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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!

Tower Bridge – My favorite Bridge In The World!

Tower Bridge – my favorite bridge in the whole wide world!   It is also my favorite destination spot in London – the place I must go to whenever I go to London.  I don’t know what it is about this bridge, but it has won my heart over and I gladly go visit it every time I go to London.  Day Two of our July, 2014 visit had us visit the Ritz Hotel, walk through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, then walk over Westminster, and then we caught the tube to the Tower Hill Underground Station, which is where we exited to the Tower Bridge and Tower Of London area.

This is the welcoming scene.

Tower Bridge area #1

Tower Bridge area #1

Now, throughout this post, I am not going to write much at all and have labeled all my pictures in this post with numbers.  That way, when I want to put them on Pinterest, I will know which ones I have already pinned.

Tower Bridge #2

Tower Bridge #2

Tower Bridge #3

Tower Bridge #3

 

Tower Bridge #4

Tower Bridge #4

 

Tower Bridge #5

Tower Bridge #5

Tower Bridge #6

Tower Bridge #6

Tower Bridge #7

Tower Bridge #7

The Shard as seen from Tower Bridge area #8

The Shard as seen from Tower Bridge area #8

 

Tower Bridge #9

Tower Bridge #9

Tower Bridge #10

Tower Bridge #10

Tower Bridge #11

Tower Bridge #11

Tower Bridge #12

Tower Bridge #12

Tower Bridge #13

Tower Bridge #13

Tower Bridge #14

Tower Bridge #14

 

Tower Bridge #15

Tower Bridge #15

Tower Bridge #16

Tower Bridge #16

Tower Bridge #17

Tower Bridge #17

City Hall - viewed from Tower Bridge area #18

City Hall – viewed from Tower Bridge area #18

Tower Bridge #19

Tower Bridge #19

Tower Bridge #20

Tower Bridge #20

I really wanted fish & chips, but would end up waiting until I got to northern England, where I had them twice!  Oh, was I in heaven eating them!

Ted's Fish & Chips, Tower Hill, London #21

Ted’s Fish & Chips, Tower Hill, London #21

Millennium Pier, Tower Bridge #22

Millennium Pier, Tower Bridge #22

Tower Bridge #23

Tower Bridge #23

We packed in quite a lot on our second day in London, which was really our first full day, and later this same day we would end up eating out at China Town.  I will show you some more photos from China Town later on.  See you next time!

The Tower Of London – How I Love Thee

The Tower of London is steeped in history and in mystery – all of it extremely relevant to England, and to history lovers everywhere.  What  went on behind these walls built as early as the 11th century by William Conqueror – may be better left to the imagination.  If you would like to know more about The Tower of London and it’s history, just click here.  However, a visit to London cannot be complete without a visit to one of it’s historical landmarks, and I highly recommend a visit to the Tower of London.   Oh, how  I love thee Tower Of London, let me count the ways:

1)  I love you from this angle

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

2)  I love you with my three kids in front

The Tower Of London

The Tower Of London

3)  I love you with poppies and the significance behind the recent installation of the ceramic poppies.  By the way, they were just starting to put all the poppies into place at the Tower Of London to commemorate the British soldiers who died in World War 1.

The Tower Of London and A Sea of Remembrance

The Tower Of London and A Sea of Remembrance

4) I love you from this angle with more poppies, and people dressed in red adding to the effect

Poppies at The Tower of London

Poppies At The Tower Of London

5) I love how your historical architecture can sit side by side with the modern City Hall

The Tower of London and City HallThe Tower of London and City Hall

The Tower of London and City Hall

6) I love just capturing you with or without trees – but I think this bit of tree in the picture is quite nice!

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7) I love you because you are splendid!

Tower Of London - Oh, how I love thee!

Tower of London, oh, how I love thee!

8) I love you, and I think you know…. the red in this picture could be the blood in my heart

Tower Of London

Tower Of London

9) I love  your stylish buildings

Tower of London

Tower of London

10) I love you Tower of London – look, even the sky and grass around you look magnificent, but you shine brightly and are the star

Tower of London

Tower of London

11) I love your arches

Tower Of London

Tower Of London

12) I love your buildings – oh, I beg your pardon….I think I’ve said that before!

Tower Of London

Tower Of London

13) I love your White Tower, the oldest part of the Tower

White Tower, the oldest part of the Tower

White Tower, the oldest part of the Tower

14) I love how you put lions outside out of the Tower and to me this looks like the lions are guarding the Tower and it’s secrets

The Tower of London with lions

The Tower of London

15) I love how there are so many refreshments all around, and especially ice-cream with Flake (delicious English chocolate)

Refreshments at The Tower Of London

Refreshments at The Tower Of London

16) I love how the Tower of London blends in with the Tower Bridge in this picture – two amazing Towers!

The amazing Tower Bridge and Tower Of London

The amazing Tower Bridge and Tower Of London

17) I love how you look different in all my pictures – you are one unique amazing landmark!

Tower Of London

Tower Of London

18) I love how everyone is going to think “oh, these two pictures are the same” – but can you spot at least five differences?

The Tower Of London

The Tower Of London

 

19)  I love your history and your mystery.  So much went on between these walls, that some of it is better left unsaid.

The Tower Of London

The Tower Of London

 

20) I love to keep folks in suspense, but think I better let you in on a bit of the history incase you didn’t know it.  Here’s a picture who’s words will tell you quite a bit

Tower of London History

Tower of London History

Well, I’ve named just twenty, and I think that’s plenty.  There could be plenty more, but I think we’ll stop right there.  I hope you enjoyed my collection of pictures of the Tower of London.  Did I tell you that I love it?

My Love Of Travel – It Started In Lovely London

Life is constantly evolving, and you never know from day to day what the next day will have in store for you.   I made a post not too long ago, and just modified it now – Social Media and My Whirlwind Life, I also modified the page about me – About Luchanik Travel & Cruises.  Why?  Well, just two days ago, I finally made a decision – I no longer want to be a travel agent!

I’d now like to deviate, and focus on the place where it all started – England, and specifically lovely London!  My love of travel started right here, I have to say that one of the best places in the world is London. I can go back to London time and time again, and never be bored of seeing the same places….each time is like the first time.  I absolutely love it, and miss London a lot.

I really like going to this area of London – the Tower Bridge in the St. Katharine’s Dock area.

Tower Bridge, London, England

Tower Bridge, London, England

Tower Bridge, London, England

Tower Bridge, London, England

Tower Bridge, London, England

Tower Bridge, London, England

Tower of London

Tower Of London

I also love seeing Buckingham Palace time and time again – let’s say I have a fascination with Royalty.

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace, London, England

Buckingham Palace, London, England

I believe this picture was taken close to Buckingham Palace.

London, England

London, England

Here I am standing right in front of the spectacular monument near Buckingham Palace

London, England

London, England

London has some beautiful museums, check out the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

You can’t go to London without checking the place Princess Diana called home – Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace, London

Kensington Palace, London

Kensington Palace, London

Kensington Palace, London

Don’t miss seeing London’s fantastic parks, complete with ponds, lakes, and ducks.

Hyde Park, London

Hyde Park, London

London, England

London, England

I just loved going in the Houses of Parliament and listening to how they argue.

Houses of Parliament, London

Houses of Parliament, London

Westminster Abbey, London, England

Westminster Abbey, London, England

This picture was taken close to the Houses of Parliament

Dean's Yard, London

Dean’s Yard, London

I love Harrods of Knightsbridge, London – you just have to go in this amazing, but very expensive store.

Harrods of London, Knightsbridge, England

Harrods of London, Knightsbridge, England

This is close by to Harrods – stunning architecture in London, quite fabulous!

near to Harrods of London, England

near to Harrods of London, England

Now, one of the best photographs that I treasure is that of Princess Diana, and Dodi who were tragically killed in an accident when Diana was at her happiest.  I cried so much when Diana died, she was a childhood hero of mine, and I had even wanted to attend her wedding to Prince Charles – of course, I was not invited – so sad!  I was so happy to see a shrine dedicated to them in Harrods which at that time was owned by Dodi’s father – I’m not sure if he is still the current owner or not.

Princess Diana and Dodi at Harrods, London

Princess Diana and Dodi at Harrods, London

Harrods candy shop time and cappuccino time!  Of course, I also like to get a pot of tea when I go into Harrods, with a scone with clotted cream and jam, doesn’t that sound nice?  Oh, I crave for my English things!

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Finally, a London street scene.

Central London, England

Central London, England

I love London, it surely is one of the best places to visit, and I highly recommend it.