The Day London turned White

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View from Westminster Bridge, Feb 2nd 2009 after heavy snow.
It is hard to conceive looking out the window today at sun and blue skies, that just 2 days ago London looked quite different. Monday 2nd Feb saw the result of the largest snowfall in the city for almost 2 decades. Most all the public transport network ground to a halt, most people avoided work and most schools shut. London was transformed into a white, winter wonderland and snowmen sprung up on almost every surface available from car tops to the Royal Parks. So, what else was there to do except pick up a camera, go out a explore.

Regents Park was the first place to venture to, early in the day when much of the snow still lay undisturbed. The joy of children unmistakable, and the atmosphere electric with fun. Fountains covered in icicles while pools of water had frozen slightly. Small birds stood on top of the ice trying to figure out what was going on and St Johns Lodge Gardens like a scene out of Narnia (I had my 'December Snow Image' should ever I produce a London panorama calendar).
360 panorama taken in Regents Park (Avenue Gardens) after snowfall in Feb 2009. (c) peter watts.


A couple of hours later and it was time to warm up back at home, only to be asked by a friend if I wanted to go back out. This time involved about 4 hours exploring the area around the West End. China Town still had all the Chinese New Year lanterns up on Gerrard Street, each one topped with a snow cap. Another gathering snowmen greeted us in St James Park, some worth of Calvin and Hobbs. The lake was frozen the London Eye at times partially lost in the clouds. A panorama from Westminster Bridge finally topped of the walk before retiring to a coffee shop for hot chocolate.

The last slog back towards Camden pretty much finished me off, and once home I simply collapsed onto the sofa and did not move for a good hour. They say we could be in for a repeat tomorrow...

(this entry is for Katrina, who demanded a fix for her Travbuddy addiction ;) Enjoy.)
paganmom says:
Great post, Peter. Makes me wish I were there to enjoy with you! And the dedication....I'm honored!

Happy travels, Mate! Be safe and post often.
Posted on: Feb 04, 2009
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