And so, here we are at Part 3 - London by foot! A colour fest that shows London at its best. We were so lucky to have such a perfect day to cram so much in and we fully intended to make the best of our time. Our walk was going to take in as many things as we could as we made our way back to Green Park Tube Station. Walking across Westminster Bridge and making our way through the crowds, patiently and happily, stopping occasionally to capture another memory.
As we walked along all comfortable with our surroundings, I pointed out the very familiar landmarks and the names of the streets. A brief walk from the Houses of Parliament took us to Whitehall and the very poignant cenotaph. This mark of respect that graces our TV each November.
The memorial to the women of the war always makes me smile with the thoughts of my grandma donning her fire women's uniform during the evenings and working for a General by day.
A short walk and we approached a small crowd outside some high railings protecting the street. I can remember many years ago being able to chat to the policeman outside the famous front door and being able to have a picture taken.
Yes, Downing Street is now a fortress that can only be photographed through railings. It is a shame but necessary in this day and age.
We walked a little more and a beautiful horse greeted us with its rider in bright red and sparkling polished metals.
This is Horse Guards Parade. The Horse Guards are meant to be expressionless and full of authority. Protecting the honour and privilege of standing and riding to attention.
The girls enjoyed the open space and looking back at the London Eye.
We carried on walking a little more and took in the wonderful architecture above us.
The intricate carvings were making me stop at each building.
But Nelson was waiting to meet the girls.
My daughter was not going to climb up to hug the lions this time (mainly because I didn't have the strength to help her up today!).
The fountains were still and the water allowed the sky to reflect on it.
In part 2 I showed you a fleeting glimpse of a blue cockerel on the fourth plinth. Well here he is from the ground (more info here).
Trafalgar Square has lots of street entertainers and today was no exception. This crowd gathered after following the entertainers' sounds.
This shot was taken by Miss Teen with the perfect shadows...
An artist in so many colours...
Speaking to passers by showing his amazing colourful art. His name is Tom Solarski but unfortunately there wasn't a website on his painting information.
Arnie was there along with Elvis...
... the more you looked, the more you saw.
As we carried on our walk to Green Park, under Admiralty Arch...
... and then a walk down the Mall.
We then walked past Clarence House with the Guards having a little chat to each other either side of the entrance.
The day was now drawing to a close as we walked past Buckingham Palace.
It had been a perfect day, London by river, air and foot. The weather had been very kind and lots of memories had been made. We were all EXTREMELY tired, but happy enough to continue through the park and then back onto the tube and the rail journey home.
The City is so beautiful and I love and miss it as you know. I now look out across the Fens in Lincolnshire, flat, green with the hint of yellow from the millions of daffodils that are all ready to be picked and think of the two parallels I live in. The best of both worlds!
And so, the garden is calling! Warm sunshine, a tidy greenhouse waiting desparately for me to give it some company... it would be rude not to!
Thank you all for such beautiful and kind comments on these posts. It has been wonderful to share it all with you. I will now get back on track to answering and visiting you in between sowing seeds and picking flowers for my spring home.
Have a wonderful weekend.
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