Thursday, June 4, 2009

More Photos

The British Museum: the number 1 tourist destination in London.

A portion of an Assyrian lion hunt relief from Ninevah ~640 BC. These carvings covered the four walls of a very large room.

A small portion of the Elgin Marbles, friezes from the Parthenon (that the Greeks want returned).

School children sketching before the Neired Monument (Greece, ~390 BC.)

A temple statue from the King's Mortuary Temple (Ramses II) ~1270 BC.

Charles Dickens moved into the house to the right of the tree in 1837 with his wife Catherine and their first child, a son.  Two daughters were born here on Doughty Street, in the Bloomsbury section of London.  It was here that Dickens continued with his Pickwick Papers and wrote Oliver Twist. 

The front door to Dicken's house, with the knob in the middle.

Charles Dicken's back yard.  Too small for a game of ring-toss.

From the Stone Gallery, just below the dome of St. Paul's, after climbing 375 steps of dizzying spiral staircase.

St. Paul's Cathedral towering over surrounding buildings, taken from the Millenium walking bridge over the Thames. This is Christopher Wren's finest achievement, reaching 365 feet in the air. 

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (note the thatched roof).

Taken from underneath the 'Eye'.

London Eye, taken from Westminster Bridge. 

A street-side hookah pipe place.  I don't know what they were smoking but they looked very mellow.

At Kew, a walled garden featuring roses.  Very English!

Kew Gardens is 250 years old as the girth of the oak attests.

Monster lily pads at Kew Gardens, about one meter in diameter.

Ornate gate to Kensington Palace, where Princess Diana lived.
Our first trip on the underground - note billboard - apparently "Evening Prayer" is the name of a sports paper.

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