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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!

Trafalgar Square to Houses Of Parliament

King Charles Street Bridge

We are still on Day Three of our Five Day Trip to London which was a three week trip in total.  Another week was spent in northern England where my family lives, and one week was spent in Antalya, Turkey (I’ll have to write a post on that at some point soon – I hope).

Today is July 25th, we had left the USA on July 22nd at around 8 pm, and arrived at London Heathrow Airport on the 23rd at around 3pm local time, which was 7 am USA Pacific Time – we were lucky to have caught a direct flight which was a total of 11 hours.  Of course, when you get to England, you kind of lose a day with traveling and then have to put the clock eight hours forward.

This post carries on from the previous one – Trafalgar Square via Whitehall to Horse Guards Parade.  We had just finished looking at the Horse Guard’s Parade grounds, and this is opposite to the Ministry of Defence.  Can you imagine that nearly all buildings in London – even if not exactly touristy, are so beautiful!  To me, they are a treasure, and are all worthy of being photographed!

The Ministry of Defence, Whitehall

The Ministry of Defence, Whitehall

Another picture in the same area.

Whitehall, outside of Horse Guards Parade

Whitehall, outside of Horse Guards Parade

This person, the Eighth Duke of Devonshire, apparently turned down the job of Prime Minister – his statue is shown in the picture below

Spencer Compton, Eighth Duke of Devonshire, outside Ministry of Defence, Whitehall

Spencer Compton, Eighth Duke of Devonshire, outside Ministry of Defence, Whitehall

Whitehall, City of Westminster

Whitehall, City of Westminster

Now, let’s not forget the women of World War Two, they had a significant part in the war too – they served, fought, and nurtured the wounded – here’s their memorial.

The Women of World War Two, Whitehall

The Women of World War Two, Whitehall

We are coming up to Downing Street, now the home of David Cameron, and when I used to live there, it was home of Margaret Thatcher.  There’s been a few other Prime Ministers in between of course.

Downing Street, SW1

Downing Street, SW1

Downing Street, SW1

Downing Street, SW1

Downing Street, SW1

Downing Street, SW1

Downing Street, SW1

Downing Street, SW1

London Eye from near Downing Street

London Eye from near Downing Street

This memorial is significant, it commemorates the end of World War 1.

The Cenotaph - the UK's primary war memorial

The Cenotaph – the UK’s primary war memorial

The Cenotaph - the UK's primary war memorial

The Cenotaph – the UK’s primary war memorial

The Cenotaph - War Memorial commemorates end of World War 1

The Cenotaph – War Memorial commemorates end of World War 1

Well, look what else I saw….King Charles Street Bridge.  The arch connects the Treasury building to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building.

King Charles Street Bridge

King Charles Street Bridge

King Charles Street Bridge

King Charles Street Bridge

King Charles Street Bridge

King Charles Street Bridge

King Charles Street Bridge

King Charles Street Bridge

Now, I’m not sure what this building is exactly….but it is on the way from King Charles Street Bridge to

Westminster, near Whitehall

Westminster, near Whitehall

Here’s a building that just looked nice, so I took a picture of it.

Richmond House, 79 Whitehall

Richmond House, 79 Whitehall

Well, a glimpse of the Houses of Parliament, and now we are getting close to where I was supposed to share more photos of – in this post.  I think I dawdle too much along the way, and get way too distracted.  Just to let you know, it is not that far from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament – I think you can make it in about twenty minutes if you walk fast.

Close by to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster

Close by to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster

Next post….I have to share more pictures of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret’s Church.