Today is Wednesday, and I have an appointment at 1:00 to see a new property. I decided that I would walk from Covent Garden to Westminster Abbey to check out the spot where I established my “pitch” to photograph the Royal Wedding last April. I really enjoy these long walks because I see so much more when I am on foot. I photographed the monuments and shops along my route, and I will publish these images which highlight my wandering. For those who know London, you will know exactly where I am. I decided that I needed to have a good breakfast–a full English breakfast–to supply the energy I would need for the excitement ahead. So, here are my images; I hope you enjoy them. London is a walking city. The thoughts of being in the TUBE underground does not excite me. I like LONDON so I walk. Beware, this is a detailed walk.
Walking down NEW ROW
Checking out the Salisbury Put on St. Martin’s Lane
Theater at the NOEL COWARD on St. Martin’s Lane
Admiring A TOTALLY BLUE SKY– Wow!
Past the Pasta Shops
Getting ready for the shop’s lunch clientele
Through Cecil Court
Passing by my favorite STOREY’S PRINT SHOP
Passing a gallery
Past the Antique Map Shop on Cecil Court
Then the Antique Shop with its windows filled with “goodies”
Passing an amazing Jewelry Shop
A bookstore on Cecil Court
A coin and Military shop
PRINTS PRINTS PRINTS – Fantastic!
Reaching the Tuxedo shop on Charing Cross
A pub where I often have BANGOS AND MASH
And then the Garrick on Charing Cross
And the magnificent St. Martin’s comes in view
Past the National Portrait Gallery
I know when I am on Trafalgar Square when I see THE NATIONAL GALLERY gloriously dominating the square
The beautiful fountains of Trafalgar Square
King George on his horse takes it all in on Tragalgar Square
Before walking down Whitehall, I look back and enjoy Trafalgar Square, in some ways the CENTER OF THE WORLD
I look right and look up the Mall to Buckingham Palace through the Admiralty Arch–Exquisite!
An admiring glace at the base of James I equestrian monument.And there is Whitehall before me–Absolutely exciting
the “mounted” horses organize the traffic down this busy street
Look UP; you will see fantastic and varied architecture
The Admiralty – Image, this was the office of Lord Nelson and Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma – Lots of history here
I can only image the important historical personalities who walked through these doors at the ADMIRALTY
Queen Victoria’s son on his horse sets the most powerful atmosphere in this important street
Hundreds of tourists taking their photos at Horsse Guards
Horse Guards, once the entrance into the Palace of Westminster
Past the Banqueting House by Inigo Jones
.A recent addition to the street: the MONUMENT TO THE WOMEN OF WORLD WAR II. There is a real story here10 Downing Street – you get the subtle hint that you are not really very welcome to visit the Prime Minister
The Cenotaph – recently very highlighted during the student riots
Finally to Big Ben and the Westminster Tube Station – almost there!
Tipping my hat to Winston Churchill on Parliament Square
Abraham Lincoln by St Gaudens
Then admiring the sculpture facade of the SUPREME COURT of England
THEN MY FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE LIGHT GLITTERING THROUGH THESE ANCIENT WINDOWS of Westminster Abbey
Admiring the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey which was my view for four days while I camped out for the Royal Wedding
Standing on the paves where I camped out with my friends for the Royal Wedding
And then I took a cab to my business appointment. I had just enjoyed a fantastic walk. Lots of history, wonderful photography, and fascinating conversations up and down Whitehall. FABULOUS.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918