The last few days (in our last week in the capital) have been full of meetings, walks, talks, spills and thrills.
Evenings in Paddington Basin at the end of these sultry summer days can be very atmospheric.
Friday saw us meeting up with friends for lunch …….
…… followed by a quick trip to Hendon for an hour’s thrill on a Segway track.
It truly was thrills and spills – this pic was taken a split second before Doug collided with the parked Segway machine on the left (which just happened to belong to James, who had stopped to take this picture!)
After that it was back on “Chance” for a nice glass of Champagne – kindly donated by Kevin ………
……… and then, just as we were well relaxed Tom, on fuel boat “Ash”, came along (as we’d asked) so it was all hands to the pumps …….
…… well almost all hands – one pair stayed well in the pockets!
Saturday we had a good walk into town. A good majority of people don’t look up when they’re walking along – a glance upward along Praed Street in Paddington and you get this wonderful view of the original part of St Mary’s Hospital.
Along Park Lane is this very thought provoking memorial to the millions of animals that have lost their lives at war. As one inscription says: “They had no choice”.
Further along Park Lane and someone has a sudden delusion of grandeur.
Just off Wellington Gate is the stunning memorial to the 55,573 airmen of Bomber Command, from the UK, the Commonwealth and Allied Nations who lost their lives over the course of the Second World War. As Winston Churchill said: “The fighters are our salvation but the bombers alone provide the means of victory”
Further on, and again we take a pic of the most photographed building in the world.
Saturday evening saw us joining more friends in a Persian Restaurant in Paddington for an ‘interesting’ meal Steve, Ivan, Doug, Kevin and James …….
…… then back to “Chance” for some after dinner champagne as the evening cooled down towards a 2 am ‘retirement’!!