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Sunday, 14 June 2015

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

I have just returned from a wonderful three weeks in the United Kingdom. Although I am English originally, this trip was, in part, to visit places I had never been before.
Most of those places were in London where I spent the first week, with Hubby, his sister and her husband. And, having not completely given up on the 15 in ‘15, a visit to London was also an opportunity to cross some things off my Bucket List.



1. Tea at the Ritz

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

This was the first item I checked off, the day after we arrived. An expensive ‘tea’ by anyone’s standards, but worth every penny!

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

Here we are, in the elegant Palm Room. At this point we had barely scratched the surface of the delicious sandwiches – still a long way to go.

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List  Sumptuous food…

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List








… and equally sumptuous surroundings!








15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

I’m holding myself up, after having eaten my body weight (or at least, that’s how it felt!) in sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, macarons and chocolaty goodies.

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

I thought that this gentleman looked rather splendid. He was the doorman, corralling all those iconic London taxis.

2. A Play at the Globe Theatre

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

This is the beautiful recreation of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the appearance and atmosphere similar to how it was over four hundred years ago!

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

The stage is set… We were a group of six for this evening, some old friends joining us and our in-laws, to see As You Like It.

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

The crowd filters in. In front of the stage is standing room only – inexpensive tickets called groundlings where you are free to move around during the performance - just as it was in the day.

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

Being all in mid-life, our group opted for seats (cushions extra!) under the covered part of the theatre - you never know when it may rain in Britain! As you can see, in this terrible picture (of me), we kept our coats on throughout!

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

And so, the play begins… Actually, this was a pre-play announcement. I did take a few pictures of the performance, but was told to cease and desist!

3. The London Eye

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

Of course, this is a recent addition to my bucket list, and it is basically just a giant Ferris wheel, but I am fascinated and wanted to see the view from the top.

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

On the banks of the Thames, the river and bridges appear beneath us as we start our ascent.

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

I enjoyed every minute of the too-few that we got to spend (I could have easily gone around three or four times, and still been having fun!). This was nearing the top, with Big Ben in the background.

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

Eye to eye with the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral.

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

The Treasury building stands out, even all the way up here.

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

The Golden Jubilee bridge looks even smaller now!

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Looking straight down! Yikes!

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

The London Eye is an experience for a sunny day. However, especially with a small portable camera, that makes it difficult to get photos without reflections off the glass. This is the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben and the Westminster bridge. Beautiful!

15 in ‘15–Three ‘London’ Items Off the List

Buckingham Palace, resplendent and surrounded by gorgeous green space. Wave to the Queen – you can’t see it here, but the Union Jack was flying, so she was definitely home!


This truly was one of the best trips ‘Home’ for me. London was a novel experience, as a place to stay, but I also found new adventures in and around the places I lived and have visited many times.

It is easy to take for granted the places that are right in front of us, thinking that we will have time later to fully explore. I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to go back and do just that.

A trip back to my past certainly became the trip of a lifetime, this time around!


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