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London Pictures – 3 August 2007 (Part One)

Friday 3 August last year was my free day in London. After a good breakfast at the Travelodge, I arranged to meet some friends in the general vicinity of the Tower of London. I had a couple of hours to get there, so I had a nice walk from the Covent Garden area, down Charing Cross Road (home to a lot of bookshops I’d like to get lost in one day), pausing for a takeaway espresso from Caffé Vergnano 1882 (Flash site, mutter). Great coffee and the most gloriously over the top and quite lovely coffee making machine I’ve ever seen.

That took me to Trafalgar Square, down Whitehall and past the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament, the clock tower that most people call Big Ben, even though most people also know that Big Ben is the name of the bell that chimes the hours), then along the Victoria Embankment. I was able to walk alongside the river for much of the way, but eventually there was no more footpath, so I had to go inland a bit for the last stretch.

I passed numerous landmarks, and there’s a moderate selection of pictures in this album. There will be another one later (possibly tomorrow) with pictures of what happened after I got to the Tower of London.

The British Museum (and a bit of Bloomsbury) – 4 August 2007

At the beginning of August last year, I had a trip to London for personal rather than the usual business reasons. This meant that for once, I had time to do some general touristy wandering around and picture taking rather than going from station to office to hotel to office to station. On my last day in the city, I had a few hours to spare in the morning, so after a relaxed breakfast, I wandered over to the British Museum, where I spent a few hours looking at this and that. Unlike a lot of museums, personal photography without tripods is allowed, so I was able to get some pictures of a few exhibits that caught my eye. I wasn’t taking notes, so my descriptions are on the vague side, but I’m sure you can cope with that.

Also in this set is one picture of the quite glorious St George’s Bloomsbury, a lovely baroque church designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor. It’s been fully restored, and on a sunny August morning, it was gleaming. Lovely.

Michèle and Brian visit – 8 August 2007

After a couple of days off, it’s back to the backlog! This set of pictures is from the first day of Michèle and Brian’s visit to Losing it[1] HQ. After meeting in Saltwell Park for a snack, we dropped off their bags then headed to Gateshead Quays. We had a bit of a wander around the Baltic and admired the Sage and the bridges. We then crossed the Millennium Bridge, had fun with the Blacksmith’s Needle[1], and walked up to see the Vampire Bunny.

After a meal, we wandered (there was a lot of wandering going on) back to the river, where we admired the Sage in all its illuminated glory. The pictures here show the scenery and indeed Michèle and Brian. A careful examination of one of the pictures of Michèle may reveal my presence…

[1] Michèle seemed to like the bell :laugh: