London, England

Parliament buildings

Parliament buildings

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!

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

That's real gold

That’s real gold

This is as close as you go!

This is as close as you go!

The main gates

The main gates

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!

Just in case you weren't sure what this was!!

Just in case you weren’t sure what this was!!

Tower BridgeTower BridgeTower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

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.

It's been around for over 1,000 years!!

It’s been around for over 1,000 years!!

Home of the Crown Jewels

Home of the Crown Jewels

Tower of London

Have fun storming this castle!

Have fun storming this castle!

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.

St. Paul's dome

St. Paul’s dome

St. Paul's is big!

St. Paul’s is big!

St. Paul? (Julie's going to kill me!!)

St. Paul? (Julie’s going to kill me!!)

The back of St. Paul's

The back of St. Paul’s

The top of St. Paul's dome

The top of St. Paul’s dome

Just for fun, I’ve included some random pictures of London.

There has to be a story to this!

There has to be a story to this!

Just a statue

Just a statue

The Thames from Tower Bridge

The Thames from Tower Bridge

Westminster Tube Stop

Westminster Tube Stop

It was sunny!!!

It was sunny!!!

Front of an old church

Front of an old church

The Giant Eye

The Giant Eye

I have more coming. All I need is a bit of free time to upload the pictures.

4 responses to “London, England

  1. nice pics Andy.
    Yes that was a good statue of St. Paul
    There is a nice one of him in Malta if you ever get a chance to go.
    We had a stow storm last night & schools are closed today.
    We are trying to stay warm!!!!!
    love & hugs
    Jul & Geo

  2. I should always check with you when I talk about Saints! Malta is on my list of places to see while I’m over here.

  3. ‘ello André,
    Notice how I dropped the H from the greeting? Fascinating pictures. I also stood out front of Buckingham Palace and you know I don’t have any sword marks on my shoulders (no sir, literally). Glad that, even though you are working hard, you are enjoying your adventures. Have fun, stay safe, my friend.
    John

    • It’s these little escapades that I run off to every 30 days that helps balance the work with the fun. Of course 3 weeks in Canada wouldn’t hurt either. Oh yeah, that’s my next trip! Cant’ wait.

      Try not to relax too much while having tons of fun. Pace yourself!!!

      Andre

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