Snapshots of London

I’ve been in London for a few days, and I’ve been selective about the photos I’ve decided to post here. Check them out below.

JK Rowlings Inspiration for Diagon Alley
During a Free Walking Tour, we walked through the alley that inspired Diagon Alley in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The tour guide said that this could be a sketchy place and stinky, but I didn’t find it all that bad. There were quite a few empty shops which was strange, seeing as this is so famous because of the books.
Look Right
When walking around the UK, it can be tough to remember which of the road people drive on–no matter how many times I tell myself to look the opposite way than I usually do, I still get confused. The writing on the road is useful but also dangerous–I found myself reading and overthinking a “Look Right” sign once, and almost walked into traffic.
Parakeet Tamed
When the tour guide warned us not to get too distracted by squirrels and such as we walked through St. James’s Park, I thought, I’m not going to get sidetracked by a few squirrels, I see them all the time! But I DID get sidetracked! By about a dozen green parakeets that were landing on anyone who stretched out an arm. It was amazing!
Regents Park River Life
At Regent’s Park, folks moor and live on the river. One woman was sweeping her deck while putting away Christmas decorations. I saw a couple of guys boating their houseboat along the river. Although there were still people everywhere, this was a lovely place to get away from city life. Everything about London reminds me of Boston.
Sheer Facade
This feels both like Boston and like London. I believe this is the Minster Abbey. I got very confused about Parliment, Westminster Palace, Big Ben (the clock tower), and Westminster Abbey, but I think they might all be part of the same wild building. Right now most of it is under construction, unfortunately. A friend said it was under construction when she was last here 13 years ago. I heard a rumor there’s another year to go. I bet it looks amazing when you can see it all at once.

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