Alex had another meeting in London, so I went down too and wandered around again. I did not have a precise destination, although I wanted to go to the British Library, and it was a lovely day, mostly, so I walked a good deal again, although I also took the Tube. My Oyster card is getting a workout!
From King's Cross I went into the St. Pancras station, because it has all been re-done, with a new international hotel (well, not new, renovated, the outside is very 19th century). The Eurostar via the Channel Tunnel leaves from here.
From there I walked over to the British Library. The old reading room in the British Museum is gone, but this place is very cool, and there is much more space here.
I went to see the treasures exhibit, where I spent most of my time looking at the Magna Carta, which was pretty cool, and then I went to the new Evolving English exhibit, which was fascinating. I liked it so much I bought Henry Hitchings' The Language Wars: A History of Proper English in the shop there, and I have been reading it sense then. It is great, although I really did not need another hardcover book to take home.
This is the main entrance to the library. It was raining quite a bit, but by the time I took the tube a few stops down the line to Covenant Garden the rain had stopped. I wandered around the market there a bit, but it is not as interesting on a Tuesday as on Monday when the antiques market is there, so I moved on to lunch and then toward Trafalgar square.
I ran across a demonstration across from Downing Street. For once all these people were here to support government policy. It is hard to read, but the sign in the middle is thanking Cameron, Obama, and Sarkozy for the No-Fly Zone in Lybia. The Nato countries were meeting in London that day to discuss the policy.
Lots of lovely trees and flowers blooming. And lots of tourist groups, most of them Spanish and Italian. I sat for a while writing in the park, and at one point was surrounded by a large group of Italians following a tour guide with a brightly colored umbrella.
It was almost 6pm by the time I got there, so the Tower was closed, which is why there are no people in these photos. Alex was not sure when his meeting would end, so we had agreed to meet at the Starbucks across from the tower (his meeting was just the other side of Tower Bridge).
I settled down and read about the history of English.
We took the tube to Leicester Square and had dinner at a Chinese place. Another lovely day in London. I am really just beginning to feel that I know my way around parts of the city, and it is almost time to go back to California. But I don't think I'll forget, and we can come back. We will go back one more day with the children and grandma, who arrive on Sunday morning!