"The Price is Right"

Trip Start Sep 22, 2012
Trip End Oct 19, 2012

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

There is time for one more cultural activity before a final shopping frenzy today. Hilary and I meet at South Kensington station, around the corner from the Museum of Natural History. Unfortunately, we missed the fine print that says that the exhibition of the 100 best wildlife photos of the year starts NEXT week!...

But admission to this stunning building is free, so we jump the school groups queued at security and head around to the side entrance in Exhibition Street. The museum holds a stunning array of palaentological specimens and historical animal exhibits. It is a little disturbing these days to see historical cases of dead birds pinned out like dissection specimens, but that was the way in 1881...

We rendezvous with Ian and G-ma at Camden, they having spent the morning on Oxford Street again. Ian arrives armed with well-stocked Primark bags.

The tacky flea market stalls near the station give way to Camden Lock Market proper across the canal. It is housed in a former horse market, so is a tangle of cobbled lanes, barns and horse stalls. There is a huge assortment of original goodies on offer as well as an international array of food stalls for lunch.

As Hilary leaves us for work, the other two head home and I make one final detour via town and complete the Christmas shopping! It is a first - and an exciting relief!

George Michael is playing at the Earl's Court Exhibition Centre around the corner tonight. I am seriously tempted to go just to do a London show, but alas, it is sold out. So it's a Lebanese feast nearby, a packing of the bags and the setting of the alarm for 7.30am...
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