Good morning – LONDON

London. Flashing past my eyes. There are SO MANY people here, throngs, crowds,  many, many different languages, different modes of dress, different foods and and so much sound and light and colour. I am SO happy to be back in the big city. I feel invigorated by this huge collection of peoples.

Thank you so much to our first three wonderful guest writers. You did a great job holding the fort while I was out of range. There will be a few more guest writers before this adventure is over.

Yesterday I landed at London Heathrow airport after an uneventful flight in a half full plane where I was able to stretch out across three seats and sleep all the way to London, (that has not happened to me since  the 90’s).

I took the tube into town and decided not to look at any of the signage and rely totally on Feet Memory to get me all the way from Heathrow out to Islington. And it worked perfectly. I have not been to London in ten years or so but my feet and hands remembered every turn, expected every staircase, made every train and it felt a little like coming home.  I was totally at ease. No fear of failure this time.

Then I got caught up with people and shopping and mooching about – drinking good coffee, a few wines, popping up and down into the underground like an inquisitive mole towing my tiny wheelie bag behind me =  sitting in cafes looking out the window – slowly lifting up out of my prairie bubble. Poor Camera House was left sulking in the bottom of my bag until later in the afternoon –  forgotton as I traveled through the underground towards my old friends London home for the next few nights. duck confit

Today  I am off out into the city again for some more gadding about. Camera House will have a prominent role to play today.

By tomorrow I am sure I will have more to show you and more to tell you about.

london bus

For now – look out the window of the cafes with me. Watch the people for a minute.  It is almost meditative.

I will be back tomorrow to show you the real Day One of our London Outing.

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Have a lovely day.

Love celi

56 thoughts

  1. Those photos took me on a mild nostalgia trip 🙂 Charing Cross Road, Leicester Square – and is that a bit of Regent Street? It looks cold, people are rugged up. I hope you have enough warm clothes in your tiny rollie, Miss C, London’s damp, freezing blasts of wind go right through you. Looking forward to tomorrow’s instalment…..

  2. Oh, you lucky duck! I have been immersed in your photos. Yes, as Kate said, those Londoners are looking bundled up against the cold — but those are Londoners and it’s more likely to feel rather tropical to you, coming from winter in the American mid-west. Enjoy! ~ Mame 🙂

  3. [J&D] Doesn’t do it for us, Celi. Even in the years when we were more used to town-centred lives in mainland England Wales and Scotland, London was an alien place. Other big cities bearable for a while, but not London. Just a place for passing through via the big rail stations – Euston, Paddington, Kings Cross, Victoria … and even that not for more than 20 years. (Those stations are exciting places in themselves – but only because they are gateways to the rest of the country!) However if we could be teleported to and between the V&A Museum, Natural History Museum, The Tate Modern, The Globe Theatre, and similar, then that would do us just fine – we’d just love to visit those places, especially the V&A. And then back home to Uist.

  4. Thank you for the great photos Celi and have a fabulous time. From a very young age I have always embraced Samuel Johnson’s words: ‘When a man is tired of London he is tired of life’ !! Oh to be at Covent Garden or the National Theatre or the V&A . . . best wishes at our midnight . . . well, ‘none shall sleep’ if 100mm or torrential rain overnight s flooding the surrounds: your 10C and dry streets look wonderful . . . keep the Camera House busy . . .

  5. I haven’t seen London since 1989. She still looks lovely to me! The husband and I are taking the family on one last family trip before our sons fly the nest as soon as the old house sells, destination: England, Scotland, and hopefully, Wales. Your photos and stories are adding to my excitement; can’t wait to see and hear more! Have a wonderful trip, Celi!

  6. I love how places that make a big impact on us can trigger all the memories we need, yet (in my case anyway) I often cannot remember some little incidental needed item walking from one side of the house to the other 😉

  7. Oh, I know that memory thing. Went to Maine for the first time in 6 years – and I knew exactly where everything was…… And I had to, as hubby got sick and was not able to help me. Horrible trip, but it was nice to not have fear along for the errands I made alone.

    I so want to visit London!

  8. I know EXACTLY what you mean about being invigorated by being in a big city… with all the people, the sights, the smells and all that ‘movement’ flowing like a river in front of our eyes. And, as I’ve told you, that’s why I decided to sell this wonderful farmhouse – so I could get back out there!!
    ; o )

  9. Wow! The photos are just so exciting and lively and busy. I hope you have a fabulous time–I wish your fellowship could meet you in a lovely cafe for hugs galore!

  10. Have a fab time. I love London and try to get up there most weekends with friends or to visit my daughters who live in South London, near Borough market. You should try to have lunch in the Shard, or just a drink. Oblix is nice and relaxed, and Southwark cathedral is interesting.

  11. Ah, a great shot of a red bus! I am in London on the 8th and 9th, going to the Hockney exhibition and to a poetry event (and like you, seeing friends!) So much to do! I think the weather will be cold but dry, so good for your vigorous walking! Have a very good and refreshing time! Look forward to more of London through your eyes! Do look out for cormorants on the Thames! They can be spectacular! Very best wishes, Alison (Brackenbury)

  12. Glad to see that yo made it without any problems worth reporting. It’s been ages since I’ve been to the UK but I’ve enjoyed the times I’ve spent there. London’s museums alone are worth the trip. Looking forward to hearing more …

  13. Ive been away from the internet for a few days and am just catching up slowly…glad to hear your travels are going well and you are enjoying an invigorating time!

  14. Welcome to Europe, Celi! – Or – after Brexit – shall I say Welcome to THAT PART of Europe? Anyway have a lovely holiday, enjoy your trip!

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