London Calling

August 10, 2015

La Parachute is going on holiday. Mermaids love the sea, it’s true, but the closest we’ll be getting to water is the River Thames. And if you love London like I do, there are few rivers lovelier. My mother’s flat is a skip and a hop away from the embankment, inside a mansion block that used to be a theatre in the 1800s. It’s got one of those ancient, ornate lifts, that Iole and Antimo love to ride up and down in. The views from her windows are just lovely –– old Chelsea homes surrounded by green and trees and climbing flowers. Battersea park, with it’s big peace pagoda, farm animals, tennis courts and charming old bandstand, is less than ten minutes away. Even closer than the park, is the beautiful Chelsea Physics Gardens, a secret walled garden of eclectic plants and herbs from all corners of the globe. It’s the best place for children to eat scotch eggs and cake for lunch and run around ’till their little legs turn to jelly. Maybe this time, we’ll be proper tourists and ride the river bus, too.

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