The open-top bus – St Paul’s Cathedral – Princess Diana

For those who have just started following my blogs our eldest daughter, Fiona invited Doug and I to go to London in September 2013 at their expense. The party would consist of Fiona, our Son-In-Law Shane, their three daughters, Brianna, Shannen and Caitlin also Yvette our youngest daughter. It was Tuesday afternoon the 17th April 2012. Last June I promised in my blog ‘100 days’ that I would not waste a minute. I can honestly say I believe I didn’t in fact I believe none of us wasted a minute.


Shannen our camera shy resident photographer framed on top of the bus with Brianna

On day two; (Monday the 23rd Sept.) we boarded an open top bus for a short tour. After some lunch we boarded another bus at Piccadilly and stayed for the whole two hour journey around all the sights of London.


The clan in front of the monument at Piccadilly circus (circle) 

We alighted at St Paul’s Cathedral and did the full audio tour after which we went downstairs to the crypt. It was amazing; anyone who was anyone was entombed down there. It is a gigantic space. We visited the shop and had afternoon tea in the café. It was about five o’clock when we finally made our exit into the balmy afternoon sunshine.


Shane thought as it was still early we ought to take a stroll through nearby Hyde Park and then catch the Tube back to Earls Court at the other end. Good move! The afternoon sun was still warm and casting long shadows as we strolled through the gardens. It was such a beautiful ending to a busy and eventful day.


Hyde Park on a mild autumn afternoon, ‘so beautiful’

It was then we saw it!  There in front of us was a small sign which pointed to a walk. To be exact it was the Diana, Princess of Wales Walk. We decided to change track a bit and follow the path. Surprise! Surprise! We ended up at the Princess Diana Memorial fountain. With the sun still warm on our faces it was a delightful spot.  Designed to express Diana’s spirit and love of children the long circular fountain was set on gentle grassy slopes. Water is pumped from the top and flows down either side over steps, rills and curves. I’m sure if there had been any children about they would have been having a wonderful time playing in the water.


 What a wonderful end to an exceptional day. We were all so chuffed; this was not to be the only time we were in the right place at the right time. We had only set out to do the Open top bus tour and St Paul’s. We had no Idea about the walk or the fountain. Doug and I almost staggered the rest of the way to the Tube tired but so thrilled at what we’d encountered.  Once again, thank you God!






About Veronica Nowell Author

Veronica Nowell has published four books since 2008. 'a farthing cone', 'a fourpenny wafer' and 'six chocolate coated ice creams'. These have now been produced as a trilogy under the name 'ice creams'. the fourth book is titled 'rainbow icecream'.
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One Response to The open-top bus – St Paul’s Cathedral – Princess Diana

  1. Jacqui Conlon says:

    What lovely memories you have made. Blessings to you.

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