Sunday in the Park…

June 19th, 2005 by MrLuxuryFashionGuru

…with Elizabeth and Victoria.  St. James’ Park, that is, just a brief jaunt away from Westminster Chapel, where I attended morning services.

Not to be confused with Westminster Abbey.  This church was established in 1840 and is just a stone’s throw from the gates of Buckingham Palace.  I was recommended this church by my church in Singapore via my family.  A warm, lively church.

Westminster Chapel interior (19 Jun 2005)



It’s been really sunny and warm in London, which has most locals complaining, and indeed air-conditioning is unheard of here.  Ok, pictures!

A detail shot of the huge fountain in front of the palace.  You can see the Union Jack fluttering above Buckingham in the background.  Observe how swelteringly sunny it is – not a photographic effect!

In front of Buckingham Palace (19 Jun 2005)


One of the few shots you’re going to see of me since I’m mostly travelling on my own:

I opted not to pay the 6GBP to enter the Queen’s Gallery (the current exhibition is of Dutch paintings – Rembrandt, Vermeer et al), although I spent 5GBP buying postcards for our Masterpiece collection.  Some tourist took this shot since I was by myself.

Standing before Buckingham Palace (19 Jun 2005)



And of course, those famous palace guards, probably fainting in the heat in those get-ups.  Overheard from tourists observing the scene: “They really look kind of like turkeys.  I wonder if the Queen secretly laughs at them.”

Taken through the iron fence around the palace as some detail change-over was happening.  The drill was actually pretty sloppy and unimpressive, certainly not at parade standard.  Still, I got my postcard shot, corny text and everything.

Royal Palace Guards (19 Jun 2005)


And yesterday I went to Camden market, another one of London’s many lovely street markets.  This one was exactly like a slightly posher Chatuchak, seriously.  I had excellent Chinese food, including (gasp) the first Singapore noodles I’ve ever had overseas that actually tasting precisely like something from Singapore (it was just fried bee hoon, none of this weird curry-powder stuff).  And it turns out there’s a big Aldo outlet store right outside the Tube station.  I bought three pairs for less than 30GBP!  That’s unbeatable, certainly half the price of on-sale Aldo shoes in the US.  And that includes 17.5% VAT!  (which means each pair was about US15).

I *heart* London.

Happy Father’s Day!!


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