Monday, 19 July 2010

London


I had arranged to meet a friend in London several months ago and booked a cheap advanced train ticket. Unfortunately,  the meeting was cancelled at short notice but I decided to go anyway to take in some tourism that I had not seen for quite some time.


Portrait of East coast power (20 and 35 years of service respectively) or rather....... the end of the line.

In between the pillars of St Pauls
Under a Southwark railway Bridge
Even Boadicea has to pull up at the traffic lights
Marriot entrance
A ride on the ghost train.....
....to the chamber of.... horrors....
....then a birds "Eye" view from the big wheel

Time to move on to another famous location, I wonder if he has a sneaky drink of that water when no one's watching, speaking of which, there's not many toilets around here......

      .......I wonder if they would mind if I jumped over the Royal fence...........

                           ............and use the Queens bathroom !!!

St James' Park....
........where even the squirrels bow.......
.........within view of the great building.......
heading towards Downing street, a resident prepares a speech


Household cavalry.  In case of emergency, please ring doorbell.......iron and vacuum cleaner just behind the door...........

Rear guard
......speaking of which, this picture was taken from the viewing stable where there was something to vacuum clean up !!!
A goodbye kiss from London ..........for a while
All to soon, it was time to return for the train but I was recommended by a work colleague to visit the newly refurbished Eurostar terminal in St Pancras station where there was a statue in memory of the poet associated with the railways in the UK and the couple depicted above ..... a much larger scale than i had previously imagined.  It was time to buy a few snacks from the shopping mall downstairs before returning next door into Kings Cross to find my platform for the journey home !!

10 comments:

  1. you sure got around; some nice shots here

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  2. Been there last year:) So amazing city with lots of positive energy and mix of cultures...

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  3. Clever shot and caption for that Boadicea shot! :-D So what's the chamber of horrors? Please inform, cuz surely that's not Westminster Abbey. I was so in awe the first time I entered the Abbey that my jaw literally (really - literally) dropped. I'm not very emotional, but that evoked a gasp from even me.

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  4. Thanks for your comment about Boadicea. I was caught in between two walking parties trying to cross the road. The traffic lights took a long time to change and in the meantime , I spotted this photographic opportunity. The other photo is a zoomed shot of the Houses of Parliament where the House of Commons is the main room. The politicians do there business in here and it is sometimes referred to as the Chamber......so I'll let you guess why I gave it that caption !!
    Westminster Abbey is just around the corner from both of these locations.
    As a postscript for the benefit of all readers, I was looking for material that was a little different as I had visited many times before and had taken the usual standard tourist photos. This particular set somehow developed as the day progressed into a light hearted look at some aspects of London. Hope everyone finds the album pleasurable.

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  5. Yeah, if I'd thought a little longer about it, I would have realized what building that was, according to your 'clues.' I actually got in there one evening, sat in the gallery, and watched/listened to the MPs argue. FUN. I need to get back to London!

    And I also love detail shots, like the first two. Thanks for your kind words on my blog. :-)

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  6. I just love your photographs and commentary. You make the places look great and so interesting. Keep up the good work. x

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  7. you are invited to follow my blog

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  8. you are right; it's so much nicer to see the things from a different angle: we 've all seen the standard pics!

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  9. Great series of photos from London and nice to se different things and angles, like them a lot!

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