London!

Left NYC at 11:00 p.m. and arrived in London (Gatwick) at 10:30 a.m. local time and went through customs and got to hotel (via train, then taxi) in 90 minutes. Didn’t sleep on the flight, but was well-fed (full dinner and breakfast) and had movies to watch. Was surprised with an upgrade to a suite, including a nice dining room. Took a nap, though, as soon as I checked in.  Then went for a walk.  Really need to pay attention when crossing the street but didn’t get run over, so I’ll claim the walk successful.  Saw a number of sites in a couple of hours.  I’m in the Kensington area so close to a number of attractions.  Surprisingly, I only had one “what am I doing” moment when landing this morning.  But after getting settled in, I’m ready.  Bring it on!  Still need to figure out what I’m doing about a phone.  Tried to get a SIM card to work in my current phone, but my first attempt didn’t work.  I’ll figure something out.  With limited WiFi, I did find myself walking in circles – so took a cab back tothe hotel, otherwise I might still be walking around.   Second thought, I know I’d still be walking around.

Now for some pictures…  (Random – some from today and some from yesterday.  Was going to put in order, but that was took much like work, and since I’m retired, and CEO of my time, I decided not to.  Ha!  🙂

The cabin had a monitor what showed the flight path and time to arrive at the airport.  It was like watching a clock – guess it was!

IMG_20160702_221924160 How much further?

IMG_20160702_221951022When do we land?

IMG_20160702_222207 New Whitney Museum

IMG_20160704_204417771 4th of July Fireworks IMG_20160704_213002427 Brooklyn BridgeIMG_20160704_213021013 Too many to show…IMG_20160705_123008678_HDR NYC City HallIMG_20160705_184750 Fountain by City Hall

IMG_20160705_185223Oldest City Hall in U.S.

IMG_20160702_231626First view of EnglandIMG_20160705_170234944 Use this body bag for passport, CC, $$

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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (Gloria’s Aunt)

IMG_20160706_175003946_HDR Buckingham PalaceIMG_20160706_175141947 Buckingham PalaceIMG_20160706_175238913 Gates to the PalaceIMG_20160706_175512905_HDR Queen VictoriaIMG_20160706_175605494

IMG_20160706_184525126_HDRLook familiar?  Where is Big Ben?

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IMG_20160706_184702664_HDRWestminster Abby

 

4th of July

Looking forward to the fireworks tonight.  I’ll try to find a spot somewhere near the Brooklyn Bridge.  What a great way to remember the United States by watching 4th of July fireworks on my last night here, for awhile.

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Yesterday, I spent some time at The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and in honor of the 4th, found the painting, Washington Crossing the Deleware.  The picture is large and hangs high in the gallery.  This isn’t the original.  Added some other pictures to today’s posting as well.

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Various performers can be found in the NYC Subway Stations. Great way to pass the time waiting for a train.  Quite a variety, some quite good.  The performer pictured here was a crowd favorite.

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Better planning would have given me more time in Bryant Park.  A vendor, Wafels & Dinges, was very tempting.  Really a very nice place in the heart of Manhatten.  Next time, I’ll get some quality time in Bryant Park.  Maybe at New York Fashion Week?

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As I mentioned above, I was at the Met yesterday. Like the Louvre and British Museum, can not be consumed in one day. One reason, for me, is that I can’t process so much art in one sitting.  Get too saturated and find myself not paying attention.

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Was thinking about starting a collection of shop window displays.  I saw one display last night that I really liked. Maybe a collection would be interesting.  Another project!!

Getting ready to leave for London tomorrow night (11:00 p.m. flight).  Have a few errands to run tomorrow and will have time to spend time at the New Whitney before leaving for the airport.

 

Day 3 in New York City

Took a day off from site seeing.  Re-packing for London and looking for ways to lighten the load.  Continue to check out the LES (Lower East Side) and walking through the micro-neighborhoods and looking into the small shops along the way.   I have a picture to share from today, the Sara D. Roosevelt Park.  From Wiki research, guess she didn’t approve of having the park named for her.

 

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