Wandering to Regent's Park

Trip Start Mar 26, 2011
Trip End May 01, 2011

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Flag of United Kingdom  , London, City of,
Sunday, March 27, 2011

It must be after 8 pm now.  I forgot my watch.  I think it is 5 hrs difference but I don't know why exactly.  I will have to check so I can keep track.   The flights were pretty uneventful...I did get a window seat from Dulles to London so I was happy and even slept a bit.

It wasn't too complicated to get from Heathrow to St Pancras Station.  It was only one line but I didn't really know until I read the map that St Pancras was right on the Picadilly Line.  I found the hostel but had to wait until the rooms were available.  I almost fell asleep reading but the desk clerk came to let me know.  Then I started out for a walk in the area.  Regency Park seemed as if it were close so I headed there.  It didn't take long to walk there.

It is Sunday today so lots of people were out in the park...walking their dogs, walking their babies, playing, boating, picnicking.  There are quite a few outdoor restaurants in the park.  There are several lakes.  Lots of flower beds....naturalized daffodils, hyacinths, magnolias, some yellow and white-flowered fragrant shrubs and another familiar flower were all blooming.  I went back and forth between my sweater and my added fleece jacket so it was pretty warm.  Oh, forsythia was also blooming.  It was a lovely park enjoyed by lots of people.  Lots of foreign languages.  I heard a lot of Russian or other Slavic language...not Polish I don't think.  I head lots of people here telling their children to say Yummy for the camera.  And there were many women with headscarves.  There was one playground that seemed predominantly Muslim but it was in an area that abutted the Central Mosque...with minaret.  I walked around to see the building that I thought was a greenhouse but when I got close, it was locked, then guarded by men with rifles.  I found out it was the American Embassy.

The other notable experience was seeing many men around St Pancras station in kilts.  I have to find out why.  I had a great pizza for dinner with goat cheese and carmelized onions.

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