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Old 05-25-2016   #1 (permalink)
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The future is now. So is the past. London 2016.

As I said in my first attempt to write this, I was seriously jet lagged and sick from a terrible cold I caught on the plane home when I got back from London. This is the only explanation I can offer for why the original trip report was so badly written and full of self indulgent nonsense. Never mind all that, here are some pictures of London and Bath taken in May 2016.

Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial from St. James's Park, London by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial from St. James's Park

The Eye from Westminster Pier by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

The London Eye from Westminster Pier

Tower Hill by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

Carol photobombing my view of Tower Hill

The Tower by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

The Tower of London

Tower Bridge from the south bank. by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

Tower Bridge from the Southbank

St. Pauls from the balcony at the Tate Modern by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

St. Paul's Cathedral from the gift shop balcony at the Tate Modern

The Queen's House and Royal Observatory, Greenwich by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

The Queen's House (former residence of Mary II, now part of the Royal Maritime Museum) with the Royal Observatory at the top of the hill in the background. In Greenwich, one of the many villages that were surrounded by and absorbed into London long ago.

Canary Wharf from Greenwich Hill by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

Canary Wharf from the top of the hill in the previous picture.

Our Ladye Star of the Sea, Greenwich by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

Interior of Our Ladye Star of the Sea, a picturesque little church we stumbled on in Greenwich

British Humour by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

Amusing sign at Greenwich market

Hampstead Heath Trail by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

Beautiful Hampstead Heath. A huge park in Hampstead, another of London's villages. Only a 20 minute ride on the Underground from central London.

Hillside Hamsptead Heath by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

View of the neighbouring village of Highgate from Hamsptead Heath.

Hampstead Pond by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

Hampstead village and pond. I stuck the lens of my camera through a gap in a construction fence to get this shot.

Pulteney Bridge, Bath by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

Pulteney Bridge in Bath. A ridiculously beautiful town about a 90 minute train ride from London.

Parade Gardens, Bath UK by Ken Sparks, on Flickr

A beautiful little park in Bath called the Parade Gardens, with view of Bath Abbey.

I wish I could change the stupid title I originally gave this but alas I am stuck with it.

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Here is a link to a Flickr album with the rest of the photos. It is still being added to daily so check back later if you like the photos.

https://flic.kr/s/aHskAuWSmx

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Gorgeous photography! And I love the thread title.

I so loved London. Must go back soon.

Just booked flights to Glasgow for October today. Can't wait.
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Your pictures are great!!! They make me miss London, too... I need to go back. Bath, and Windsor, and Stonehenge....all so cool.

Good times!!
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Gorgeous photography! And I love the thread title.

I so loved London. Must go back soon.

Just booked flights to Glasgow for October today. Can't wait.
Are you going to do the Jamie and Clair tour of Scotland: Spring Tours

The last time I was in Scotland was before the invention of digital photography and god knows where the old negatives are. I remember visiting the town of Fort William, which is probably a location in Outlander, it is certainly mentioned enough times, where you can board a train to Mallaig, One of the most scenic railway journeys in the world. From Mallaig you can take a ferry to the Isle of Skye which is mentioned in the theme song but which is not really "over the sea" but across a narrow channel. Edinburgh is a very nice city too, very similar to London except a lot smaller.

'Your pictures are great!!! They make me miss London, too... I need to go back. Bath, and Windsor, and Stonehenge....all so cool.

Good times!!"

Thanks Deb, you are always so gracious.

London is changing though. It is absolutely booming with new construction and economic activity. Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London will always be preserved but some of those lesser known beautiful old buildings just might be gone soon. Maybe you should go back in the near future.
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