Memories of streets lined with taxi-cabs...and unique ones at that. The blackcabs are products of the London Taxi Company...who have been manufacturing them for over 60 years. Though they were originally all black...they can now be ordered in most any colour.
Memories of riding the 'Tube' to Piccadilly Circus and wandering along Regent Street where folks go to shop. At David's recommendation we checked out Hamleys toy shop...all seven floors...
...where even the Lego characters are larger than life! This flagship store is a major tourist attraction in London.
Memories of coffee shops on every corner. Who would have thought...in the tea drinking capital of the world?
We checked out Starbuck's competition...and discovered why the locals like Costa!
Memories of clotted cream with afternoon scones...though I must say I was more willing to try the 'treat' when I heard it called by another name...Devonshire cream. I thought it was rather like butter...maybe a wee bit sweeter.
...and the live music that we enjoyed as we browsed.
And all those memories took me back to our previous visit to London. It was the summer of 1997...when we stayed near Piccadilly Circus and fought crowds of tourists every step of the way. We were there with my parents...and watched the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace in the sizzling heat.
Mom and dad were happy to find some shade on the lawns nearby. I'm so glad we made that trip back then...and are still enjoying the memories today.
Today...February 9, 2011...would have been my mom's 85th birthday. In my memory she will always remain 74. Memories...they are a good thing!
Have a wonderful Wednesday...