Still suffering from jet lag, I slept until about 7AM, got up, dawdled around, then grabbed my camera and set out for a day of walking and photography. My first trip was via the Underground to Hyde Park to see what the Winter Wonderland was all about. It was rainy and gray that morning – not at all like the late afternoon photo above.
After that, I took the Tube back to my hotel room where I warmed up with some hot tea before heading out again. The rain stopped, the sun was out, so were some clouds.
I bought something at one of the many Christmas markets and took it back to my room to eat. After that, I changed out of my day clothes, got all dressed up, and attended the midnight Christmas Eve service at Westminster Abbey. It was wonderful. Not only the service itself and the heavenly voices of the choir, but also the chance to be sitting there in such a historic piece of architecture, with the soaring vaulted ceilings, the carved stone pillars and statues, and the huge, stained-glass windows. What an experience!