the adventure continues:- fifty shades of grey……..what more can you say.

It would appear that London is presenting us with its well-known four seasons in one day, but I am so pleased to be in this town. I have often thought about the reasons that I want to be here and there are many. I know many people who have lived and worked for long periods of time in this empirical city. They have all said it was a wonderful place and should not be missed.

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Classique……

Today was our first full day here and Karine and i decided to set out on foot and wander the streets. Based in Earls Court was the perfect choice for this and little did I know “It was the Aussie thing to do.” My friend Claire told me this on Fartbook, but I honestly didn’t know it when I booked the accommodation. Anyways, enough with all that tripe and on with the adventure.

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The smaller St Mary’s in Kensington, London
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The inner sanctum

We headed straight for Kensington Castle and it’s surrounding gardens. The palace is a beautiful building, but the gardens, well they speak for themselves. Truly classic British style and majestic opulence. Heading across the gardens I spotted a sign that read Notting Hill Gate and thought “Lets save that for later” and we headed for Little Venice.

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Kensington Palace
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The main palace garden…..simply beautiful…
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and again

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I didn’t realise that this was the place of the canal barges. People actually give up the normal life and buy these old beaten up things and renovate them to live on and in. They are a throw back from the glory days of water transport during the 19th and 20th centuries. Weirs and lochs were created to stem water flow and allow supplies to be moved through out the city and surrounds easily. Fabulous little detour Miss K…….. 🙂

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Little Venice and the canal barges.
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and then some more canal and barges

Walking farther north my goal was to get to one of the most famous places in the world for music. I wanted to see Abbey Road Studios. This is a place of legend. Dark Side of the Moon was recorded there. The Beatles made it famous naming the album they recorded there after the famous street and the studios were renamed based on the success of the album.

I wasn’t going to walk across that famous crossing, but decided to when Karine said “Go on, do it!”

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The famous pedestrian crossing.

I laughed and walked out on to the road, stopped in a silly-walks posture and then continued across. Thinking this is fantastic.

We went back through Little Venice and down through Bayswater for lunch at The Eagle Pub…..Pie and Veggies for lunch……14 pound ($25) nearly shit myself at the cost. But it was raining and it warmed our insides up nicely.

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The architecture in Notting Hill is stunning

Arriving at Notting Hill was a little exciting because i recognised it immediately from the movie of th same name. Walking through the streets had a feeling of familiarity that I had not yet had on my journey……Funny really. Further down we hit Portobello Road and the markets that were featured heavily in the first scenes in the movie. What a quaint little road and very boutique orientated. The veggie markets are on the weekends only.

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Royal Albert Hall.

We walked back up through Kensington Gardens and down to the Albert Memorial and the Royal Albert Hall, through the back streets to home…….Great day out indeed.

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One thought on “the adventure continues:- fifty shades of grey……..what more can you say.

  1. I looked after a “Barg” dog – Schipperke – when I did a house sit at Maitland a couple of months ago. Poor little thing was not well at the time, but a lovely little dog.Si’nce then it has passed away, its illness got the better of it…
    Thanks for the lovely informative tour around London, I’m sure the drivers thought they had a “live one” on your walk across the Abbey Road crossing.

    Some barg dog information…..
    The Schipperke was bred in Flanders by a canal boat captain named Renssens. It was descended from a 40-pound (18 kg) black sheepdog, known as the Leauvenaar, which is the same sheep-herding stock that the black Belgian Sheepdog descended from. The Schipperke was bred smaller and smaller and eventually became a different breed entirely. The dogs became a favorite choice to guard canal barges in Belgium. The breed was used for herding livestock, hunting game or simply guarding his domain. In Flemish the word “schip” means boat, hence where they got their name “Schipperke.” They earned the nickname “Little Captain” and “Little Skipper” because the dogs were the “ratters,” a very important function on a canal barge, and also usually the captain’s dog. The breed became very popular in Belgian households by the late 1800s. It first appeared at a dog show in 1880. From that point on it was exported throughout the world. Schipperkes do very well on boats and people often get this breed to come along with them on boating and fishing trips. It makes a great guard dog when the boat anchors for the night, alerting of anything out of the ordinary and the dog thoroughly enjoys its trip. The Schipperke was recognized by the AKC in 1904.

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