A picture post today! I had the most wonderful day out yesterday. After Louis' successful end to his lone trip to his grandparents' Essex home I decided to break his return journey by meeting him in London. My day started at sunrise after catching the 06:20 train. It denies me one of my little weekend lie ins but means that I can have a good long day in the Big Smoke. I never tire of the amazing coastal views from the train between Newton Abbot and Exeter.
We ate cupcakes while we watched men with much more ergonomic bikes than own go for a spin. There aren't many other pictures from Olympic park. We were too busy pedalling ourselves around this open space that's a great outdoor resource for Londoners and visitors alike.
Then what? Well Louis' been going on about seeing the whale in the Natural History Museum for a few weeks now so we headed on over to the over side of the big smoke. Just in passing, I'd say that hauling up at one of London's most popular indoor attractions on a rainy Saturday afternoon in the school holiday may not have been the greatest idea. The queue to get in was enormous. This sight greeted us as we came through the door of the modern wing of the building.
Ha! Another sneaky shot of Lou. It's blurry because we were in the simulator that mimics what is was like in 1995 Kobe earthquake. The exhibit was recommended by some of our queueing companions.
We then walked through the part of the museum that houses amazing fossils. Some of Mary Anning's finds are there. There was also this ichthyosaur found in Street in Somerset. No sign of dinosaurs there now. On my last visit I only found bargain ski gear for Lou at the shopping village!
'What's your favourite animal, Mum?' asked Lou. I'm not sure that there's one. Bears, meerkats, dolphins and sea otters are all up there. And hares. Here's a beautiful stone carving that I spied on the stone staircase in the main hall.
And here's the massive skeleton that's replaced the usual dinosaur. I don't know if the star of the show is the whale or the architecture.
Back to Paddington. I always try to get there early. The Mad Bishop and Bear is a gem of a station pub.
I can be a bit of a real ale bore. So here's the perfect excuse for ending up here!