Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Summer Holiday - Day 13 and departure

Day 13: Cambridge-   a university town filled with students and their bicycles, Gothic architecture alongside modern buildings, churches and colleges, wide open parks and public spaces, open markets, street performers and punt boats on the River Cam.  Beautiful and exciting, yet with a peaceful charm that made me want to stay longer...or visit again...

Catholic Church of Our Lady and English Martyrs

Jesus College

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (aka The Round Church)


Left Cambridge by train to Audley End where Paul's sister, Sue drove us to Saffron Walden for an excellent dinner of Turkish food. Train back to Enfield. And for one last time the familiar walk down Ordnance Road past the shops, restaurants and houses to the flat. 

photo©Paul Boocock

Day 14: packed clothes, souvenirs, tea, oatcakes, ginger nuts and a bag full of memories for the trip home.
Day 15: back to Heathrow airport... farewell to London with heartfelt promises to visit again... thank you for the days...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Summer Holiday Days 10 - 12

 Day 10: A train to Liverpool Station then the tube to St. Pancras. There was a small street photography exhibition there. But mostly I loved the statues by Paul Day and the poetry of John Betjeman and the beauty and history of St. Pancras Station.

After St. Pancras we spent a few lovely hours in the British Library followed by a picnic lunch in the courtyard of the library

Traveled on to Waterloo Station. Visited the Silverprint photo shop. Then the south bank of the Thames.  Had tea near the Royal Festival Hall.  Then crossed Hungerford Bridge and walked to 84 Charing Cross Road, stopping to shop for Derwent art supplies near Trafalgar Square. Back to Paul's flat via tube and bus.

 Day 11:  No pictures of this day yet because they were film that hasn't been processed yet. Bus to Waltham Cross to shop at Sainsbury.  Tea and muffin in the store cafe.  Saw Eleanor's Cross then walked to Waltham Abbey: saw the lock, the church at Waltham Abby where Harold's Tomb is located as well as the ruins of the Abbey.  Tea and scones at Philpotts with a stop later at the Welsh Harp.  Walked back to Waltham's Cross - bus to Enfield with a stop at the Coop. (Pictures to follow later I hope!)

Day 12: Returned to Central London to cross the Wobbly bridge to the Tate Modern.  Viewed the Diane Arbus exhibit.  Then to the Royal Academy and the National Gallery.  Exciting, inspring art...