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Published: August 1st 2017
Part of the Roman wall around London.
The UK’s weather has not been very kind to us on this trip. Everyone keeps telling us about the heat wave earlier in the month but that isn’t reassuring when we see the forecast and see what is predicted to drift in from the west. So today we get our coats and brollies ready for a day out in London. Our focus will be the Museum of London and the exhibits featuring the early settlement of the city.
With Oyster card at the ready we leave Northwood on the Underground traveling through the northwest suburbs of London such as Harrow and Wembley. From above ground we can see the stadium and backyards of homes backing onto the rail corridor. Blackberries beside the track are ripening but unfortunately impossible to get to. Perhaps we need to head out of town for blackberries, but then there is nowhere to stop.
We change trains until we reach our stop, Barbican, for our museum visit. Once through security we can plan our route through the museum. With a free entry we could come and go as we please. This time we only have today.
We start at the beginning. With so much
St Martin in the Fields
history below so many layers of sediment London is an archeologists’ dream excavation site. Every time there is a new development the archeologists move in and discover untold number of artifacts. What has been uncovered goes back thousands of years. We follow London’s story through to The Great Fire. This museum is a must for anyone wanting to learn and understand the life of London as a village, town, and now a great city. As the city continues its development who knows what other treasures will be uncovered.
We leave the museum and take the Tube to Trafalgar Square. We glimpse St Paul’s on the way. First stop in The Square is St Martin in the Fields. Not only is it a church but also a wonderful venue for lovely music. Today, unfortunately, there is no concert. Looking across The Square we see groups of people gathering. They might be admiring a famous statue, a living statue, an orator, or the new statue that will only last a few days. This new statue is made of clay. It is of a soldier from the battlefields of WWI. He is in a crouched position trying to protect himself from the
Sculpture of a WWI soldier.
elements. Above and around the statue is erected a light sprinkler system signifying the rain the soldiers endured on the Western Front. The clay soldier is slowly melting away. He is looking quite a sad sight. We have been lucky today. We haven’t needed the brollies or coats.
Back on the Tube we join those going home from work. We “mind the gap” at several stations where there is a curve in the platform. Our connections from one train to the next go like clockwork. We are soon heading above ground back to our destination. The Oyster card has been very busy today and we still have some credit for our next London excursion in a year or two or ...
We enjoy a delightful dinner and plan for tomorrow, our last day in London and the UK.
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