I seem to have a few free minutes, a rarity now days, so I thought I’d start putting up some of my London pictures.
I spent 5 days in Jolly Ole’ England but I was very busy with conferences and meetings. Squeezing a couple of hours here, and three hours there, I was able to see a fair bit of the incredible city. I visited Buckingham Palace and since the Queen’s Standard was flying, she was definitely home. However, she did not come to say hello. A bit miffed at that but I’m almost positive she’s over it!
The weather was cold, about 5 – 7C, so I had my coat on the whole time. No snow though…and no, I still don’t miss it. My hotel was in right in the middle of SOHO, or the West End for you theatre folk. This location was central to everywhere I needed to be and wanted to see. Unfortunately, my room was literally 7 feet by 10 feet. Honest!!! And that included the toilet and shower. The towel they provided was twice as big as the shower stall. It was very small but quaint. It had 5 stories and the open hallways look out into the backs of other old buildings. It was all very Dickens-like.
I jumped into a cab and drove off to Tower Bridge. Very special. That bridge won’t be falling down anytime soon. It’s solid as rock. Oh yeah, it’s built with rocks. Well that explains it. I didn’t get to see the bridge go up but I found out it’s operated with steam engines! If you take the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see the engines that lift it. The bridge also has two walkways found at the top and in between the two towers. They have a bit of a museum up there with some great historical photographs and you can’t beat the view of the Thames!
The Tower of London is right beside the Tower Bridge. This is where the Crown Jewels are stored. Centuries of history but, alas, I had no time to take the tour. I was told you can spend between 3 – 4 hours walking around in there. So, I had to make due with exterior photos.
I also only had enough time to walk around St. Paul’s Cathedral. It is quite the architectural wonder from the outside that I can only imagine what it looks like inside.
Just for fun, I’ve included some random pictures of London.
I have more coming. All I need is a bit of free time to upload the pictures.