S: A Week in London
BC: Big Ben at Night
FC: Londontown | 2010 | Danielle's birthday retreat to the "mother country"
1: "It was a city of red brick and white stone, red buses and large black taxis, bright red mailboxes and green grassy parks and cemeteries. It was a city in which the very old and the awkwardly new jostled each other, not uncomfortably, but without respect; a city of shops and offices and restaurants and homes, of parks and churches, of ignored monuments and remarkably unpalatial palaces; a city of hundreds of districts of strange names--Crouch End, Chalk Farm, Earl's Court, Marble Arch--and oddly distinct identities; a noisy, dirty, cheerful, troubled city, which fed on tourists, needed them as it despised them, in which the average speed of transportation through the city had not increased in three hundred years, following five hundred years of fitful road-widening and unskillful compromises between the need of traffic, whether horse-drawn, or, more recently, motorized, and the needs of pedestrians; a city inhabited by and teeming with people of every color and manner and kind." ~Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
2: 2010 | Traveling across the pond | a | My reading for the long flight
3: a tea maker! | Home | Sweet | Home
4: The Blizzard | Playing in the snow at Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank of the Thames in front of the London Eye
5: Parliament and Big Ben
6: 10 Downing Street (above) and other Ministry Buildings
7: JD and I walked to Trafalgar Square which is the "center point of London." We celebrated by making an ice sculpture in the fountain. We declared it to be post-modern presentation of US/UK relations. Japanese tourists took pictures
8: Trafalgar Square
9: Nelson's Column, the Christmas tree gifted from Oslo, Norway for British help in WWII, The National Gallery, and Lions made from melted French cannon balls!
10: Street performers were readily available and equally bizarre!
11: Where red carpet events are held in London
12: We had dinner with the queen! (Well, a former queen) and walked about Covent Gardens sampling everything
13: Covent Garden and Touristy Wandering
14: British ale in an "authentic spit-and-sawdust pub" called Hole in the Wall and then a more posh bar several streets over
15: And then things got... weird.
16: Random pretty church | Life saving notices on the roads! | The London Eye | A fun shot of my hotel
17: Really, nothing can beat a birthday party with so many Elvis-es and earning the nickname "Gracel'nd Girl, so I just took it easy from there | Birthday Ice Cream and a "hangover face" | Pretty artwork next to the hotel | Taking it easy after an attempt to keep up with the British Elvi
18: The London Eye at Night
19: Nighttime was my favorite time for pictures. London looked like it belonged in a fairy tale.
20: more birthday fun
22: The Nutcracker by the English National Ballet