Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Home again, Home again, jiggety-jig . . .

Pater humoured me this morning and we were out of the hotel by 6:15, at King's Cross and on the Piccadilly Line by 6:30, and at Heathrow by 7:30 where there were no long lines and where we handily had access to a lovely lounge with complimentary breakfast, tea, coffee, magazines, newspapers, and, happily, some peace and quiet.
Our direct flight left around 11 and we were in Vanc'r by noon -- the oddity of travelling backwards across the time zones. Gorgeous weather here in Vancouver -- we'll stop by to see family tonight before heading back to the island tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing my garden, not so much to unpacking and doing laundry.

While I'm doing all that, here are a few random shots from London: a peaceful gated courtyard; residential greenery in NW London; one more architectural project in the making;
crowds enjoying their right to sit on the grass;

a young daredevil preparing to take a turn at this vibrant Southbank skate and stunt-bike park; old architecture crowded and dwarfed by new;
and some Camden Town graffiti

London is not consistently beautiful in the same way Paris is, but I love its energy and diversity. Luckily one does not need to choose between cities, and if I were forced to, I would insist on many more visits before making my decision. . .

Now off to unpack and to catch up on my blog-reading.