A Return to London and a Final Beautiful Day in the UK
I sadly left Scotland and took train to London from Edinburgh Waverly. Berwick upon Tweed, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and York all cities that have become familiar landmarks on my journeys from London to Edinburgh and back. The dramatic settings of Berwick and the many bridges of Newcastle, the dramatic setting of Durham Cathedral high above the town with its Castle on another hill and the brief glimpse of the mighty York Minster were all greeting me, inviting me to come back and explore. My destination was Kings Cross Station in London, eternal London. Samuel Johnson put it best: No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
I arrived in London on Friday afternoon to sunny skies and warm temperatures. I checked back into the Lime Tree Hotel, I was greeted warmly once again, led up to my room on the top floor and took a cat nap before I headed out to Leicester Square to have dinner and see the musical Chess at the London Coliseum. It was a wonderful night of theatre. Chess is a show written by the men from the group ABBA in 1986. There are many well known songs from the show and I have heard the songs over the years and I always wanted to see this show. I took a walk after the show through Picadilly and up to Green Park where I took the Underground back to my hotel.
I spent the day on Saturday, my last day, by seeing the Banqueting House. The Banqueting House is a beautiful room that is one of the last remaining remnants of the Palace of Whitehall, it has a sumptuous ceiling by Rubens and was also the site of the execution of Charles I in January 1649. I progressed, watching the rehearsal for Trooping the Color at Horse Guards and made my way to Sir John Soane's Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields. Sir John Soane was a distinguished architect who collected architectural remnants, casts and other objects. His house is an overload of artifacts all to be seen free of charge. Everything in the house was left untouched since his death 180 years ago. This is truly a fun museum to stimulate the senses. I continued on my wanderings to Covent Garden, took the tube from Temple to Tower Hill, went to the main gift shop for the Tower of London to pick up some gifts and made my way to the South Bank at Westminster. I joined the throngs on the South Bank, and finally took a ride on the Coca Cola London Eye to get a great high up view over London. I was exhausted, and made my way over to Westminster Abbey and took the tube back to the Lime Tree. I took the evening to relax and pack everything up for my flight HOME! The flight went well and I arrived back at home safe and sound.
Chess at the London Colliseum.