How was everyone’s weekend? I hope you had fun and that if you got a long weekend off work, you’re feeling better for the rest. Mine was lovely with time spent with the extended family and then selecting a shore excursion with my friend for our cruise next month. But this evening, I just felt that I needed to do something before heading back into a busy week with work. Fortunately, hubby is extraordinarily supportive although I’m sure that he must shudder slightly when I say ‘I’m in a strange mood’! I felt that I was faced with two options: 1. Go to bed, especially as the gas engineers will be here early in the morning reconnecting our gas after we had a leak on Friday (and also filling the massive hole in the driveway they had to create OR 2. Think positively and do something unexpected.
So, what did I do? I went to London! I live about 1 hour 15 minutes from London so near enough to have a mooch around and for the vast majority of it, I was just driving. I worked in London for 2 years when I was in my early 20s so I know certain parts quite well but I did all the main touristy things tonight like Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, China Town, London Bridge, Tower of London, Piccadilly Circus, The Strand, etc. I had rather naively thought that London would be comparatively quiet late on a bank holiday Monday and that I’d easily be able to pull over and snap photos….but no! Whilst the roads weren’t too bad, there were few places to pull over and the one car park I found around China Town was closed. However, I did manage to park around the back of St. Paul’s Cathedral and took some photos, including one in the reflection of a mirror ball (even if it was coated with the dirt of the London air!). It’s a stunning cathedral whatever time of day or night, and it’s my first tick towards my photography bucket list. And I also parked very close to the London Eye with its red lights illuminating the mild early April night sky.
I loved working in London for 2 years when I was writing parliamentary speeches, prime minister’s question time briefings, etc. and I think it’s a stunning city that never sleeps. In fact, about 15 years ago, I did the Moon Walk for charity which involved walking through London for 13 miles starting at midnight from Hyde Park and there was constant movement through to the early hours. But I do love coming back home to the clean Sussex air! And as well as taking photos, I made progress towards another of my main bucket list: I visited the City of London so that’s another English ceremonial county that I’ve been to!
And watch this space! I’m hoping to report some positive news in the next couple of days about going to the stunning Sky Garden in London. Please cross your fingers, toes and everything else you can think of 🙂