Thursday, June 08, 2006
8 June Imperial War Museum London
As a change from rural rambling,someone suggested the Imperial War Museum at Lambeth.
We met at Victoria station,where there was a preserved steam Loco ,with pullman carriages waiting to go.And walked up Victoria street,past Westminster Abbey,Parliament,and over the bridge to Kennington ,and the museum.Dave was waiting in the park ,outside the museum, eating his lunch .
We spent from 11.00 to about 14.00 looking at the exhibits and then adjourned to the pub across on the corner for a pie and a pint,good grub cheerful pretty barmaids.After our break and back to the museum,where the Blitz air raid shelter,and the Holocaust exhibits were especially well done and thought-provoking.The concourse of the museum is light and airy,but some of the exhibits are poorly lit.But it was free,and covered all subjects connected with war ,even terrorism.
We spent until 17.00 strolling about,then set off back to the Termini.
We walked past the London Eye,and stopped for a coffee at the QE Hall.across the new Hungerford foot bridge,past Trafalgar square(Nelson in scaffolding)Through St James's park,where there was a full dress rehearsal for Trooping the Colour .
Past the world's most famous police station (that isn't) Scotland Yard
At Victoria we split up for our respective trains,mine was packed,and very unpleasant,with no air conditioning,and people yakking into cellphones!
The day was very enjoyable and different from our usual days out.I think it will make us appreciate the countryside even more.
NEXT WEEK PARIS!