|Scott, Tony and Hilary at St. Katherine Docks|
|Both old and new boats line this historic|
|From left to right Sue, Tony, Scott, Heather , Hilary and Tony|
on board "Angel Louise"
|Hilary poses alongside the Tower Bridge on the Thames|
|The amazing restaurant at the Opera House. Check out the "suspended bar" at the top left. It's an optical illusion. The|
rear wall is a mirror.
Sunday was really our last day as we flew home early Monday morning. We decided to stay close by and visit the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. We really loved our by now familiar walk through Blackheath and Greenwich Park and this time continued down past the Royal Observatory to the Thames. This is a huge museum packed with fascinating exhibits and unfortunately we didn't have enough time to do it justice. We'll hopefully return another day.
Tony and Hilary picked us up after lunch at the museums' pleasant cafe and we drove into the Barbicon complex. We went to the matinee performance of "Louis the Movie", Director Dan Pritzker's new silent film, with a score composed by Wynton Marsalis. It was part of the London Jazz Festival and featured Cecile Acherie on the piano and a terrific New Orleans jazz ensemble. It was a fun homage to Louis Armstrong and silent films. A nice surprise was finding the young talented star in the audience afterwards. He received a large ovation.
On our last night we had a wonderful and elegant dinner at home with our hosts. It was a perfect cap to an amazing week in London and a wonderful two months in Europe. Although we were looking forward to returning home, this trip did not tire us out. We could have kept going. We believe it was due to staying in one place often during the trip. We had two weeks on the boat, and one week stays at houses in Provence, Pisa, Naples and London. Most of the time we ate at home for at least two meals a day. Staying at hotels and eating out is really wonderful but it would be tiring for months at a time. This was really the perfect combination. And last it was spending time with our great friends; Walt & Honoree, John & Brenda and Tony & Hilary. Thank you so much!
|This was the balcony where we had |
the most amazing dinner before the Opera
and then dessert during the intermission.
|Greenwich Park leading down to the Thames|
|The Planetarium at the Royal Observatory|
|The view down to the Maritime Museum from the heights|
at the Observatory
|A close up of the Maritime Museum and the Queen's House,|
which was under renovation.
|We've been in a Force 8 storm over three days at anchor|
in Curacao with Hurricane Omar.
|A variety of ships are displayed in the open courtyard of|
the Maritime Museum. This is a royal barge.
|The fabulous view looking down the central courtyard|
from the Thames
|The table set for our farewell dinner at Tony|
and Hilary's home in Blackheath