& the Cotswold's
Photo Album - September
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- St. Paul Cathedral -
No direct view except from middle of the street. Streets are very
busy and traffic does not watch out for tourists taking pictures or crossing the
Thames River & Tower Bridge -
This isn't London Bridge.
That's a different bridge.
I had bad hair that day, and every day, due to the damp weather.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church & Restaurant in the
It was a strange place to eat, but later we found many places that used
their crypts for a double purpose.
- Trafalgar Square
I took the obligatory picture with a lion. We had a hard time making this
without other tourists getting in the picture.
London Pub and
our Hotel/Inn -
My first real English Fish 'n' Chips. They didn't have
air conditioning anywhere; hence, we left the window open at the hotel and were
treated to street noise all night long.
- Westminster Abby -
Beautiful Gothic architecture, but inside the church was creepy. Royalty and
the wealthy were buried in tombs, walls, and sometimes under the floor.
They said the churches would stink in olden times, hence the saying, the
Big Ben - They told us
frequently that Big Ben is
the bell inside the tower, not the clock.
- Parliament -
Everything looks like a church. They do not have the separation of church and
state that we have; Church of England, the monarchy, and the government are all
sort of blended.
Changing of the
The British love pageantry &
red! They put on a splendid show.
Buckingham Palace Gates -
People at gate
were trying to see the Changing of the Guard, which is only on even days of the
week if it doesn't rain.
- Oxford Street Scenes -
Oxford also used to be a monastery, so it looks like a church too. The monks
were the only ones with enough knowledge to teach others in the olden days.
Cobblestone Streets & Buildings at Oxford -
They threw garbage in the streets in the olden days, so the gutters were not
very safe. The buildings are soft limestone and cost a fortune to
maintain. There is always construction..
Oxford Architecture -
The wide street was
the old cattle
market. The name Ox-ford came from a shallow place in the river where cattle
could cross. The Arch is a famous Oxford landmark.
Burford Pub & Street Scene
The charming village of Burford is over a thousand years old.
Roofs are shingled with rocks which were frozen and split into sheets.
fireplaces provided the primary heat source until modern times; hence many
chimneys are seen.
Most homes are now second homes for
the wealthy who want to get out of the city Villagers can no longer afford
to live here. It rained on us here too, as usual.
Given to the first Duke of Marlboro by the Queen for defeating
the French. Still resided in by his descendants who must entertain tourists
to pay the high cost of taxes and upkeep.
- Tea & Scones at Palace Garden -
Tea is always hot tea and scones are just
very big biscuits served with jam and butter. It was hard to get a drink
with much ice anywhere.
Churchill's Grave -
They are still very fond of Winston
Churchill in England. He was born and is buried in the Cotswold's, but did
not live here during his lifetime.
Tower of London -
It is actually a fortress, which has
been a palace, prison, torture chamber, execution site and museum. As the guide
said, what kept enemies out, was also good for keeping them in. The old wall is
part of the original wall around the city and goes back to ancient times.
Tower of London -
The Crown Jewels are
kept here but no pictures
of them were allowed - no free samples either. The royals take them out and wear
them for certain occasions like the opening of Parliament or Coronations.
at Tower of London -
Beefeaters or Yeomen are a military honor guard for the Queen and also serve as
Armor & Knights in White Tower Museum go back to days of
Inside the White Tower.
Herrods' Food Rooms -
Harrods is a very posh department store,
but you can look and take pictures for free.
Street Scene in London
Herrods' is the building at the end of the street that looks like
(surprise!) a church. The theater is one of many in the city. They fill up
for the performances nearly every night, and have matinees as well.
London China Town
We stumbled on Chinatown by accident while looking for this theater.
Typical Scenes in London -
The Underground is cheap and
convenient transportation, and there are numerous double-decker busses everywhere. Phone booths are still used, but cell phones are very
popular there now.
& the Cotswold's
I will also be
writing a series of articles about my London experiences to be
published. The first article of the series has already run and is on my website now. Thanks
for looking at my pictures, or as they say in the UK, "thank you very much indeed."
Sheila Moss 2005 -