Wednesday, July 15, 2015

English Vacation Journal - Part 9 - London

I can't really remember what the day was when we caught our train up to London.  Our niece and nephew dropped us off at the train station that morning and were driving back to Germany that morning also.  It would be a longer journey than ours.  Tears were shed, it was inevitable, from us girls that is, the boys were more stoic being boys.  We both missed them very much. They gave us an incredible holiday.  We did so many things it is hard to keep it all in my head, and those two weeks went way too fast.  Thankfully we have our photos so that we can remember all those great memories that we made.  Thank you My Darlings, we love you and are so proud of you both.  Can't wait until the next time we get together.

9.06 p.m. and we are safely tucked up in bed at our hotel.  We are on the fifth floor and have a pretty good view of the street below.  

Our taxi cab driver at Paddington Station told us it had been Trooping of the Color today but we had missed it.  London, he said, was going to be more crowded than normal.  He also said there was going to be a naked bicycle race but we had probably missed that too.  What?  I thought he was joking but no, there actually was going to be such a race, and as I learned later there have been others around the world for some worthy cause or another.  This one was to bring atttention to how dangerous bicycle riding in London could be, and were trying to bring awareness for vehicles to be more careful when driving on the road.  There had been several fatalities. But a naked bicycle race?  I didn't quite believe it.

Our taxi cab driver was very interesting to listen to and we enjoyed our ride.  When a man on a moped weaved in front of us it startled me.  He said "He's one of our blokes learning the knowledge.  You can tell because he has his map between his handlebars.  I have written about 'the knowledge' before on our trip to London last year.  It's an arduous test that every cab driver has to do before they can become a London Cabby.  

Later when we were in our hotel room Gregg heard a lot of noise outside and when we looked down onto the street there they were, naked bicycle riders, about 500 of them.  Not everyone was in the altogether but most of them were.  It was eye boggling even from the 5th floor. What can I say?  Good job I need a stronger prescription for my eye glasses.   I took a few pictures and even a video but I think Blogger might object, and even from five floors up I don't think they would appreciate naked people on my blog, so no pictures!  Well, it was an interesting first day in London.  

We were tired and ready to get an early night, having gone down to the hotel's restaurant for dinner.  We intended for an early start in the morning.

I chatted with my niece via texts.  Originally they were going to stay the night in Calais, but decided to press on and finally arrived home in the wee hours of the morning. 

In case you have missed any of my vacation posts and would like to take a look, I will be adding a link to the previous ones below.

Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.
Part 5 here.
Part 6 here.
Part 6 continued here.
Part 7 here.
Part 8 here.
Part 9 here.

All photos in this post were taken around London.

(To all the hosts of the memes I enjoy participating in, I will be posting my journal for a while but will be back joining in once these are over.)


  1. Blogger might object to certain nudity, so it's for the best!

    Trooping the Colour would be something along the lines of a beat retreat ceremony... we have one coming up here in a few days on Parliament Hill.

  2. Denise, so enjoying your pictures. Hubby wants to make the trip and include Ireland and Scotland, so we'll see.

  3. Cycling is dangerous enough already, without adding nudity to the mix. Even a small fall could become v nasty.
    It really has been a lovely holiday you have shared - thank you.

  4. I need to spend some time going back through your vacation posts now! How nice to meet up with loved ones and spend time together, but saying goodbye is always so hard. I can't imagine participating in a naked bicycle ride through the streets of London, no less! I surely would not like to crash in the altogether! Ha ha! - xo Karen

  5. I love London, it's one of my favorite cities in the world. I wish I had seen the Naked Bicycle Race - I think we Europeans are less bothered by nakedness than the Americans (and in this case I am a true European). Trooping the Colors is a huge event, but nowadays the Queen is not sitting on a horse anymore due to her age. I think she did that until a few years ago - a true horse lover, I guess. Will you be posting more pictures? I will come back and read the other posts - I just love the UK.

  6. Now I was really disappointed not to see the naked bicycle race!!!You are having a very good tour.

  7. Naked bicycle race?! Quite funny! You have to be a bold one to do that!

  8. Well I went and googled the photos for the naked bike ride and sure enough many of them were naked. I can't even imagine.

    I'm still enjoying your journey. You had a great time.

  9. You've been to London! And it feels as if we have too, Denise


  10. That bike ride ... Hilarious it was to call attention to the dangers of bike riding, as I'd think cars might be likely to forget to watch where they're going when they saw such a spectacle. LOL. I really have enjoyed following all your posts with your niece and nephew, you had a wonderful trip.

  11. I have been to London several times, I love it!

  12. I am SO enjoying your tours, Denise! I love seeing the store fronts and everything else, and I absolutely adore your header!

  13. Always interesting to see our capital through the eyes of a visitor. Fancy old Byron being reduced to selling Hamburgers, obviously no money in poetry these days.

  14. Proper hamburgers... I like that!

  15. Looks like you had an interesting time. I can't imagine ever wanting to take part in a naked bicycle ride, no matter how worthy the cause...

  16. Sounds like you had a very interesting trip to London, hope the weather was warm enough for the 'naked cyclist' race?!

  17. I have enjoyed reading and seeing all your got up to on this fabulous trip. But a naked bike ride!! I looked it up and indeed it happened on 13 June this year. here is the link

  18. Hello Denise,
    that looks terrific :)
    I'm not a city walker, I more enjoy the
    outdoors. But I loved to see some of
    London :)

    Looking forward to your next post,
    have a beautiful day!
    Tinna ✐

    PS: I would've really loved to see some
    of that naked bicycle race ;) :P

  19. Hello Denise, I can only imagine seeing 50 naked bicycle riders. What a sight! Sayng goodbye to your family must have been hard, now they must come and visit you here in the USA. Great post and photos, enjoy your day!

  20. a couple of weeks ago, one of the blogs i follow posted her naked bike riders, they were in Seattle and they had their clothes painted on. i have since seen several pics on FB.. and now they have a new reality show showing how they paint the naked bodies... our world is mad.
    i giggled out loud at the Proper Hamburgers Only in the UK. love it. and i love those doors and the buses and the Scotland Yard sign.. and the veiw from your window... thanks for my visit to another world

  21. Looks like so much fun. It's always sad to say good-bye to family.

  22. I love your London scenes. Lucky you for not having updated your prescription for glasses. I would say those naked riders must really be dedicated to a cause since most people admit they look a heck of a lot better with clothes on! Thanks for not posting those pics. :))

  23. Denise, I so love all things England, even London (I say "even" London because ordinarily I don't like huge cities at all). I'll be going back and reading the posts I missed.

  24. Thanks for sharing your vacation in these posts...I've really enjoyed them. Not too long either, like those slide shows my friends used to share after their vacations "here's Dorothy holding the tea in her hand as she stands by the ..."

  25. Loved your daily views of your trip through your lens, immensely. Glad you did not post the naked ones.

  26. Goodbyes can be so upsetting, especially when it's family.
    But you have had a truly amazing trip and to be able to share your lovely photo's and journey has been wonderful to do.

    The reads have been good and, for you, must provide a wonderful and memorable journal which you can refer to ...blogs can be brilliant!

    With the weekend so near ... may it be a good one for you.

    All the best Jan

  27. There are quite a few special bike lanes in Honolulu. Some people here don't like them because it means one less lane for cars.

  28. Hi Denise,
    Beautiful photos of London!
    I absolutely enjoyed reading the post and looking at the Auto Rickshaw (3-wheeler motorized vehicle in the first photo) and the awesome door in the last photo.
    Can't wait to see what other parts of London get shown in your future posts!
    Have a Wonderful Day!
    Peace :)

  29. PS. Though I am bicycle commuter, I wouldn't want to ride like Lady Godiva :)

  30. One of my Facebook friends posted a picture of naked bicyclists, stating he takes his daughter on interesting vacations. I will have to look for that post because I just remember it in passing (in scrolling I should say). I don't know where he and his daughter were vacationing,

  31. I know it was sad to say good-bye to them, but isn't it wonderful to feel that way about them!!! It warms my heart just to hear you talk about them.

  32. Also meant to say I love the door in that last shot!

  33. I do hope to visit London someday!