5.4.06

TOURIST DAYS
3 - 5.4.2006



Karelian Blonde's and my friend Heavy was
visiting from Finland so I got to be
a tourist for a couple of days. It was good
actually as I normally never go
into town unless I have to.


Here's a few shots from along the way:

A game of Swans next to Riverside Walk in
Kingston , Surrey. They are very tame and
come right next to humans when being fed.



This workman obviously has a head for hights!
Restoring the 184ft (56 metres)
Nelson’s Column
in
Trafalgar Square for the first
time in 20 years is underway.

Work on the Grade I listed landmark is due
to finish in July 2006.
Although Nelson's statue
at the top of the column has
been cleaned several times, the whole
monument has been restored only twice -
in 1968 and 1986.

The structure was unveiled in 1843 to mark Britain's
greatest naval victory under Admiral
Horatio Nelson
during the
Napoleonic Wars .
Legend has it that, before his statue was erected,
14 of the stone masons who carved the
column held a dinner party on top.



Couple of geese on the Riverside Walk next
to Kingston Bridge. It was the first sunny day in
ages so all sorts of birds came out to check
if there were any tasty morsels going.


Clocktower on the north side of Westmister Abbey .
An architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries,
Westminster Abbey also presents a unique pageant
of British history – the shrine of
St Edward The Confessor ,
the tombs of kings and queens, and countless
memorials to the famous and the great.
It has been the setting for every Coronation
since 1066 and for numerous other royal occasions.



A gargoyle on the eastern wall of Westmister Abbey.
He doesn't look very happy does he? He's saying:
"All these bloody tourists are doing my head in..."


One of the doors on the east side
of Westminster Abbey.



A detail of the eastern wall
of Westminster Abbey.



The eastern wall of
Westminster Abbey.



One of the fountains in Trafalgar Square.
The tall building in the background is
The St. Martin-in-the-field Church.
The present church was designed
by
James Gibbs and completed in 1726.


Aluminium statue of Eros,
erected in 1892 as memorial to
7th Earl of Shaftsbury,
at Piccadilly Circus. The designer
Sir Alfred Gilbert intended it as
an angel of Christian charity
rather than the Greek god of love and was
dismayed by the changes.


One of the fountains in Trafalgar Square.
In the background
St. Martin-in-the-fields Church.



The "Conversation with Oscar Wilde" statue
by Maggi Hambling from 1999 in
Adelaide Street in Covent Garden.


The Lamb & Flag pub in Rose Street, Covent Garden.
This is one of the oldest pubs in London,
dating back to the 1630's.


The fountain inside the The Bentall Centre
in Clarence Street, Kingston, Surrey.


The huge glass roof at the
Bentall Centre.



All Saints Parish church at
Clarence Street, Kingston, Surrey.



One of the Horse Guards at White Hall sleeps...
well they get up about about 5 o'clock in the
morning to start polishing their bits and
pieces so it's hardly surprising...


Heavy next to the telephone boxes statue called
'Out of Order' by David Machin in
London Road, Kingston, Surrey.



Heavy (on the left) in The Cross Keys
pub in Endell Street, Covent Garden.
This is my favourite pub in central London:
small, dark and quiet, no jukeboxes blaring!



Pierre Granche's Canada Memorial from 1994,
dedicated to the memory of
Canadian soldiers who served in the two world wars,
stands in London's Green Park
on a site close to the Canada Gates and to
Buckingham Palace .
For Granche, who died prematurely, the commission
was a unique opportunity to place Canadian
art before a European audience.


Detail of the wall outside Buckingham Palace.


A lion statue on top of the wall
outside Buckingham Palace.



A part of the fountain outside Buckingham Palace.


The Victoria Memorial from 1850
outside Buckingham Palace.

King Edward VII planned this memorial
for his mother, Queen Victoria. It was built
by the sculptor
Sir Thomas Brock, in 1911.
The surround was constructed by the architect

Sir Aston Webb, from 2,300 tons of white marble.


The front gates at Buckingham Palace.
The Union Jack was flying on top of the palace which
means the Queen is in so we thought she
might've invited in for a cuppa but she didn't ...


Detail of the wall outside Buckingham Palace.


The statue of Alison Lapper by Marc Quinn
outside the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square.
The 12ft (3.6m) marble sculpture is
dividing opinion among art critics and
disability campaigners.

Mr Quinn spent 10 months working on
the statue in Italy from a single piece of white marble.

"I felt the square needed some femininity, linking with
Boudica near the Houses Of Parliament ,"
Mr Quinn told BBC News.
"Alison's statue could represent a
new model of female heroism."