We arrived in London to find out trademark sunny English weather waiting for us. I'd implemented the plan I tried last year- getting up early the week before to try and get closer to English time- and then slept well on the plane. It was a beautiful day for walking, and we set out to roam the city, admiring the parks and enjoying the architecture. One of the things we like best about London is the myriad of pocket parks scattered about the city.
|Bedford Square Garden|
Thus refreshed, we moved on to the Festival of Stuff, held at the Institute of Making. An eclectic assortment of demonstrations were featured, ranging from turning on a spring driven lathe, blacksmithing, paper airplane design to three dimensional printing and novel materials like textiles woven from carbon nano-fibers. Interesting and very cool.
From there, we headed over to see the British Museum's Viking exhibit. This was in its last weekend, so we had prudently bought tickets online in advance. It was fabulous! The Vikings had an amazing trade network spanning four continents. The exhibition showed a vast collection of artifacts and the remnants of a quite enormous Viking longboat. No photos from the exhibition (so check out the link) but the Museum itself is as striking as ever.
|The Great Court, British Museum|
Not that there was a connection, but shortly after this we hopped a train to Peterborough, and met up there with friends who fed us a lovely dinner and kept us up late talking. It was a splendid ending for a delightful first day of our vacation.