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Today I made my way back into London and returned my rental car.

This is basically my third time to London and it sure feels a lot different than the first time. Now that many sites are familiar the place seems much smaller than it did back at the beginning of May. It was sure interesting this morning as I drove closer and closer to the car rental place, as I was driving through the same neighbourhood where I first arrived by subway back in May. Back then it was somewhat overwhelming just walking in the strange new city and yet today it was no big deal driving a right hand drive car through the same area.

After checking into my hotel I decided it was time for some walking because I haven't done too much of that for a while. One of the places I've always wanted to visit in London is Hyde park. It's central London's largest, spanning about 360 acres, and it seamlessly joins Kensington Garden which is of a similar size, making for a great place to go for a nice long walk.

Here's some photos from my walk.

A great place for a double espresso.

Some interesting chairs.

One of a few private lodges in Hyde park.

The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens.

Down in the south west corner of the Kensington Gardens there were quite a few squirrels and they've obviously been around humans for too long. They'll walk right up to you expecting to get some food. I didn't have any to give them but an old fellow nearby showed my how it's done.

In the same area one of the paths was lined with a variety of flowers.

Another private lodge.

This is Roosevelt and Churchill over on Bond Street half way between Hyde park and Piccadilly Circus.

A huge statue in front of the Royal Academy of Arts which I'm sure will generate some controversy.