I’ll be back in London in two weeks’ time.
But I’ve certainly packed in, during this first three-day go-round, a number of things I’ve never done before.
In fact, the only repeat this trip was my excursion Saturday morning to Portabello Road Market, where I may or may not have picked up a Christmas gift. And where I could have spent many more hours just browsing and people-watching.
Otherwise, all the other excursions this half-week have been new places for me:
- The Shard
- Sky Garden
- Borough Market
- Kew Gardens
- A football game, viewed at a pub near Liverpool Station
- the newly-opened building at the Tate Modern
- staying in Holborn, rather than Westminster or Kensington
And, in a new twist at the Tate Modern, I saw, high up on the old chimney, a peregrine falcon. Beautiful. It took the local bird society’s binoculars and a bit of coaching for me to find him. But find him I did.
We did stumble onto Carter Lane on Saturday!
Saturday included a bit of a lie-in, then a trip to Portabello Road Market, and then a Tube ride to London Bridge and the Borough Market, where I could have spent the rest of the day just nibbling on samples of things. I watched a man hand-cutting Iberian ham; tasted more cheese than I can shout about; enjoyed sips of three gins from East London; spent some time in Southwark Cathedral; and marveled at the masses of humanity. And ate a most excellent piece of lemon polenta cake.
Saturday evening included the play The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, as suggested by my colleague Glen Bauer. Hysterically funny in a very British sort of way, this was.
And now, on Sunday morning, I am headed to Heathrow to meet my friends and colleagues and fellow choristers from Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, and transit west toward Exeter, stopping at Salisbury along the way.
Photos from Saturday follow in separate posts.