English Travelogue, Part 6

Saturday – This was our big see-the-sights in London day, so we headed out with an old friend.  We managed to see the London Eye (no good pictures), Big Ben…

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Buckingham Palace…

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and Westminster Abbey.

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I should have checked the times for the Abbey, as it was closed by the time we got there, so we’ll likely go back.  Afterward, we walked in St. James’ Park, where we saw a wide variety of birds – aside from the ubiquitous crows and pigeons, we saw ducks, geese, swans, pelicans, a very friendly squirrel, and a fisher bird that remains unidentified and seemed to mock us.  We also saw an exhibition of horsemanship by the House Guard as we made our way back to Waterloo station, a path made more complicated by my inerring navigational abilities that nonetheless are thwarted by lack of entrances.

This was also the day that I finished Heselton’s book, which, I suppose, you’ll want me to review as well.

Sunday – Up at 5:30 for a mad dash to the train station for a quick trip to Cornwall.  In retrospect, this should have been two days, but what the hell.  The train made its way to Penzance, where M. and I were charmed by the sea, the palm trees, the graveyard garden behind the town’s chapel, and the friendly people.  Our hotel manager in particular was very kind and made a great deal of fun of me for being a librarian, much to M.’s enjoyment.  She crashed early, while I took another walk to the shore and watched the tide come in as St. Michael’s Mount loomed in the distance.

Published in: on July 29, 2009 at 6:48 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. D & M — LOVE the photos! HA!!!! Sounds like you had a magnificent trip!

  2. This explains those rumors I heard about a hippo rampaging through London…

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