My youngest daughter and I met up in London for a quick trip before heading to Paris. Here is a little assortment of photos from our visit.
I arrived on Friday morning, exhausted from a bumpy flight and with a lingering touch of illness. If she had asked me ahead of time if I'd wanted to see a play I would have emphatically declined, but by the time I'd heard she had tickets I had taken a nap and the evening turned out to be pretty special. I've already mentioned the play we saw in another thread, but would again would like to say how much I enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The acting was superb, and the use of the stage was really incredible.
We wandered around the west end before the play and had a quick dinner in a pub.
The next day was spent mostly in the south bank area.
We visited the Design Museum since that is S's field of work.
Design Museum is a museum founded in 1989, located by the River Thames near Tower Bridge in central London, England. The museum covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. Wikipedia
I wasn't sure what to make of the lower exhibit floor since it held a display featuring Camper Shoes.
But, up the stairway, the next floor held a fantastic display of designs more to my liking.
This was the project I voted on for my favorite design. There was a very interesting and informative video, but I didn't get a picture. It was an assisting device for visually impaired, but could also be used by someone who didn't speak the local language.
Many of the different concepts were fascinating.
Farmers need to know when their cows are about to give birth.
Thanks, Nycgirl! I'm sure you heard that Curious won best new play at the Tony Awards just last week. S figured it will now be really hard to get tickets in NYC, so she thought she'd try to see the play in London.
She's a graphic designer and works mainly on product packaging. And, yes, S liked the Design Museum very much (the two of you really need to meet!).
I think London has even changed since I was there two years ago.
As we walked into the Tate Modern we could see there was some sort of performance art down below. We tried to figure out the purpose, but were relatively clueless. See what you think. The description is posted at the end of this set of photos.
I'm sure, after seeing this 'art', that BP are quaking in their boots.
I wonder if anyone has actually asked BP to stop their sponsorship. I wonder if anyone has actually asked the Tate why they accept the money. Art with a message? Nope, just a self-indulgent meaningless attempt for someone to say "I care". Well, if you cared enough (sponsorship of less than half a percent from BP to the Tate, so is it worth it?) then do something worthwhile instead of airy-fairy jumbled writing on a floor that is visible for just thirteen hours.
I wonder if, with art like this, anyone has the courage to stand up and say, "What on earth are you doing? It's just a load of rubbish" rather than patting each other one the back proclaiming, "Well, that went spiffingly, wot oh!"
Here endeth the rant from Mr Neanderthal. By the way, excellent photos. I also like the 9th down from the top, the man looking over the Thames saying to himself, "Jeez, I didn't think it'd stink as bad as this".
My gosh you take good pictures! London was very well served by your camera. I particularly love the b&ws, but the color ones are great as well. All hail to whomever decided to put that blue on the bridge. It's really gorgeous the way it ties together the old stone & brick with the towering modern buildings. What is that magnificent building on the left in the fourth photo?
Htmb, I never got a chance to view your excellent photos of London until now. Staying alongside the Thames is a wonderful way to spend time in London. Always something going on, always something to see. Did you ever venture up Marchmont street? There is an excellent laundromat there opposite a pub. Very handy ha ha!
No matter how many times I see London, I am always amazed at how chaotic the skyline and the architecture are compared to Rome or Paris. It both charms me and dismays me, exactly the same way as Brussels.
What is that magnificent building on the left in the fourth photo?
Assuming I'm counting correctly, that's the "Walkie-Talkie". Built that shape to maximise the amount of office space that can be squeezed on top of a relatively small footprint on the ground, it acquired some notoriety when the architects got a real-world demonstration of the effect of a concave wall of glass when it faces south on a sunny day: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23930675
So they had to come up with some sort of additional screening. But they did put a garden and bar at the top for the general public to access (and without the ridiculous fee at the Shard).
Yes, sadly my only trip to London was very brief indeed (conference - but I was arriving from nearby continental Europe, not Montréal). And yes, Brussels is very disconcerting. Some lovely spots, some Eurobureaucratic horrors, and a mish-mash that isn't Paris, Amsterdam or anywhere else in between. Though actually Montréal has some of that too.