LONDON -- Nov. 12-15, 2011


I took this picture on a sunny morning from the Westminster Bridge.  This is the side of the houses of parliament that faces the river Thames. We were told that long ago the river was the city's sewer and it smelled so bad that the members of Parliament decided to do something about it and the London sewer system was begun.

This one is taken from Victoria Tower Gardens on the south side of these buildings. One of the highlights of our week in London was an invitation to see the inside of the houses of Parliament from a Baroness, a member of the House of Lords. We visited the Peers' Lobby, the library, the House of Commons, several corridors where we were able to peer into some other rooms, and finally we had lunch in the house of Lords' dining room.  Wow!  So elegant.  And delicious food too.


I didn't know Daddy had a street in London named after him. But here it is--not far from the houses of Parliament.

Another street nearby in Westminster. This doesn't look at all like Paris.  It's just so London.

 The plaque says: T. E. Lawrence - "Lawrence of Arabia" lived here 1888-1935.

Westminster Abbey

The Michelin building in Kensington, I think.  I have never seen this building before.

The house where we lived in 1983/84. We have wonderful memories from that year. Our sons were 4 and 9 then.

The Crabtree pub where I had lunch with a friend from 1984.  It was wonderful seeing her again.

After our lunch I walked along the Thames walk nearly to the Putney bridge.

It was about 3:00 in the afternoon, but the sun was already low in the sky.

The gate to Fulham Palace.  This was the country estate of the Bishops of London until 1975.  Unfortunately the palace was closed on the day I was here.

The plaque below is all the information I have about this attractive row of houses. It's in Fulham south of the Fulham Palace.

Funny name for a pub.  This is also near the Putney bridge in Fulham. I rode a bus from here to Edgeware road. By the time I got there it was dark.

Jim and I rode out to Greenwich, visited the handicrafts market there and then the Royal Observatory, where famous astronomers worked.


And this is the Prime Meridian, also called the International Meridian or the Greenwich Meridian. Along with the International dateline in the Pacific, it divides the Earth into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Duluth is about 92˚ West from this point, or about 1/4 the way around the globe. (Also slightly south.)


Pictures of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, the British Museum and Portobello Road.

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