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We decided to make another trip to London taking advantage of the special Summer Fever £15 day return offer and Saturday was the day we chose to go - offer expired on 1 September. What a fabulous day it was - everyone was making the most of the last days of summer as you can see here in the Embankment Gardens.
Golden Jubilee Footbridge which runs alongside the original Hungerford Bridge which is now solely used by trains - I loved the modern shapes it made against the blue of the sky. The River Thames below looked blue instead of the usual grey in the sunshine
View towards the City and St Paul's cathedral - no need for any red buses to add colour to the scene this week....
...though these two did add a certain something to the picture of St Martins in the Fields.
A few steps further on and we were at Trafalgar Square where Nelson was still standing atop his column in the sunshine looking down on all the people below - how turquoise the water looks in the square too.
I don't remember the name of this street but loved all the flowers in the window boxes. At the end is Liberty which we came to later.
here. Loved the inscription below which says: No minute gone comes back again, Take heed and see ye nothing do in vain. Indeed eh?
As with any of my photos if you click on the photo you will see more clearly in the enlargement the clock over the arch.
I can't believe the blue of that sky!
Just a few more steps and we were in Oxford Street - that's John Lewis just in the background. Always a favourite store of mine. And yet another red bus just visible in thecorner.
wonderful little shop - I apologise to the lady in my photo I did wait to see if she would move out of shot but she was engrossed in her mobile phone and I couldn't wait anylonger and to be honestI think she adds a certain je ne sais quoi o the picture anyway. If you are ever in the area do go inside and have a look - it's crammed with lovely materials of all kinds, trimmings, buttons and threads an Aladin's Cave for anyone like me!! Do check out the links above and below. This area was well known in the past for its rag trade and has a fascinating history I am determined to go back one day and poke about some more!
It was this window display which caught my eye!
We later stopped for a cup of tea in Paul's Bakery, which reminded us of our Saturday afternoon outings to Limoges when we lived in France. I asked if they had any chouquettes (not listed on the menu) as we used to like to have a few of those alongside our tea in Limoges and sure enough they had and our trip down memory lane was complete! I didn't think to take the picture till we'd polished off 4 of them! An aside which might make you smile: once in France I asked for some chouettes with our tea and the waitress looked puzzled but eventually understood what I wanted and it was only later I realised I had ordered some owls!
Continuing onward we made our way back to the South Bank - this time there is a red bus in the frame!
Here is the Festival Hall and just to one side the Shard as well as more cranes! You can book to visit and apparently the view is amazing - as it would surely have been on Saturday being so clear. The boats filled with tourists were doing a roaring trade on the water.
On the South Bank the Festival of Neighbourhood continues and people, mainly children, were enjoying dodging the fountains as they changed where they came from as you can see here - it is a good job it was warm as there were some wet and bedraggled children and not a few adults too!
Looking back towards the Embankment.
Last time we were here we visited the Roof Garden and only later discovered that there was a section we hadn't seen so we climbed the steps to the roof gardens - another lovely mosaic for you this one was one of several set into the walkways.
Roa - not sure it is to my taste but striking nonetheless!
After a wander through the street market below and it was time to get to Waterloo for our train home - luckily we had seats this time as we had probably walked about 4 or 5 miles not counting the wandering round by then. Yet another lovely day out and as always when I visit London I leave wanting to arrange another visit to see the things I didn't have time for this time. It's a wonderful city but I am always glad to come home to the country! On the train home I sat idly wondering how my life might have turned out had I accepted the place I was offered in London instead of choosing to go to Exeter instead when I wanted to train as a radiographer back in the 60s and how that decision might have led to a whole different life! It obviously wasn't meant to be and my life has turned out pretty well as it is so no regrets but .....!!