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Snapshot of London

May 5, 2012

London can be interesting because a lot of the city is steeped in traditions, history and, old architecture. Throughout the city elements of the past were contained in everything, even the new things. Coming from America it was an odd feeling to have because our history is so young in comparison.

Trafalgar Square is a plaza in central London built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. At its center is Nelson’s Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. There are a number of statues and sculptures in the square, with one plinth displaying changing pieces of contemporary art. The square is also used for political demonstrations and community gatherings, such as the celebration of New Year’s Eve.

Before moving on I thought I would show a photo of Trafalgar Square to show how much it has not changed. The photo is around 1890-1900.

‘Powerless Structures, Fig. 101’ by artist duo Elmgreen and Dragset is a bronze statue of a boy on a rocking horse which adorns Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. The artists have said that the sculpture makes a serious point. “Why do we have this tradition to put people on horse back if they have won a battle? What do we want to say by doing that? We thought maybe we should celebrate some generations to come and hope that there will be a future where we won’t have to have so many war monuments”.

Teapots at Fortnum and Mason– one of the best tea shops in London. (Which I recently found out sells some of the tea through Williams Sonoma).

I saw so many beautiful cars in London, just parked on the street. This one was by far the best.

A typical phone booth in London (but who uses them anymore?)

A display outside of a shoe shop. I didn’t know whether these things were for free or not.

The entrance to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London is a wrought iron gate which is said to contain every plant and animal species that Shakespeare has ever mentioned in his works.

Rudy Weller’s Three Graces atop the Criterion Building adjacent to Piccadilly Circus.

Inscription in front of the following sculpture for the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) which is an armored regiment of the British Army. The official regimental motto is Fear Naught while unofficial motto (signified also by the colors of the tactical recognition flash) is “From Mud, Through Blood to the Green Fields Beyond.”

I just loved the way this townhouse looked.

See more of my London photos HERE

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2012 5:39 am

    We would love to post the 3rd picture at toemail if you do not mind?

  2. May 21, 2012 4:05 am

    It’s posted now. Thanks so much for participating in toemail – we really appreciate it!

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