Posted by: jeannineatkins | April 4, 2009

Walking in London

My L.A. girls, who said that in their city people tend to wonder what’s wrong when they see people walking, marveled at all the pedestrians and enjoyed the parks.

A small park in Bloomsbury had this statue of Gandhi.

We were looking for an Indian Restaurant when I spotted this sign and had to recite: “To see the world in a grain of sand/and heaven in a wildflower.” I started on “Tyger, tyger burning bright,” but the girls were ready for samosas.

These are the gardens outside of Kensington Castle http://www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace/
Across from a playground dedicated to Princess Diana who lived here, and where Queen Victoria was born.

Inside was a display of some of Diana’s dresses, which the girls said all looked pretty much alike – boring – and an exhibit about the end of the debutante era.

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  1. You didn’t cry “‘weep! ‘weep!” for Blake?
    Love that statue of Gandhi. (I have a thing for him anyhow . . . it’s a holdover from having seen the movie starring Ben Kingsley back when I was in college, then embarking on a binge of Gandhi biography reading.)

  2. Boy, that makes me realize how long it’s been since I went–the bad things hadn’t happened to Diana yet–at least not that we knew about. The girls look like they’re having so much fun!

  3. Oh, totally enjoying your pictures and remarks. Never been inside Kensington Palace. Sigh.

  4. I need to see that Ben Kingsley movie again. It was good to see that statue after seeing a lot of things taken/borrowed/plundered from India elsewhere.

  5. We did have fun! But Em wants me to take down that picture…!

  6. There are an awful lot of palaces to get into… and with an awful lot of rooms once there. This was a good one as it was within walking distance of the Peter Pan statue, which our guidebook said was established at night so that children the next morning might wonder where it came from.

  7. “I started on “Tyger, tyger burning bright,” but the girls were ready for samosas.” HA! My kids would take samosas over poetry, too.
    I want to visit London some day.

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