I don't know what happened. I seem to have lost my momentum to post, and yet I knew I should! I have continued to read your entries and have commented now and again, but in reality, I have had very little to commit to lj. However...whatever it was seems to have passed and I feel that I am back. I think a lot has to do with work, the time of year (it's starting to get crazy here) and I have just allowed myself 'me' time to try and focus on relaxing, time with Andrew and enjoying catching up with friends and trying to discipline myself to carry on with my learning Italian now that the term has finished. (Did I even tell you that I am learning Italian)?
Before the year draws to a close I have to post the last of our pictures of our trip to Europe. We ended up in London for a few days, and even though it was the end of May we were amazed just how nice the weather was. For me it was my first time there in many, many years, and even though it had changed, it was still all very familiar. I did, after all, live in the centre of the city for 4 years.
Somehow, Old London Town had a more European feel to it...possibly more people sitting in street cafes and wine bars, always the numerous tourists, and generally very clean from past memories. I was rather blown away by the number of signs written in Arabic and the fact that there was the Islamic Bank of Britain ... "offering the Sharia compliant alternative to banking".
But I digress!
With such limited time we were determined to be tourists and we dashed, bussed, tubed and clicked our way around the usual sights. It really was fun. Enjoy a quick glimpse of London.
The Mall - all decked out cos the US President was in town.
Buckingham Palace from St James' Park
Houses of Parliament and the Clock Tower of Big Ben.
The London Eye
Amazing views from the 'Eye'
Towards the City and St Paul's Cathedral
The Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich (by Sir Christopher Wren)
Magnificent Painted Hall (1709)
The Prime Meridian (Greenwich Mean Time - GMT)
Time was really against us after visiting Greenwich and we dashed like idiots through the city to try and get back to Churchill's underground war rooms in Westminster. There was a signals failure on the tube so we ran across the River Thames and through Parliament Square...and we made it! The War Rooms are an amazing place to visit and it is where Churchill and his government ran the war from for a period of 6 yrs. At the end of the war they literally put down their pens, picked up their belongings and as they closed the door they switched off the lights. It remained like that, a sealed piece of history, until being opened as a museum in the 80's. It is a fantaastic place to visit. We were very limited with time but so please we saw what we did.
And then it was time to leave Europe and to return home to Australia. But not before we were able to catch up with my brother. Now we hadn't seen each other for about 20yrs, and Ol managed to get to Heathrow Airport to spend some time with us before we flew home. It was just a wonderful time and we seemed to just pick up and carry on as if we had seen each other only a few weeks before. The time flew past and once again it was time to say goodbye. I can only hope that one day he will come and visit me in Australia! (I know you read this, Ol, so COME VISIT