I draw near to the end of my visit to London, the city that was my home, until a few months ago, for over 16 years. I have found that I do not miss London in any way, apart from the friends I have that still inhabit its unpleasant, dirty & littered streets. I have no love for London, but I can attempt to make it somewhat more palatable to the eye by applying selective photographical documentation to this post. I have worked all but one of the days since my arrival, so have had precious little time to photograph. I managed to capture a few images, however, on that one day in the area of Battersea, around a most pleasant lunch meeting with an equally precious old friend.
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At least there were blue skies throughout the day I chose to shoot. Apart from being cold the day was bright & sunny, & afforded me a couple of hours to capture a few images for this blog post. Battersea is just south of the River Thames, & is noted for its park, dogs & cats home & power station (which is now in the process of being converted into a massive shopping complex & has left only one of its 4 original chimnies.)
Lunch in a comfy pub over a couple of beers gave me time to catch up with an old friend, & of course snap a few portraits...
After a decent feed of squash, spelt & pomegranite salad swilled down with a couple of bottles of wheat beer imported from Munich, we left the pub & headed towards Battersea Park, a 200 acre green public space established 158 years ago.
...And it was in front of the golden buddah that we parted, and I took off on the journey back to my accomodation in west London, gleaning a few images from around the banks of the Thames as I proceeded.
This trip to London has been my first since leaving 10 months ago, & my experience here has reconfirmed my decision to move to Barcelona. The two cities are very different, & the mellow ambience exuded by the Catalunyan capital much compliments my desire to live a slower paced life, with fewer demands made of me, in a less competitive environment & bathed in an almost continually warm climate.
There is a place for everyone to call home, & there is always a means of discovering where yours is.
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