London, Day 1

Last night was a late one, so we slept in a little. I got up around 9:30 a.m. (London time). Soon we made our way out into the city.

We had a late breakfast at a pub across the street.

Mine was a fairly traditional English breakfast: Cumberland sausage, two eggs, beans, ham, a grilled tomato and a grilled mushroom cap, toast.

Then we went on our way, looking for what sights we could see. We had a lot of fun in the Covent Garden Market, where we heard an enthusiastic string quartet who played the first movement of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik with choreographed steps. Corny but winsome.

Then we looked for a Tardis, but all we could find was this:

A bus tour of London sounded good, but if we had known we’d have to wait 45 minutes for the bus then maybe we would have decided otherwise. But once on we were glad to be there. It was good to have the overview of the major attractions in the heart of London.

This will help us decide what we want have be our focus in the next few days. I think Westminster Abbey, the river tour, and the Tower of London are quite likely tomorrow.

Traffic is heavy in London, so it takes longer than we expected to get places. I wanted to attend Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral at 5:00 p.m., but just the taxi ride took 20 minutes, at which point I had business at the Barbican ticket office to conduct (with nothing to show for it in the end, alas). So, evensong will have to wait for tomorrow.

We ended the day with a (stereo-)typical English meal of pies at Porters. I had the most amazing Shepherd’s Pie I’ve ever had.

Tammi doesn’t like to show off her food, so no picture from her meal.

Well, maybe this shot would be okay:

We shared a dark chocolate pudding for dessert.

We’re both tired but happy.

Author: Dan Griswold

A good life is motivated by love. My loves: the Triune God, family, music, friends, parishioners, theology.

4 thoughts on “London, Day 1”

  1. Sounds like you are having a great time so far. Your pictures and description makes me want to go back. The pubs are so much fun.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful day. I think you should consider your own rendition of the Eine Kleine with choreography on this “end of sabbatical” recital. Of course, I’ll still miss that performance, too I like corny – would be fun to see and hear it, too. 😦

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