Tuesday 18. 05. 10 Got back safely at noon today on time despite the volcanic cloud. Saw the Magnificent Maps exhibition at the British Library, climbed the Monument and took a tour of Tower Bridge. The Monument has 311 steps up this narrow circular stairway and has some interesting views of the city from the top. The height is based on the distance from the source of the Great Fire of London in Pudding Lane to the site of the monument itself. After tower bridge we also wandered around Butler’s Wharf and even went to the Design Museum. Monday morning shot some reference photos for my proposed series of monoprints of London stations (very convenient having Jason here shooting all this stuff!). Afterwards we went on a London walking tour around Mayfair – surprisingly good and not at all touristy. After pub lunch caught Greenline back to Luton. Stayed at the Days Inn, bland but functional. Tried to find somewhere to eat in Luton but not successful. The town centre is quite run-down and depressed with many places closed or for rent. Had to return to hotel for dinner. Up early this morning to get the 8.15 to Beziers. Drove home on the scooter via Decathlon where Jason found some ballet slippers for Poppy.
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