We did go to a museum on our last day here in London. We went to the National Art Gallery, which is free. They actually have a lot of nice free museums in London. You can do a lot in London and not spend a lot of money. The bus system is great, cheap and goes everywhere. It is not a tour bus, no commentary but you do get to see all the sights.
The Art gallery has 2300 paintings and we have less than 2 hours. I may not be the art museum type but this is impressive. I again make Al a little crazy, because I would walk right past Michelangelo but stop and stare at Monet. There was so much to see and all so incredible. It is not that art doesn’t interest me, I guess I just don’t know enough about it. I will have to add that to my list.
Our plane doesn’t leave until. 5, but you now how it works, we have to be there by 3. So we head back to Hammersmith to pick up our bags. We had seen this morning when we left Hammersmith that they were setting up for some kind of fair there. It turns out that on Fridays they have an international food fair. All kinds of booths cooking all kinds of food. Bakery tents set up selling bread and brownies, which were good! We decided to eat Polish and German. I got in one line and Allen took the other line and we each ate half of what we got then switched and ate the rest of each others. I liked his better, it always works that way, I don’t know why. The guy at the food stall had these 2 foot loaves of fresh bread behind the counter and would cut them in 3 sections. Then he would put this enormous sausage on it followed by onions and some sauce. Wow, that was good! That was the German stall. Mine, not so good, I picked sausage also, but it was cooked in this giant wok thing with potatoes and onions and it was kinda greasy. It looked better in the pan.
So we get our bags and head to the airport on the Tube. Really a nice system, straight forward and understandable. Maps everywhere and scrolling signs to let you know if you are on the right platform.
At the airport security is very tight. Each of our backpacks got rejected by the scanner person and had to be personally inspected. Lots of bags did. So we go into another security check line and had to wait some more. After about an hour our bags come up, they take every single thing out of our bags. All my dirty laundry, my bathroom bag, my medicine, ” oh, do you have asthma? ” ahh, yes I do”. ” what is this?” ” that’s a headlamp” . They go through every pocket wipe out the inside with some micro fiber thing then put that in an analyzer, and no chemical weapons, so we are free to go.
We think we still have an hour so we walk around, go into some stores, stop for a final glass of wine, walk back to our gate, hey where did all the people go? They are all on the plane, final boarding call! We almost missed our plane.
Al’s sister Sherry and her husband Kevin have a 15 passenger van, so half of our family meets us at JFK airport in New York. What a nice welcome home. It is so good to be back.
I woke up this morning and didn’t know where I was and tried to remember where the bathroom was and if there is a coffee machine in the room. Al said he did the same thing, he thought he was in a hotel somewhere.
I was asked by one of my kids if I was going to keep blogging now that I am home. Yes, I will. I just don’t know what I will talk about yet. Al and I plan to keep walking, here in CT. or in RI. I will put it out there to you guys when we are going and where. if any of you can meet up with us we would love for you to join us.
So until then,
Ps, does anyone have an extra phone I could borrow for about a year?