Westminster

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The Eye

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Phone Booths

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Walking in London this is something you see a lot. Here in the states, not so much. So of course, seeing these beauties when we were in London, I had to get the shot.

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The Underground

Natural History

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London Eye, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Taken May 15, 2009 with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT in London.

The Eye

The Eye, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Thought I’d randomly post a photo I took in London in May. The London Eye is a photographers dream. Interesting structure, loads of different perspectives, and it’s situated in a fantastic spot.

We’ve been home now for almost a month. I’m missing traveling this morning. Feeling nostalgic about our time in the United Kingdom. Maybe it’s time to crack open the scotch and get a little U.K. flavor running through my veins. Before work, or after? (yeah, yeah… I’ll wait, even if I don’t want to)

Phone Boxes

Phone Boxes, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

The classic red phone box.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Covent Garden, London, is known for many things. Mostly for it’s outdoor market atmosphere and trendy shops. It’s also known as the area where Mary Poppins sold flowers. Pretty cool place really. We bought a trivet from one of the vendors.

Natural Beauty

Natural Beauty, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Inside Natural History

Inside Natural History, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Stunning architecture.

The Palace

The Palace, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Karen took this photo and I love it. The palace with a signed up cab driving past.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

In front of Buckingham Palace is the Victoria Memorial.

St. James Park

St. James Park, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

St. James Park looking toward the Eye with Buckingham Palace at my back.

London Wildlife

London Wildlife, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

St. James Park, the Queen’s park, was full of all kinds of wildlife. Pigeons and squirrels were just some of them. They are obviously used to having man around.

Standing Guard

Standing Guard, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We strolled away from Trafalgar Square past Downing Street and the Prime Minister’s residence, behind gates of course, and Whitehall, where many of the working government buildings are, to where the Queen’s Royal Horse Guard is. They are horsemen. This guy, and others, were posted outside to guard it. I don’t know how long their shifts are, but this is what they do. Apparently it’s a huge honor and only the best of the best get these positions. This guy could probably kill us in one move with ninja style quickness if he wanted. They are all that good. All I have to say is… nice hat.

National Gallery at Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is an impressive place. Big. A definite hang out for locals and tourists alike. This is the National Gallery. All museums, galleries, etc. are free to the public. Pretty cool eh?

St. Martin’s In The Fields Church

Day two in London found us in Trafalgar Square with Mary and Martin looking at his church, St. Martin in the Fields church.  Doesn’t the back of Martin’s head look holy in this shot?  I think it’s because he’s in front of his church.

Two Icons of London

Two Icons of London, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Yep… had to get a photo of the red telephone boxes, this one with Big Ben behind it.

Ben And The Eye

Ben And The Eye, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We walked past Big Ben, heading toward Westminster Abbey.

Big Ben

Big Ben, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Ben is pretty big, if you ask me. It’s attached to the Palace of Westminster, also known as the houses of parliament. Lots going on right now here about all the members of parliament and their expense reports. Europeans don’t take this stuff lightly, and neither does their press. Pretty wild. Totally beautiful and impressive building. Across the Thames and down just a bit from the London Eye.

Looking Into The Eye

Looking Into The Eye, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

For all the ins and outs, whys and such check out the Millennium Wheel at Wikipedia. Kind of interesting.

The London Eye

The London Eye, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

You can’t miss this as you walk along the river. It’s massive, a tad strange, and kind of awesome. There is nothing quite like the London Eye.

Skating in London

Skating in London, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

As we walked along the River Thames we passed this very cool skate park. Massive, painted, and really cool.