Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
I really appreciate the skill of the planner of these gardens. It takes a knowledgeable person to gauge the growth patterns of the different flowers so that even at the end of the season everything looks great.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Many of the buildings have lost their original ground level architecture, but this one looks like the real thing.
Such a big city, but the sky is always there.
Of course, with carvings like these up high, you are always encouraged to keep your gaze skyward.
A blurry picture as it was early evening and I was on the bus, but I liked the jumbled ensemble of old and new buildings.
This lovely restaurant was on our way back to the hotel from the usual bus stop. They had a chalkboard sign trying to entice us in for breakfast or tea, and it was tempting, but we didn't go as our breakfast was included at the hotel and tea was too many empty calories.
Monday, September 9, 2013
I had heard rumblings that the black taxis were going to be fazed out so I was thrilled to see lots and lots of them still roaming the streets in London. And we did go for a ride. Because there is a hefty charge to drive a private car in downtown London, about half the car traffic is just taxis because it's cheaper to take a taxi than to drive your own car. The private cars you do see, tend to be expensive European brands.
The black taxis are so nimble that when they want to change direction, they don't drive around the block, they simply do a U-turn in the middle of the street. Everyone takes it in stride, and traffic stops to allow the taxis to get turned around.
The black taxis and red buses make all kinds of moving patterns as they zoom around the streets.
Most of the taxis are plain black but some of them have ads on them. I believe that all the drivers are independent owners so I guess they can do what they want to their cars. I'm sure a bit more income from the ads is very welcome.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
This bed was quite striking. The middle planting has small very bright red flowers that just popped against the lime green . The photo does not do it justice.
There weren't many squirrels in the park, unlike Quebec and Ontario, where we have an overabundance of them. I sort of missed the movement that the squirrels add to a park.