Building London

DSC_9068-001The Imperial War Museum looks a little defensive,

We spent a lovely morning touring the World War I exhibit with the charming Nick Lucas, brother of our friend Simon. We’ve met four of the five Lucas siblings, and they’re all delightful.


I just liked the look of this building: Out Patients Department.


Just an old Hydrolic Power substation that caught my eye.


We played hide-and-seek with The Gherkin on our walk from Trafalgar Square past St. Paul’s Cathedral.


I don’t know the name of this building, but it was certainly noticable as we traveled around the city. I wasn’t sure I liked it much until I saw how it caught the light at sunset.


Shakespeare’s  Globe Theater.  We didn’t have tickets, but we went into the gift shop during the show. Sat across from it and enjoyed cups of tea and coffee and people watched a bit. This is along the Queen’s Walk in Southbank.


The ruins of Winchester Palace, another of the stops along the Queen’s Walk.  It dates to the 12th Century and is probably the oldest thing we saw in London.


Walking London


I took a break in Russell Square on Wednesday afternoon.  Just a quiet little park a block or so from our hotel and another block or so from The British Museum. This is one of my favorite shots from the whole trip. Kids just having fun.

DSC_9190On Tony’s recommendation, we took a walk along the Southbank side of the Thames.  I guess there’s a Queen’s Walk, which we took parts of on different days.  Just a great series of little green spaces, pubs, etc. along the river.  This place was set up as a photo op… There are footprints where the photographer is meant to stand and the legend, “You are everyman.”


Asturian bagpipe player along the Thames. Someone else had the presence of mind to get a nice video of this guy. The music really gets started around the 1:38 mark on this video. He must be successful as the video is from 2013!  (I tossed down a pound coin, myself.)

Apparently Asturia is a region of Spain.  I like this.


I ventured down these algae covered steps in an effort to get some shots that are slightly different from the 10,000 other shots everyone undoubtedly takes around here. This was another of my favorite moments of the London visit.


I’m not much for buying souvenirs, but I do love rocks. I picked up the largest pale rock in this photo. It was going to be my favorite memento of the trip, but now I can’t find it!  Glad I took its picture in situ.


So, I’m guessing this part of the Thames is called Bankside. Just a guess. This is not enhanced. The algae just glowed in the evening sunlight.

Oh, and yes. This English/ Creative Writing major had visions of Pip and Magwich on her mind!


I am pretty sure that this is Blackfriar’s Bridge on the left and Blackfriar’s Rail Bridge on the right with abandoned bridge pillars in the center.


I could post a dozen more shots along this lovely walk, but I thiought this was particularly genius. What might have been a scary dark passage is made inviting with the addition of fairy lights to the ceiling.

DSC_9269The Tower Bridge as seen from the London Bridge. This feels like the equivalent of Paris’s Eiffel Tower.  We walked across and then took a bus home.  Thank goodness for Google maps on my cell phone, that could tell us which way to walk to find the right bus back to our neighborhood.

We put in an average of 8 miles a day in London, even though temperatures were amongst the highest ever recorded in London…around 100 F, we heard.

Stuff You Might See at The British Museum


Entering the impressive British Museum. So much to see, so little time!

DSC_9107Love these reprsentations of Bes, a diety who fiercely defended mothers and children in the 1st Century BC or AD in Egypt.

We focused on Ancient Egypt.


I was particularly on the look out for bird imagery this time around. Found a lot. As much as I missed Dodger, I could kind of relate to this. This guy has probably told his parrot to get out of the palm tree five dozen times today.

DSC_9140Darling little Badarian hippo figure.


This was maybe an inch and a half high. Such detail!

DSC_9160Cool cats.


DSC_9129Lady Layard’s necklace, made from Egyptian seals around 1869. Yeah. I would wear that.

First Stop – London

Tony London

We flew into London on a redeye, as is usual for flights from the U.S.  The car that was supposed to pick us up at the airport and take us to the hotel left without us since our plane arrived a bit late. We found our way into town and were treated to a wonderful tapas lunch by Dana’s college-era friend Tony Heald. Here he is showing me the guidebook he then loaned to us.

20150630_180755~2We walked him to work at The Haymarket Royal Theater, where he’s playing the roles of Ross and Bishop Walsham in The Elephant Man. We had tickets to see the show the next night. Antici-pation!


Love the sculptures on random buildings!


The theater is very near Trafalgar Square, so we paid our regards.


Oh, contrare!  It was just beginning as we used the Millennium Bridge, a pedestrian bridge, to cross the Thames.


The London Eye and Big Ben as seen from the middle of Millennium Bridge. We didn’t end up going on the London Eye. Lines were long and it was very hot in London the first two days we were there. Not great for standing in lines in the sun!  We were pretty tired, but this view was invigorating!

DSC_8901Our room at The Bedford Hotel had this great view across Southampton Row. Very near Russell Square and The British Museum.


We started out the next morning with coffee and tea in the room before going down for the included breakfast. Whoo hoo!  We’re here!