London Day 3

This day started with a leisurely walk to the National Gallery located in Trafalgar Square.  The weather, like the day before, was perfect.  Sunny with no clouds in sight.  Once inside the National Gallery, we made our way through countless rooms of medieval, renaissance, and impressionist galleries.  Joining us on this tour were about 20,000 school children.  The place was packed with little rascals running around and sketching what they saw hanging on the wall. 

After the museum we walked toward Downing Street which had a lot of security because of the president being in town.  Our next stop was the Churchill War Rooms Museum.  There we toured the underground bunker where Churchill and his staff conducted the operations of the British in WWII.  It was fascinating to see all the maps and living quarters of these men and women.  Churchill is revered in England, and from what I saw and read about him in the museum, I can see why.  He was pretty much a badass.

That afternoon we did as the English and got afternoon tea.  What this entails is eating dainty finger foods (sandwiches with no crust, macaroons, tarts, and scones), sipping on hot tea, and not going to work.  I could get use to it.  The tea was good, and the food was excellent.  We especially loved the scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.  So much that we went back a few days later just for the scones!

AFter tea we walked toward Buckingham Palace just to give it a look see.  And as we arrived the motorcade of Obama and Cameron (David Cameron is the PM of England) drove past us.  We were less than 25 yards away and could see them waving in the car.  Who would of thought that we had the best chance to see our president in a foreign country?

The rest of the afternoon we strolled around the city just taking in everything.  It was cool to see some of the neighborhoods off the beaten path.  We walked up to Piccadilly Circus and to the Queen’s Theater to pick up our tickets for Les Miserables which we would be seeing in a couple of days.  And that night we got Thai food at a cool London chain restaurant called Busaba Eathai.  It was pretty dark in the place so I didnt get any pictures of the food, but it was really good!  We’d go back.

Finally, after dinner we strolled back toward Big Ben and the Thames so I could try some nighttime photography.  Unfortunately it doesnt get dark in London until 10pm, but I was still able to capture some great shots around 9:15-9:45.  We took pictures of Big Ben and Parliament, and also of the London Eye.  It was a very pleasant outside and very calm on the streets making the photography session pretty enjoyable.  However, it had been a long day of walking and by 10 we were ready to crash.

The columns in front of the National Gallery

Me in front of one of the fountains in Trafalgar Square.

Another view of the fountain

One of the royal horsemen looking all stately and such.

Tons of candy in a fancy store.

This is where we got some afternoon tea. It came with light snacks and scones.

The tower of snacks that was served with the tea. Everything was fantastic. Scones with jam and clotted cream is awesome! I think I'll try and make it sometime.

Gates outside of Buckingham Palace.

President Obama in his motorcade. It was amazing how close we were able to get to the driving route.

Big Ben and Parliament all lit up at night. I could have waited longer to get the darker sky, but this looks cool. I used an 8 second exposure here to get the nice silky water.

Another shot of Big Ben with some of the bridge (not London Bridge fyi).

I like this shot of Big Ben because of the nice light trails from the traffic on the bridge. I was able to get the star-like features in the street lights by closing the aperture to f/22.

The London Eye which, unfortunately, was not moving at the time. It still looks really cool next to the aquarium.


About BaconWrappedRob

Food, Photography, Sports, Pop Culture, and other fun stuff. But mostly food!
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3 Responses to London Day 3

  1. John says:

    Your night shots are very cool. Did you use a tripod or sit the camera on something? Night shots are a challenge when you want the sky as well. There is just the right time to make that work.

  2. jimgilvin says:

    Great pictures Rob. Makes me want to go myself!

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