Friday, May 11, 2018
I had an errand to run at Westminster Abbey yesterday, so I took a slightly long lunch break and caught the tube down to Westminster. While I was there, I crossed the bridge (rather hurriedly) to have a picnic in the park across the river. In the photo above, you can see parliament in the background, with the Queen Elizabeth Tower holding Big Ben covered in scaffolding. (The building is undergoing an extensive renovation.) Westminster Bridge is on the right.
Here's a closeup of the tower:
Not quite the photogenic structure everyone expects!
I had to go to the Abbey to exchange a souvenir cross that Dave's mom bought. She collects crosses but she didn't have a chance to visit the Abbey on her short stay last week, so we ordered it online and had it mailed to our house. When it got here, though, it was broken -- and not just slightly broken, but really broken, like the postman jumped up and down on the envelope. The Abbey exchanged it without question, and now Dave can take it to his mom in June, when he goes to the states for a conference. (He plans to visit his family too.)
As you can see, there are now railings between the sidewalks and the roadway along Westminster Bridge. These were installed after a terrorist attacker plowed his vehicle into pedestrians on the bridge in March 2017. To be honest, it seems like a good idea to have some kind of barrier between drivers and pedestrians anyway, doesn't it?
It was nice to get out and about on a workday, rather than sitting in the school cafeteria!