Saturday, 4 October 2008
Greater London, - an understatement - Part 1
The morning of 25 August saw us driving, again, excitedly from Tewkesbury to London for our eagerly anticipated meeting with fellow blogger, the outrageous, sweet, generous, urbane, wise, and diverse Dive from Small Glass Planet.
We hit the sack early after the evening police sirens subsided slightly while choosing to photograph some muggings and bag snatches in the colourful Victorian terraces below our fifth floor window.
Next morning at the "… er … The Imperial Hotel", as Dive so rightly calls it, there he was, large as life in the foyer, smiling from ear to ear as if I were a British mirror !!
Dive is the sort of bloke who is so endearing, witty and knowledgeable, I felt that I had always known him. The three of us hugged and laughed and joked and garbled on all at the same time as we made plans to storm around the entire sights of London in record time.
We hit the streets-a-running and we spun those cameras 'round,
as if to sink the Bismarck but that wasn't what we found.
We found the wonders of the (free) British Museum of human history and culture, right on our doorstep in Bloomsbury.
On the short walk to the Museum, naturally the cameras came out as Dive avoided being mugged by Madame in Russell Square, and when he met Frank at the mail box. Dive simply knows everyone in London ! (hint, - click and enlarge the photo).
There was a fair bit of confusion as to who was taller at one stage but the caryatid was probably standing on tip-toes!
We entered the Great Court, built in the 90's with it's excellent tessellated glass roof which covers an area "bigger than a football field" and from there Dive took us around to see the wonders of tomorrow's post.......