Back after 3 nights in London. It was our first time in the UK.
The parks (and squirrels) were breathtaking and we had the most amazing weather. The sole of our feet is peeled after hours visiting the (free) museums (dinosaurs, Van Gogh, Assyrian art + Rosetta stone, the translator’s monument). Forbidden Planet was OK (maybe too much merchandise and less old editions than I thought… I couldn’t find new Tanith Lee books, but it was only a sidequest) but Camden felt even better than I expected. Surprisingly, there were horse statues everywhere (WHAT’S WITH THE HORSES???). We probably had the biggest cultural shocks in Tesco. I had heard a lot of negative comments about the food in London and yet: all the choc/mint goodies were delicious, we ate curry every day and we enjoyed the duck in Chinatown. The biggest letdown was the airport bureocracy, which is plainly ridiculous and humiliating.
As a memento, we bought “The ocean at the end of the lane” because it was cheap and because it was Gaiman. Yay!