How to explain Covent Garden?

Just off of the museum zone and part of the theater district, Covent Garden's kind of a mix of high-end shopping galleria, opera/ballet/art hub, antique dealers mart, and--no way else to put it--freak show. Needless to say, supreme people-watching opportunities abound.

{This is also where Greg purchased his famous collection of Soviet money 15 years ago. He was then and is still convinced that this will be the determining factor for a lucrative retirement someday...luckily I think we do have other options as well. Like my Charles and Diana Engagement commemorative plate.}

in the plaza
looking toward the Covent Garden Market building
lots of reasons to stop and stare

inside the market
I love the color of the ironwork overhead
and the crowds leaning over to hear
the quartet
later there was a full-on opera singer

love the red railings
& even the trash bins are attractive

great shops
good to know the go-to spot for toy theatres

and the requisite pubs
{We once caught a live Punch and Judy puppet show
on the boardwalk in Brighton. So yelling at
the puppets but P&J were fairly disturbing}

James James the magician
attracted quite a crowd,
mildly abusing the onlookers
while amusing them at the same time

But I've saved the best for last. Really. Are you ready? I'm walking along and I hear a beautiful baritone voice--obviously trained for the theatre--singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." I look around, trying to find the source of the great voice and see this:

Yes, one out-of-work actor
beneath one cardboard box
with head poking up through the box
and filling a dog carrier
Feel free to leave spare coins in the dog dish

It really does take all kinds, doesn't it?

To be continued....