Due to camera malfunctions there are not any photos from our trips into London from our Forest Hill pet sit. We did take the train and the underground into London to visit the British Library, the British Museum and Westminster Abbey. Just a couple of observations about these visits. It is July in London and in the middle of the hottest summer they have ever had. This means that the museums are hot and full of tourists. It does not make for a contemplative visit. I did get a chance to see the new Diamond Jubilee gallery above the floor of Westminster Abbey that opened for the first time in 700 years this last June. It was not crowded and they did an excellent job displaying historical wooden effigies of kings and queens plus a beautiful copy of the crown jewels that were made for coronation rehearsals. This was the best 5 pounds that I have ever spent in London (you do have to pay the 20 pound entrance fee first).
Because it has been so hot and there has not been any rain, almost all the grass in the parks is brown. The heat is supposed to stay through the rest of the summer. Due to this fact, we decided to go to Brighton Beach for our 3 day break between sits. I am so glad we did. It is glorious here. It’s about 10 degrees cooler than inland and the beautiful blue sea is right outside our window. The camera problem has been solved.We went for a walk out on the Brighton Beach Palace Pier in the early evening.It is a wonderful pier that juts out into the ocean with lots of arcade games, fish and chip stands, ice cream and donut shops and an amusement park on the end.We ate fish and chips on the pier and then I tried my luck in the arcade. I put one pound into a Wheel of Fortune machine, pulled on the lever and won 350 tickets. It was so funny to see the tickets keep pouring out of the machine.
It was a lovely sunset. Today we walked around Brighton and it was still pretty hot. The sea gulls were taking baths in the fountains to stay cool.I was tempted to join them for a splash.