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The Birds of St. James Park

  Today was another low key day. The sun was out and we decided to have a picnic in St. James Park, right next to Buckingham Palace. Afterward, K scored himself a gooey nutella waffle treat. I was surprised by the variety of common birds in the park. Of course Jake was there in his leafy perch to great the …

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A lazy walk about town

After several days of train trips we slept in today and had a gentle walk about London. We started at Covent Garden for a very late breakfast in the sunken courtyard with the same buskers, a quartet and female opera singer we remember from our last visit to London. We mooched around the shops briefly and walked up embankment park …

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Sunday lunch with the clan

On Sunday we traveled north to the Luton/Dunstable area to visit J’s aunts and uncle, Pauline, Karen, and Jullian for Sunday lunch. They were very kind to pick us up at the station, Pauline having driven all the way from Wales to see us. Jullian and Karen had just the week before moved house and with kindness and good humor …

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Halls of stuff…

Friday we stayed in London and spent the morning in the Tate Britain, an art gallery of British works. They had a huge collection of William Turner paintings (think sweeping navel battles with a bright setting sun) and a few other well know pieces like Ophelia. Then we were off to K’s favorite spot, the Victoria and Albert museum, the …

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It’s Official, I am Museumed out

Wednesday we went to the British museum after some morning shopping at the tescos and boots, umm mcvitties. It was a very blustery and showery day so good to be inside. Like the Oxford’s Ashmolean museum the British museum has a huge collection of early civilization artifacts. Mesopotamia, early celts, Egyptian mummies, early Chinese and Japanese ceramics, roman sculpture, Greek …

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Impressionism at the National Gallery in London…

Wow. The impressionist tour continues with a special exhibit at the National Gallery in London hosting a private collection of 90 different impressionist works. Because it was a private collection, photos weren’t allowed, and it was generally too dark for my spyglasses to work. But they also had a Monet Waterlily special exhibit in the free section which I could …

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I am where I belong, London

Sunday we had a Belgian waffle breakfast and a return visit to the chocolate shops and beautiful cathedral. The cathedral had excavated the original 1200s base of the original roman church on the site. We payed our 1 euro each at the automated turn style and descended under the cathedral floor as the organ music and singing from the mass …