After a day of work on Wednesday, I took an overnight flight to London and plunged into two full days of meetings with the Executive Committee of the International National Trusts Organisation (or INTO). The days were full, including a lecture on Thursday night at the small and wonderful Garden Museum by my INTO colleague and friend Jeanine Perryck of The Gelderland Trust in The Netherlands. I was running on adrenaline (because it sure wasn’t sleep), but the trip was very useful (from a business standpoint) and it had the added benefit of being in one of the world’s great cities.
Thursday was an off and on day weather-wise (typical London), but Friday was a glorious fall day. I went out on our lunch break, crossed the street from the English National Trust and INTO London headquarters on Queen Anne’s Gate, and strolled through St. James Park. I’ll share a few pictures of that beautiful day.
Before leaving for home on Saturday, I took a two hour walk in the more typical overcast morning. I had been to Westminster Abby for an Evensong service on September 11, 2003 (so very moving), but I wanted to take it in again, and see Westminster Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament along the way.
So, here are a few photos from my whirlwind trip to London, as I prepare to depart. I’ll begin with the Queen Victoria Memorial in St. James’s Park.
Here are some gate details, first from Buckingham Palace and then from St. James’s Park:
The flowers in St. James’s Park were beautiful.
I loved this wonderful little stairway off of Queen Anne’s Gate, which led to our host’s offices at 32 Queen Anne’s Gate.
And I’ll end with a nice fall shot from the Dean’s Yard at Westminster Abby.
More to come…