This is the last post of the London travelog. On September 26, the day before our departure, we started packing the bags and still managed to squeeze a visit to The Science Museum. Although the “science” part was interesting and intriguing, the main appeal was to see two photography exhibits by Martin Parr and Tony Ray Jones. I am very glad to have learned about Tony Ray Jones, I had never heard of him which is my loss. Both exhibits were quite rich and presented excellent photographs. One thing that would have completed the experience was an exhibit catalog since there are very few books that present Jones’ photographs, especially what the exhibit presented. (On March 9, 2015 I received an e-mail from the individual who worked on the new Martin Parr page on Artsy. It is worth a look.)
After the Science Museum visit we stopped at Carluccio’s Restaurant/Deli across from the South Kensington station, while Ergun, Binnaz, and Jan did a bit of shopping for our dinner at home I stayed outside and took photographs. I was wondering about the statue on the other side of the road, a well-dressed man in bronze. This morning I did a bit research to find out more about the statue and the man, he turned out to be Béla Bartók, or late Robert J. Lurtsema would remind the listeners on Morning Pro Musica, Bartók Béla since that was the proper ordering of the names in Hungarian. After we returned to Phoenix House Ergun and Binnaz went in, Jan and I decided to have a last stroll around the neighborhood. Jan wanted to stop at Joe Malone around the corner, then we walked to the Sloan Square and the side streets, and returned to what had become our home in London. That evening we stayed in, had a nice dinner and watched a movie, The Tarnished Angels by Douglas Sirk, with Rock Hudson, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone. We all enjoyed the movie and headed to bed to get ready to leave London the next day.
As we decided earlier, after breakfast we decided to visit the Bibendum Restaurant to see it in daylight. The building and its decorations did not disappoint. After studying it for a while we strolled down the street to visit a neighborhood where Binnaz and Ergun stayed during one of their visits, you will see them in front of the flat among the photographs. We went by interesting stores, window displays, pubs, etc. and then got in a taxi to head back.After taking a few more photographs in front of Phoenix House we went upstairs and closed the suitcase. We were ready to leave London.
Ergun had made arrangements for a car to pick us up at 12:15 PM to go to Heathrow, and the driver was ready on time. A very nice Mercedes sedan with a professionally dressed driver were waiting for us, the staff and the driver loaded our few bags and we bid our fond farewell to Binnaz, Ergun, and London and headed to the airport. After a nice ride we were at the airport and quickly checked in and we were in the mood for returning home after very enjoyable 10 days on London.
Thank you from both of us Ergun and Binnaz, we had a great time.