I did a second III. (c) random cafe to Wolverhampton Art Gallery cafe. Post including a one paragraph report with one photo of art in the cafe.
I completed challenge I. (a) and investigated an interesting thing seen from a tram window in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. Post including a one paragraph report with one photo of Key Hill Cemetery.
I did II. (a) following a tram line in Birmingham city centre. One paragraph with five photos, from Grand Central to Snow Hill.
I also did a semi-failed II. (c) Local council walk in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Full report with a dozen photos, circular walk along the River Avon.
Mostly from the tower roof: http://spiralsheep.dreamwidth.org/
Mostly inside the building: http://spiralsheep.dreamwidth.org/
Newport: A+ for flanage and would tourist again, especially if the cathedral tower was open so I could ascend and enjoy the reputedly spectacular views.
We made a potentially disastrous miscalculation and decided to go on an evening when there were Paralympics events at both the O2/North Greenwich Arena near the southern terminus of the Air Line and at the Excel Centre near the northern terminus. But it turned out to be just fine. Lots of people around and a nice buzz of excitement in the air, but no queue.
( 15 small pictures tracking the ten-minute journey over the river, with some words too. )
I highly recommend an excursion to try out the Air Line. Now that the Olympics and Paralympics are over, queues are likely to be nonexistent. You get some spectacular views for a fraction of the price of the London Eye (£3.20 with Oyster pay-as-you-go or £4.30 cash for an adult).
Below is a 5 min 25 sec YouTube video of a safety test done on the cable cars a couple of weeks ago.
A link to a Telegraph article on the Air Line opening is here.
I spent a couple of days in Chicago after Wiscon, which would have been a lot more pleasant and productive of urban strolls and photos if had I not come down with the Cold From Hell which afflicted just about everybody I know following Wiscon.
I did manage a rather slow and unambitious stroll around on one day:
I was staying near the Water Tower, which I love for its sweet incongruity amongst all the soaring hyper-modern skyscrapers.
( The Water Tower and Pumping Station )
Then I walked up the Magnificent Mile of Michigan Ave, where I thought the raised planters were not quite so amazing as last time I was there.
( Planters on the Magnificent Mile )
I had one specific errand to fulfill on my travels: going to Union Station to ascertain whether the machines would print out my train tickets if I waved a bar code at them. This turned out to be true! No problem!
From the station I walked along by the river (I'd planned on doing one of the architecture from the water boat trips but wasn't feeling up to organising or doing this):
( River and bridges )
I then walked down to 200 W. Madison to gaze upon Louise Nevelson's Dawn Shadows, with which I spent some quality time, but didn't take photos as it is in the atrium of a business building and I'm not sure how they would feel about photos.
And then managed to negotiate my way back to my hotel by public transport, which at one point involved exiting the elevated railway, going round the corner, and descending into the subway.
I did III. Doing Something Different - "Travel to or from your workplace one day using a completely different route to any you've ever used before."
To get to work, I have to cross a river, so to do something different, I decided to not cross the river, but instead to follow it.
In one of the gardens I passed was a monkey puzzle tree and then further on a building that was not exactly a castle, and then I read a sign:
"The Asgill House beech.
A perfect tree,
one of the
great trees of London.
Fagus Sylvatica Pupurea"
At some point I noticed I was between two rivers. Or maybe one was a canal. Anyway, it reminded me a bit of Oxford. I looked at the reflections of trees in the water.
I reached the Old Deer Park, and according to a sign, as I looked at a distant obelisk, I was also looking along the Meridian Line. There were two more obelisks near by.
I saw a sign pointing to Highgate Woods, which was only 25 miles from where I was.
I passed a few bridges, and when I reached Richmond Lock, the bridge seemed so pretty that I could not resist crossing it. It was green and yellow, and there were Canadian geese underneath it.
After crossing the river, I read a sign, and it told me if I continued onwards I would find a gunpowder mill. I decided against it and headed in the opposite direction. I then decided it was time to actually find my way home, and actually it wasn't too far, and soon enough I could smell the familiar tang of the gum tree, and then I was almost home.
A few more photos on Flickr: Flâneur.
Report with photos at my journal.