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On English friendliness & free things-to-do

London was very friendly--and it surprised me. I guess I think of big cities as being impersonal, but really, particularly where so much walking and public transportation happens, people feel inclined to show a visitor the best experiences and do not hold it against them if they are a bit lost. We got on quite well with those we engaged with, and I feel like a proper documentarian would have taken their names and photos. Instead I have memories.

Among my memories is being directed to a particular shopping/eating part of the neighborhood near our quarters. I couldn't tell you the street name, but the Gallery in this photo is called Maddox, and I recommend you find it if you can.

Walking was wonderful, and we about did ourselves in avoiding the underground so we could see more. Eventually we succumbed because while the neighborhoods seem close to each other, in the end, London is huge! So we took the tube from Notting Hill Gate to South Kensington and walked a couple of blocks to the free museum area. Our first stop was the Victoria & Albert Museum (great gift shop!).

It was raining and dreary. Perfect for moody London photography. Miles and miles of history, beginning with a gorgeous sculpture gallery, then on into textiles and furniture, architecture, etc. It is one of those spots where you could spend days. We were there a couple of hours.

We ate lunch under cover in this garden. And this was new to me. In America it rains, we roll-up the awnings and eat in. Not here. They roll out the awnings and eat under. Rain or shine. It's nice actually. All the rain has been what the Irish call 'soft' -- without wind and mostly mist. If you come, bring your rain gear and you'll be fine.

Next up, another gorgeous FREE museum, The British Natural History Museum. Yes. That is a whale's skeleton hanging from that ceiling. Til' Then -- Cheerio!

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