Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Weekend adventures in London

Back in London and it was a dreary day with off and on rain. I decided to try and find the place that Amy Rigby was playing that night and it turned out to be not too far. I then wound up in an area I do not recall seeing before as I was down in a construction area of Holburn Viaduct I found an entrance and a way to climb stairs to the road.   I then walked to St Paul Cathedral and went inside it was Good Friday stayed about 20 mins. It was really raining now and I decided to cross the bridge and go to the Tate museum along with others trying to get out of rain BORING. I tried running between the drops and across the Millennium Bridge and then hopped a bus going to Euston.  I rested a bit in my room and warmed up and headed off to see Amy this time I had my umbrella but i did not rain until I got there. I was early and met a young guy who asked me to share his table while we waited for the concert to start. When we finally went in for the show I sat with a couple and their younger children all fans of Amy, it was a great show. 

Holburn Viaduct

St Pauls

only interesting thing in Tate Modern

I headed off to find the fountains at Granary Square back behind St Pancras was not impressed, heard about them but really not worth the bother maybe in summer?  Another gloomy day with sun trying to come out. I walked along Regent Canal a bit but then it suddenly ended?  I tried to find where it continued but finally gave up. I came across Angel, Islington  a section of London I had never been too. I walked up and down streets just enjoying someplace new, it was quite interesting and I am glad I found it. I met a guy originally from St Louis  living UK for 30 years and handing out papers for  Jeremy Corbyn  had a good talk, I took bus back to hotel, sore and tired from walking. I rested for awhile as I was  meeting  a friend and visited the Dickens museum and had a nice dinner.

angel wings at shopping center

Sir Hugh Myddelton
Kings Cross Station

I took the bus to Hyde Park, for Easter quite a few people, daffodils were blooming. I walked around to an area of the park,  that I had not been too before  and then got lost. I finally saw the Albert Memorial in the distance and walked there. I then hopped a bus to Trafalgar Square lots of people there  I walked through  and spotted the newest addition Fourth Plinth recreation of winged bulled statue destroyed by ISIS.  I found a place selling pasta and it was a special 4 pounds choice of one meat and 2 veggies plus sauce YUMMY. I sat downstairs and the man working there told me to go downstairs and he  had someone carry my food down, which was nice. I and then walked to St James, again and things were finally starting to bloom and plenty of squirrels. 

Fourth Plinth

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A return to Brighton and a visit to Shoreham by the Sea

I decided on a return to Brighton since I was arriving in the evening back to Gatwick, I was worried that my flight would be late and that I'd get back to London really late. I looked around for a something near Gatwick and realized that Brighton was about 30 minutes away, so that made my decision. I booked a room there for two nights. 

My plane was on time and I breezed through Customs which was perfect as I had a concert to go in Brighton as I found out my fave female singer Amy Rigby was playing at the Prince Albert that night. I checked into my hotel and ran and had some chips across the street and set off for the concert talk about crazy directions I ran around about 30 minutes that in the end turned to be  a place that was a 5 minute walk away YIKES.  Amy was awesome and I had a great spot standing near the stage and enjoyed a wonderful show.

Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric

The next morning the blue sky sunshine and warm weather was gone, it was chilly and rainy after grabbing a cup of coffee and a bite to eat at a nearby store I bravely headed to the water front. Brr it was cold and windy I snapped a few shots and even walked through Brighton Palace Pier  trying to warm up and then I found my way to Royal Pavilion and snapped some photos. (The seaside palace of the Prince Regent George IV) and then walked some streets and looked in some places but was so cold decided to return to my hotel to warm up and then back to the fish and chip place for a nice meal. 

The Prince Albert Brighton

The next day I decided to take a bus to Shoreham by the Sea as I had heard about it a few years back. I caught the bus and about 45 minutes later I arrived, to blue skies at least for a few moments. The day turned out that way back and forth between beautiful blue skies and then rain downpour I walked around the very little town and then boarded a bus back to Brighton. The weather there was a bit nicer when I arrived back so I took a slow walk back to my hotel and an excuse for more fish and chips. 

St Mary De Haura Shoreham

St Peters Church converted to flats

pretty window display
views from the Shoreham Toll bridge