and ended up at Paddington by 10:30. I bought a tube ticket for zone 1, and rode a very overcrowded Circle train to Kensington High Street. This was my first taste of London, and I have to say that for anyone who abhors crowds and wants to ease themselves into a nice city experience, this is the way to go. (after you get off of the tube, of course)

It was so laid back that I even crossed streets in the middle of the road. I was deeply appreciative.

So, after arriving at my station, I ended up on the High Street and the signage was wonderful. I walked to Kensington Gardens...here is my happy place...



I came upon Kensington Palace (the back of it, anyway), complete with this great statue of Queen Victoria...


Here is Victoria with the palace...as it should be...


The palace and garden...


WARNING: PHOTOS INSIDE PALACE STINK. NO FLASH ALLOWED.


I loved the palace, but it made me very sad to go without my mom. It almost ruined it. So, I took these photos of Diana's dresses for her...




Some images inside of the palace...


Queen Victoria painting...


Queen Victoria's bedroom. It was here that she was awakened and told that she was Queen...


A great illustration inside of the palace...


After touring the palace, I walked and walked and walked through Kensington Gardens. I soon came upon the Albert Memorial. It was super impressive...






Four statues flank the memorial, for each of the four corners of the Earth. This one is Asia...


For the Americas...


Long view...


Back to my happy place in Kensington Gardens...


Another "to do" on my list: The Peter Pan statue...


And the Diana Memorial Fountain...


After Kensington Gardens, I headed over to the Victoria and Albert Museum. I agreed to meet a student there at 2:00. I entered by the side/Exhibition Road entrance and saw this amazing bit of history on the wall of the museum...


I had lunch in the cafe (good) and went around to the front of the museum. Here is part of the building...


There was a great fashion exhibit. These were my favorite pieces...




I didn't get to see everything, but here are some of the highlights...


(an art object in the main entrance hall)...


Punch and Judy puppets...


Image from the cast room. All of these are made of plaster, but it is still impressive. The goal of the room, originally, was to educate people who would never travel...


In the sculpture room...


Of course, I have tons of other photos, but I won't bore you with them! After seeing so many wonderful things, I used the tunnel from the museum to get back to the underground. My trip on the tube going back to Paddington was uneventful. Then, I met up with a student who spent part of the day at Harrods. It was really funny because she saw this really wealthy man in there with his wife and two huge dogs (and the dogs had two separate people to hold the leash). The dogs were sprawled out on the floor in Harrods and were fed there...wow. Some people should really get control of their egos.

Comments

Theron said…
Great photos Sus. Looks like you had surprisingly wonderful weather. I like your happy place. Have a great week. Talk soon.

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