Friday, June 5, 2009

Random images of London

Harrod's department store. We walked past just after closing and never did make it back.

This street entertainer proceeded to squeeze himself through a tennis racquet frame, extract himself from a strait-jacket, then ride a 9 foot high unicycle. He was very skilled at 'requesting' money.

"Feed the birds, tuppence a bag". When Laurel was in Trafalgar square about 40 years ago, it was full of pigeons. Now, thankfully, there are few and perhaps they are thinner. One sign warned of a maximum 500 pound fine for feeding the birds.  
The people who first brought Christianity to Britain were instructed to incorporate some of the pagan imagery into their religion to make the conversion more palatable. The face seen here is called a Green Man. It looks like a face in a tree trunk. The green man shows up 2 or 3 times in St. Paul's Cathedral, including here in this iron work.

McDonald's restaurants are commonplace but the golden arch symbol is always small and subtly displayed.

Byron's for a proper hamburger.

This is a small portion of the famous Rosetta stone, housed in the British Museum.  The inscription is in three languages (two shown here) which facilitated the understanding of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Strawberries are sold here indicating the variety name and the name of the grower.

We have found some items to be a bit expensive here, like this small (but delicious) ice cream  for 2 pounds sterling, about $3.75. On the other hand, we purchased an umbrella for 2 pounds 99 pence. Note the photographer was a little slow and caught me with my eyes shut.

Although it may seem like a simple thing to know where the traffic is coming from, it really isn't. Why? There are many complex intersections and one way streets. Furthermore, it is not just cars you are looking for but buses, motorcycles, and bicycles.  The sightlines are often short and the traffic speed fast. Being a pedestrian in London is perhaps the most dangerous activity.

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