Piccadilly Circus London

There is an old nursery rhyme which goes”

Pussycat pussycat, where have you been?”
“I’ve been up to London to visit the Queen.”
“Pussycat pussycat, what did you there?”
“I frightened a little mouse under her chair”

Only ninety minutes away
I always wanted to go up to London
and visited as many times as I could.
Always so much to see and to do.

Piccadilly Circus

Another known expression well used:

“It’s like Piccadilly Circus ’round ‘ere”
(meaning)
it’s way too busy with people or, too noisy.
New York may never sleep, but London
doesn’t either
It’s a never ending hive with
dizzying degrees of activity.

Streams of tourists
(including me)
stretch and gather to see famous sights
and touch a little history scattered
all around this ancient town.

Changing of the Guard (in Grey)

I’ve seen the crown jewels
(a regular sparkling spectacular)
the cause of many a scare
when thieves have tried to steal them
Been in the Tower
so many ghosts dwell there
whose innocence or guilt
were never in doubt once
plans were afoot to implicate
for any act of treason

Kensington Palace 1 year after Princess Diana died

Seen the two famous palaces
and, while dressed in their grey
watched the Changing of the guard
at Buckingham Palace
one dreary day.

The British museum
(amazing place)
but felt overwhelmed then by all the grey
such miserable grey buildings
and never thought I’d see another
city quite as grey until
one day I visited Aberdeen

Aberdeen (The Granite City)
Yours truly 🙂

He was not happy to have his picture taken at all. It had been raining and I guess as he’s not supposed to move, he was a bit miffed. He had a sword on his right shoulder, and I wasn’t going to ask…lol …so, I simply stood by the side to show how tall he was.

*The old nursery rhyme comes from 16th century and is a cute tale about Queen Elizabeth 1. Origin of Pussycat nursery rhyme
Piccadilly Circus Piccadilly Circus has been a very famous meeting place for many, many years. It is so busy there, both with traffic and tourists alike.
Aberdeen Is known as the Granite City because of the colour of the grey granite they used in the buildings. Also known as the Grey City/The Silver city

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Downing Street

Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. We saw someone along the street, thought she was coming out so we waited. Others saw us waiting and started waiting too… within an hour there was a crowd…police arrived to keep the crowds back but nothing ever happened. I took a pic of the crowds waiting…knowing we started it!

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It was raining, and like idiots we stood there waiting for SOMETHING to happen and then before we knew it others started joining in too and it ended up as a police-controlled crowd, all waiting for nothing to happen…. Was too funny.

I also used to get a BIG kick out of deliberately looking up at the sky….(at nothing) and keep doing it…then watching as everyone else starts to look up to see what you’re looking at…it’s hilarious…to watch and know you started it… LOL

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London Underground

First underground railway opened in 1863
London Underground, used as bomb shelters during WW2

On an old staircase
going down, down down
into the bowels of hell
(to a claustrophobic)
Temperature rising from
sweating Victorian walls
and, for a few minutes
I’ve left behind
the amazing, sad old
bad old, streets of London
for a different mix of
magic and grime.

I’ve traveled on most of them
in my time.
Eleven in all
which run through the heart
of this dirty old town
and circle its outer limits
like cowboys used to
circle the wagons.

Piccadilly
Victoria
District
Circle
to name some.

Each trip, has their memories.

I listened to the old
clackety clack, clackety clack
of wheels on an underground train.
A train on the tracks
which my heart tries to match
as it beats out its
rhythm and rhyme.

(I remember)
a woman across the aisle
yelling
her mouth too, a non-stop
yackety yack
but,
I don’t hear what she’s saying
so I don’t mind.

Buckingham Palace
Kensington Palace
The Tower and, crown jewels
St. James’s Park
(where I’ve picnicked)
Nelson’s column
Trafalgar Square

All seen so many times
but, I never counted as
each was well worth seeing
again and again
and all within such easy reach
from the underground trains.

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During World War 11 many of London’s underground stations were used as bomb shelters all through the Blitz.
Through the nights of non-stop air raids people, sang, chatted, tried to sleep, alongside family or, total strangers. No-one cared as long as they were safe from the bombing of the streets above.
Although I can be pretty claustrophobic, I’ve always found the London Underground and its myriad of tunnels quite fascinating.

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Trafalgar Square

She should’ve known better than to dare. The sky above was black. Such a silly place to chose when there were thousands of other places in the city to meet, sit and share a cuppa Rosy Lee (Tea) Trafalgar Square loomed. The lions were waiting, but so too, were all those pigeons and their poop.

Visited Trafalgar Square so many times over the years. So much there to see. Statues of famous people in history, and those lions are so lovely, but the pigeons, well they are an army all on their own now and have become famous for being so many. Everyone feeds them now so they are tame enough to come and sit on you, but you run the risk of all that poop landing on you too. LOL

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