|Memories of London and Paris, 2001|
In October of 2001, just a few weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I left for a week's holiday in London. Can I pick the time to travel, or what?
Below are some links to photos. Rather than do a boring day-by-day travelogue, I've organized the photos into subject categories. I hope you enjoy.
All of the links below connect directly to photos. Photos average 50K - 150K in size.
It was a great day to take pictures of the Houses of Parliament, with the great Westminster Clock dominating. Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the clock tower.
|Parliament from Waterloo Bridge|
|Yet another view of Parliament from Waterloo Bridge|
|Near the main entrance; I'm standing in Parliament Square|
What can I say? It's the spookiest, gloomiest, most wonderful place in London. Everywhere you look is history, tradition . . . and perfect examples of the best and worst manifestations of the human condition.
|The spot where Henry VIII's henchmen wielded their hatchets|
|The chapel in the White Tower|
|There are actually several structures at the Tower; here's a shot of the courtyard -- charming|
|Guarding the Crown Jewels in the traditional manner -- with very modern side arms|
|The ravens are everywhere! The guards know them all by name.|
|The view of the Tower as seen by the condemned as they arrived via boat|
On Saturday, I took the Eurostar bullet train from Waterloo Station in London to Gare du Nord station in Paris -- a three-hour train ride via the Channel Tunnel. Being whisked through the French countryside at over 150 MPH is definitely no way to see France, but I only had one day to see the City of Lights.
|The Eiffel Tower, as seen from the Arc de Triomphe|
|Another view from the top of Arc de Triomphe. The big hollow square in the distance is in an area called La Defensé, a new modern business district.|
|Guess where I am?|
|The Left Bank|
|A hurdy-gurdy man on the steps of the Basilique du Sacré Coeur in Montmartre|
|Street performer at Montmartre|
|The cathedral at Notre Dame|
|The new Renault, as seen in the showroom on Les Champs Elysées|
|Tour boats on the Seine|
A few morsels:
|The Theater Royal at Drury Lane -- the best place in the world to see "My Fair Lady" (it was great!!)|
|This is as close as one can get to 10 Downing Street without risking one's life|
|The Queen's Horse Guards|
|Gower Street, City of Westminster. My hotel is in the middle of the block.|
|The National Theater|
|The Old Bailey|
|Trafalgar Square; the church is St. Martin-in-the-Fields.|
|Me standing at the very top of the spire of St. Paul's Cathedral|
|A view of St. Paul's from the south bank of the Thames|
|The Thames from Waterloo Bridge|
|Waterloo Train Station|
|The stage of Shakespeare's Globe Theater|
|The ceiling of Shakespeare's Globe Theater|
|London office of Actor's Equity|
This page last updated Monday, October 13, 2008