|Ah, Big Ben. We didn't even worry about
whether it is the bell or the tower or the clock that is called Big Ben.
That's how confident we've become as travellers.
|Now there are several things odd about this.
First, I thought that the metric system had completely replaced the
Imperial measures. Next, I'm used to road signs being in all round
numbers so as to keep things simple as you whiz past. And then, do you
really need to warn me about speed breakers? And does the sign need to
have a little electric light on it?
|This one is especially for Kashmira. Cadbury
chocolate is so easy to come by in London, that there are Cadbury
vending machines in the subway. And not just one vending machine,
either. If this one is busy or out of order, there are three others on
the same platform. Perhaps Delhi will install vending machines like this
in their new Metro.
|We were told by more than one
person that Wagamama is a good, inexpensive Japanese noodle bar chain.
We were impressed by the efficient service that was aided by the
wireless handheld computers that servers used to take orders and relay
them to the kitchen. But as for inexpensive... It is hard to find
anything that seems inexpensive after India. This is a picture of Julie
through the bottom of a glass with ice and lemon in it.
|We stopped in at the Tower of London along
with about 4,000 other people. The site is well cared for and lovely to
see. But I question the use of the word tower. This is a picture of one
of the towers at the tower of London and it clearly is round and tall
like a tower should be. But the plenty of buildings there are square and
squat and they are still called towers. Not unlike the way a slice of
cake or a muffin can be called a pudding. (Which is no comment on the fabulous "Toad in the Hole" pudding
made for us by Tamsin and JP!)
|The chapel in the Tower of London. There are
many spaces in this rambling old collection of stone buildings that are
incredibly cozy or contemplative.
|The Tower Bridge. We walked across and along
the Thames during quitting time one evening. The office of the Financial
Times is right on the riverfront and they were working pretty late. The
sysadmin in the server room was just picking out a CD to play as he
started his shift.
|There were cranes working on building sites
all over London, just as if the economy were booming. This cigar-shaped
building was the first of its kind that I have ever seen and is quite a
contrast with all the stone masonry of the Tower of London.
|"This is not a photo opportunity"
Another reason to like London: dust bins that teach little lessons about aesthetics.