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London III

May 22, 2014

I like to think of L.A. As being quite ethnically diverse, but London has its own spin on diversity, as you can see from this Phone Home advert.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Today we took a little break from running all over town to get some rest, do some laundry, and maybe catch up with the blog.

We found a commercial laundry that offered self-service not far from the flat, so we hauled out all our dirty darks to give us a fresh start.


After depositing our clothes in the washer, we took a side trip down Regent’s canal for fresh fruit. The houseboats are indeed peoples’ homes. The canal itself is a favorite route for runners and bicyclists.

The Houses of Parliament was one of Peggy’s must-see items, so we made a brief trip to Westminster. Big Ben at right, from the Westminster Bridge.

The London Eye ferris wheel, across the Thames.


Two aspects of Westminster Abbey.

The last leg of our trip to Westminster Abbey was on the Jubilee Line, done up in a techno-industrial fashion that looks nothing like the other Underground lines. It looks like an updated version of Piranesi’s fantastical prison drawings.

Monday, May 19, 2014


This was our last full day in London, and we had a grab bag of loose ends to tie up. I always like to poke around in music stores in new cities, and my old college roomie Jimmy Sclater recommended the retail outlet for the venerable music publisher Schott, in the Oxford Circus part of town. For a souvenir, I picked up the score of Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, which I have loved since I first heard the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s recording, yea these many years ago (high school!).


Nearby was Carnaby Street (remember that?) and a window full of colorful shoes.


On to St. Paul’s cathedral, where we attended vespers, although the cavernous acoustics and my poor hearing made the service nearly unintelligible. St. Paul’s shares the same fate as the Duomo in Florence, in that its most recognizable feature, the dome, has been rendered nearly unseeable due the height of neighboring buildings. This shot of the south face was taken from the street leading to the Millenium Bridge and the Tate Modern.

…and on to another must-see, Buckingham Palace. We alit from Green Park station and strolled through, what else, Green Park, a triangular park at the south side of the palace. It was filled with people relaxing after work.


The Palace. We did not see the changing of the guard.

Peggy at one of the gates.


The Queen Victoria statue, and the Great Lady herself.

Says it all.


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