12th April 2019 by emmadurnford

12th April 2019

A day off from stewarding and thinking about medical procedures as it is our 16th wedding anniversary today!

Just like last year it was rather chilly and I even needed my gloves at some point. We started our day at the National Archives (after coffee and a cake) to see the ‘Cold War’ exhibition which was very interesting. We also both reregistered as ‘readers’ so that we can go back at a later date to continue Colin’s family history research. We had a brief lunch stop at the Archives before heading up town. As we walked out of the grounds I spotted this very tame heron by the front gate. I literally got within 1-2 feet of him and even then he did not fly off, merely lifted his foot up a bit.

We took the tube up to town and then London Bridge as, like this time last year, I wanted to see the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition which is held outside of the Mayors Office near Tower Bridge. It was a good year but not possible the best. One portfolio panel in particular of albino and black children in Tanzania stood out for me by photographer Marinka Masséus from the Netherlands. Apparently the children are often killed as they are viewed as evil and sometimes their body parts are used in witchcraft. How terrible that something so primitive can take place in this day and age.

We were flagging a bit so headed home before the rush hour for a cup of tea and then dinner at our local Italian - Piazza Firenze - very nice end to the day.
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