London

After seeing some tennis in Eastbourne we headed to London. I’ve been to London several times but never really feel like I know it. It seems much harder to get around than Paris with a lot more walking and things that you want to see long distances apart. We did a city bus tour this time which helps to get an oversight of a city but around Big Ben and the bridge where recent attacks occurred there were major traffic jams due to construction so we spent a lot of time just sitting in one place. I had made a list of places I wanted to see which I found mostly on Instagram or places mentioned in the English mysteries that I read so many of.

Our hotel was in the Bloomsbury section of London and there are several really nice parks in the area. This one is called Russel Square. And you are allowed on the grass so there were a lot of people sitting on the grass, having picnics or napping.

One night we had Japanese food at a place called Eat Tokyo which is a small chain in both Tokyo and London. I really liked how Maurice’s meal looked. It had a great ambiance and was very small and crowded. Beautiful sushi too, which we don’t eat. In fact, I always ask for a fork. I just never got the hang of chop sticks.

One of my favorite things to look for in London are the many taverns and pubs. They always have wonderful signs overhead and there are usually beautiful flowers.

Here’s another pub. Note the beautiful flowers and look at all of the people standing outside. I don’t know if this happened when they stopped allowing smoking inside or not but you have to fight your way through them if walking past. Some pubs have huge crowds outside, inside too, as we found out when we went inside. I’m sort of cranky and not a fan of crowds and places so noisy that you can’t hear anyone talking to you so we went to less popular places. Maurice didn’t like how you have to go to the bar each time and order but that part didn’t bother me. We had some good fish and chips at one or two. Such a part of England, pubs.

More to come on London.,

Desert in Bloom

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 I am in Arizona visiting my mother and there are trees and bushes and cacti in bloom all over the place.

In the yard of my mother’s neighbor. When my Dad was in the last stages of his Parkinson’s and disoriented, he got the neighbor’s garbage bin mixed up with theirs and to this day it bothers my Mom as it is smaller and stained with paint. No one would do anything about it so when it got dark, I went over and switched them. There are just renters in the place so I doubt they will notice or care like my Mother does. We will see.

These bloomed only for one day.

The cacti flowers come in yellow too.

You can see the buds on the saguaro cactus but I will miss seeing the blooms. You can also see a little hole where cactus wrens often build nests.

Spring in Paris

Spring in Paris can be gray and rainy but there are always Spring flowers, mostly pink. The pink flowers attract my attention the most as they are usually on trees.

This tree and the unusual structure behind it were on Promenade Plantée.

Also on Promenade Plantée, nature’s confetti. Just like in Autumn, trees really make a mess. I’m not sure what that lady on her hands and knees was doing. I think the camel pose in yoga.

This tree was on the side of the Hotel de Ville. They have a garden there that is supposed to be open to the public but I’ve never seen the gate open.

On the side of Notre Dame. They have great landscaping on one side and the back.

Here’s a view from across the Seine.

Morning Walk

Maurice and I walk just about every morning unless I get up really early and walk with a friend. Sometimes I want a change from the usual, though beautiful, Promenade Plantée and I wanted to get a photo of Spring flowers with the Eiffel Tower in the background on a day of sunshine (rain was expected the next day) so we took a metro which was packed with people on their way to work to the Eiffel Tower and then walked to Concorde from there before taking a metro back home.

Pretty pink flowers everywhere.

These yellow bushes are everywhere, all over Paris.

This girl was having photos taken. I noticed that her gown matches the pink flowers in the tree above her.

We walked right along side the Seine up to Pont Alexander III, the prettiest bridge in Paris.

Then went up to the street level to cross it and on down to Concorde.

A Pretty Walk

I love to get outside and walk when the temperatures are cool and fall in in the air and golden leaves are everywhere. These photos were taken on the Promenade Planteé near our apartment building in early November.

img_2041 There had been a rain the night before and a lot of leaves came down.

img_2043 So nice to have this view as you walk along.

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There are very few flowers on the walk except for rose bushes so it was a delight to see these seasonal mums.

img_2047 The grass is green for a little longer.

img_2048 I loved the yellow leave behind this statue.