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18 September 2016

Field Report 11 – Day 11

Steps today: 25 055

And so it ends; another great vacation is over and it’s time to get back to real life.

We covered a lot of ground on our Farewell Tour! As usual, the day began with a walk in the park.

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For the rest of my life whenever I see or think about the Diana Princess of Wales’ Memorial Fountain I will always think of Vesna’s reaction: “It certainly is subtle!” LOLOLOL That must be the BEST way to describe it that I have ever heard!

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Breakfast was at The Lido – it was a little impromptu but I found the weather SO NICE and I thought this might be my very last chance to eat outside for 2016.  You never know, I might get another chance in Paris, but just in case I wanted to eat al fresco and what better setting than this?

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We then went to see The Monument. When I climbed it in 2005 it was being restored so I didn’t get a good look at the base. This time is was bright and clean and marvelous.

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I climbed to the top again (311 steps) while Vesna patiently waited for me below.

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She’s down there near the lamppost by the car…

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Maximum zoom…

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After this, it was time for a drink and I wanted something with a view so we found a nice place along the Thames Tower Bridge in the background.

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Lunch was in a nice Brasserie just across the River from where we had drinks…

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From there we just aimlessly wandered the city saying goodbye to London.

We came across a graffiti’ed phone booth with homages to Sherlock Holmes near St Bart’s Hospital – I suspected it might have something to do with the current BBC TV show so I took a picture. After Googling it, I see that it is indeed a significant location for fans: Holmes fell to his death from the hospital roof… or did he? LOL

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We then explored Smithfiled Market, or rather: the tiny bit we could see since it was closed. Aside from being a meat market, it was also the location where men could sell their wives! HA! gives the expression “meat market” a whole new meaning!

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We gawked at St Pancras Station…

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Then tubed it back to Soho for supper. I thought fish & chips for my last meal would be a good bookend for the trip since it was also my first meal!

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We continued our goodbye tour with a night time stroll through Trafalgar Square…

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And then when we were almost home, we discovered St Christopher’s Place – a tiny road off Oxford street that opens up into a Restaurant Row! I couldn’t resist.

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That’s it! It was 11 fantastic days in London and I can’t wait to come back again. I can’t fathom now that before coming on this trip, I hesitated about bringing the camera. I thought to myself it’s my 5th visit! How many pictures am I going to take??? The answer, with the camera and phone combined: almost 900.

Thanks for following along…. see you in Paris in less than 3 weeks!

17 September 2016

London Field Report 10 – Day 10

Steps today: 21 541

It would appear as if our room temperature issues are over! I said last night that it was not as bad as before, and this morning it was actually tolerable!! As I write this at the end of the day, we would not even consider the room “hot” but rather just “a little uncomfortably warm”. I still have the fan blowing on me, but it’s on low. Thank goodness that’s over!

The weather today was colder and windier then forecasted, but I was NOT complaining about it! Imagine: from sweltering hot to needing gloves in 2 days!

We started the day with our usual walk through the park and played with the birds around the Round Pond. I couldn’t get over how MANY there were!!

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Then we had breakfast in a really beautiful brasserie on Kensington High Street… a little taste of what’s to come in a few weeks when I start my Parisian vacation! It was great – I just love brasseries!

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After this, we spent the rest of the day at Kew Gardens; it was very enjoyable.  I just love flowers and as you can see, I had a fun time taking pictures.

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Here’s an art installation that’s meant to represent a Bee Hive:

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And the cutest picture of the day: Cat sleeping on Car.

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Supper was at “Pizza Express”, a chain restaurant that we’ve seen EVERYWHERE in London. It was actually quite good! I was impressed.

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We got back from Kew by about 7, went for a walk though Kensington Gardens before the remains of the daylight faded, found a pub near the hotel for a nightcap and called it a day by about 8:30.

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Last day tomorrow!!! Can’t believe it’s almost over Sad smile