My hotel in London was right opposite the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
Here’s Tower Bridge with elegant accents of blue.
It was cloudy for almost all of my visit –
But I did manage one pink morning (snapped on my mobile phone).
Parts of the old Roman wall of London
Are visible every now and then.
(I like the way the old stone is reflected in the modern glass on the left.)
One late evening saw us in Chinatown
Under red flags and a popcorn-cloud sky.
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The Shard is an iconic skyscraper in London:
95 stories high (306 metres tall), it’s made up of 11,000 glass panels,
And reflects the clouds. (It was very hot, and cloudy when I was there.)
While I was in London, I came across the Shard in unusual places –
Here it is glimpsed from an alleyway on the other side of the river.
On my last night, the sun finally burst through the cloud cover
Giving me a gorgeous view of the Thames and the Shard.
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Part of the joy of life
Is broadening our horizons, seeing new skies
And experiencing new things.
Here’s a London view:
Travel is a great way of doing this —
And of discovering that our little part of the world
Isn’t the centre of things.
Travel helps us discover that there isn’t only one way of doing things —
But many ways.
Here’s a New York view:
For that reason, my daughter and I
Are leaving the cozy horizons of Stockholm —
Known as ‘The Venice of the North’ —
(See photo below)
For the real Venice in Italy.
(Back next week – so I might not be able to visit you all.)
In the meantime, please visit: Skywatch for great skies
And Our World, for a glimpse into new discoveries.
The kids and I spent a wonderful, long day in London recently —
And they had to pull me away as the sun was setting over the Thames.
The lamps were lit up by the golden glow of the sun
And the man seemed blissfully unaware of the seagulls flying up behind him …
Even the double-decker buses looked romantic
As the molten carpet of light flowed over the water.
However, I’m not really a big city kind of person
And am always grateful to be back by ‘my’ lake —
To enjoy its golden beauty.
The sunken boat in this photo reminds me of Rumi:
“Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure.”
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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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We arrived back yesterday so the house is full of unpacked cases and tired kids.
Of course, I have to keep my priorities straight by showing you some of the lovely dramatic skies that met us on our trip to England.
We had a fabulous day in London
And heard Big Ben tolling the hour.
The tower and spiky turrets against the dark clouds
Gave the buildings a wonderful Gothic feeling.
Peeking around the corner from the Houses of Parliament
Was the newly cleaned Westminster Chapel.
And, of course, with the Olympics starting on Friday
The view of London Bridge (and The Shard on the right)
Seems highly appropriate.
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