Parking It

Trip Start Oct 12, 2010
Trip End Mar 24, 2011

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ah Sunday, a day of rest.  I paused from the breakneck touring pace and spent a quiet day in London, resting my mind (and most importantly, my feet).  This was a sparkling, sunny Fall day and a great day for strolling and relaxing.

I started out the day with a Starbucks (sigh, no Tim's here) and once sufficiently hopped up on caffeine, figured out the double decker bus system and once confident, hopped aboard for nearby Hyde Park.  I guess having mastered the Underground and the buses, I now have 'The Knowledge' and can sufficiently make my way around this city :)

Hyde Park on a Sunday morning is a must-do specifically for Speakers' Corner - the famous area where ranters and ravers stand on their soap-boxes (or more specifically little step ladders) and, well, rant and rave.  It's fabulous.  Today's main topic among the oratorically-disposed was religion (no shocker there).  It's fun to stop, listen to the ravings, then move on to the next soap-boxer but without question, the most fun of all is to watch and listen to the hecklers!  These guys were great and had the crowds rolling in the aisles or on the pathways of the park so to speak.  One guy was a huge thorn in a theologian speaker's side and the heckler kept throwing out comments and admonishments to the crowds (e.g. "C'mon, let's hear some input from the pleb's") - hilarious. 

To rest my sides sore from laughing, I grabbed a park deck chair and relaxed in the sun, watching the Londoners strolling through lovely Hyde Park.  It was so nice to sit back in the sun and take it all in.  Had an egg and cress sandwich and some crisps and basked.  Incidentally, it's best to bask with one eye open for the park workers who will charge you 1.50/hour for the enjoyment of a park chair :)

Left Hyde Park and took a walk up Oxford Street, one of the city's shopping meccas.  Ducked into Marks and Spencers to take a browse around the latest fashions (and for you fashionistas out there, they include: plaid, tweed, plaid tweed fedoras and scarves - everyone wears scarves and boots). 

The day draws to a close with a really nice meal at a local restaurant - Phi Brasserie - a glass of wine with salmon and basil tagliatelle - yum.  Now to pack and prepare for an early morning flight to Dublin (and a cold shower apparently to start the day tomorrow - I've checked with my B&B manager and she tells me that they don't turn on the hot water until 5:30 or so because the boiler overheats - hmmmm).

By the way, I haven't been able to figure out how to jaywalk in London.  I am the only one left standing on the corner waiting for the walk signals because when I've tried doing the dash, I can't discern which way to watch for traffic here (I've been politely upbraided by a bicyclist who almost mowed me down who said primly 'Oy, silly woman!' as he swerved around me :)
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Renena on

These entries are awesome!! So far, sounds like it's been a fabulous time!! :) Looking forward to reading more of your adventure!

John & Jean Brown on

Dear Albertine, It is obvious by your photos @ comments that you are having a wonderful time, long may it continue. Re. your photos @ comments i agree with your friends that you would be perfect as a host on a T. V. chat show! you never know?. I have no doubt this trip will be one great adventure after another so enjoy every moment. Take care LOL xxx John @ Jean.

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