A Busy Week in London, Part I


The earlier lag in new posts was caused as much by struggles to locate a reliable internet connection as it was from being insanely busy.  My husband joined me for the first leg on my journey and he wanted to get around and see the sights of London (it’s only his second time to the city).  More creative and detailed writings inspired by these activities are to follow, but here’s a rundown of my first week in London, (the first of two parts).  For a full-size view of pictures, just give them a click!

June 2, 2011

The day started at Westminster Abbey and for the first time I actually went inside!  On all previous visits I passed it up because it is so expensive.  The church itself is beautiful, but the tombs within the walls had my interest from the beginning.  The history and writer geek in me marveled at the graves of Elizabeth I, Chaucer, and Isaac Newton.

After leaving the Abbey, we decided to stroll along the South Embankment of the Thames and soak up a little visit from the sun.  The river flowed along and so did the throngs of tourists, but it’s almost tradition to walk down this side of the river and take in the sights of the London Eye, the film museum, street performers, the London Aquarium, and cityscape across the Thames.

We then wandered into St. James Park and sat for a while to take in the scenery. Waterfowl, tourists, locals, and a stunning view of Buckingham Palace filled out the rest of the afternoon.

For dinner, we visited The Swan on Bayswater Road.  We loved this place when we came a few years back and its great to see the place is still thriving.

Click for more . . .

Continue reading


Van Gogh Never Thought Of This


While strolling through Trafalgar Square, I saw a curious outdoor art display that literally brings art to life.  The National Gallery of London sits at the head of the square and houses some of the art world’s most treasured pieces, including a few paintings by Vincent Van Gogh.  In front of the museum, a multi-story display takes one of his masterpieces and ingeniously fuses impressionism with vertical gardening.


This part of the display shows the original version of the painting, A Wheatfield With Cypress.

Van Gogh’s painting re-imagined with layers of live greenery, (Click on image for full-size view).

To me this is beautiful tribute to the fact that the creative spirit of humanity knows no bounds.

c.b. 2011