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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Dior

Last month I went to the V and A museum in London to see an exhibition of some of Dior's creations. It was a large exhibition and had dresses from other designers from the house of  Dior.  Christian Dior died from a heart attack, aged 52, in 1957. Here are just a few of his classic designs.



























Princess Margaret's wedding dress.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Lambeth Palace Library


This is Lambeth Palace Library, founded in 1610, it is the historic library of the Archbishops of Canterbury and is the principal library for the history of the Church of England. It is not generally open to the public but I was fortunate to see it when I visited the gardens on an open day. The building has that wow factor when you walk through the large wooden doors.











Reflections made photographing these books very difficult but I think still worth posting.















Monday, 19 August 2019

Lambeth Palace gardens

Lambeth Palace is the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The garden at the back of the palace has been a private garden since the 12th century and takes up 10 acres of the 13 acre site. The garden is open to the public once a month during the Summer months with all proceeds going to small local charities. I have been meaning to visit for the past few years but always seem to miss the open days. So I was delighted to finally gain entry.























You can just see the top of the Houses of Parliament from the garden.










I liked that the garden was more parkland than formally planted flower There lots of nooks and crannies where you could sit quietly and enjoy the greenery. A very enjoyable afternoon.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

The District Line

I have completed three of the Underground lines so far on my 'Above the Underground' challenge.  I then get the posts printed as I enjoy looking at the photos and remembering the places I have visited. I much prefer to read the posts in a book than to read them online. I have now started the District Line which is the longest of the tube lines with its 60 stations. Check out the first station here:  Upminster

Monday, 12 August 2019

Day 13: Nighttime in Red Square


On my last evening in Moscow I decided to go and have a look at the Red Square at night
A few of the surrounding streets were decorated with lights.


The GUM store





Walls of the Kremlin

St Basil's Cathedral





So it was goodbye to Moscow. There were many places I did not have time to see but I felt I had managed to see some of the most important areas of Moscow. I had enjoyed my visit very much.