Travel

A Walk around London at Dusk

Just before the new year, I was able to take a walk around London as the sun set.  I enjoyed a different angle for photos of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament than my last visit or my trip in the fall of 2015.  This time I took a few (haha) photos as I explored.  Hope you enjoy them!

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I loved this view when I came out from the tube and saw the evening light on the clock face.  When I crossed the bridge, I was struck by this doorway before turning around to check out the view across the river.

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The view while walking across Westminster Bridge

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The view I’d been hoping for!

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There was no way I could wait out all the people gathered there to take photos, so I decided to appreciate their presence in this photo.  🙂

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Poor quality photo, but I like seeing the details on this lamppost.

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The Palace of Westminster

 

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Big Ben at different angles

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Christmastime with Big Ben

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The view back at Big Ben as I walked toward Westminster Abbey

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Central Hall Westminster

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Westminster Abbey

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I couldn’t get very close to this, but have appreciated this prayer on the side of Westminster Abbey since I saw it last year.

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Westminster Abbey

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Checking out where the Prime Minister lives… it seemed pretty secure.  🙂

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Walking through the Horse Guards building.


Windsor at Christmastime

On Wednesday, Mom, my sister, and I had the opportunity to tour Windsor Castle and have afternoon tea nearby before catching the train back home.

Since my trip here has proven that my super teacher immunity is no match for British germs and I’ve had a day in, I put together this blog post to give you a taste of our time there.

My mom and I took my nephews to Windsor Castle last time I was here in October 2015 (you can see photos from that visit here, here, and here), but I found this trip to be equally fun with the addition of Christmas decor and tea with my mom and sister.  I hope you enjoy these!

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Christmas crackers don’t often make it into American decor, so I enjoyed seeing these at the Windsor train station.

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I love the walk up to the Castle.

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These photos were taken during our little detour as we waited in line on side streets to buy tickets to the Castle.

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I really enjoyed all the festive decorations.  They do a lot, considering the Queen doesn’t even spend Christmas in this home!

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A close-up of St. George’s Gate and other views around the castle grounds.  We unfortunately weren’t allowed to take photos inside the state rooms.

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St. George’s Chapel

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A close-up of St. George’s Chapel with animal guards.  🙂

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The guards dress a bit differently in the wintertime.

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Then we walked across the street to afternoon tea at Clarence Brasserie and Tea Room.

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It was great getting some quality time with my sister and my mom!

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What afternoon tea is all about, really.

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We were able to go back past the castle on our way out to see the evening light on it.

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Evening light on Windsor Castle

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The Queen Victoria Statue next to Windsor.

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Unique Christmas decorations by the shops next to Windsor…

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The shops at the train station and awaiting our train back.

 


Christmastime in London at Night

I’ve been pretty pumped about this blog post, not because there’s anything special about these photos (they’re not the best quality, what with me not having a tripod with me, nor time to fix my settings for every shot), but because London is so beautiful at Christmastime!

These photos are from a couple evenings last week when I went to a show with a friend and the following day Mom and I explored Oxford and Regent Streets after we went to a pantomime at the Palladium.  I hope you enjoy this trip through part of London at Christmastime.  Apologies for any incorrect information I give about the locations of where these photos were taken…

More to come soon.  Happy New Year, everyone!

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Taking a walk around South Bank

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The London Eye and Big Ben

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Somewhere near or across from South Bank

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I couldn’t get enough of this view of Big Ben and Westminster Palace

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I wondered why there were photographers lined up on the bridge looking this way… then I realized what a great shot it was.  🙂 

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I loved taking in the beauty and shopping at the Leicester Square Christmas Market next to the cinemas where all the London movie premiers take place.

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Trafalgar Square, including the Norway Spruce gifted to England every year as a thank you for their help during World War II.

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Covent Garden knows how to be festive.

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Sights from more of Covent Garden

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Mel and I enjoyed warming up in the fancy lobby of the Savoy before we went to the show.

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West End is the place to go for shows!

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Mel and I saw the show Beautiful, an example of store windows near Regent Street, and a church at the end of Regent Street.

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Regent Street

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More of Regent Street

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Oxford Street


Along the Thames

Shocking though it may be, here’s an up-to-date blog post for you as I visit London for Christmas this year.

With a few more posts on the way, here are some photos from my visit along the Thames on Monday with my friend, Mel.  Hope you enjoy!

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Here are some sights from around the Tower of London (where they used to have real lions guarding the gates).

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The Traitor’s Gate and more from the Tower

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The Middle Tower entrance

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Shadows and the outer wall

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Walking along the riverbank by the Tower, we had a great view of Tower Bridge.

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Approaching Tower Bridge

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View of the Shard from the riverbank by the Tower of London

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Views from Tower Bridge

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View from Tower Bridge

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On the other side of the Thames River

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The Tower of London and Tower Bridge in one frame 🙂

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London Bridge City Christmas Market

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I must say that London Bridge is a bit anticlimactic compared to Tower Bridge, considering the airplay of the song about it.

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Streetlamps and the Shard

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Southwark Bridge

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It was probably the least pretty spot to catch the sunset on the Thames, but I did my best.

Coming up next… London Christmas lights.  You’re going to love it!


London: The Obligatory Photos

Hello again!

I’m trying to knock out these London posts so I can post more up-to-date photos soon.  Most of these photos need little description since they’re the shots everyone gets when in London, so here you go!

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Westminster Abbey

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Outside Westminster Abbey

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On the front of Westminster Abbey

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This is the church where I attended Bible Study Fellowship during my trip… conveniently located between Buckingham Palace and Big Ben!

 

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A great place to get fish ‘n chips!

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On a work day, I was able to visit the building where my sister’s church meets, St. Botolph’s, Aldersgate, to get photos of the beautiful sanctuary…

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Adventures in London, continued…

Good evening, all!

Some of you may have noticed I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging recently.  2015 was a rough year for me and I cut down on a few things, like blogging, to cope.  My hope is to get back on track in the next few months so I can share more of my fun travels and recent photo sessions here. I hope you enjoy!

I didn’t quite finish blogging the photos from my trip to London in October of 2015, so the next few posts will be devoted to the fun that I had in England with my mom, sister, and her family.

Here are a few more photos from Windsor Castle and then some bonus photos from around my sister’s home.  Stay tuned for Big Ben and Hampton Court Palace soon!

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The Queen Victoria statue right outside of Windsor Castle.

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Windsor Castle

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It was so fun to walk this street again with fond memories of it from our visit when I was eight-years-old.

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A shopping area outside the Windsor Castle train station.

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It’s been a few months, but I think this is the Paddington train station.  🙂

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Sundown on Farm Lane

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I loved the evening light hitting the plants outside my sister’s home.

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It was a beautiful evening for a walk with my nieces!

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Such a ham.

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Twice the fun!

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A thistle… pretty close to Scotland.

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I love evening light.

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Doors of Windsor

Hello, my long lost friends!  In an effort to be a better teacher and good friend, I’ve cut back on blog posts recently.  I do hope to wrap up sharing about my October trip and have quite a few fall family photo sessions to share with you one of these days.

I’ll start small with this little post from our visit to Windsor Castle.  I’m a big fan of doors, windows, and entryways.  So much so that I took enough pictures at Windsor Castle to warrant a blog post.

Here are some highlights from the largest occupied castle in the world!

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I’ll start with this little recreation I attempted. The top photo is from my first visit to Windsor in 1989 with my dad on the left and our family friends, the Welches. The photo below is my nephews coming through the same gate.

 

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My nephews hanging out with a Windsor Castle guard.

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