Commute Chronicles - London - Battersea Park

I stayed in Pimlico on my last trip to London and was looking for a good walk to take from my hotel before work.  As always, I like to get up a bit early and do something fun when I travel for business before the workday begins.  Google Maps to the rescue!  I discovered that there was a popular coffee place and patisserie nearby and that if I was feeling ambitious, I could walk to Battersea Park. 
I just loved this orange VW bus park in front of the posh homes of Pimlico.
I set out and popped into Tachbrook Bakery and Patisserie.  It turns out that they have a coffee and croissant deal.  I was able to get a pan au chocolat (freshly baked that morning) for about 50p more than the coffee would cost on its own.  My day was already off to a most excellent start.
I hoofed it toward the Thames and discovered a lovely red-trimmed bridge that would take me across to Battersea Park.
Battersea Park is named for the iconic Battersea Power Station (a decommissioned Art Deco coal plant) that lives nearby.  The power station has featured in a number of movies and album covers over the years including the Beatles and Pink Floyd.
I crossed the river and stood at the entrance to the park.
I wound my way through the interior and caught glimpses of the namesake power station in the distance.
A lovely gazebo, sculptures, and water features added atmosphere to the park.
Skirting the path through the park along the Thames, I came upon the Peace Pagoda, an active Buddhist temple and site of contemplation.
Continuing along the path, I spotted a pastel bridge in the distance and headed for it to cross the river again and head to work.
There is a small pastel guard house on Albert Bridge.
This notice caused me to raise an eyebrow:  All troops must break step when marching over this bridge.  This must be one of those bridges that starts to undulate if you set off vibrations of certain frequencies.  I've heard about it happening in the U.S. when marching bands cross a bridge during local parades.
Crossing over, the sun projected ornate patterns onto the path.
Battersea Park was a lovely and quiet diversion before my workday began.

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