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A London Winter Walk: Chelsea to St. Paul’s – Part 2 - Little Observationist
If you missed part one on Monday, catch up here. By the time I’d walked from Chelsea, through Pimlico, across Vauxhall Bridge and down to Westminster, I hit the South Bank crowds leaning over the river wall to take photos of Big Ben, queuing for the London Eye (which I’ve still never been on) and venturing into the Christmas market. As I walked along, a busker played music from the Titanic soundtrack. Another one was dressed as Santa. There was a group of hip hop dancers surrounded by a thick circle of onlookers. Nearby, the carousel that always reminds me of home (North Tonawanda, New York, which is called “The Home of the Carousel), spun slowly with gleeful kids riding their horses. I remembered the race to choose the coolest animal when my brother and I were kids. The market seemed somehow smaller than I remember, but it had the same smells: the bratwurst and the hog roast, the mulled wine and hot sangria, the nutella crepes and chocolate smothered waffles. There were crafts as well and this year, a small train that zips down to Hungerford Bridge along the edge of the river. I walk on and spend some …