Anyhoo it was lovely walking weather & there is so much history everywhere you go. We got to wander past so many interesting things.
There was an interesting program on Channel 4 the other evening, highlighting the story of several of the Queen's cousins on the Bowes-Lyons side of the family. Early on in the 20th century there were several girls (5 that we know of) born into the family who were diagnosed as "imbeciles" & when they reached teen years were locked away in a mental facility. These people would today probably be considered "learning disabled" & early intervention could make a significant difference to their lives. The program focused on the fact that these women were essentially abandoned & continue to be ignored by the current Royals.
I was thinking on this as I walked across Tower Bridge looking a the Tower, it is nearly 300 years since Anne Boelyn entered as a bride & nearly 300 years since she was beheaded as an adulteress. What a cack considering Henry's checkered history. She is buried in the grounds of the Tower. Such a shame her family abandoned her even in death. I find it most interesting that the Royal Family & the aristocracy is always looked upon as something we should aspire to & yet I think they are as flawed & even more so in some circumstances as the rest of us hoi polloi.
Anyway all that aside here are some pretty pictures of London one evening in November 2011.
|London Bridge by night|
|The rebuilt Globe Theatre - home of the Bard|
|Mmmmm German sausage!! YUM!|
|Smoking men & beasts|
|Spots still popular|
|We walked a looooong way baby!!|
|Tate Modern by night|
Loving what I do! Really.