Sarah and Mark join me in London
|One of the new media equipment recharging stations|
now found through out London,which have
replaced most of the red telephone boxes.
To my delight, Sarah and Mark spent the August Bank Holiday weekend with me in London. On the first day, we met with Sarah’s daughter, Katrina who is a fabulous materials designer,
|and the four of us attended the V&A’s (Victoria and Albert Museum’s Shoe exhibit). I never knew shoes were so interesting.|
After our visit to the V& A, we had a three pm., High Tea at Albert Hall’s Restaurant.
|Some of the High Tea sandwiches|
We finished the day by enjoying our yearly visit to the Royal National Geographic Society International Travel Photography show.
|A Bea keeper collecting honey in Nepal.|
|Although it was not a winner, this is one of my favorite photographs from the 2014 exhibition. Taken in Mongolia, |
note the pet cat and pet bird.
The second day, we went to the children’s pre-parade of the biggest West Indian parade outside of Trinidad, which happens every year in Notting Hill, the last two days in August.
|Some unique observers|
|Waving flags from Caribbean Island nations|
|Dancing along the parade route|
|One of a number of trucks transporting a Steel Band|
During our third and last day together, rather than standing in pouring rain watching the major parade, we opted to go to Kew Gardens, one of my favorite places in the London area. Yes, we were also in the rain, but at least we had breaks from the inclement weather while wandering in and out of the great green houses around the grounds. During our outdoor walks, we were also sheltered by the canopy of giant trees throughout Kew Gardens.
|One of the many greenhouses located in the gardens|
NOTE: Besides being a wonderful world-class garden, Kew’s is a world-renowned research facility for studying and preserving flora throughout the world. But because of budget cuts, it currently has a great need of funds to continue their important work. So if you are thinking about giving, please consider a donation to Kew. They really could use it as Kew’s research work benefits us all. Just a thought!
Now I’m off to Berlin, a city I hadn’t visited in many years.