10 Aug 2008

WEEKLY WINNERS - LONDON


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Before I went on to my final holiday destination in Eastbourne, I stayed for a few hours in London where I hadn't been since 7 years. I decided to visit the Queen.



I approached the Buckhingham Palace and refrained myself from buying one of these "beautiful" crowns to wear for my next visit to a shopping mall !



Long before I arrived in front of the palace, a very long line of people queued up to buy an entrance tiquet to visit the palace.



You had to wait at least 2 hours to get finally in.


I prefered to stay outside and join the other tourists


The gates are decorated with beautiful emblems





and golden decorations on the top

This is the famous balconee from where the royal family waves to the crowd



and around the Albert memorial and the place around the palace









were hundreds and hundreds of tourists gathered from around the world. I heard all languages and from time to time even english.

It was nice for me to see this all again and smell the London air !

17 comments:

Puss-in-Boots said...

It's an imposing looking place, isn't it? Imagine tourists on your front lawn gawking at where you live...I couldn't stand it. However, if one is royalty, one has to put up with visits from one's loyal subjects, doesn't one...

RennyBA said...

Its way too longs since I've been there - thanks for taking me down the memory lane - your pics was great - I really could feel the atmosphere!

Btw: Here from Maribeth - congrats with your award :-)

Hootin' Anni said...

How super! But for me, I couldn't take the crowds. I'd want a special invite from the Q2 herself, where I could just arrive and walk up to the gates and enter...have her take me on a tour privately. LOL ---ya, Anni, "In your dreams".

Loved the photo tour Gattina.

Maribeth said...

Oh how I love London, and miss it.
I am passing along to you, with best wishes, the Brilliant Weblog Award. Details for this award and how you can also pass it along to your favorite blogs is on my site!

claudie said...

Beautiful pictures, Gattina! I am always impresse looking at the tourists! I can't imagine the crowd when the Queen have to speak from her balcoon!
Zut tu as reçu aussi l'award! je comptais t'en faire bénéficier mais Maribeth a été plus rapide que moi! tant pis dans mon prochain billet je te l'offre quand même! Tu le mérite! cet été je crois que tu auras été le meilleur reporter du web!

SandyCarlson said...

Gattina,
These are impressive photos. Thanks for the tour around the palace.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful. I'd really like to go there one day!

Melli said...

I just can't even IMAGINE me standing in line for TWO hours to see the Queen! However... I would have snatched up one of those crowns faster than pigeons on popcorn!!! LOL! Your pictures ARE lovely though ... I thank you indeed for sharing them. Now I have no need to visit there myself! :)

Melli said...

*shakin' my head*... ALL those statues and not a dragon in sight...

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

I like the shots around the Albert Memorial... something about that golden statue against the blue sky with clouds. Nice!

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Vicky said...

I love London. Thanks for the little tour.

maggie's mind said...

Beautiful shots! Looks like you had a really nice time. I wonder if I would have made it out of there without buying a crown... ;)

texasholly said...

Wow. That is really neat. What a great day. It has been a long time since I have visited there.

tiff said...

Wonderful photos. The gates are amazing.

secret agent mama said...

I love all your photos! They are so interesting, Gattina!

Charlotte said...

Love the pictures of Buckingham Palace. When we went there we stayed at Grosvner's just a short walk from the Palace. I walked over one day to watch the changing of the guard. Very impressive.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I didn't know you were a closet Royalist. You have so much fun at poking fun at the members foibles most of the time.

"They are changing the guard at Buckingham Palace, says Alice!"