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Dreaming of London

Tower Bridge, London

Oh, I’m homesick for England, and I’m dreaming of London

So, I’ll look at these pictures, and imagine myself there

Oh, I’m dreaming of London

And wanting to move there

A New Year makes me ponder

Ponder of yonder, and whether I should just dream

Or make that dream a goal, and put it into action.

I think you can read between these lines, that my heart aches for London

And I may have to act upon it real soon.  Hope to see you soon, London!

Real question is…..do I go back after so long away?  Will it be the right step, the right move, or will I regret it?  It’s not easy to move when you have kids to think of.  When I moved here a long time ago, it was just me, and so much easier then.  This will be the question of the year for me, shall I do it?  Time will tell!

A Bit Of London From The South Bank with St. Paul’s Cathedral And More

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas.  I’m so sad that it’s already gone by, I wish it was always Christmas – it certainly is my favorite time of the year.  If there was one place that I really wanted to be this Christmas – it was in London.  London is spectacular when lit up for the most wonderful time of the year.

Anyway, I need to share more pictures with you.  These pictures are still from my third day in London during my recent trip in July of 2014.  When we left the London Eye, we were in the South Bank area and just look at this double decker bus.  Fancy giving yogurt that name though – I am surprised!  That name, not mentioning names has quite a colorful meaning.

Snog Frozen Yogurt Bus, South Bank, London

Snog Frozen Yogurt Bus, South Bank, London

This is Charing Cross Station in the background

Charing Cross Station from the South Bank, London

Charing Cross Station from the South Bank, London

This beautiful building reminds me of a castle or palace

Beautiful Palace as seen from the South Bank, London

Beautiful Palace as seen from the South Bank, London

That’s me in the South Bank area with Big Ben behind me.  Oh, how I wish I was back there right now!

South Bank, London

South Bank of London

Spectacular London with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from the South Bank, London

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from the South Bank, London

Here’s another mini London Eye – actually it’s just a kid’s ride – some kind of swings.  It looks nice though, doesn’t it?

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Forgot what this building is called, that’s exactly why I should have written my posts as soon as I came back, but who has the time? If you know, pray do tell.

London as seen from the South Bank

London as seen from the South Bank

Well, this whole area near the South Bank, including the bus in the first picture is ever so colorful!

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Wow, doesn’t this look nice?  It might be a bit dark though.

London in the glow of sunset

London in the glow of sunset

Now, you will get treated to the same picture with the Snog Bus in sight

London in the glow of sunset

London in the glow of sunset

Me and my three kids with the River Thames behind us basking in the sunset of a London evening

Me and my kids in London

Me and my kids in London

Oh, how majestic is St. Paul’s Cathedral – this place is so special.  It’s where Princess Diana got married to Prince Charles.

St. Paul's Cathedral seen from the South Bank

St. Paul’s Cathedral seen from the South Bank

St. Paul’s again

St. Paul's Cathedral seen from the South Bank

St. Paul’s Cathedral seen from the South Bank

Either it turned dark quickly or I have been watching this man a while, or perhaps it was just my camera that is somehow curiously taking pictures with different lighting.

St. Paul's Cathedral seen from the South Bank

St. Paul’s Cathedral seen from the South Bank

Here’s St. Paul’s again basking in the glow of London as seen from the South Bank

St. Paul's Cathedral, London

St. Paul’s Cathedral seen from the South Bank

St. Paul’s yet again.  I guess you know that I like St. Paul’s?

St. Paul's Cathedral, by the River Thames

St. Paul’s Cathedral seen from the South Bank

Seems like someone else likes it too as he’s taking a picture of it or is he looking the other way?  If so, I know there’s good views that way too.

St. Paul's Cathedral seen from the South Bank

St. Paul’s Cathedral seen from the South Bank

More of the London skyline

London skyline

London skyline

London skyline

London skyline

St. Paul's Cathedral seen from the South Bank

St. Paul’s Cathedral seen from the South Bank

This is the building I showed you above, but here it is glowing in the London evening

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Now it’s glowing less, but basking in the sunset

London evening

London evening

London Eye – oh my!

London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

I’m not sure what this building is either, but just feel compelled to share with you how lovely London looks in the evening.

London in the evening

London in the evening

This picture is quite blurry, but I’ll throw it in anyhow.

Southbank, by the River Thames

Southbank, by the River Thames

Anyway, I hope you liked my evening pictures of London.  I don’t have a great camera that takes brilliant evening pictures, but still – I think they’re okay.  Have a fabulous week ahead, and Happy New Year to you all!

The South Bank, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye and More

Continuing with Day Three of my trip to London in July.  Wow, has it already been nearly two months since I came back?  How time flies?

Okay, fast rewind back to that day. We went for a walk all the way from our hotel – The Trafalgar – to the South Bank.  It was a lovely walk, it drizzled just a tiny bit at one time, and other than that it was nice and warm – perfect weather for a walk. Do you know that London is a fabulous place to take a walk?  Oh, the parks, the sightseeing, and the architecture!  This is some of what we saw as we got closer.

The London Eye – isn’t it lovely?

The London Eye

The London Eye

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament – aren’t they just magnificent?

Big Ben and Houses Of Parliament

Big Ben and Houses Of Parliament

London, isn’t it wonderful?

Big Ben

Big Ben

Okay, I won’t ask you any more questions, I’ll just let you take a look at the pictures.

Big Ben and Houses Of Parliament

Big Ben and Houses Of Parliament

The London Eye and Big Ben

The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben

The London Eye, Houses of Parliament,  and Big Ben

The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben

Houses of Parliament,  and Big Ben

Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben

I don’t know what the name of the castle or palace type building is so I’ll just call it “Beautiful Palace”

Beautiful Palace  type building on the South Bank

Beautiful Palace type building on the South Bank

Fancy a ride, you could go on this carousel or the London Eye which you might see if you look closely at the picture.

Carousel At the South Bank

Carousel At the South Bank

Fancy a walk?  London is a terrific place for taking walks.  Oh, how I would love to be taking a walk there right now!

South Bank, River Thames and Big Ben

South Bank, River Thames and Big Ben

South Bank, River Thames and Big Ben

South Bank, River Thames and Big Ben

That’s my 17 year old daughter’s beautiful hair – it looks even more spectacular with the sun shining down on it!

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Time for bubbles!

Bubbles and Big Ben

Bubbles and Big Ben

The Bubble Blower of The South Bank

The Bubble Blower of The South Bank

Have you ever seen such a big bubble or seen one as beautiful?

The Bubble Blower of The South Bank

The Bubble Blower of The South Bank

Wow!  Now, it’s really massive!  This man is good, and I think he’s magical!

The Bubble Blower of The South Bank

The Bubble Blower of The South Bank

I will always remember the Bubble Blower of the South Bank

The Bubble Blower of The South Bank

The Bubble Blower of The South Bank

So, we left the bubbles to get closer to our ultimate destination – the London Eye.

Now, we are getting closer to the London Eye

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Here we are really close, in fact – we are at the entrance of the London Eye!

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So, you’ve seen pictures of the entire wheel, you may have seen what it looks like up close – if not, this is what it’s like

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and just for you, another picture…..at a slightly different angle.

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Well, until next time…..and here’s a sneak peak at my latest video of the South Bank, the Bubble Blower and the London Eye.  Let’s just say I love London, and I hope you like the pictures, and the video.

So Much To See In The City Of Westminster!

The City of Westminster has so much to see – this is where Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace are.  Therefore, I would say this is a very important part of London.

Cromwell Green, outside Westminster Hall

Cromwell Green, outside Westminster Hall

The Oliver Cromwell Statue at Cromwell Green, outside Westminster Hall

The Oliver Cromwell Statue at Cromwell Green, outside Westminster Hall

The Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster

In this post, let’s continue with Day Three in London – July 25th, 2014.  After we saw Big Ben, we continued walking just a few feet away, and we were near St. Margaret’s Church, and Westminster Abbey.

St. Margaret's Church, next to Westminster Abbey

St. Margaret’s Church, next to Westminster Abbey

St. Margaret's Church, next to Westminster Abbey

St. Margaret’s Church, next to Westminster Abbey

St. Margaret's Church, next to Westminster Abbey

St. Margaret’s Church, next to Westminster Abbey

St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey

St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey

St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey

St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Time for a family picture

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

St. Margaret's Church

St. Margaret’s Church

Now, isn’t this lovely?

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

What about this?  I just love the architecture!

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster

The statue is that of King Richard 1, who was also known as Richard the Lionheart (known as this because of his reputation as great warrior and military leader)

Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster

Back to Westminster Abbey again

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Niki’s taking in all the history, culture and the beauty of her surroundings

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Well, wouldn’t you like to live here? I’m afraid you can’t, and it seems like this place has quite a bit of history to it, you might want to read up on it.

Old Palace Yard

Old Palace Yard

This is the only visible reminder that Old Palace Yard was once a residential street.

Old Palace Yard

Old Palace Yard

close by to Old Palace Yard and Westminster Abbey

close by to Old Palace Yard and Westminster Abbey

Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster

Palace of Westminster

King George V Statue near Westminster Abbey

King George V Statue near Westminster Abbey

Wow, the bus almost looks bigger than the Palace of Westminster!

London Bus and the Palace of Westminster

London Bus and the Palace of Westminster

This sundial is between the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey by Old Palace Yard, it features in it’s outer circle, a quote which is hard to show you here, unless I show you several pictures that I have of the different words.  So instead, I will include the quote below taken from William Shakespeare’s play, Henry VI, part III: “To carve out dials quaintly, point by point, thereby to see the minutes how they run: how many makes the hour full complete, how many hours brings about the day, how many days will finish up the year, how many years a mortal man may live.”

The Queen Elizabeth 2nd's Golden Jubilee Sundial

The Queen Elizabeth 2nd’s Golden Jubilee Sundial

Here it is closer up

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Sundial

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Sundial

There’s the sundial in the picture below wedged in between two magnificent buildings

View from Old Palace Yard

View from Old Palace Yard

This is where we came from a few hours ago, and now we are looking at it from Westminster Abbey

The view from Westminster Abbey

The view from Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Again, the magic of Big Ben being next to other buildings when seen from different angles just amazes me!  Do you think about this yourself, or do you not ponder upon it?  I really wonder whether you do or not.

Big Ben and St. Margaret's Church

Big Ben and St. Margaret’s Church

Just added these last three pictures because I love the color red, and of course you can get a lot of that in London – you don’t have to walk far to see either a red London bus or a post box, or phone booth.

City of Westminster

City of Westminster

City of Westminster

City of Westminster

City of Westminster

City of Westminster

I think I have shown you a lot of pictures now of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament (which is also known as Palace of Westminster), St. Margaret’s Church, and Westminster Abbey.  I hope you feel like you know this part of the City of Westminster a little better just by looking at my pictures.  Don’t miss visiting the City of Westminster, there’s nothing quite like it!

14 Pictures of Big Ben

Big Ben as seen from the London Eye

You think you only need one picture of Big Ben, well how about ten?  How about fourteen –  I think that’s plenty.  You know me, I love London, and I love taking pictures of it.  However, I think I love taking pictures just in general, not just of London.  However, London is a special place – the place where I once went to when I was eighteen when I didn’t know where I would stay and just showed up.  When I saw it, I was besotted – it didn’t seem like the rest of England, the England I was accustomed to – the up north England of Yorkshire, or even the few other places I had been to occasionally for weddings such as Leeds, Birmingham, Derby, Walsall or places such as Bingley, and Halifax that I had also gone to quite a bit.  London was different.  London was grand, elegant, majestic, breath-taking, and ever so different.  It was like being in another country.  I ended up staying in a bed and breakfast for a few weeks, and then rented a studio flat in Paddington.  Anyway, let’s get back to reality and to pictures and not my story of another time.  I will leave that for another time.  

Here are some Big Ben pictures, who could have known it could be next to so many different things and look different in each picture.

Here it is is, alongside the Houses Of Parliament

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with people in front of it, well that was bound to happen!  And a bus, and now that building on the left crept into the scene too.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with more of a glimpse of another building behind it (the white building).  The trees show up more in this, and the sun must have just gone behind a cloud too.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with more people, and a sightseeing bus in front of it.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with the London Eye showing up.  How did that happen?  Magic!  Well actually no, just get pictures from all different angles and you’ll get different pictures – pretty amazing!

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with the London Eye and a London Bus.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with a London Bus, as seen from Westminster Abbey

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with a sign from St. Margaret’s Church in the corner, and the London Eye and the London Bus.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with a London tree, St. Margaret’s Church sign, the London Eye and a London Bus.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is in just it’s plain grandeur, next to a spiral tower on a ceiling (not just any ceiling, mind you).

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is next to historical buildings – this part of the Palace of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament is known as Cromwell Green and if you look closely, you can see a statue of Oliver Cromwell at the bottom right).

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is is with a bit of the London Eye to the left of it

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with a very nice building to the left of it

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

I hope you enjoyed seeing the changing scenery that included the Big Ben in it.  Also, the fourteenth picture I added in right at the end as the featured image, and that was Big Ben as seen from the London Eye.  As you can see, you will get a completely different look of Big Ben from there.  Well, until next time.

Big Ben, Westminster Abbey And St. Margaret’s Church

Can you believe it is now Day Three?  I can’t.  I am already feeling sad just writing this as if I was still there.  My trip to London is half way over (almost).  I need to get out of this pessimistic mood and make the most of it!  So what to do, just go out there and see it and soak it in!

Admiralty Arch, The Mall

Admiralty Arch, The Mall

Well, hopefully, you remember that this is close-by to my hotel in Trafalgar Square, so you may have seen Admiralty Arch pictures that I have taken and posted before, but since I walked past this area quite a number of times during my stay, it is befitting to add some of what I saw on the way today to Westminster.  We are headed in the same direction as yesterday, as there is nothing wrong with repeating what you just saw yesterday.  Today is another day, and you always get a new perspective on the location on different days.

Admiralty Arch again.

Admiralty Arch, The Mall

Look what’s in the neighborhood of Trafalgar Square, here is a pub named after the great English detective!

Sherlock Holmes Pub/Restaurant

Sherlock Holmes Pub/Restaurant

Look at this great street – this was the location – well, the rear entrance of the original headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service of London.  It’s within walking distance of Trafalgar Square.

Great Scotland Yard

Great Scotland Yard

Now, we are in the Big Ben area – what a stunning looking clock and housed in such a magnificent building!

Big Ben with London Eye

Big Ben with London Eye

Wow, what beautiful architecture!

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

My daughter in front of Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Of course, I had to take a picture away from my current focus of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and St. Margaret’s Church – but this is London, and why not get a London bus?

London Bus in Westminster

London Bus in Westminster

Here is a lovely church – St. Margaret’s Church – right next to Westminster Abbey

St. Margaret's Church

St. Margaret’s Church, next to Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Big Ben and London Eye

Big Ben and London Eye

Do you like the name Houses of Parliament of Palace of Westminster?  This building is known by both names, but I think most commonly…..Houses of Parliament.  I once went in here and loved seeing Members of Parliament debating with each other – quite entertaining!

In front of Houses Of Parliament

Houses Of Parliament

Houses Of Parliament #2

Houses Of Parliament #2

Statue of George V

Statue of George V

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Houses of Parliament/Palace of Westminster

Houses of Parliament/Palace of Westminster

Such sisterly love from my two daughters.

George V Memorial

George V Memorial

George V Memorial

George V Memorial

This building was right in the vicinity.

Old Palace Road, SW1

Old Palace Road, SW1

Houses of Parliament/Palace of Westminster

Houses of Parliament/Palace of Westminster

Big Ben

Big Ben

Big Ben in the corner

Big Ben in the corner

near to Big Ben

near to Big Ben

Methodist Central Hall

Methodist Central Hall

I love Dean’s Yard – I find it so picturesque!

Dean's Yard, close by to Westminster Abbey

Dean’s Yard, close by to Westminster Abbey

 Well, I really must stop now.  Do you know I will probably have another post with more pictures of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret’s Church featured in it again?  Either you will dread it or look forward to it, I hope it will be the latter.  Well, until next time!

Left A Part Of My Heart In London

I think I left a part of my heart in London, and perhaps writing about it or posting some pictures might help my heart-ache and might help me get over London, but I don’t think so.  I have been ever so busy since I got back from the UK about three weeks ago, and have been meaning to carry on with writing about my trip and sharing pictures, but it’s been hard to do so.  I just about got over my jet-lag – that took me over a week to recover from!

Oh, I forgot to show you this picture last time of St. Martin-In-The-Fields

St. Martin In The Fields, Trafalgar Square

St. Martin In The Fields, Trafalgar Square

Where did I leave off?  I think I was only on Day Two of my five days in London.  Did you know that I then traveled up north, and spent a few more days in the UK before heading over to Turkey?  We went to an all-inclusive resort in Antalya, and I’ll be writing about that sometime soon.  Here are some more pictures of London.

Walking back from Buckingham Palace, we weren’t really sure how to get to Big Ben, and we kind of just stumbled in that direction. On our way, we saw the HM Treasury.

HM Treasury Building

HM Treasury Building

near the HM Treasury

near HM Treasury, Westminster

near HM Treasury, Westminster

I just take pictures of anything, so I decided to do it some more

The Red Lion, Parliament Street

The Red Lion, Parliament Street

London Phone Booths in Westminster

London Phone Booths in Westminster

Oh, look what I see!

Palace of Westminster/Houses of Parliament

Palace of Westminster/Houses of Parliament

So, the bus moved out of the way, and the picture is a little different

 

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

Funny how the sky seems to change

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

Westminster Station

Westminster Station

Big Ben

Big Ben

St. Margaret's Church, next to Westminster Abbey

St. Margaret’s Church, next to Westminster Abbey

Of course, I have to have one of my kids pose in front of Big Ben!

 

Big Ben

Big Ben

Oh, how I could keep taking pictures, and did!

Westminster near Houses of Parliament

Westminster near Houses of Parliament

Westminster Station

Westminster Station

Oh, and why wouldn’t you get all your kids to pose together in front of Big Ben?  Of course, you would!

Big Ben

Big Ben

Well, I have to leave off here, and I’m still not done with Day Two!  It’s not that the day was too long, it’s just that there are quite a few pictures to go with the day.  We came back to this same spot the very next day, and got more pictures, including quite a few of Westminster Abbey, not shown in this post – that’s why you have to go back to the same place  more than once at times.  Also, don’t worry about the part of my heart left in London, it’s been left there before too.  Well, until next time!