Looking Back

I was going through my 2017 photos to try and pick a favorite but don’t really have one. I just have photos that mainly bring back good memories. I picked out over 20 but may have to spread it out over several posts.

We went to the States in January. We visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona,

and Sante Fe in New Mexico,

and the White Sands Monument in New Mexico.

We went to the Maldives for my birthday.

A trip to Venice with a lot of Spritzs to drink.

We did part of the Camino de Santiago in May where I took this photo of a cow at dawn. It was very difficult for me, my first and last time, but Maurice is ready for more.

We went to England to watch some tennis and made a stop in London while there.

I spent the rest of the year in the States, mostly with my mother but visiting with my children before coming home in December.

I don’t know if this is my favorite photo but I do love the optical illusion of this building in hilly Montmartre.

I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2018. Thanks for making me a part of your lives.

Museum

The day we left London for a late flight¬†we spent most of it at the British Museum. It was within walking distance of our hotel and is always a pleasure to visit, even if it was packed with people this being Sunday and the fact that entrance is free. They have the best Egyptian exhibit, hands down, that I’ve ever seen.

The lobby is stunning.

Some of the architectural Greek ruins taken from Greece. I bet they’d like them back.

This is how the museum started with the Age of Enlightenment based on the collections of Sir Hans Sloane. It opened to the public is 1759. We found it very interesting full of sea shells, fossils, etc. The room was beautiful too.

The Egyptian section was loaded with mummies and sarcophagi, some very expensively decorated.

I don’t know why this guy was green. I tried to find out on Google with no success.

A calf mummy! They had cats too.

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From the wall of a tomb. I love seeing details that show life back then, the cat, birds, butterfly and plant life. No dogs though.

Seen in London

More photos from walking around London.

An umbrella, or brolly, shop that’s been around a long time.

Wren’s creation, Saint Paul’s. We had planned to go inside but it was closed for a special event.

The Green Man Pub. The green man is seen in many churches, maybe a symbol of rebirth.

There are so many photos on Instagram of bikes against buildings often matching in color. This is mine.

Not many tables for eating are found in London although it seems to be beginning as you can see here. The umbrellas looked like they were made of velvet. So pretty.

Beautiful London

Big Ben photo taken from our bus. The area was packed with tourists.

Memorial on the bridge where that horrible terrorist attack took place. London seemed busy with tourists to me. The attack doesn’t seem to be keeping people away.

Seen across the street, Fleet Street I think, and I assume it is art. Nothing there to say, “Beware of falling stones”.

This was so striking. Another place I saw just walking along. I always wonder what London would be like without the damage of WWI and WWII, and that fire in 1661 when much of London was burned down.

So elegant.

There were quite a few places to eat outside of restaurants, just not on the same scale as Paris.

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.,

London

After Eastbourne, we decided to spend a day and night in London-always a good idea. London was packed with tourists. There seemed like there were more than in Paris but I don’t think that’s true.

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We stayed at the Montague hotel which was wonderfully charming and beautiful. This was their lobby.

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I took this photo in our bedroom there because I liked the colors and how Maurice’s pants looked on the couch. My own fashion photo shoot.

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We were near the British Museum.

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With it’s stunning interior lobby.

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A pretty exterior.

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Wifi spots around London. They still have the red telephone booths too. I wonder how much longer those will be around since everyone seems to have a cell phone now?

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The toilet is a loo here. I remember asking for a restroom years ago and getting a strange look.

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Isn’t this a pretty store? It’s called Orla Kiely. She does clothing and interior design items. My daughter in law asked me to go there to get something for her. It’s in the Covent Garden area of London and it’s really a great area to explore, funky and fun.

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I made a stop at the Twinings Tea Shop. It’s about as wide as this front, just an alley between shelves of tea. I bought two boxes. It’s not my favorite tea, Mariage Freres is, but they have lots of interesting flavors and it’s fun to go in and explore.