From Trafalgar Square to Parliament; Parliament Tower and
For many foreigners, England is full of déjà vu; visiting after India,
the defunct Empire haunts the visitor more than usual. Place names
are tribute to the faraway riches that fueled the explosive growth of
this otherwise peripheral island, and London gathers the shine of the
former colonies, official or otherwise, in red brick, buses and
mailboxes, trains and tube, and in the genteel buildings, where
commerce has its temples. Here, the West begins, and not just with
the zero coordinate of Greenwich.
London icons: phonebox, double decker bus, classic
Parks and Monuments
National Gallery with artist and phoneboxes; Trafalgar
Square, double decker with the musical we saw.
Buckingham Palace: Gate, wrought iron extravaganza;
Sausages (this is not NYC); Local limo.
Victoria and bird; Cris dwarfed by Victoria; Toni and Tourists in front of Buckingham
Buckingham Palace from Green Park side; India Golden
Jubilee Bench; Green Park.
Cris and runner at Green Park; learning to bike, Hyde Park.
Useful signs: Hyde Park (``Thieves...''), Green Park;
Big Rabbit near Oxford St.; Girl crying on mobile phone, Hyde Park.
Sunday noon at Speaker's corner (notice headgear),
complete with American speaker.
Toni and Cris at the Tower of London
Tube station; On train, propriety reigns; Some cars are indeed
Long escalators, as the tube runs deep underground; A small gap merits constant
Shopping: Oxford St and environs
Shopping capital: Selfridges, like a temple; H & H: relaxed and
formal attire for men.
Cellphoned and arranging display; Cris shopping for a suit.
Parked on Oxford St.: the sixties' British roadster, revisited.
East London: The Docklands
Canary Wharf (Docklands): Docklands Light Rail tracks;
docks; shiny corporate offices.
No driver but conductor on DLR; DLR stations views:
Millenium dome (East India); Canary Wharf buildings
Rural life in Eastern London, near Koen & Toni's,
At home with Koen: cheese and wine from
The Millennium Dome from the DLR.
Clocks in Greenwich: at Royal Observatory; at a shop
Greenwich and its parks shine in the Autumn dusk.
The Cutty Sark, forever docked in Greenwich.
Royal Navy School: Inside courtyard (looking E); from across
Thames (looking S); Framing Queen's House (S).
Inside the Navy Chapel: anchor and altar; old glass.
Greenwich Observatory: View of Queen's House and RNS;
Red, white, and blue mark excellent public
Covered market; Gamblers (horse races on TV?); Tax the
To Greenwich: Tunnel beneath the Thames; detail of its
hardware; view from the lift.
Air transport hub...
London from the plane, early morning; At Heathrow
refugees are not unexpected.
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