Of London and cucumbers

On my recent trip to England, we went sightseeing in London.

After meeting an old school friend, she took us to the Millennium Bridge.

“Look!” I said excitedly. “It’s the Cucumber.”

(Silly me – the building is actually known as The Gherkin.)

On our way to the bridge, we bumped into the Invisible Man.

Once over the bridge, I looked back to get a dramatic view of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

A boat ride on the Thames took us to the Embankment

And a wonderful view of the London Eye.

Tired out and happy, we made our way back home

With a pocketful of good memories.

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77 responses

  1. Beautiful capture. I love those great photos of London, beautiful colors. Greetings.

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    August 6, 2012 at 16:26

    • Sylvia Kirkwood

      What wonderful captures of London!! And what a great tour you’ve taken us on! I love the “Cucumber” and the last shot with beautiful clouds and water and a Ferris Wheel and a peek at your son!! Enjoy your week!

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      August 6, 2012 at 16:37

      • That’s my daughter in the last shot….

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        August 6, 2012 at 16:47

  2. Great shots and memories of London. It does sort of look like a cucumber.

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    August 6, 2012 at 16:52

  3. That building is both unique and hideous at the same time…I just can’t decide which it is at this time. LOL.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    August 6, 2012 at 16:59

  4. oh very cool…love the view of the wheel and across the bridge…the gerkin, lol…

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    August 6, 2012 at 17:00

  5. Don

    I would have given anything to see the faces of those around you when you said,“It’s the Cucumber.” I packed up. love it. Those images of London stir me. It’s my favourite city. Our two sons live there and we visit them every year, and what a joy it is to explore that city. We’ve been going there for the last twelve years now and every time we discover new things. You can’t exhaust London. We’re going in November again. Your images make me want to go now. So good to see them. Thank you.

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    August 6, 2012 at 17:07

  6. TexWisGirl

    ha ha. cucumber. 🙂

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    August 6, 2012 at 17:08

  7. Bob

    Well, does it reminds you of a cucumber or Gerkin; I think that I am behind you, cucumber.

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    August 6, 2012 at 17:22

  8. Fantastic places, beautiful city. I am greeting

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    August 6, 2012 at 17:31

  9. nice pictures…beautiful place!

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    August 6, 2012 at 17:56

  10. Well, you were close on the pickle building! Loved all the shots, especially the invisible man. Cool!

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    August 6, 2012 at 18:06

  11. You’ve made me want to get on a train and stay in London for a while again.

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    August 6, 2012 at 18:38

  12. Loely shoots from London, like the man without face 🙂

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    August 6, 2012 at 18:48

  13. awesome shots ~ sounds like an enjoyable trip

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    August 6, 2012 at 19:02

  14. Pat

    Lovely shots of London!

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    August 6, 2012 at 19:16

  15. Marvelous images! It’s been about 10 years since I’ve been to London. The “cucumber” would be a sight I’ve missed and think it’s one worth seeing. I’m so glad you are spending time with your family and enjoying yourself!

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    August 6, 2012 at 19:23

  16. Nice shots!!! No sign of the Olympics???

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    August 6, 2012 at 20:02

  17. London turns out to have some really gorgeous walks, doesn’t it!

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    August 6, 2012 at 20:46

  18. Al

    Great sightseeing photos. None of that stuff was there the last time I was in London!

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    August 6, 2012 at 21:59

  19. Always a treat to visit London. I lived there for eight years but still enjoy being a tourist when I go back! Hope you are enjoying watching the Olympics, and I hope you enjoyed your visit back home.

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    August 6, 2012 at 22:10

  20. Photography by Gisele Morgan

    cucumber is funnier 🙂

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    August 6, 2012 at 23:47

  21. Ha… I like the Cucumber.
    Gherkin is too German. Ha 😉

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    August 7, 2012 at 00:38

  22. Look, it’s the pickle! Lol. Too funny. 🙂 Great shots, Fiona.

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    August 7, 2012 at 01:41

  23. Yes, it does look like a cucumber!

    Did you go on the “Eye?” xxx

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    August 7, 2012 at 02:12

  24. seriously: BEST London pics ever!

    Wishing You a Sweet Week
    with Aloha from Honolulu
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    August 7, 2012 at 03:13

  25. Great pictures, I laughed at the “cucumber” story, thanks I needed that.

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    August 7, 2012 at 03:21

  26. This makes me want cotton candy and a cucumber salad. 🙂

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    August 7, 2012 at 03:44

  27. These are wonderful photographs.
    Thank you for taking us along with you.
    I LOVE the invisible man! 🙂

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    August 7, 2012 at 03:51

  28. Fantastic shots LadyFi. I especially like the view of St. Paul’s. This is my fav thing about blogging–visiting the sites of others to see the beautiful world around me.

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    August 7, 2012 at 04:58

  29. Loved the London tour! Gotta’ know, did anybody ride the London Eye? (It took me a long time to figure out why that building was called the ‘gherkin’ … it’s not a word I use every day …. (there were many times when we were there that I wasn’t sure we spoke the same language).

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    August 7, 2012 at 05:17

    • WE didn’t ride the Eye this time – my niece is scared of heights. But I definitely want to do it next time…

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      August 7, 2012 at 07:47

  30. Excellent…and I like the ‘eye’…a great symbol.

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    August 7, 2012 at 05:34

  31. lovely views and the invisible man is cool. 🙂

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    August 7, 2012 at 08:23

  32. Those are all wonderful photos!

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    August 7, 2012 at 08:24

  33. Fantastic captures. The shot of invisible man is incredible.

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    August 7, 2012 at 10:09

  34. Thanks for a fun trip to London!

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    August 7, 2012 at 11:30

  35. jcosmonewbery

    Great images of a grey city!

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    August 7, 2012 at 11:34

  36. You have magnificent images of the city.

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    August 7, 2012 at 11:36

  37. Hi there – I think that guy must have lost his head over the gold medal count!

    I love sunsets too – but I just thought I’d throw a curve ball!

    SM

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    August 7, 2012 at 12:11

  38. Thank you. I loved these and don’t believe either cucumber or gherkin are apt descriptions. The invisible man is really cool though.

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    August 7, 2012 at 13:03

  39. Great photos and a great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    August 7, 2012 at 13:11

  40. Must be wonderful to experience London first hand, it’s such an iconic city.

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    August 7, 2012 at 13:32

  41. The cucumber structure and traditional buildings stand side by side!! What an interesting city London is!! Especially I love the last photo. All of them are stunning as usual!
    keiko

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    August 7, 2012 at 15:52

  42. There has been some changes since I was last there. (Just realizing that was 40 years ago!)

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    August 7, 2012 at 15:57

  43. imac

    Beautiful shots of our London, but, did you not go on the EYE??

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    August 7, 2012 at 16:12

    • Sorry, we didn’t get to the Eye until really late and the kids were too tired. But next time, I promise!

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      August 7, 2012 at 16:13

  44. Funny, I was there just yesterday !! I went to the London Tower ! My post is about Stonehenge !

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    August 7, 2012 at 16:22

  45. such wonderful sights and images, so glad you had a good time ~

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    August 7, 2012 at 17:23

  46. What a great river and beautiful town, indeed.

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    August 7, 2012 at 17:29

  47. It was great fun to see all these marvelous photos of London, thank you so much!

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    August 7, 2012 at 17:47

  48. Lovely…so very lovely… what a wonderful artist you are with your camera and your words….
    This blog post brought another kind of England back to me… so thank you! 🙂

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    August 7, 2012 at 18:09

  49. The invisible man is so cool! Glad you had fun on your trip my husband just got back from 2 weeks in London, such a fun city 🙂

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    August 7, 2012 at 18:47

  50. Fantastic shots from London! You are SO good with your camera!
    🙂

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    August 7, 2012 at 18:56

  51. oh, gosh, I love that invisible man. Soo cool. ::)

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    August 7, 2012 at 18:56

  52. Wonderful! It would be so fun to travel about. Thanks for the tour. 🙂

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    August 7, 2012 at 19:29

  53. Love your photo’s!

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    August 7, 2012 at 20:25

  54. The London Eye is huge…it must be very impressive in person.

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    August 7, 2012 at 21:48

  55. Great photos of London. The invisible man certainly captures the eccentricity of the city.

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    August 7, 2012 at 23:15

  56. Gosh, I would so love to go to England! Great photos!!

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    August 8, 2012 at 01:29

  57. Beautiful captures of the city:)

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    August 8, 2012 at 05:42

  58. some dramatic pictures 🙂

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    August 8, 2012 at 08:39

  59. Amazing photos! The London eye and Cucumber is impressive!

    Have a nice day

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    August 8, 2012 at 09:46

  60. Thank you for sharing these!! Very cool. Love that photo of St. Paul’s!

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    August 8, 2012 at 22:13

  61. cosmos

    Where did you meet an invisible man? He looks so cool! All the shots are great as usual but I like the last one best.

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    August 9, 2012 at 02:00

  62. Great London shots!

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    August 9, 2012 at 05:31

  63. Poetic tour of a beautiful city with some amazing captures as always! 🙂


    My Yatra Diary…

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    August 9, 2012 at 09:22

  64. Because of the dynamism of your photography, the city looks spinning around you, ladyfi.

    Yoko

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    August 9, 2012 at 11:18

  65. Its my first visit on your blog, and I just want to tell you that have have beautiful pictures! They are so full of life ❤ Best regards ,Tone

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    August 10, 2012 at 00:28

  66. Terrific shots! I’d go crazy if I were in London with a camera! Thanks for stopping by.

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    August 10, 2012 at 03:09

  67. To be honest, I do not like that tower a bit, it looks obscene in my eyes. There is something phallic about it, which is not a problem really, but not suitable in architecture.;) Maybe it is just my dirty mind responsible for these associations, hehe, but it simply does not fit the surroundings at all.;) Nice photography as always though.;) Did I tell you that my husband is half English.;)) xoxo

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    August 10, 2012 at 08:36

  68. London is such a great city, you’ve captured it well Fiona..If I remember correctly you escaped just before the Olympics began didn’t you, very wise I should think. Loved the Invisible Man, way cool! I am determined to conquer my fear and ride the Eye next time I’m in London.

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    August 10, 2012 at 16:45

  69. Beautiful last shot! I am not sure I could ride The Eye looks way too tall for me. I would have called that building a Cucumber too:)

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    August 11, 2012 at 15:14

  70. JM

    Fabulous shots of a city I love so much! Great job.

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    August 11, 2012 at 17:05

  71. If you were at Millennium Bridge, you must have also stopped off at the Globe, too??!!

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    August 12, 2012 at 09:13

    • We saw it from the outside but didn’t go in this time… kids were too tired!

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      August 12, 2012 at 09:44

  72. I love London … and I’m sure it is even more wonderful since the last time I was there.

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    August 14, 2012 at 20:12

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