Tamara Laporte was the guest artist for this assignment. I’d like to try it again but next time I would use watercolours and group the buildings closer together. All my markers were permanent and I couldn’t dilute them with water.
We ended our site seeing day at Liberty London where we admired the beautiful fabrics that Liberty is so famous for and went upstairs to the Christmas Department. Yes, Christmas. October is the beginning of the Christmas season in England. I couldn’t help myself but I had to purchase a little Christmas gnome for our granddaughter’s Christmas tree. I wish I had taken a photo. Sorry about that.
One of my daughter-in-law’s must do items for this trip was to experience a Sunday roast. Our son booked a table at the pub where he and his wife celebrated their marriage after the civil ceremony over two years ago. Since none of us were at their party (we celebrated with a Persian wedding a month later with all the families in Italy) Brendan really wanted us to see the place and he pre-ordered a traditional Sunday roast for six.
Sunday and Monday were hugh walking days – 21 000 steps and 20 000 steps respectively.
On Sunday we had prebooked tickets for a tour of Buckingham Palace. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside but the audio tour was excellent and I think trying to take photos would have spoiled the experience. Once we were in the gardens we were allowed to take out our cameras out and shoot as many photos as we wanted. I would highly recommend the tour. I thought it was well worth the money.
From Buckingham Palace we walked along The Mall and through St. James Park. Near the end of the mall we went into the Institute of Contemporary Art and enjoyed a light lunch.
From there we went to Trafalger Square, Soho and China Town.