10/27/2009

Birds eyes and Alley cats.


We have a busy week ahead with little time for reading or creating new blog posts so I will leave you with some photographs of a recent trip to London.

Despite having visited London fairly frequently in the past, I have never before visited Westminster Cathedral, often described as one of London’s best-kept secrets. If you get off the tube at Victoria and walk down Victoria Street you will be amazed to see a this Byzantine like cathedral set in a Venetian style piazza. Inside you can admire the many richly decorated chapels, perhaps light a candle and be enveloped in the most beautiful, tranquil and spiritual atmosphere that is both warm and welcoming. (click the photographs for a closer look)


Do not leave the Cathedral before you have taken the lift to the top of the tower where the most fantastic bird’s eye view of London is to be had. On the morning of our visit the sky was crystal clear and we could see for miles and miles. I am sure most visitors to London head for Westminster Abbey and Saint Paul’s and forget about Westminster Cathedral, which is a great pity. You can learn more about the Cathedral here and listen to some of the music of its celebrated choir.



No trip to London would be complete without exploring the many back streets and alley ways, peering into shop windows and admiring the many window boxes and small garden plantings. (click to enlarge)

27 comments:

  1. I visited St. Paul's but not Westminster when I visited London back in 1989. There are so many things I missed. I must plan a return trip!

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  2. hello acronmoon, being originally from the north there was an unspoken rule that we never travelled south of crewe. as an adult i've passed through london twice but never really stopped there and admired "the sights". of course i've heard of westminster but you know what's odd - this is the very first time i've seen it. i'm really shocked. it's absolutely unique isn;t it. thanks for this. steven

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  3. Thank you for reminding me of that incredible Westminster Cathedral building. It's been many years since I last saw it ... lovely to recognize an old friend.

    Back then, I did not ride to the top of the tower ... what a view, indeed!

    Best wishes.

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  4. The church is beautiful. My daughter was in London last summer and just loved it. She took over 500 photos. I don't recall seeing this. I'm passing along your blog info for her to see.
    She is a History/Education major working on her masters. She is going to just love it.

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  5. We are just home from our o/seas trip,we went around your area going to north Wales from Yorkshire and then down to London.
    Thank you for your tutorial on how you make your books.
    I love your detailed paintings and enjoy visiting your blog, will keep on reminding me of what is possibly our last trip ( the long flight home is the killer).

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  6. Valerie - you have taken some really lovely photographs here - it is the lesser-known areas of the city which often throw up the best shots I think. Love the one from the top of the tower. Have a good week. Hope that grandson is doing well.

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  7. I too love the back alleys and tiny streets of London. A Chinese box of a city...so many treasures there.

    "When a man is tired of London...."

    you know the rest!

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  8. That WAS fascinating to read about Westminster Cathedral..(the song of the same name keeps running through my head!) Thanks for the link. And that was a marvelous cat you saw through that window! I need to figure out how to do that photographic collage thingie.

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  9. Great photos - I too am guilty of visiting Westminster to see the Abbey and not visiting the Cathedral - it looks wonderful. I love your photos of shop fronts - especially the one with the cat looking out at you:)

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  10. Lovely photos and weren't you lucky with the weather? Like Frances, many years have passed since I last visited Westminster Cathedral.

    Another great outlook is the view from Tate Modern of the skyline across the river and the Millennium Bridge below. BFN. Lesley

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  11. Thanks for highlighting that little gem Valerie. I have heard it mentioned in the dim and distant past but I have never visited. Will do so now though.

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  12. Yes! Valerie! If possible, if Westminster Abbey's gardens are open, they are not to be missed! We ambled past Westminster Cathedral (not to be confused with the Abbey) but didn't go inside. What a walk from Ebury St. to the Abbey! Whew! But London is a walking city to be sure! We loved every minute we spent there. Our favorite: The Tate Britain Museum.
    You Brits have so much to offer! We'll be back but hope they build the bridge from the states! ;-) Airline travel these days - yuck!

    Diane

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  13. Wonderful to see glimpses of London through your eyes...I too love all of the little details one comes across while wandering the places less traveled. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  14. Wow! Got to go to London tonight before bed. Westminster is wonderful. I can't even begin to imagine the inside. Thanks for the "trip."

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  15. I loved my "vicarious" trip to London! Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos!

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  16. That was interesting! When I was in London I didn't make it to Westminster Cathedral so I was glad to read a little about it.

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  17. Beautiful and lovely shots !! Nice post !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

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  18. Passed through London, destination Brighton to see my daughter. I had forgotten how many people you see. My little village then London.
    Nice to see your photographs, brought back some memories of trips.

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  19. I love London--I lived there for a bit, and there is so much to do and see. The last time I visited, though, the food was better, which was a bit of a shock. Just didn't seem like London without the suspicious looking baps in the corner shops.

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  20. I so thank you for the walking tour through London. My brother was there just last week and loves to visit the historic sites. He says the food and drink are fabulous. Thank you again for sharing this little trip with us. Love and Light, Nina P

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  21. Hello Valarie, OH, what glorious photos of London. I would love to visit this most wonderful place someday. Thanks for sharing a wee glimpse of it. Hugs Judy

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  22. I miss my London days but your photos have been a great reminder...love from a wistful Clare!!

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  23. One of these days I'll visit there....lovely photos.

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  24. being originally from the north there was an unspoken rule that we never travelled south of crewe. Work from home India

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