London was lovely. There's no other way of putting it! We enjoyed the crowds the sights and most definitely the food in Bella Italia :D I survived the Tube despite my fear of the escalators and we took our time to just simply be in the moment there. I think that's the best approach to London when you're a country mouse at heart, otherwise the intense busy-ness of it all has a danger of overwhelming the timid person.
In Kensington gardens is this famous monument dedicated to J.M.Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan. This is the view most often shown of the statue, but you need to get up close to appreciate the fine details of the figures that surround the base.
The artist was George Frampton and the fairies are typically Victorian with a strong influence by Arthur Rackham.
I love the intimate expression in these faces, little vignettes of captured moments.
This is the dedication plate (click on the image for a closer look). If you get the chance to visit Kensington Gardens, do look for this statue, it's far lovelier than any photo can show.
On another scale entirely is this amazing sculpture of Genghis Khan which sits between Hyde Park and the Marble Arch. I was transfixed by the power and captured energy. The artist wanted to show Genghis Khan as a thinker and not just a warrior and I think he managed to portray exactly that. Sadly, the sculpture is only in place until September, which begins today!!!
London, thank you for the inspiration, I'll be back :D
And in case you're wondering, I'm sat in bed, nursing a steaming mug of Earl Grey, a poorly dog and a kitten with a wasp stung face :(