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My beloved sister was also visiting the UK in October. As we don’t live close to each other, I took the opportunity to spend a couple days with her and her partner in London. We had a wonderful time exploring the city, eating and shopping. The weather was summer-like and perfect. Here are some of the highlights:

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This intrigued me. I think it is in Soho.

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So many gorgeous hotels.

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Lunch at The Crypt, in St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square.

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I loved all the layers of history and architecture. This is the Liberty building. The animatronics above the clock depict St George and the Dragon.

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Beautiful Tower Bridge. I stayed not far from here.

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Leaving Camden Market for a walk along the canal.

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Last look at the Camden Canal, near St Mark’s Church. Many narrow boats were moored at it’s edges.

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We enjoyed a remarkable dinner at Nopi in Soho. This was the most succulent Burrata with peaches and crunchy coriander seeds with a delicious dressing.

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The Regent’s Park roses still blooming in abundance, in the middle of October! This one smelled particularly fine.

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The Triton Fountain in The Regent’s Park.

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The Regent’s Park has waterways and a boating lake.

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We watched this gentleman feeding the birds. They were all eating from his hand. The grey goose to the right of him was looking at him so lovingly, and patiently waiting his or her turn for a handful of seed.

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Sunset over the Thames, viewed from the bridge on Narrow Street, district of Limehouse, East London.

DetailChippingAs I sit in our next beautiful cottage, listening to the river just outside our door and the rain, I am thinking back to the wonderful seven days we spent in Chipping Campden. There were so many lovely details within the architecture in this picturesque town – I could post at least 50 pictures of door knockers alone!

Chipping Campden has existed since the late 12th century, but the current look of the village dates from the late 17th century when many of the wood-frame buildings were re-fronted in the honey-coloured limestone found in this part of the Cotswolds. Here are a few of the details I found most charming:

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The late summer morning light was so lovely the other day, I was inspired to take these shots of some of our heritage architecture.

The Janion Hotel, 1891, has been derelict for decades and is now being converted into micro loft condos; Victoria BC Canada.

The Janion Hotel, 1891, has been derelict for decades and is now being converted into micro loft condos; Victoria BC Canada.

Customs House, circa 1875; Victoria BC Canada.

Customs House, circa 1875; Victoria BC Canada.

The Parliament Buildings, home to the BC legislative assembly, was designed by Francis Rattenbury in 1893 and built between 1893–1898; Victoria BC Canada.

The Parliament Buildings, home to the BC legislative assembly, was designed by Francis Rattenbury in 1893 and built between 1893–1898; Victoria BC Canada.

Detail of the Steamship Terminal building, designed by Francis Rattenbury and built in 1924; Victoria BC Canada.

Detail of the CPR Steamship Terminal building, built 1924, was also designed by Francis Rattenbury; Victoria BC Canada.

Beginnings of autumn colour at The Gatsby Mansion, built originally as a home for the Pendray family, circa 1890; Victoria BC Canada.

Beginnings of autumn colour at The Gatsby Mansion, built originally as a home for the Pendray family, circa 1890; Victoria BC Canada.

Bank of British Columbia building, 1862; Victoria BC Canada.

Bank of British Columbia building, 1862; Victoria BC Canada.

Miscellaneous shots from our last full day in Quebec City. It was yet another splendid day!

Lost track of the Church names. Let’s just call it “Impressive Church No.23.”

More random architecture.

Statues and monuments.

Church detail and bird sanctuary from the cold.

Turrets on an apartment building!

The “art” shot.

GJ the tourist.

The Châteaux Frontenac.

Rooftop view from the Dufferin Boardwalk.

Stunning views everywhere!

Looking out from near the Champlain Monument towards rue-Fort.

Monument near the Chateaux Frontenac.

More beautiful architecture.

One more last view of the skating rink.

This shop in Vieux-Québec had the most exquisite collection of glass shade lamps. I think they were Turkish.