LONDON! pictures...of days -1, 1 and 2. -1 day is travel-to day. gus and i left iowa, flew to minneapolis, had an 8 1/2 hour layover (!), then boarded a lovely large plane for london. the layover was the hardest part to endure...
parts two and three to come!
day -1: sweetest boy, gus, at the museum of russian art in minneapolis--we actually left the airport for a few hours to try and break up the day, but it wasn't quite enough...that layover was rough.
finally on the plane to london--gus slept most of the flight
day one: our hotel--k+k hotel george, near the earl's court tube station in kensington. wonderful place--would definitely recommend it
as soon as we dropped our bags off we headed out to the museum of natural history
wonderful decorative carvings in the fence's piers
and even more wonderful carvings around the entrance
dino attack! gus is silly...
...but he found a platypus and mellowed
that bear looks a little small...? gus is actually reading the wall texts, which thrilled me to no end
dinner at zizzi's after a very, very long day; gus slept beautifully from day one (i, of course, had to be chemically unconsciousfied in order to sleep)
day two: portobello road market
cool wooden things
cool horn things
cool silver things
cool printer's blocks--basically the whole place was cool
we had a fantastic lunch at books for cooks, just off of portobello road
seriously, it was fabulous. it is a little room, behind the bookstore, where cooks make whatever recipe they feel like making--they always have tea and some desserts, but on this day they had also made coconut carrot lentil soup with fresh cilantro and fresh focaccia bread. freaking delicious.
gus riding the tube to the science museum
wonderful display amidst a collection of household inventions at the science museum
operating room scene, c. 1974 (i think)
tons of fantastic hands-on experiments at the science museum
gus was enthralled; it was easily his favorite place to visit
interesting materials exhibition
the main hall, science museum
gus, tempting fate
dinnertime! this is the fifth floor of harvey nichols...
...and their conveyor-belted sushi bar. it was actually quite interesting and not nearly as unhygenic as it sounds. and the sushi was fabulous. apparently, there is a scene in "johnny english" where rowan atkinson's tie gets stuck in the belts (need to rent that).
le swoooooon. i so should have brought this home with me, damnit.