Christmas Day in London was rainy, all day long. It was quiet, more or less, as well. I walked up the street and discovered Pret A Manger was open for business (bless them) and took back coffee and breakfast to my room, where I worked on more photos
before heading out for a little walk around Trafalgar Square.
That horse skeleton above is a part of a program called the Fourth Plinth (I think, I can’t exactly remember). Every so often, a new sculpture appears on that particular spot. When I was there July 2013, it was a neon purple cockerel from France. This piece of art is titled “Gift Horse” and is a replica of a horse skeleton with an actual working neon Nasdaq-type stock ticker as the ribbon around one of the skeleton’s legs.
I was still a little sleepy from the previous night, where I actually remained awake to attend Christmas Eve Service at Westminster Abbey, then couldn’t get to sleep until around 1:30am. So after breakfast, I edited a few more photos, including this one below that I took of the building sculptures across the narrow street from my room.
After that, it was time to get ready for my traditional Christmas Lunch in the hotel. Dress up, make up, heels, jewelry, the whole nine yards.
I will readily admit that while I totally enjoy all of my solo trips (I only travel solo unless it’s with an organized photo tour), I don’t particularly enjoy eating alone. So, while the food was quite good, I felt like the odd one out as I watched other diners, either in pairs or in groups, enjoy the lunch in a holiday spirit. I was glad to return to my room, change into my walking clothes, take my camera, and spend the remainder of the day walking the meal off (which consisted of an amuse bouche, ham hocks, sea bass, turkey with the trimmings, plum pudding, a glass of Tattinger, pre-meal and a glass of chardonnay with the entree).
Still a little rainy – enough so that it made some of the lights look a little “runny”, but a lovely Christmas Day nonetheless. I was right where I wanted to be on that holiday.