A tale of two rides. Chamber of commerce weather.
Put on my best duds and walked a few blocks to the Royal Albert Hall. The Natural History Museum.
Dinner in the Elgar Room with Jimi.
There was a Mozart and Strauss pieces of orchestral music with SINGING. It was fortunate the most beautiful soprano in opera came out incredible clothes and sang her operatic heart out. Whew. Finale was Beethoven’s 7th symphony. The conductor was phenomenal. Home tomorrow. Peace out Tres
Easy roll out and good spartan hostel breakfast of hard boiled eggs, cold cuts, cheese, muesli, toast, orange marmalade and brown toast. Maybe not so spartan after all. I am on the cyclist’s food plan. First stop, all time favorite of both of the Smiths, Royal Botanical Garden or Kew Gardens. There was a big installation of Chihuly glass that would be illuminated at night for special shows. It was amazing. Lots of pictures so bear with me.
I missed seeing Big Ben and the riverside view of Parliament so after quick lunch I went to Westminster. Got the photo of Parliament and not of Big Ben scaffolded for repair but what a zoo compared to yesterday.
I got my bike in the box yesterday afternoon while others did some sightseeing. I always have a little melancholy when an adventure is over. We had a lovely dinner at the Florence Arms.
I got to the tube and got to the stop for the Imperial War Museum and it started to rain. The audacity of Mother Nature. We cycled for 2 weeks and got wet once for 15 minutes. I was hungry and went to The Hercules for lunch.
There was a chilling and in depth holocaust museum that was incredible in its scope of viewing the historical timeline of the fanaticism of Hitler and Nazi Germany and how it had impacted the Jewish People it touched along that timeline and how more severe it became. A tremendous quote of 1935 was “There was no country that we could stay in and there was no country that wanted us”. I hope that is right. It impacted me deeply. There were refugees at that time and they went places but it was becoming more difficult and impossible. In my heart I had just wished for many more to have been able to leave during that period of history.
Went to the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St. George. Beautiful stain glass.
We had a great evening meal in Shanklin at the Fisherman’s Cottage on the end of the Esplanade.
A great walk around Southampton and spaghetti dinner.
Pictures will not do the Isle of Wight justice but in an attempt to show you where we rode I will attempt it. The grand ride today. But first a second ferry ride across a river to start.
Freshwater Bay. Incredible.
Editors Note: featured image photo credit and courtesy to Chrysa Niewald.
Another great breakfast and collection leaving the Kings Head Hotel.
We had a good start from Bath after a big uphill. A theme for today. We left city center of Bath and went through some tunnels. One tunnel we went through for seemed like a mile.
We left there and it was back onto the canal unpaved path.