Whenever I walk in a London street,
I’m ever so careful to watch my feet;
And I keep in the squares,
And the masses of bears,
Who wait at the corners all ready to eat
The sillies who tread on the lines of the street
Go back to their lairs,
And I say to them, “Bears,
Just look how I’m walking in all the squares!” – A.A.Milne
Tessa, in her eight-year-old wisdom and full of discretion whispered to me this morning, “Today ERgirl6 will find out it’s not true.” She’s been waiting for months, the day had come, and Tgirl8 was right. It’s exactly what happened walking down Fleet Street – there were no bears; just lots of businessmen in suits with takeaway coffee (and one very underdressed pilgrim family!)
ERgirl6 had more checking-out to do when we got to Trafalgar Square. Those lions look real enough to a 6-year-old, especially the eyes, and a particular children’s picture book full of fantastic adventures around London on the back of one of the lions has a lot to answer for!
Books really did come to life when we abandoned plans of wandering over to Picadilly Circus due to the r**n and just turned around and employed R**ny Day Plan Number One: visit the National Gallery. So many pictures we had studied were on display, and reading through children’s journals tonight, I can see that they really were inspired seeing the paintings in real life. I had been concerned that we had reached artist overload point in Paris, but everyone enjoyed the National Gallery more than the Parisian galleries. No cameras were allowed, but we took journals and captured some favourite moments with our own pens and pencils.
The weather forecast had suggested the clouds would clear in the afternoon. That turned out to be a very optimistic report as our photos testify:
Full Day One in London: grey and no bears even if you step on the lines.
Tags: 2012, postcard: England