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March 1, 2017

London: Soho, John Snow

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John Snow Pub

John Snow Pub

“You know nothing, John Snow.” (more…)

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February 16, 2015

England: London, Battersea Power Station


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The Battersea Power Station viewed from the Thames.

An iconic part of the Thames scene is the Battersea Power Station. This Art Deco-style structure dates from the 1930’s. It is the largest brick building in Europe. With its expansive cathedral-style design and 338 ft high smokestacks, Battersea Station commands the view from the Thames. (more…)

January 2, 2015

England: London, Painted Hall and Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich


Inside the chapel

Inside the chapel

From what we’ve seen, most visitors to Greenwich scurry up the hill to see the Royal Observatory and the prime meridian. At the observatory a line constructed in the pavement marks the position of the Greenwich Meridian, the consensus line of longitude 0°. Countless pictures have been snapped of tourists straddling the prime meridian line. (more…)

December 28, 2014

England: London, the Millennium Bridge


The Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge

Crossing the Thames between the Blackfriars Railway and the Southwark Bridges is the Millennium Bridge. Opened in 2000, the Millennium Bridge creates a convenient walking route between St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern Gallery. Today it is hard to imagine this stretch of the Thames without the bridge. (more…)

December 23, 2014

London: Leadenhall Market


Inside Leadenhall Market

Inside Leadenhall Market

Occupying a covered space between the buildings in the City of London, it is easy to walk by the historic Leadenhall Market and not notice it is there. In fact, it was easy enough for us to miss it when we knew it was there. Chalk it up to a bad navigation day. With the signs pointing the direction and a map in hand, it should have been easy enough to find. (more…)

England: Dorchester-on-Thames


Sunset along the River Thames

Sunset along the River Thames

 Set back from a bend of River Thames is Dorchester-on-Thames. Settlements have existed in this spot since Neolithic times. In the 7th Century Dorchester became a religious center and in the 12th Century its abbey was founded. Today Dorchester’s abbey is the primary attraction of this small, quiet town. (more…)

December 17, 2014

England: London Street Art

Filed under: Europe, London, Photography, Street Art, Travel, Travel, United Kingdom, Writing — Tags: , , , , — anotherheader @ 12:51 am

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With free entry at many of its museums, art is easy to see in London. And in London, as in many cities, art is not confined to the indoor spaces of the museums. Street art, sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not, is everywhere. Walking about searching for street art has become a habit of ours. I don’t think we will break it soon. (more…)

December 16, 2014

England: London, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel


The southern, Greenwich-side entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel

The southern, Greenwich-side entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Did you know it is possible to walk under the River Thames in London? There are two tunnels, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and the Woolrich Foot Tunnel, that pass under the Thames. These two tunnels are on the east side of London about 4 miles apart. (more…)

December 12, 2014

England: Oxford


Inside the walls at All Souls College:  All Souls has no undergraduates.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Souls_College,_Oxford

Inside the walls at All Souls College: All Souls has no undergraduates. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Souls_College,_Oxford

Hectic and urban, the city of Oxford is an ever-interesting place to visit. Though there’s more to see than the synonymous school, Oxford is first and foremost a university town. With teaching in some form going for over 900 years, Oxford lays claim to being the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is considered to be the second oldest university in continuous operation on the planet. (more…)

December 8, 2014

England: Runnymede Meadow


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Gigi plays ball at the ABA’s Magna Carta Memorial.  She doesn’t seem to appreciate the importance of the site.

Runnymede Meadow is a most unassuming historical site. This modest grassy water meadow alongside the River Thames, several miles downstream of Windsor Castle, is the location of the signing of the Magna Carta. When King John penned his name to the Magna Carta in 1215 it signified the beginning of the limitation of powers of the English monarchy and set the stage for our modern laws and government.

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