A Few Good Things

"Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." – Ibn Battuta

A Few Good Things

Peace @ Hyde Park

Thanks to my company I am fortunate to be able to visit London frequently. Again I am lucky to be able to stay in the heart of Central London off Oxford or Regent Street. However short, a trip to London is not complete without a walk @ Hyde Park. Many a  time I miss it because its too cold or its raining. But today was the perfect weather.

a walk @ Hyde park

Thanks to the jet lag I was up early and left the historic Courthouse Double-Tree at Marlborough Street at 5 AM and was at Hyde Park by 5.15  AM.

a walk @ Hydepark

I walked briskly in the cold breeze … Hardly a sign of humanity. But I had nice companions –  a few magpies, squirrels, and a woodpecker chipping away at some massive Oak. The sound of leaves rustling as the willows and oaks gently swayed. The sound of peace & solitude.

 Hyde park

The narrow roads beckoned as they led you from one mystery patch to another – everywhere it was neat and clean. (Not a sign of trash or plastic bottles). And as the sun casts its warm rays  a few more early morning walkers appear.

The narrow roads

And then the lovely water body emerges in front of you.  and the first rays glisten on the water as the ducks swim by.

ducks

I pay my respect to the wonderful city of London and the beautiful Hyde Park and complete my 50 “Surya Namaskars” in record time.

Hyde parkA plane flies by – with its engines shut gliding down slowly – respecting the peace & quiet of the neighborhood. I remove my shoes and walk on the grass. It tingles my soles and pacifies my soul. And I feel eternal bliss.

A few horses canter past and you can hear their horse shoes on the cobbled pavements.

horses

Its nearly 645 and I have spent well over 90 minutes. Its time to leave. I look for the closest exit and see that I am at Kensington Garden – having walked all the way thru Hyde Park. I step out from Queens Gate to see the majestic Royal Albert hall.

Kensington Garden

I look at my map and realize that I am a long long way from my hotel. I break into a run and as I keep jogging a few thought enter my mind.

1. Was India’s  independence a bad thing – should the brits  have stayed on !!

2. London is the perfect place to retire (If you are Rich) – its got parks, excellent public transport , free medical, language is not a problem, a Cosmopolitan city, well connected ……..

3. And as I reach my  hotel and enjoy my English breakfast , I  wish I had my family with me –  now that the kids are old enough , its time to get them to London for a nice long holiday. And maybe subtly influence my 11 year old daughter that Oxford & Cambridge may be a better choice than the colleges in US.

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2 Comments

  1. Thank you for another fantastic post. The place else may anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I am on the search for such information.

  2. Sai Babu

    Thanks a lot for making us also to walk through Hyde Park as well as Kensington Garden. I am sure I would have missed some of these experiences if I walk alone. It is important to have known neighbours like me when you decide to settle down in London.

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