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Back to London

Today we drove from Cheltenham to Bristol to catch our train back to London. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent touring Cornwall, Devon, and the Cotswolds. It was difficult to stop to take pictures of all the gorgeous countryside as the roads are narrow and stopping spots infrequent. And if we could have stopped every time we saw a lovely view, we’d still be out there!
We dropped our rental car and enjoyed the short train journey back to London. We dropped our bags at our B&B, and headed to The Strand. Jim had long wanted to see the inside of the Royal Courts of Justice, and we were not disappointed. The building opened in 1882, and is lovely to behold. We even found a courtroom with a civil trial in progress, and we sat in for a while. Procedurally, it was not very different from what Jim was accustomed to. But seeing it in a historic old courtroom, complete with barristers in their wigs (oddly, the judge was not required to wear a wig), made it very special. We were really awed, until we noticed that one of the barristers had his robes on inside out!
We walked through Covent Garden, and down to Trafalgar Square. We continued on down Whitehall, where we watched the Household Cavalry doing some sort of inspection. Then down to Westminster, past Big Ben ( it’s almost completely shrouded in scaffolding at present), across the Thames to Lambeth. We continued to a pub near our B&B, where we stopped for a pint. Then on to an Indian restaurant nearby for a couple of very good curries for dinner.

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Outside the Royal Courts of Justice
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Busy London
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Covent Gardens

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Trafalgar Square
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The National Gallery
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Trafalgar Square and National Gallery
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One of the majestic lions at Trafalgar Square

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A view of the London Eye from across the River Thames

Posted by Jimpat 06:40

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Haha, about the barrister with his robes on inside out. Sounds like you are having a great time. Pictures look great. Luv. Linda and Geoff. Ps, we are in Bali. 90% humidity! Sound familiar.

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