London Summer 2018

 

We were in London from July 6 to August 3 2018. Lizette won the region medal for Greater London and the Country Medal for the UK in turf. We walked a lot in Green Park and St James's Park and went to many suburbs, like Kingston, Epping, Theydon Bois, Sutton, Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Upminster, Hornchurch, Morden, Richmond, and Wimbledon. This summer was the warmest we had ever experienced and sometimes it was easier to beat the heat by retreating into shops with airconditioning or lying in the hotelroom during the hottest hours of the day. The warmest day was 35-36 degrees Celsius. We also visited Reading for a day.

 

As we turfed we often came back to the same parts of London, and one favorite was (and is) Hyde Park Corner with the Wellington Arch as its centerpiece. Around it we can find the Australian and New Zealand War Memorials. My favorite is, however, the Royal Artillery Memorial. I like the statues depicting serious-looking men of the WWI era. I found it amusing to take pictures of Hyde Park Corner every time we visited it, and therefore there are plenty of pictures of it.

 

Stefan, Marie, and my sister were there at the same time as we, which was fun. Stefan and I rented bikes in Fulham and went to Barnes and turfed. Meeting deer in Richmond Park was quite nice as well. Also Farnborough with its airshow was interesting. The fighter plane F-16 was amazing to see. Stefan and I also went to the opera Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and to Shakespeare's Hamlet, performed in the Globe.

 

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