(part of Cris's places)
Parliament Tower and double-deckers; Speaker's Corner;
Embassy row; Selfridges' on Oxford St.
For many foreigners, England is full of déjà vu; visiting after
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 everywhere; The Griffin; Tico & Julia under sign;
``Enter at your peril''.
Big Rabbit near Oxford St.; Autumn bikes; Girl crying on
From Trafalgar Square to Parliament; Nelson's Column,
National Gallery with artist; with phoneboxes;
``Chicago'' double decker.
Man sleeping inside St. Martin's-in-the-fields; Crypt
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 Palace.
Buckingham Palace from Green Park side; India Golden
Jubilee Bench; Green Park.
Cris and jogger; learning to bike; Land Rover.
Sunday noon at Speaker's corner (notice headgear),
complete with American speaker.
Heathrow: Refugees' instructions; Hyde Park: Thieves warning, Veneral
Green Park: What's where; Tower of London: Look Right.
Victoria Station: Trains and Buses.
Tube stations; On train, propriety reigns; Some cars are indeed
Long escalators, as the tube runs deep underground; A
small gap merits constant reminder.
Shopping capital: Selfridges, like a temple; H & H: relaxed and
formal attire for men.
Cellphoned and arranging display; Cris shopping for a
Parked on Oxford St.: the sixties' British roadster, revisited.
Canary Wharf (Docklands): Docklands Light Rail tracks;
docks; shiny corporate offices; Millenium Dome.
DLR stations: Canary Wharf buildings; Island Garden;
Millenium dome (East India).
From Blackwall station: Canary Wharf; No driver but conductor on
DLR; Millenium dome.
Rural life in Eastern London, near Koen & Toni's,
At home with Koen: cheese and wine from
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
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.
Trees and people enjoy the river.
Tower Bridge and Tower of London from Tower Bridge.
Parliament; St. Paul's.
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