Saturday, July 2, 2011

London - St. Paul's

statue head by St Paul'sIt was really something to watch the Canada Day fireworks from above, as we flew out of Toronto last night.

So, our plane arrived at Gatwick by 9:40 am GMT, but, due to the extra long lines caused by some strike, we had to wait a full hour before reaching the Customs agent. Then, we had to get to the other terminal, find the train station, figure out and purchase tickets and then catch a train to London Bridge (because the trains are not currently running any closer - along that line - I believe because of construction). Construction is everywhere. We should have walked - above ground, even with our luggage, but we decided to take the tube, changing lines twice, which involved hauling luggage up and down stairs... and because I lack foresight when exhausted, over the turnstile which attempted to eat my suitcase. So, it was almost 1 pm by the time we made it to the hotel. However, our room wasn't ready, so we wandered a bit.

St Paul's
We're staying near St. Paul's cathedral. We got a coffee, then wandered across the river to the Tate Modern and back.

London Apothacaries Hall
St Paul's, Ludgate RdLondon BlackfriarsLondon Apothacaries Hall
London river viewLondon dragoncranes by bridge
London monkeyface
fisher/fish monger graffiti
The sign said this charity was started, a few centuries ago, by a fishmonger. If I were more awake I would provide a better explanation, but that's all I retained. Should have photographed the sign.

fisher/fish monger graffitibarge and domeThames
Today - at Tate Modern
GlobeSt Paul's from bridgeTower bridge from footbridge
Tower bridge
St Paul's
St Paul's facade
Victoria, by St Paul's

We're headed out to dinner soon. We're meeting one of RJH's friends. RJH is fighting the flu, unfortunately. I hope he's feeling better soon.

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