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On the Road Again: Walking across London, Part III

28 Nov

The last two days about London have consisted of vignettes about trying to find a way home from Knightsbridge (think Harrod’s) on Christmas Eve and from Trafalgar Square on New Year’s Eve.

Today I will just say that London is a most walkable city.

I haven’t been there for over 20 years now, but when I lived there, it was pretty dangerous to walk in most downtown areas of the U.S.  London was a city of about six million people, but it lived life at a slower, gentler pace.  Since England is an island and firearms were pretty strictly controlled, there were not too many attacks going on in the streets of London.  And those areas that were high risk were pretty well-known and easily avoided.

London also is full of royal parks.  As I mentioned two days ago, it was possible to walk from my church to my home via Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, and Primrose Hill, with only a couple of streets in between.  Hyde Park connects to St. James Park, Green Park, and Kensington Gardens as well.  So much green!

We used to run our Navy physical fitness test in Hyde Park.  It is also the site of the famous Peter Pan statue.

Kensington Gardens borders Kensington Palace where Prince Charles and Princess Diana used to live back then.

And Regent’s Park contains the well-known London zoo.  As I entered the park to walk or run many days while living in London,  I could see the giraffes, hanging their necks over from their enclosure.  And the giraffes are my favorite animal!

So, while some might think it was fearless of me to walk or run in London as much as I did, I know myself and my timidity about questionable areas.  I never felt that timidity in most parts of London.

And I have never walked so much in my life!

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