June 25, 2016 by admin · Leave a Comment
Tower Bridge on the Thames River in London
A few days ago, I trouped around the City of London, taking in a lot of famous sights. Like bridges and buildings. It was a bit cool and cloudy but quite normal.
This is one of the Queen’s Residences…. a bit modest and dull but she has many homes.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the only thatch-roofed building left in London.
Today was a sunny Saturday so I decided to play tourist again and to take my second free walking tour of the area around Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Parliament and many more famous sites. It takes two hours of very fast walking, following a tour guide with a strawberry-red umbrella and we whisk past the exterior of all these well-known icons but it’s a wonderful way to get your bearings here and to decide whether to line up at the doors and pay admission to examine the insides.
This is London Bridge. Probably the one mentioned in the nursery rhyme fell down! This bridge is dull and could be anywhere.
Proof that this unimaginative piece of architecture really IS that fabled one. All three bridges are within view of each other.
And here’s the recently-built Millennium Bridge. It rattled when people walked upon it and took more money to fix than to build. WAKE UP LONDON! It’s the New Era!
It’s England, after all, and we’ve had gulley-washer rains recently; so I decided to take my chances today because it looked pretty dry this morning and I leave for Estonia in three days. Now or never! And I’m glad I did.
Another view of the Royal Residence…. near Buckingham Palace. Come on England, don’t be so dull!
And then there was …..The colorful crowd.
More horse guards coming on duty. The new guard…..
The Changing of The Guard in front of Buckingham Palace. And the old guard….
Blue dancing girls gathering for the big parade.
A Rainbow Angel for the Gay Pride Parade, which gathered in a happy, laughing bunch and brightened the day!
Royal Lions and Pride Parades. Lots of walking rainbows and luckily, no rain. No Brexit Worries here, the day after the historic and shocking vote to leave the European Union.
Today, there was simply celebration with Rainbow Banners… while, because of Thursday’s vote, the UK changes in unexpected ways and no one knows whether Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will stick around. Woops! A rollercoaster ride ahead, perhaps.
But, at the end of the day, what is there to do, but accept the changes as they come? So, we all took the tube home, bringing our color and our diversity and the new generation along with us.