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Crash Course London

As a step back from everything else for a moment, I thought I would share some more pictures from our recent trip to Europe - this time from London.

Oliver Cromwell and a fantastic lion.

Big Ben clock tower!

We had only a day to stay in London, so we went on a wonderful, fast-paced tour of the city center. We wrapped up the night at the National Theatre seeing Warhorse, which was spectacular.

Graciously hosted by a local friend (who nicely put up with my wanton tourism and zillions of photos), I can’t wait to go back and spend more time in this delightful city.


See? Shameless tourist.

Grand entrance to the houses of parliament. The architecture in Europe just astounds me. There is nothing like these wonders in the U.S. I love our wide open spaces, the natural majesty, I love the U.S. - but Europe has such an incredible history to it that you can't begin to compare.

Horse guard!

Awesome porcine gargoyle.

What a face!

Remembrance garden outside of Westminster Abbey.

It is all the incredible details like these that really make you appreciate the scope of the design, craftsmanship and labor that went into every thing there.

Gulls strutting around trafalgar square.

More entertaining gull sass.

Trafalgar square fountain.

Unicorns everywhere for Mbala.

Trafalgar lion. So cool!

Even the phone booths are cooler in England.

More astounding details!

I am really glad we had the chance to check out Harrods - I am not much of a shopper but I grew up hearing about the place and it did not dissapoint. What a crazy, over the top example of luxury and excess!

That is it for now - many thanks to silverfoxwolf for his fantastic hospitality - I hope that we can soon return the favor and also to visit again and spend more time. :)

Comments

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walkswithtigers
Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
So awesome! I remember you talking about going to see Warhorse so I'm glad you were able to check it out. Great photos!

I definitely approve of all the lions!
shimmerhawk
Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
Wow, I love all the gargoyles/grotesques and statues everywhere. Thanks for sharing! I think the stuff we build these days can never compare to that older architecture; it's incredible in detail and beauty.
tyrrlin
Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
Harrods is incredible, isn't it? Did you see the bronze falcon statue in the office hallway (I think on the third floor maybe)? In-freaking-credible... and only 12,000 pounds sterling!

And it's not Big Ben... it's BIIIIG FREAKIN' BEN! (see my LJ pic post from January) *grin*
silverfoxwolf
Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
It's St. Stephen's Tower, the main bell that rings the hours is Big Ben :D

Small London fact of the day, brought to you by London Transport.

Edited at 2011-02-03 06:13 pm (UTC)
mbala
Feb. 4th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
I'm amazed!
Shhh! Help us spread the confusion!
silverfoxwolf
Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, you need to spend a lot more time to be able to pace things out and see everything that you need to. You would just die for the museums that we have here :D
doc_halfmoon
Feb. 3rd, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
London is a marvelous city ... that's why I wish to live there someday! ;D Well, I hope you can get a similar impression about Milan when you'll come here in Italy for Expo 2015 (or sooner).

BTW, those horse guard uniforms looks vaguely similar to what we have in our 'Reggimento Corazzieri'. ;)
moonstalker
Feb. 5th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
I'm surprised they didn't behead Cromwell's statue after he died too. :)
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