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London Calling, part 3

Part 3: Parks, Palaces, Places of royalty.
(Let's call it 'wandering about')

We hit off our little odyssey at Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, opposite of Roal Albert Hall (no pics, too many tourists messing up the shots). This memorial was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband, Prince Albert who died of typhoid in 1861. It took them ten years to build it.
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Albert is holding a catalogue of The Great Exhibition in his other hand and is robed as a Knight of the Garter.
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An alegorical composition depcting the African continent.
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'Wacka wacka! Gimme your food or I bite you!"
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"Wacka wacka"
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The weather wasn't at it's best (some would even say "british")
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A quiet hidden away residential street in Kensington
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In the evening we hit Chinatown.
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Would you have guessed we were only a few days ahead of Chinese New Year?
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A fascinating art deco office building
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No 'Toilets of London' here, just trashcans
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A lot of Hansean architectural influences around town
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The Canada gates to Green Park, one of London's royal parks, opposite Buckingham Palace.
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Buckingham Palace and its famous facade, though not many people know this facade actually dates back to only 1913.
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One of Britain's most boring jobs:
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Liz is home today.
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But Liz has heavy gates to open if she wants to sneek outside for a scone.
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On the palace grounds, you can go and visit the Queen's Gallery, which contains an ever changing selection of items from the royal collections. The rooms containing the Queen's Gallery are on the site of the former chapel, which was damaged by one of the bombs to fall on the palace during World War II. BTW the royal collection is property of the monarch as sovereign, but is held in trust for her successors and the nation.
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The doric entrance hall was redesigned in 2002
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The Sicilian Passage close to our hotel
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The staircase in our hotel on Russel Square, the Hotel Russell.
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Hotel Russell was built in 1898 by Fitzroy Doll. The hotels restaurant, which is named after the architect is said to be almost identical to the RMS Titanic`s dining room which he also designed. Unfortunately we didn't get to eat there, so no pics for you.
But the grand staircase had a magnificient display of marble reliefs and a large selection of colorful marbles
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A quite familiar sign to some...
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This is what Hotel Russell looks like on a regular day...
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...but during the night (picture taken around 4AM for some obscure reason) the skies above us were all white and bright as daytime and all of a sudden a massive snowfall started that lasted into the early morning hours...
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...leaving us with a morning view of our snow-whitened hotel that almost looked like a fairytale. The big snowstorm had arrived and London was virtually sealed off from the rest of Britain. And Erik and me were in the middle of a wonderfully car-deserted city that was covered by 25 centimeters of thick snow.
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So if you wanna see the exclusive pictures of what London looked like on the morning of its most historic snowstorm in 17 years, you have to come back and check out the next post in line, coming up soon!

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6 Responses to “London Calling, part 3”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    A true artist makes things visible. Your photos are stunning, and to the point exactly. You have the magic ability to say "look", and communicate everything you mean by that.

    Thank you for making so much visible to me, stuck as I am here in Los Angeles. I love it that you look up so much, but never neglect to look down at the living moment.  

  2. # Blogger wendy

    Cedric, These are wonderful pictures. You know what needs to be seen. Thanks for sharing, it is truly wonderful.  

  3. # Blogger Permaisuri

    oh Cedric,this is so cool. you're really a good artist and photographer. I really love all your pictures.
    from your pictures, I become more excited to London and Paris!!
    please post moreeee!!

    ps/ i use one of your pictures but i have credited. tell me if you don't like. =]  

  4. # Blogger Mom in High Heels

    Beautiful! Of course. You have an excellent eye for details. I can't wait to see the snowstorm photos.  

  5. # Blogger NoirishCity....

    BonJour! Cedric,
    The pictures from London are "par excellence!"..Very interesting pictures that cover the many
    location of London!

    Merci! Beaucoup!...Cedric,
    :-)  

  6. # Blogger Fashion Moment

    Incredible work, my dear.
    Really incredible!

    FM  

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