Goodbye London

September 14, 2014 – Today was the last day of the trip.  We started off with a walk through St James’s Park, admiring the flowers and wild life (mostly ducks and geese) along the way.  We wandered past the Canadian War Memorial, and found ourselves at Buckingham Palace.

Look, it's a golden gate! Not like the bridge, but an actual gate.
Look, it’s a golden gate! Not like the bridge, but an actual gate.

Buckingham Palace is actually quite pleasant if you get there before the crowds, when you can walk up to the gates and admire the Victoria memorial in quiet. Louisa remains fascinated by the horse guard, and we made sure to follow them back to their staging area.  While most of the horses were well behaved, one kept looking over at the horse next to it, trying to sniff it or cause some other trouble.

We may like to take bird photos.
We may like to take bird photos.

The rest of the morning was spent at the National Gallery – including a break for tea and pastries.  The tea was great as we expected, and the pastries were good as well – we got a sweet marmalade roll, and a slice of Bakewell tart.

Come for the gardens, stay for the horse guard.
Come for the gardens, stay for the horse guard.

After the museum we headed across Trafalgar Square to get lunch at Cafe in the Crypt.  We like eating here since the food is always good, there’s plenty of space, and it’s a nice area to sit and rest for a bit in one of the busiest areas of the city.  Today’s menu was roasted chicken, rice, potatoes, roasted root vegetables, gravy, and braised red cabbage.  The food was very good, with the chicken juice juicy, the vegetables nicely roasted, and the gravy tying everything together.

The Crypt sold me on their Creme Brulee.
The Crypt sold me on their Creme Brulee.

We had a few hours in the afternoon since we booked the last flight of the night back to Boston, and we spent them at the British Museum.  This time we headed up to the top floor, where there is a long room with Japanese art and artifacts, including pretty pottery and Samurai armor.  Afterwards we relaxed with some tea by the totem poles.

Louisa wanted me to post a photo of this chicken god statue.
Louisa wanted me to post a photo of this chicken god statue.

By now it was time to head back to the hotel, collect our bags, and then take the Heathrow Express.  Security wasn’t too bad, and we were soon waiting in the lounge for our gate to be announced (they don’t announce gates until it’s close to boarding time).  We had dinner on the plane, a nice assortment of chicken, salad, rolls and pudding.

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