Saint Paul's in London rather resembles our capital building in the USA. This Cathedral is massive and amazingly beautiful. A few nights ago, the night baby George was born, I went out to shoot these photos and this is what I got. Enjoy.
Hello Everybody.These pictures are a bit overdue. I took them way back in the first 2 weeks of my visit but I didn't get around to editing them well until recently. Like most of the photos I put up here they aren't finished. I'm not 100% happy with my edits yet but i though i'd let you see what i have so far. Please enjoy and share to anyone you thing would like them as well.
0k ok, it has been a while since I last made a post. Now i have to remember all that is worth telling. so many things have gone on but trying to remember the interesting things to share is a bit tricky since i let time run away from me. I'll start with what i remember and that is some of the bigger more touristy type things i did and really enjoyed.
Last week I went to Highgate Cemetery. (info gathered from wiki) Highgate Cemetery is a place of burial in north London, England. It is designated Grade I on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. It is divided into two parts, named the East and West cemetery. There are approximately 170,000 people buried in around 53,000 graves at Highgate Cemetery. Highgate Cemetery is notable both for some of the people buried there as well as for its de facto status as a nature reserve. While I was there on a tour I w as told it is still an active grave so the exact number is always growing. This cemetery is crazy beautiful. Just like one you might imagine would be in a grand painting. (information again gathered from wiki) The cemetery in its original form – the northwestern wooded area – opened in 1839, as part of a plan to provide seven large, modern cemeteries, known as the "Magnificent Seven", around the outside of central London. The inner-city cemeteries, mostly the graveyards attached to individual churches, had long been unable to cope with the number of burials and were seen as a hazard to health and an undignified way to treat the dead. Maybe the cemetery's most famous resident is Karl Marx. I didn't have a chance to see his tomb but neither did i care to. i was most interested in taking photos of the more beautiful areas of the cemetery.
I also went to a wonderful area in West London. Portobello Road is lined with pastel painted homes and filled with junk shops, antiquities dealers, and a whole lot of people looking for what London's second hand shops have to offer. I bought a hand made and very high quality bowler cap. I feel very "English Gentleman" when i wear it. but in this unusual summer heat it is almost too hot to wear. The quality of antiques are great. Antique sporting memorabilia, Victorian area cameras and photo books, and a shop that sold brass compasses were my favorite sights there. If it weren't for a budget I'd of filled a truck with the stuff i saw.
This last weekend there was a party i attend which i baked a cheesecake to take. That worked out well since one of the guys also attending the party, happened to be a birthday boy that day. The party wasn't for him. It was a house warming party for Mai who moved into a new place. Over here they call grilling a BBQ. So we BBQed on top of the building. There were signs posted around saying "NO BBQing AT ANY TIME", but apart from me and one other gentleman, the attendees were all Japanese and said "oh we can't read English". It was a lie of course. The evening went well. my cheese cake was a hit i believe. No one was yelled at for BBQing, and we all had good company and some laughs. I got to meet many great people and friends who work together. Best part is, the roof top has a great view of Central London. As the sun set beams of light peeked through the clouds giving London an angelic look.
Talking about the eggs reminds me. Who reading this has ever tried to find eggs in the super market in the UK? You know what i'm talking about. For those who have never been or never looked for eggs, i couldn't find them. I had to have someone show me. I looked in the dairy section, poultry section, and even the frozen isle. Someone took me to where they were and i would have never looked. There were sitting on a shelf, non-refrigorated, next to the evaporated milk and baking things. kind of grossed me out. How long can a store egg last? Well they tasted fine and were fine, so no problem.
Also along the lines of food. There is a market near London Bridge that is pretty cool. You could buy anything under the sun fresh. fresh bread, vegies, cheese, olives, fish, beef, pork, ANYTHING. Well I was at this French cheese vendor. Two ladies were buying his cheese and wanted a receipt. He hand wrote the receipt and added his seal to it and everything. His penmanship was super. I was very impressed and the fist thing i though was "wow! i need to learn to do that!". Thank you French lady magnet for giving me a reason to work on my penmanship. haha.
There is so much to see and do and experience here. I'd love an opportunity to live here. Even the street profferers are great here. Can't really tell about it though. You'd just have to see and hear for your self.
I have to choose 12 photos to show The Metropolitan here in London. Quite difficult choosing only 12 but here are the ones I decided to go with. Please don't use photos without my permission. A desktop background is fine but anything else please contact me.
Here we go comrades! First look at some of what my camera has been putting out. I'm hopping before I leave London I will be able to shoot a sunrise or the twilight just before. Since the sun is up before the trains start running I would need to Hire a cab. I need to make sure I have everything planned out well so the cost of the cab isn't waisted. But for now I thought I would show you what I've taken so far of the Tower Bridge. I'm not finished yet but These are fun so I will share them. Enjoy and share with people you know will enjoy as well.
I am discovering a good pair of walking shoes to be accentual here in London. Good would mean arch support, heel padding, and most of all water resistant. I did bring comfortable pair of shoes with me (IE crocks) but in the past few days I have been fashion aware and haven't been wearing them, but instead the more trendy Convers Style flats. They have done murder to my feet. So I i'm in search of good new shoes. Not today though. I don't think i can bare walking too far. Also to be accentual here in the summer time are sweaters and or a jacket to protect you against the 50F heat of summer.
I've so far just been enjoying myself here and haven't bolted down yet to do any hard core photo shooting. So what have I been up to? In the day time i'm wondering around and getting a feel for where things are. I have to do it on foot for me to know where things actually are in relation to each other. On a Tube (the underground) map stops are all equal distance from each other, but in actuality some stops are crazy close. To save money I'll walk if i know it isn't too far. But also wondering around the pst few days has just helped me get an idea of direction. London isn't set up like American cities. Street blocks are not square and roads are not straight. In the evening i've been Trying London's multicultural dining. I've been to Japanese, Spanish, English, and even American restaurants so far. Lol my first day in London I found a Five Guys and couldn't resist eating the familiar. Usually after dinner I head to a pub with some people i know to meet up with more people i know or to meet new people. Last night specifically I met up with 2 Japanese businessmen in the Laser Communications business for dinner and drinks. English pubs in London aren't your average American bar. These are really popular places with all walks of life congregating there. I was too full from last nights dinner, but London is famous for Fish and Chips. Chips mind you are just normal old American French Fries.
It came up in conversation among the Japanese guys that the English like their beer room temp. Luckily i haven't yet been served a warm beer but it does sound gross. Beer tends to be cooler off the tap. But i have noticed it isn't ice cold like we enjoy it in the USA.
In the morning I'm off to a French bakery for a latte and quiche. It is a wonderful way to start off the day, and there are many other places and options so i can't imagine getting to tired of eating at these places.
Half the time for Lunch i'm so caught up in exploring and looking around in shops i forget all about lunch. I've almost been here a week and i'm sure i've lost weight already. Just from the active lifestyle. I have no way of weighing myself though.
Overall my trip is going amazing but it isn't without some problems. My allergies are as bad as ever here. Nice thing is Clarityn is Cheep cheep cheep here. A weeks worth for only £1.99. Also my feet are killing me from not wearing good enough shoes. I plan to change that ASAP though. Then today i discovered The London Underground took £11 from me. I have a card called an Oyster card which you add money too to be able to ride the tube. Last night i noticed the card said i only had £3.40 left and that didn't seem right because i just added £20. I checked my travel history digitally and sure enough, when i Topped Off it only gave me £9 instead of £20. Took it to the office and the man there was no help saying he didn't see what i was seeing and there wasn't anything they can do. Well i'm use to it i guess. no different from American service.
Today I will focus on getting things put together for visiting schools here in London. I need to choose 12 of my best photos to show them. choosing a variety of 12 photos isn't easy. In between writing this blog post i've been adding and removing photos i like. I'll be posting the 12 photos on this blog when i finally get them picked out.
Oh some more English words that i've picked out are; "Bangers" which are english sausages tasting a bit like meet loaf, "Crisps" the things we call chips, as i mentioned before "chips" good old French fries, and "busker" a street performer.