seriously consulting 2 million guidebooks...jeez.
serious consulting of 2 million guidebooks...jeez.. me helping.
Bedford Pub in Bedford Hill, risotti with spinach, onions, and granna cheese. And we're ready to start our official Yum Rating. Scored 1-5; 1 Bleh being 'so bad doesn't belong on this earth' and certainly doesn't deserve a Yum. So Blehs are awarded instead. 5 Yums on the otherhand, means 'have been to heaven and no need to come back. : ) Bedford rates 3 Yums dinner, 2 Yums for atmosphere and energy (after work crowd). 5 total Yumouts.
Balham Logde entryway. Loved the tile flooring. We're on the 3rd flr. This lodge near a nice town with lots of energy (and restaurants) gets 5 Giant Sized Yums. Pristine clean, wonderful staff, renovated, 8 rooms, great breakfast, very reasonable prices by downtown standards with just 12 blocks to tube or train to whiz you anywhere.
another floor shot. I'll put a history of the area up for all to see.
Entryway. Our bedroom was in the eaves. US$65 p/night. i'm still not sure that can be right...with a great breakfast too.
close up of tile
Yeah, I Just Loved this Tile... ; )
Ensconced with whining baggage children who followed us from Los Angeles.
we call these spanish broom and they Smell Heavenly.
Walking Bedford Hill Road into the town of Balham.
More period tile work on a nearby home.
Typical home on the street. Carved brick i think they're called finials...
Bunny garden 1
Bunny garden 2
Nice ivy and coach post.
More Bedford Hill Rd.
walking under the british rail line to get the tube
From here on are random shots taken literally from my hip. i wanted to see what i might get when not planning -- planning seems to turn pictures deadly dull. I'm very happy with the results. : ) came home with 243 pics and ended up with these 81.
Speed figures in a lot of these photos. and movement.
Oh, and fuzziness but if i liked the pic, it stayed in the group.
Spy photos on the tube.
This young woman's body language didn't change the whole ride. Hope she's okay.
mom looking at her baby in the pram. very sweet.
Chaos theory is proved.
So is bad focus and liked it anyway. ; )
Rushing Men to Work! Go! Rushing Men! Sooooo glad I'm not in my 20s anymore...
Women rushing too...big sigh.
movement up/down the escalator.
In the depths with knowledgeable tube travelers. we could've been trampled at any moment. Our wildlife viewing for the day. ; )
Escape through Alice's hole!
Had to take a pic of this for Inge. Looked nice too. Herb shop next door.
As we emerged from the tube, we were heading to Westminster Abbey. But, straight ahead of us was the Natl Portrait Gallery!! Woohoo! I had 2 exhibits I wanted to see there. So after a hot coffee to warm up (that wind is COLD), we went and had a looksee.
Random shot of...what looks like a 5 Yum, food.
Portrait Gallery calls from across the street.
Corner scene. Lots a restaurants here.
trees. everywhere. and parks too.
Quintessential London street scene.
Love that dark cloud
Art playing intrepid explorer...as soon as he finishes his cafe latte.
school uniforms heading to the Gallery too. Turned out to be lots of kids there studying, hearing lectures and drawing. Was nice.
gentle essence of whatever
monk of some kind. eastern orthodox? buddhist? anyone out there know?
We are in the little St Martin of the Fields corner. Seems like they're all named.
Tile floor at NPG. couldn't take pics inside. but we got to see Indian Mughal Portraiture of the 1600s. Beautiful stuff. watercolor and gold leaf. Then we saw The Tudor Room. Whatta family...fascinating.
Lunch advertised as pancakes. they were crepes. don't get it. i got goat cheese, mushroom and tomato. Definitely rated a 5 Yum. I gotta remember to take photos!
But here you get a still life of hot cocoa and cafe latte.
Tube station clock
More random shots. It was so fun. It felt like i'd been shoplifting all day and couldn't wait to see what i'd gotten. I followed advice to shoot from the hip and that's what i did for 90% of them. i've discovered arranged pictures can be boring pictures. this type of freedom works for me really well. : ) 5 Yums on principle.
I'm in heaven.
Brought 3 book from LA,
Bought 3 books at LAX, just in case...
left the shop with 3 more must-haves. Bookshop Addicts Anonymous.
yoghurt drink with a bunny on the side!
tells us to go to rabbiting-on.com for more info on Bunnehs! Yay!
Woke up this morning and Art has a nasty cold. : ( He rested today and I worked on the blinkin' computer and more blinkin' computer. And read my books...yum yum.