Last daysin London, and Trip!

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Two days of London- Quick notes more for myself.

Spent Friday night in the hotel, reading about the Queen Mum. After the wild pub crawl of the night before, didn't feel the need to go out again so London was wild and crazy without me. A waste perhaps, of a good Friday night, but I am tired.

Saturday out to Lambeth Palace which I recall not seeing last time I was here. I found it after some searching, and again didn't get to see it, as it is now the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and not open for tours. Its been his home for 600 years, you think I woulda remembered! I did take some good shots of the Houses of Parliament from The Embankment, then walked along the Thames and took the Tube over to the Victoria and Albert Museum (another thing missed last time also). Spent hours, great museum; really an interesting mélange of things, it is devoted to all the arts, such as ironworking, glass, clothing, all the 'arts' that make life beautiful.

Then I walked into Hyde Park, looked at Kensington Palace (where Princess Di lived). I had toured that years ago, when she was in residence. They had a display of her clothes, but the price was so high I didn't go in. I found one little 'memorial' plaque on a walk in the park- otherwise, really nothing to indicate she was ever here. Very sad. I wandered Knightsbridge and the high end shopping and came back to the hotel.

Called Carmello, who was going to meet me at 9- at 10 I realized I had been stood up- ah well, no biggie. So, I went out on my own. Nothing of note until late in the evening- met "Louis" in a pub (he was not my type at all) but we spoke and when I said I didn't really like the choice of bars in the neighborhood, he asked what I wanted. I said "people my own age" so off in a pedi-cab through London to a bar (Quebec). The pedi cab driver was from Serbia and we talked about politics (it is on everyone's minds) and he said he thought most people in the Balkans don't hold a grudge against Americans as they can differentiate between governments and people. We got to bar Louis suggested; the men there were all in their septugenarians or older- I was a bit insulted, my own age indeed! He was soon involved with someone (I was clear it wasn't going to be me) and I wandered looking at the older fellas and wondering my fate for the future! About one in the morning I did strike up a conversation with "Martin" who is in town with his partner "John" from Birmingham. Both are Irish transplants. We had tons in common (and were in the same age group at least) and talked until 2:30 when I took a cab home. Felt sorry for him, in an 'open relationship' which meant his partner was out picking someone up and he was just sitting around. Was sad. We really had a great conversation (he has only been to Las Vegas and seemed to be making assumptions about all Americans from that!).

Today, gonna get waistcoat, make it to the Tate if possible. Gotta make plans for airport tomorrow! Its over!
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