This year it was too organized for my taste. Leaders called groups with the same group identities to pose together. I liked it better when people milled around and I could pick out interesting characters.
I did get some solo or almost-solo shots.
And, the mandatory, but disliked, staged group shots.
William Hooker Gillette was a noted actor around the turn of the last century, famous for his portrayals of Sherlock Holmes. He built a 24 room mansion in the form of a castle on 184 acres at a promontory high above the Connecticut River in East Haddam. Today it is a state park.
All the schoolchildren in the UK descended on the British Museum. No air conditioning.
Perspiring pre-teens. Even the best-mannered kids make lots of noise and emit blasts of heat.
Noise and heat rise, and I was the tallest person around.
Elgin marbles. Check. Rosetta stone. Check. A few Egyptian and Assyrian kings. Check.
I'm outta here!
Time to go to a Heathrow hotel for an early flight back to the USA in the morning.
The ship was docked in Greenwich, in sight of the Cutty Sark.
Cutty Sark was the fastest clipper in the Tea Trade when it was built in the 1860s.
The drive from Greenwich to Parliament Square and the Imperial War Museum and Churchill War Rooms went through South London boroughs, past a wide swath of ethnic shops,
pubs and cafes. Some were prototypically English.
The War Rooms had realistic displays in the underground rooms where
the British high command planned, monitored and steered the war effort.
After touring the War Rooms, I walked across the street to enjoy a bit of St. James Park.
Looking down, I was standing on a large medallion proclaiming the walk I was
on as The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk.
And at night there was a fireworks display on the Thames. A tall shop watched.
I forgot to mention that Friday was the eighth anniversary of the start of this blog,
which was started as Hartford Daily Photo.