Not all horses are black...
...and not all telephone booths are red!
The typical London telephone booth is known for its bright and cheery red color. (as are their bright red double decker buses!) However, the transportation authority has decided that red is not the only color in the transportation spectrum. Lately, we've been seeing more and more black telephone booths AND double decker buses.
What is the world coming to?!
Rest room stops!
My traveling friend, with a lot more experience sightseeing in foreign lands, gave me an excellent tip: take advantage of every chance you have to make use of a public toilet (or restroom as we call them in America).
So we did, and I have pleasant memories of restrooms in museums and art galleries and even an award-winning toilet at the Tower of London.
And because of her advice, never once did we reach that state of desperation most people are familiar with. And we never once had to pay to use a public bathroom. I was truly impressed with the toilet at Harrod's, very fancy and luxurious as you might expect. However, as I took a photo of our lush surroundings, an attendant came up and told me it was not allowed.
I guess I was lucky she didn't take my digital camera away or make me delete the image.
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk
This seven mile walkway is created as a memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales. It brings you through London's Royal parks like St James Park, Green Park, Hyde park and Kensington Gardens.
Along the walkway you pass a lot of place which were associated with her, like Kensington Palace, Spencer House and Buckingham Palace.
Where Diana used to live
Back in the late seventeenth Century, Kensington was considered the countryside - it was all the fields and farms, you see. It was for this reason that the asthmatic dutchman William of Orange, who had recently found himself become our King William III, moved away from the damp, polluted confines of Whitehall Palace to the green, airy freedom of Kensington, building Kensington Palace. Many other members of the Royal Family have lived here over the years - Queen Victoria was born here. Elizabeth II's sister Margaret lived here before her cigarette-induced death, but most famously, this was where the Princess of Wales Diana Spencer lived until her tragic death in 1997. After the announcement of her expiry, thousands upon thousands of mourners lay a humungous sea of flowers outside the main gates in a wave of emotion that completely gripped the nation and took everyone by surprise. Not very British, all a bit embarassing now, but that is what happened, and was a testament to the effect Diana had on people's lives. Maybe it was shame - after all, for weeks before everyone in the land was slagging her off for her latest love affair with Dodi al Fayed, son of Harrods boss Mohammed. Personally I would have liked them to have lived and married - instead of Elton John's elastic eyebrows we would have had a funky Jazz scouser priest singing, Di Dodi Di Dodi, i do Dodi Do I Di, I do Di...
Well they DID die, didn't dey.
Classic English beer is...
Classic English beer is bitter, an uncarbonated and dark beverage that is served at room temperature. To my fellow Americans – don’t expect a fizzy, cold drink like you would order at your local sports bar! Guinness, a very dark, creamy Irish stout, is on sale virtually everywhere. Go for a pint!