Last Saturday I took a trip to London instead of Kew - the weather was forecast; and turned out to be - dull and showery - not the ideal for photographing flowers - and despite numerous tube lines being shut for engineering works, I started at Covent Garden Market. I was a bit early - by the time I got there it was only about 9.45 and the stallholders were just setting up. There was some sort of filming going on - I couldn't work out what, although some of the people being filmed where wearing London Wasps rugby club colours (they were singing "Jerusalem") so I assume it was something for the rugby club, but I couldn't find out what was going on.
There is water coming out of this fountain, but the day was so dull it doesn't show up in the photo.
There were already lots of tourists in London, especially Japanese - I guess the currency conversion rate is good for tourists at the moment!
This is Tragalgar Square, London buses and taxis and all - in a brief lull from major traffic.
Leaving Horseguards, I walked through St James Park (it was quite an exciting day as there had been some kind of "police incident" at the restaurant at the start of the park - the restaurant was all taped off and a police forensic guy in his blue suit and camera was at work. I googled when I got home but it didn't seem to have made any news sites - I suppose it's such a common occurence that it doesn't always.
I walked through the park down to Buckingham Palace to find crowds and crowds of tourists - I had chanced upon Changing the Guards. Feeling a bit like Alice in the A A Milne poem, I joined the crowds - I think the last time I was in London for Changing the Guards I was about 10 with my Mum and brother and sister... Unfortunately I couldn't get a very good view and the gentleman in front of me kept turning to talk to his daughter (teenaged) just as I was trying to take pics of the guards ..
It started raining about this time so I left the crowds to it and was going to walk down to Westminster bridge but took the wrong road (too wet to get my map out, didn't want to look too like a tourist....!!) and ended up walking all round the outside to Buck Palace gardens till I got back to where I'd started -
I didn't want to come home without finishing the film off so I took the right road down to Westminster to take a couple of shots of the Abbey and Houses of Parliament
so that was my morning in London. The rain had just about stopped and I couldn't be bothered to wait for a bus so walked back down to Victoria station to catch the train home.
The photos don't really do London justice due to the poor weather but it was a good day nevertheless.
I have got some more Kew photos to blog from the week before this, when the daffodils were truly gorgeous, but will come back to do that another day.
I don't know why there are such large gaps between the pics, sorry!