After my usual rainy morning walk to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the sun came out by early afternoon. The weather was so nice, I couldn’t help but use it as an opportunity to explore the village and park.
Working at the Dulwich Picture Gallery gives me the unique opportunity to work just a short walk away from Dulwich Village and Dulwich Park. Last week I was prepared for another rainy London day, after my walk in the morning was nothing less than typical.
As I was in the office I noticed the sun starting to come out gradually throughout the day, and by the time I was leaving to go home, the air was crisp and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I knew I had to take advantage of this opportunity and do some exploring. I walked down College Road until I found the old college park gate and went for a look.
Apparently everyone else had the same idea as me to visit the park that day. There were little kids swerving down the paved path in the bikes available for rent, people playing tennis and basketball, and tons of dogs (Seriously. So many dogs, I was in heaven!) splashing through the puddles leftover from the morning rain while they played with one another. Down the path I saw the signs for the boating lake and decided to head that way. It was so lovely out it made me wish it was a bit warmer so I could take out one of the paddle boats and explore the lake area even more. One of my favorite things to do in while I’m at university in Boston in the summertime is to take a ride on the Swan Boats on the lake in the public garden, so the paddle boats reminded me of home a bit.
After sitting on a bench and admiring the view while eating my post-work snack I brought for myself (A banana and some crackers), I made my way around the lake, crossed over the little footbridge and walked back through the gates and headed toward the village.
Cute white houses with white fences lined the road, with the bright colors of autumn to offset them (another perk of growing up in Florida- no seasons.) made me wish I had spent more time in a place like this. One of my favorite things about London so far has been that each borough and the areas within them has a distinct look to them so different from the last.
In the village the flower shop and Gail’s Artisan Bakery caught my eye, which made me regret eating my snack. I’ve made the mental note to come back and try a few pastries, while maybe picking up some fresh flowers for my flat. I ended up having a wonderful surprise afternoon adventure, and it was definitely a nice break from the rain and clouds.