Exactly one day after I turned 68, I fled home for a few days in London visiting my son and his new wife. Working there for most of a three month jaunt, I could see that they were both nearly ready to come home to the sun and great weather of San Diego county - not to mention their great house. But over the next two days, I clocked in 61,382 steps (fitbit) which equates to just under 29 miles of walking on a private tour (daughter-in-law and son) of London that was unforgettable. Indeed, I had forgotten what a charming, diverse, friendly, warm and exciting city London was. What I didn't forget from my previous trips was the wet and chilly London weather. Nevertheless, on this trip, the cool air was a plus, pumping energy into the day's activity, making the long knee-swelling journey more than just tolerable. Thank God for celebrex!
- The New: Some amazingly beautiful and eclectic buildings reach for the heavens.....
- The Old: Minus the usual sites like Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, etc which I avoided shooting pics of
- The very old: the wall (2.5 meters thick) built by the Romans to enclose the city then called Londinium
- And a bit of family.....
|Named the Shard, this building was very close to the flat|
that my son was assigned for his job in London
|The top of the Shard to show you that it really resembles|
a shard of glass. It truly looks painful up there, glad I'mafraid of heights.
|The Lloyds of London Building - it looks like a |
set for a science fiction movie, not a world renownedinsurance company.
|This building is affectionately referred to as the "Walkie Talkie".|
God only knows how the architects made this oddly shapenbuilding happen
|the happily married couple|
|Proof for the value of Just for Men|
|Yes, they thankfully have Greek Restaurants in London, and Bouzouki players |
|The famous Tower of London|
|Tower Bridge in full|
|The London Eye lit up at night riding the River Thames|
with a faint view of Big Ben to the far right courtesy of the
inferior camera in my iphone 6.
|St Paul's Cathedral in the background|
|St Paul's Cathedral in the background. Picture taken on the Millennium Bridge|
crossing the river Thames
|The wall referred to above|
|The Romans made things to last|