Day Two in London involved us emerging from Bayswater and doing a mix of walking and using our new Oyster cards. This day was meant to strike a bit of a theme in the trip – seeing a mix of nature and museums. It didn’t work that way as the trip panned out.
The beauty of staying in Bayswater is not only the two tube stations a few hundred metres from each other, is that it’s not all that far from Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, the Royal Albert Hall and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
1. Cheer, Cheer the White and the White. Not long before we left for Europe, the Sydney Swans won the AFL premiership, much to the confusion of most Melbourne based football writers and commentators. These swans, swimming around in Kensington Gardens, would have had no idea of the achievement of their southern brethren.
2. The Royal Academy of Music from Royal Albert Hall. One of my favourite films ever made was Shine, which is as much about great piano music as it is about David Helfgott. That’s why I did like seeing this sight.
3. Stoicism at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I’ve never seen a museum quote like the V and A, with its mix of beautiful objects and clothes. We also liked the stoicism embedded in this plaque –
4. The Celebration of Victory. I can’t remember the name of this sculpture at the V and A, but it captured a moment very well
5. Pub in Portobello Road. On our way to the Museum of Brands – a lovely little museum – we accidentally found Portobello Road, with its stalls and shops. What fascinated us, though, was going into a pub with its low archways into different sections. They used to be the private bar for the well off. For us, it was a chance to enjoy some fresh Samuel Smith ale.