Daily Journal: 11 December 2016 (Sunday)

A beautiful sunny (though chilly) day in London! A great way to start the day – along with some excellent coffee.

Was invited by Prean and Viktor to join them walking up to Kensington to look for Christmas cards. My plans were to do laundry and grocery shop – so I quickly accepted the invitation. I don’t have to be asked twice!

As I hoped (perhaps anticipated), that we would do more than just select Christmas cards. We had a great time just kicking around.

Walking down any street from Pimlico to Kensington, you’re bound to find something to check out or photograph. We came across an art deco building that was once a Michelin Tire building (though no longer) from the early part of the last century. What a great way to re-purpose a building.

We arrived in Kensington and decided to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum. I had visited the museum during my stay in July – though interesting to visit again and see through the eyes of other people. Prean provided additional background information about the museum while we had some mid-day treats in the museum cafe.

There was a skating rink set up outside the museum – even though the weather was far from freezing. Looks like everyone was having a great time!

While leaving the museum cafe, we noticed that a choir was getting ready to perform so we hung around to take in a few songs before moving on. Thier first song was “Hallelujah” (by Leonard Cohen).

Also looked around the museum’s gift shop and saw a squirrel that I thought was photogenic.

Captured part of the museum and one of the towers and also some decorative writing over one of the doorways along with a picture of the inside courtyard.

Next up was the nearby Natural History Museum. Found some dinosaurs and other items on display. A demo of an earthquake Prean found interesting since he’s never experienced an earthquake.

The dimensions of the building were vast. Also explored the area around the statue of Darwin. I liked the quote that was found mounted before his statue.

Extinct bird (including the Dodo) and also an Auk (in the lower right of the picture below). The extinct Auk was mentioned in the posting from last Sunday when I was in Iceland.

The escalator up the the upper floors.

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Darwin (below)

The above quote reads: “Freedom of thought is best prooted by the gradual illumination of en’s minds, which follows from the advance of science.”

A few of the dinosaurs were animated. See the video below.

Prean and Viktor have perfected the art of selfies.

I like the entrance to the South Kensington (Underground) Station.

On the way back, Prean treated us to some mulled wine. We had a very leisurely walk back to the flat.

After we returned, I had to get my laundry done. No more underwear left and I wasn’t planning to go “comando” on Monday. On the way to the laundromat, got a picture of the sunset over the Chelsea Bridge. Nice!

 

4 thoughts on “Daily Journal: 11 December 2016 (Sunday)”

    1. I’m looking forward to hearing some of the choirs that are performing. The decorations are amazing! Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see.

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