Agriculture and Victory

The Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace is quite unique. It has several sets of bronze statues around the base of the monuments, which is ordained with angels and Queen Victoria. This is the other view of the woman with a sickle and lion, representing Agriculture.  The gold statue at the top is called Victory. I wish the day we visited had been prettier, but in London, you get used to the grey skies.

This is actually a good example how HDR photography can bring out the details in the dark bronze. Normally, the statue would be all black, with a bright sky. The three images combined allows for more details throughout.

Agriculture and Victory

Sunset On the Thames

When in London, you have to ride the London Eye. It’s something all tourists do, so just buy the ticket and wait in line. You won’t regret it.

Even though it was almost 9:00 p.m., the sun was just setting as we took our turn on the London Eye.  This time of day has to be one of the best times to take a spin on the giant wheel. It’s not as easy taking pictures on the ride as you might think though. The plastic is thick and have tiny scratches outside and are not perfectly clean. For most of the day, that should not pose a problem. However, in the bright glare of the sun, they cause extra flare, making a flawless sunset hard to capture.

The bridge on the right is Hungerford Bridge, that leads up to Charing Cross Station.

 

The sun sets over the Thames in London with Hungerford Bridge leading up to Charing Cross Station. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Castle Above the Town

Windsor Castle is located, as luck would have it, in the town of Windsor, in Berkshire, England. What are the odds?

We have all seen the movies of the villages at the base of a castle. What was strange was seeing buildings, with streets and cars, sitting around this medieval castle. Maybe I was expecting horses and carriages, and street vendors with their goats and chickens. After my brain finally kicked in, I could appreciate the contrast of the old and newer. (Very few things in England truly felt new. Some buildings were just ‘newer’ than their older counterparts).

 

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The Eye Across the Thames

The London Eye stands proudly across the river Thames from the London Clock Tower and Westminster Palace. It’s a short walk between the two and it made by thousands every day. I’m not an expert on ferris wheels, but the Eye is about asd big as it gets. Each camsule holds 25 people and the ride takes 30 minutes to complete. It is totally worth the wait in line and the cost. If you go as far as London, you might as well complete the journey and enjoy the view.

There are boat tours that you can take up the Thames also. We didn’t have time for that. Maybe next time.

The London Eye stands proudly across the Thames from the London Clock Tower and Westminster Palace. It's a short walk between the two and it made by thousands daily.  Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

A Corner in London

Everyone remembers their first time. I remember my first time to see the great  Elizabeth Tower too. It was a dreary, cloudy day, typical for London I’m told. We came up from the tube (subway) and looked up to see the tower, contrasting against House, just across the street. The old and new designs made for a striking difference. This is typical of London. You can have a block of buildings with designs that might vary a hundred years apart.

Portcullis House is an office building that opened in 2001 to provide offices for 213 Members of Parliament and their staff, supplementing the limited space in the Palace of Westminster.

The view of the Elizabeth Tower across from Portcullis House is a contrast of old vs. new. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square

Now that I’ve been to London, I want to go back all the more. We were able to see a lot of sites, but there were so many we only glanced at. One example is the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. We walked to the Square, but did not have the opportunity to visit this famous art museum. There is simply so much to see and unless you have a few weeks, it is almost impossible to see everything you want.

Maybe I have a distant cousin in London that could put me up for a few weeks?

 

While in London, we were able to see many sites, but there were so many others we only glanced at. One example is the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. We walked to the Square, but did not have the opportunity to visit this famous art museum. There is simply so much to see and unless you have a few weeks, it is almost impossible to see everything you want. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Chinatown, London

Walking around London is a fun experience. Not knowing what to expect, I was surprised to see the large entryway to Chinatown on Gerrard Street. It reminded me instantly of Washington D.C.’s Friendship Arch

The name Chinatown has been used at different times to describe different places in London. The present Chinatown is part of the Soho area of the City of Westminster, occupying the area in and around Gerrard Street. It contains a number of Chinese restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, souvenir shops, and other Chinese-run businesses. Wikipedia

 

Walking around London is a fun experience. Not knowing what to expect, I was surprised to see the large entryway to Chinatown on Gerrard Street. It reminded me instantly of Washington D.C.'s Friendship Arch. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.