Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Great Adventure

After what seemed like a very long time to wait our family holiday has now arrived!
We left Adelaide on a sunny but cold winters day and a mere 27 hours later (!) arrived in London.
It is 25 years since I have been here, and at that time was living and working here.
First impressions are of little change but I haven't yet seen any of the new Iconic buildings.

We arrived at 6 am 2 days ago to a beautiful summers day, and hung out around St Paul's for a few hours as we couldn't get into our Bethnal Green airbnb flat for a few hours. That turned into several hours in the bank after the ATM ate Fishermans card at first attempt!
View of St Paul's from Paternoster Square

Eventually we got the card back and found our way to Kate's charming little flat. It is a very comfortable home for our time here and really suits us.

The flats were originally public housing build in 1900.

They are built around a central courtyard that once would have had lines strung across it hung with washing, it's very "Call the Midwife". 
There is a lovely community of people living in the flats with young families and children playing in the courtyard and clearly some keen gardeners. At the end of the courtyard is the local primary school.

Yesterday we went to the British Museum. It was very busy of course and overwhelming as it tends to be. We looked at lots of Egyptian and Greek artefacts  and an interesting Japanese exhibit. There was a large Indiginous art exhibition but in fact it was on at the South Australian Art Gallery several years ago and we saw it then so we didn't go back.