One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Kensington Gardens: The Long Water

Our hotel was near Heathrow. We tried to drive in to London by car and had only moderate success. After circling around in some British labyrinth we finally found ourselves driving along Bayswater Road, north of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. We parked along Bayswater and ambled in near the Italian Gardens. We walked as far as the Peter Pan statue before turning back. Apparently we were walking along The Long Water and not The Serpentine. The two bodies of water are separated by The Serpentine Bridge (see photo below). It was getting dark. On the way back I saw a great bird I couldn't identify. Others were looking too; I tried to get a good photo but failed. It was out in the middle of The Long Water perched on some raised, circular pad.

Staying along Bayswater we moved closer to a street humming with pedestrians and lots of eateries. It took us a while to agree on a place. We finally settled on Chinese noodles. They couldn't take a US credit card (swipe), only a chip and pin. I paid cash, used the below-street-level john. We did much better--probably because we bought a more detailed map--getting back.

2 August - Kensington Gardens - The Long water and the Serpentine Bridge Pictures, Images and Photos

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