|The queen lives here.
People sit out front all the time.
This last week has gone by in an eye blink. Last Sunday we blazed into town on the Eurostar and tomorrow we head home the same way - back to Paris to catch our flight home. We met up with Steph Green - a former student from 30 years ago - but that is a separate story. We went to a play called - Be More Chill. We stayed in 2 hotels. We started our in a Marriot Residence Inn - the first 3 days - but decided we would rather be back in our old neighborhood - Bloomsbury - so the last 3 nights are in a Hilton Doubletree here.
We rode a lot of buses - subways - cabs. We ate a lot of pub food - and had a few drinks. We shopped for groceries and took it home to prepare. We bought a lot of nice ready to eat food at Waitrose and other markets.
Weather has been fantastic during our entire Europe trip. We had mostly 60s and 70s - very little rain and wonderful breezes. South of France was hot and dry. The mistrel winds coming down the Rhone River dried out my nose.
I can tell Lulu misses teaching her classes here. We were here 10 summers while she taught courses - not only visiting London for free - but being paid. Getting to share the knowledge with the students made it special. Lulu has one professor friend that has taught a course here for 30 years. Her class is usually the one to fill up first.
We visited Charles Dickens' home. It has been perfectly restored - all 5 floors. You are able to go in the attic - basement - and floors in between. Dickens wrote many of his important books here. I often considered writing a story comparing Paris and London - little did I know that Dickens' - A Tale of Two Cities - is just that - a comparison of these two wonderful cities.
The covid situation is a story within our story. First - we had to have a covid test and proof of vaccine to go to France in June. Then we had to get a covid passport in France to get into many shops and attractions there. To go to England on the train - we had to show our covid card - take a covid test - and then sign up to take another covid test 2 days after we got in England - send it in - and get results. To go back to Paris - we can just show our covid passport. In Paris - we must pass another covid test - to get back into the USA. The covid test in America was free - in France it was $25 - in England it was $75. Now another $25 one in Paris. Confusing yes - but it is part of our story.
It is really nice seeing London as a bit of a ghost town. But you realize how much these businesses are hurting - also the people. Don't get me wrong - they really appreciate us coming to visit. If you want to come and see the sights of London - this is a good time. You will see that lots of my pictures have no people. I did not plan it that way.
THE STREETCAT NAMED BOB - this is a favorite movie of Lulu's. It is the story of a street musician who befriends a stray cat - names Bob. It is a true story. The cat became very famous - and all the people loved to touch him and watch him entertain. He really attracted the spare change into the hat. If you are a cat person - it is on cable - please watch it. In London - the street music scene is big stuff. You may recall - one time- Rod Stewart performed for us on the street.
I am sure it was tough on Lulu teaching her first class of the semester for FSU at 11 pm to 3 am. The students got a kick out of - LONDON CALLING - for their first class.
On to the next adventure. After 60 days over here - we get the enjoy of settling back in to another school year - and our home in Tallahassee.
|Our train to London and back -
is effortless. You can arrive late -
carry your bag - walk in.
|Eurostar goes through a 30 mile long
tunnel at 150 mph
|First flight in England occurred at Farnborough
|They were nice and postponed
the Tube strike for us
|Cereal at the American store
|Penn State pretzels are here 10 years
|They do not like this guy
|Simon's favorite tea
|I love these plug in black cabs
|Hydrogen powered bus
|Duke of York pub
|Lulu loves shopping galaries
|Guard the queen
|Westminster Abbey -
Dickens buried here
|Do you remember The White Swan
|Leicester Square tickets -
look at tree
|Tower of London Castle
|Bus driver in sealed booth
|V-2 Rocket terrorized London
|Japanese Suicide bomb
|Imperial War Museum - free
|Imperial War Museum -
by our first hotel
|They mailed us covid tests -
we had to test ourselves - $75
|My favorite - fresh yellow custard
|Lulu mailing in our covid tests
|Our second hotel in Bloomsbury
|British Museum was very empty
|Seminole Indian coat -
in British Museum
|Our friend Sandi's favorite eatery
|Dickens' dining room
|Dickens' basement kitchen
|Dickens' living room
|Office where Dickens wrote
|Art at Dickens' house
|Dickens on money happiness
|5 stories all restored
|Looks like Dickens liked sports cars
|We saw this play. The crowd loved it.
It was not aimed at gray heads.
|This is the Cuba Embassy
|We like this pub - good food -
right across from
|Empty cabs sitting in front of
|Lulu loves the Streetcat Name Bob story
|I was surprised how important it
was to her.
|Memorial to Bob
|We had a drink there today.
|Statues have sound -
just use your phone
|They were changing exhibits
|A little wilderness in London
|People in London think -
the difference between a rich American
and a poor American is -
the poor American washes his own