A Christmas day swim in Hyde Park

This Friday morning we walked to Hyde Park, one of the last times I will see it during our stay in London.  The occasion was a little different from my usual exercise.  It was the annual Christmas Day Race of the Serpentine Swim Club, extant since 1864. The usual...

Of age

The three other members of the family went to a football match on Sunday and froze while I did important things like warm my toes in front of an electric heater. So I can’t report on English football matches, although it was a tie, apparently, and they sat in...

Stonehenge at the solstice

There’s an amazing network of highways that leads to Stonehenge, or maybe I just think that because we’ve used the tube and train system for nearly three months.  Jonathan switches from right-side to left-side driving with ease, Hannah, 18, is a better navigator than...

It’s lovely weather for a plane ride

London is cold today.  It’s been cold enough to see your breath for a couple of days now, and the smokers outside the pubs have started to hop and puff at the same time.  But this morning, snow is falling on Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey, and the Royal Albert...

Mary Ann, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary

For two hours yesterday we walked through the dusk in the streets between The City and Whitechapel, northeast of the Tower of London. The neighborhood is a jumble of utilitarian 20th century office buildings and 19th century Victorian working class lanes, buildings,...
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