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It was Michael’s day off, so we decided to do some Christmas stuff.  Our day started by taking a walk through the Mayfair section of London, including Grosvenor Square.  At one end of the square is the American Embassy, seen in the distance in the photo below.

At the other end is a memorial garden to September 11.

September 11 memorial garden in Grosvenor Square

The pavilion’s inscription says, “Grief is the price we pay for love,” quoting Queen Elizabeth soon after the attacks.

Eisenhower statue

The embassy building is not very attractive, and a new embassy is being built in a new location south of the Thames, which will be completed in 2016 or 2017.  The current building has statues of Reagan and Eisenhower just outside, and a statue of Franklin Roosevelt is in Grosvenor Square.

FDR stirring up the pigeons

Reagan statue

We walked on to Hyde Park, where an annual Christmas fair is held.  Talk about crowds!

The fair had the typical rides and games, as well as a Christmas market selling lots of kitsch, hats, and greasy food.  We still enjoyed walking around for about an hour and then wandered over to Harrod’s.  Neither of us had ever been there before, and again we ran into huge crowds.

We enjoyed some tea and scones in their tea room, but otherwise the crowds completely overwhelmed us.

More meandering, Mass at Farm Street Church in Mayfair, and a movie (We have a Pope) completed our evening.