Today was the official start of our touring. Our morning started with a bus tour of London. Our first stop was Buckingham Palace. It was raining off and on, or drizzling with some moments without anything falling from the sky.
Queen Victoria on one side, and if you look close you can see where they broke her nose off and tried to put it back on. A little better angle from the side.
and the other sides –
The view from the statue.
And the front gate.
This is ER – for Elizabeth.
The horse carriage – and behind it out of the photo was a mail delivery. So the horse and carriage deliver the mail.
This is the mail avenue that leads to the palace.
We left the palace and headed off into the city.
I love the chimneys, though I don’t want a house that needs one.
I just had to show you some art work in front of the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square.
And the monument to Lord Nelson.
And across the square was the Admiralty Arch.
Our drive took us around Westminster, where we saw the US Embassy, though I could not get any photos as we didn’t stop. But here is one I did take from the bus –
And the millennium Bridge and the River.
Wonderful flowers everywhere –
Then on to St Paul’s Cathedral. You can’t take photos inside, so I just took some outside.
And another arch with former Kings.
Barbara and I left the tour at this point as they were heading back to the hotel, and we headed to Kensington Palace, via the tube.
Walkway to the palace.
And signs for Diana’s playground and memorial. (We didn’t make it to the memorial as the sky opened up on us as we left the Palace.) Oh well.
Boy was Victoria tiny – it was raised off the floor and the bottom of the gown would have been a foot off the ground.
What a bassinet –
Now Barbara and I decide to leave and possibly go to a couple more places I wanted to photograph, but as I said the sky opened on us, so after waiting for the hop on hop off bus, we changed and took the tube and headed back to our hotel. We were damp and tired at this point.
The back of the Tower of London.
The tower with the Tower Bridge in the background.
After a short rest at our hotel it was time to walk to the Shard for our view of the city.
and the views along the way.
And Finally – the top of the Shard.
Barbara Silver, Cathy Foss and Marta Morris.
And I attempted to try to get sunset which didn’t cooperate – clouds and also trying to shoot through glass which has water droplets on it.
Time for dinner, so off we went – and then back to the hotel. Checking out in the morning and heading off on our tour.
(Looks like I am going to be running a day behind so bear with me.)