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Silvertown

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  • Day3

    Day 5 - A New Bauble for Me

    March 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    So sometimes I don't pay attention and things seem to slide right on by me. I was searching my bag for something and was handed a small suede draw sack. I thought what a great little travel pouch for my backpack. I thanked my guy and continued my search until he said, we'll there might be something in it.

    So upon further investigation there was a little something in the bag, a sparkling new bauble.....have a look. I still claim I have the "Best Guy" ever

    Big shout out to Jim "the Jeweler" Heffernan
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    Gerry West

    The bracelet Is beautiful- Bryan has great taste and you wear it well!

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  • Day3

    Day 3 - Banqueting House

    March 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    The Banqueting House is the last remaining of the Whitehall Palace.

    The renowned architect Indigo Jones began construction of Banqueting House in 1619, after which it was known to host the finest court masques, entertainments and receptions of the 17th century.

    The long cube room in the center is where the celebrated artist Peter Paul Rubens magnificent ceiling is housed. The paintings were commissioned by Charles I in 1629, to celebrate the reign of his father James I. It took four years for Rubens and an associate to produce nine paintings. The painting are huge, measuring 2m x 9m x 6m. I took these photos while laying in a bean bag chair on the floor. It was truly breath taking.
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    Gerry West

    Wow!

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  • Day3

    Day 3 - Trafalgar Square

    March 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    Trafalgar Square is a traffic intersection in central London. It's beginning was a courtyard of the Great Mews stable for Whitehall Palace. It has undergone many changes over the years to be a central gathering place for major events and celebrations.

    There is lots to see here. Enjoy the views
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    Gerry West

    Beautiful pictures!

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  • Day1

    Day 2 Getting Oriented

    March 23, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    After arriving on time to Heathrow we caught a cab to the hotel. What should have been a 30 min ride took over an hour as most of the downtown core was cordined off due to the terrorist attack at the Parliament Building yesterday.

    We reached the hotel, dropped our bags and did some strolling. Here are a few of the sites along the river near the hotel

    Not sure what the statue is, but assume it is a tribute to the blue collar dock workers of days gone by. The next two are photos of a yacht hotel moured just outside the convention center. The next one is of an old dock crane used to load and unload ships, there were several along the way. And the last two are of the London City Airport in the distance and my attempt to capture a plane in decent.
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    Day 4 - The National Gallery

    March 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    At this museum you can see the country's collection of 13th to 19th century art. The museum first opened in 1824 during the reign of King George IV. The museum was originally in the home of a Russian banker. The collection grew to a massive 2300, paintings which are now housed in a grand neo-classical building on Trafalgar Square.

    The photos below are of the amazing building architecture. The following posts are of Michelangelo representing the Renaissance artists. 17th century artists Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Rubens. More recent impressionist and post-impressionists include Van Gogh and Renoir. Other works are by da Vinci, Claude Monet and Botticelli.

    Enjoy these spectacular works of these exceptional artists. I was in awe.
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  • Day1

    Day 2 The Hotel

    March 23, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    So we booked this trip in a flash one Sunday afternoon. While I was booking the airfare Bryan was browsing hotels. Before giving me the option to review, he booked and we were in. Now, at this point in the story it's important to recall the boutique hotel we had in Vienna.

    We arrived to a lovely new Holiday Inn, with a reservation for one bed and a pull out sofa. Since the bed was going to be European cozy I asked for a room with two beds. The desk was happy to oblige with two single beds, Bryan is 6'5". So, we opted for the original reservation. Let's just say the shower looks inviting.

    The first two photos are of the lobby. The third is the closet...lol and the fourth is the shower. Number five is Bryan's bed and wait for it, wait for it, the last is mine. See what I mean about the shower.

    Note to self, no more hotel booking privileges for the boyfriend.
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  • Day2

    Day 3 - Touring the City

    March 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    After a much needed sleep today is my first day of siteseeing. On this walk we'll hit the Covent Garden Market area and the Trafalgar Square district.

    But, before I can see the sights I have to figure out the transit systems. Yes systems, there are buses, trains and the tube. I'm not feeling confident at the moment, but I'm pretty good with a map and my mother taught me to read every sign I see so here we go.

    Our first adventure, the transit systems. The photos below are of the train platforms, the tube, my first Red bus and last my preferred mode of transportation.
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  • Day2

    Day 3 - Somerset House

    March 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    The first stop is at Somerset House. This is a spectacular neo- classic building in the heart of London between the Strand and the river Thames. They host open-air films and concerts and art exhibitions of some of the modern greats.Read more

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    Day 3 - St. Martin's in the Field

    March 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    I wanted to visit this church because I like old pipe organs and I wasn't disappointed.

    This is still an active Anglican congregation with 20 different services at various times. The congregation receives over 700,000 visitors a year.

    The first church on this site, in an open field at that time, was recorded in 1222. I know your thinking oldest building right. Nope the original church was demolished in 1721, to rebuild the current building. Check out the pipe organ.
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    Day 3 - St. Paul's Church

    March 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Each time I travel I'm on a mission to find and record the oldest building I've ever been in. This definitely makes the list.

    The famous St. Paul's Church was designed by Indigo Jones and has stood since 1633, to do the math for my finance friends that's 384 years, wow. Didn't get insideRead more

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