Back in 1989-91, Paul and I lived in Libreville, Gabon, where he was the deputy US Ambassador and, since I wasn’t allowed to work under him according the State Department rules, I was on leave without pay (which was fine by me). Our nearest neighbors and dear friends were the British Ambassador and his wife, Mark and Lynn Goodfellow. Mark passed away years ago, but we keep in touch with Lynn. We were to meet her on Tuesday afternoon, so in the morning Eli and I did the hop-on, hop-off tour of London (which took HOURS), then met Lynn for the afternoon and evening. It was if 23 years evaporated–such fun!
And I apologize in advance for so many photos, but gosh, this is maybe five percent (or less) of the photos that I took–things to remember and design inspiration EVERYWHERE!
Some of the things I noticed: how CLEAN the air is compared to 30 years ago. Gone are the diesel-spewing lorries and busses. The vehicles have much stricter emissions, many are hybrids, and the air is actually CLEAN! No more coughing on choking exhaust. And the building–there were huge construction cranes and building and upgrading going on EVERYwhere. Alas, I had told Eli to expect people to queue up nicely, no pushing, to wait for lights and so on. At least in London that is no longer the case–it’s more like a big city anywhere. And the dress: in 1978, Americans looked American, Brits looked British, the Germans German and so on. Now, MAYBE some of the French flair will pop out at you, but otherwise from Japanese to American to British to generic European we all dress alike. Except for the Muslim women in veils, but even there is a wide range!
And our next day, the first Wednesday, was a day to remember for a lifetime….stay tuned! I’ll blog about it in two parts…..