London - Istanbul

April - June 2010

Pack. Re-pack – still overloaded. Re-configure outside Queen Eliz Close. Almost well-balanced. Mr. Brown from Number 13 sees me folding the map, lights another smoke and asks if I’m taking ‘the knowledge’. Final greasy-spoon in Church St – egg, cumberland sausage, polish-style chips etc. Inevitable large cuppa.

South through familiar streets on a perfect spring morning – cherry blossom, a gleaming '70s Ford Cortina being polished again, grandmothers on childcare duty, lamachun dough being mixed, discarded poundstretcher bags. Tower Bridge for a last look at the Thames.