0472 Trying to explore all of London (GB 007—revisit)
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After two days in what feels like the Edge of the Free and
As an American I feel an obvious connection with this land. After all, had we not been such treacherous traitors, the country would have ruled us for at least another century… And even though sometimes it seems that
So I’m finally here to pay my respects to my Fatherland… the capital of possibly the greatest empire in the history of mankind
This is not my first visit here.
So I’m pretty much resigned to the idea, that no matter how much I explore here, it’s still only going to count as one city…
I head out of
I decide to go ahead and play my set right there in the park… So I pull out my guitar and sing for the suit and tie guys hurrying to their office jobs.
Around me, soldier in full gear and carrying rucksacks are running around the park… I wonder… don’t they have like an army base they can train at? They do look a bit out of place here…
I continue on to down to Big Ben and the magnificent British Parliament… then on up towards classy Trafalgar circle…
Suddenly, a sign reading “free entrance” catches my eye… It’s the
It was especially fun to see paintings of places I have visited-- like the famous painting of people swimming in Asnieres sur Seine, France… the very first town of this journey… or pictures from old Venice and Paris… which served as postcards back in the day to encourage tourism to those cities…
I head out back to Buckingham palace to see the changing of the guard… Don’t know that there’s really much to see… but it’s just something you’re supposed to see when you’re a tourist in
I turn around and head back east to Picadilly Circus,
From there I continue on east, down along the
It’s a sunny day today… So when lunch hour arrives, a lot of office people come to have their cucumber sandwiches on the river…
Finally I reach my destination: The Tower Bridge.
The bridge has been recently repainted a gaudy sky blue color-- but I’ll have to say, I kind of like it… a sort of mixture of the somber and the cheerful. I cross the bridge, and take a guitar video clip right in the middle.
I figure I’ll explore the neighbourhood on the other side which quickly becomes just an ordinary, run of the mill neighbourhood with apartment buildings and your regular everyday shops… There is a pleasant open plaza/shopping area right near the bridge…
The day is quickly slipping away from me. I’d like to keep going, but I need enough time to get back to the station. So I head back across the bridge, wander around the castle and down the narrow streets of the main business district… past
Perhaps my coolest unexpected surprise is the Royal Court of Justice, which looks like a massive cathedral/castle-- I don’t know what, but it’s beautiful! Because it’s on a narrow street, you really can’t get a good single photo of the whole building… a real masterpiece…
And so I head on back to the station and off to
On my way back…
On my way back from
So I head Southwest, through the upscale neighborhoods of
Then on past the world famous Harrod’s shopping center… past the grand
I continue on… through neighbourhood after neighbourhood, each with it’s town center, each with it’s own character, it’s shopping district, its Cathedral and park… some scruffier some fancier… all with something to interesting and unique… Until finally give up on reaching the edge of the city, and head south across the
…And on back towards central
I could spend months exploring this city…