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and finally, on to london

October 11, 2014

we are back at home once again,

and i apologize for the delay in posting these photos of london

but we had no internet access during our week there

other than at the starbucks across the street.

at some point i simply had to give in

and be content with updating email and searching for pertinent information

once or twice a day.

this morning i downloaded 1402 photos onto my computer and realized

that i have my work cut out for me!

today i’ll share some london photos

but i’m saving photos from the most meaningful events of our trip

for individual blog posts.

it was an eventful journey.


right around the corner from our kensington flat was the wonderful holland park.


it was a delight to walk through the park and see people walking their dogs,

taking their babies out in strollers,

or just sitting on the benches reading and enjoying the magnificent fall weather.


this japanese meditation garden was one of my favorite parts of the park,

largely due to the koi in the pond and the numerous peacocks.


at first i found it nearly impossible to get a good peacock photo,

but then this kind fellow humoured me whilst taking a drink

and allowed me unlimited photo access.


this is just one of the reasons why i took nearly 1500 photos…


he is quite stunning…  sigh.

one of the many things we look forward to in london is seeing live theater–

it never disappoints!

this year the two we selected were roald dahl’s matilda,

a lively romp through the vagaries of a child’s mind


(and may i say that the young miss violet tucker was astonishing

in her role as matilda!!)

and shakespeare’s the comedy of errors

performed at the reconstructed globe theater.



the play was entirely enjoyable,

and certainly enhanced by the experience of seeing it much like

it was performed back in shakespeare’s time.


the tightly packed wooden benches are not much

in terms of creature comforts,

but at least we didn’t stand throughout the play

as did the “groundlings”.


for just five pounds they have a marvelous view of the stage

but must grow weary of 2 1/2 to  3 hours of standing in a crowded space.


most of our “sight-seeing” was done on route to chosen destinations,

but there is certainly something to see everywhere you look!


just by chance we caught the mounted guard on our way into st. james park,

and of course i always brake for horses…


i guess i do have a soft spot for ritual, tradition, and pageantry.


big city parks are always a delight with water features,

a variety of waterfoul, and gardens that are nothing short of amazing.


i made friends with some water birds in hyde park


including this little goose that had the loudest and most obnoxious honk i’ve ever heard,


and this juvenile swan that i’d like to build a pond for in my back yard…

londoners seem to be pretty fond of their park birds


some of which are large, indeed.

we always include a multitude of museums in our travels,

some new and some old favorites.



finding places to eat is part of the fun.

we tend to be pubbies at midday.



these old pubs are quite elegant.


on our last evening in london we attended evensong at westminster abbey–

quite lovely.

and then, on the walk back to the flat,

we made our customary pilgrimage to 22 hyde park gate–


our bloomsbury adventures will most certainly get their own blog posts.

come back again, won’t you?

i’ve lots more to share!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. sageandspirit permalink
    October 11, 2014 8:45 pm

    I have to confess–I have always wanted to travel to England. Such a beautiful place, and so green! Your photos are wonderful, (LOVE that architecture, and that pub!), and I look forward to more of your adventures abroad! xx

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 14, 2014 2:40 am

      hi, julie! there will be more photos– i’m trying to organize what i have into a few meaningful categories to write about. there is so much to see that it can be overwhelming at times! i’ll post as i get it all figured out, i promise!

  2. October 11, 2014 11:32 pm

    Thank you for this virtual trip to London! Your photos are fabulous – Holland Park is especially lovely. And the things you saw and experienced, too. Can’t wait to see/read about the Bloomsbury adventure!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 14, 2014 2:42 am

      thank you, diana! i will post more as soon as i can. i’m off to california on saturday and i may get something up before i leave but if not i’ll do it when i get back. the bloomsbury adventures are always some of the high points of our travels, so you will definitely hear about those!

  3. October 11, 2014 11:55 pm

    i’ve always longed to tour the UK….
    so grateful you choose to share your lovely photos with us!!


    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 14, 2014 2:46 am

      marie! i’m grateful that you like following along on my adventures! the UK is wonderful, and i must confess i do enjoy having complete command of the language! i will have more for you ASAP!

  4. October 14, 2014 2:31 pm

    London. Liverpool. Where all my relatives live! And, I’ve yet to meet them nor have I seen the famous “Liverbird”. I may just have to plan my trip more seriously, now that you’ve given me a taste!
    Was it marvelous? Exciting and full of history and castles and everything?!!
    Well, it’s good to see you back, hanging out at Starbucks and all. Hehe. What happened?
    Pet all animals for me, relax a bit and enjoy the colors!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 14, 2014 7:14 pm

      I think you must go!! it is utterly incredible to be surrounded by such history– i often think that i would have been far more interested in history if i had grown up immersed in it rather than reading about names and dates of things that happened far away. the architecture is incredible, and i love how europeans continue to use buildings built hundreds of years ago. it adds such charm and a feeling of stability. when we first started traveling together many of our excursions were focused on castles and cathedrals. now we focus more on the art and literary world, always seeking more information and experiences to understand the influences upon those we admire. it’s great fun! my hubby got one of his graduate degrees in Liverpool, one of his fondest memories. it’s a small world, eh?

  5. Amy permalink
    December 1, 2014 9:35 pm

    If you told me you were in London, I would of come up to meet you! And whisked you Away to meet Mia! It’s only an hour train ride!! Gahhh! Would of cost £10! Come back again! Please!!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 1, 2014 9:53 pm

      We will come back– we love London! It will probably be a bit, most likely 2016, and if you’d like I promise to let you know when we’re coming! Thanks, Amy!! Give Mia a hug!

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