Oh, I’m having trouble. Either the weather is great, so I want to be outside and away from the blog and not do anything but enjoy the sunshine. Or the weather is horrible, and I want to hibernate in front of the fire and not do anything but wish for sunshine. But somewhere in there we made a long weekend visit to London and saw some sights. We haven’t been to London with the kids since February two years ago, when we went up the London Eye and on a Duck Tour. This year, we got some sunshine, which transformed the city into something beautiful.
Boat tour on the Thames.
Trafalgar Square … in the sun! This was the first time I’ve ever visited London in the sunshine. I wasn’t sure it was possible.
Parliament, Big Ben, that London Eye.
There are so many iconic photos of the Tower of London, I’m just not even going to try. Almost all of my photos from this trip look identical to the ones I took nearly twenty years ago when I first visited London. For this trip, we stayed in a hotel nearby and walked over in the evening to see the Tower lit up … arrived early one morning for our visit … did all the usual things. By getting there early and going straight to the Crown Jewels, we were able to go round the jewels three times, with no crowds. Dropped in and out of the Beefeater tours and wandered to our hearts content. As our trip was timed during the national school holidays, we also were able to enjoy many extra activities (think costuming and faux executions).The British Museum. My children, world-weary travelers, decided it was not as impressive as the Louvre. (Paris postcard.) Ahem.
Behind the scenes at Tower Bridge, in the engine room exhibit. Might make a steam-punk-y sort of blog post about that visit. Pretty cool.
For reasons unknown but likely connected to movie marketing, Mjölnir appeared in Greenwich.
The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is impressive, and a big kid favorite.
View from the Royal Observatory.
Found our first daffodils of the year in Greenwich. I super-thumbs-up recommend Greenwich as a green and calm respite from London hurly-burly.
And that was it! Or at least all the photos worth bothering to share. I can’t possibly give you the character of London from these few photos and our few visits. However, I came home and read through a series recommended by thebookgator (first review here: A Madness of Angels) that reveals a living geography of London through strongly written vignettes of color, sound, taste, smell, and rhythm. (With, you know, magic and murder thrown in.) When I’m hibernating — or reading in the sunshine — it’s a fun way to remember the feel of life in London.