Sunday, November 26, 2006

Big Ben

Big Ben is actually the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliment but everybody calls the clock "Big Ben." Here's the wikipedia page and here's their webcam. Here's a picture that I took from the London Eye and here's one I took closer up.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is really the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster. The images are here and here. It has been a religious site since 616. The first time we were there the Scottish scone was still under the throne. In 1996 it was returned to Scotland. Here's the wikipedia page and here's their web site.

Here's my picture of some stained glass.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

London Eye

The London Eye is a huge ferris wheel (443 feet high) on the Thames just across from Parliment. I like the shadow on Windows Local Live but Google Maps shows the wheel better.

Here's a picture of Charring Cross Station that I took from the Eye. Notice Tower 42 in the distance behind it. Here's Big Ben.

Here's the wikipedia page and here's their web site. Here's their webcam.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Victoria Station, London

On our first visit to London in 1991, we arrived at Victoria Station via train from Gatwick. We took a black cab to Eaton House at 125 Ebury Street just a few blocks away. It is said that Mozart composed his first symphony here. I'm not sure about that.

I remember that when the black cab arrived at Eaton House, the owner was waiting outside. As the 5 of us piled out of the cab with our huge suitcases, he asked if it was our first visit to Europe. We replied that it was but how did he know. He said that he could tell by the size of our suitcases!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Globe Theatre, London

I know it's only a reproduction but the new Globe Theatre is still a must on your walk down the South side of the Thames. With this zoom level, you can see the audience at a performance.

Here's their web site.

This is a really interesting part of town. The Tate Modern is just to the West and the Millennium Bridge crosses the Thames slightly to the West. I seem to recall that there are a few pubs nearby also.