Americans in London

Here are some of the vacation things we have seen and done during these days in London.

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The famous upscale department store, Harrod’s. We looked, and bought nothing.

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Near Harrod’s is the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, popularly known as Brompton Oratory because it is located on Brompton Road. Oratory, in this context, means Place of prayer. This is in the Borough of South Kensington.

How many boroughs in greater London? 32, plus the City of London.

Next, a stop at Trafalgar Square.

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Nelson’s Column rises high above the large open square. Four lions guard the base of the Column.

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The National Gallery, and art museum, fills one side of the square.

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In front of the Gallery is a statue of “our George,” the first President of USA.

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In the northeast corner of the square stands St. Martin in the Fields. A church has been at this location since 1222. Originally it stood in a field in the country, hence the name. Amnesty International was conceived at this church. Everywhere in London you see the double-decker red buses.

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The Crypt contains a restaurant.

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There are occasional free noon music concerts. We attended one featuring students from the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. We heard solos by violin, piano, viola and cello. Excellent performances! Sorry, no photos during the concert, so I cannot show you the artists.

Above you see the chancel of the church. Note the unusual window design.

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And here are two random photos from around the city. The second one is art work on the wall of the tube, or Underground.

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