Post by cheerypeabrain on Jun 18, 2017 12:41:45 GMT
Wow...altho I've never been a fan of the Houses of Parliament I have an innate fondness for the clock tower the building itself is falling to bits and there are rumours flying around that there are plans to move parliament out whilst work is carried out to renovate it. It will cost gazillions so, knowing our government, they'll look to sell even more public owned stuff off to oil magnates and oligarchs to fund it.
Thank you, Cheery! It's good you liked those clock pictures, because I think there are more lurking in the wings. The clock tower is covered with scaffolding on the bottom, as are parts of the Houses of Parliament buildings.
A cryptic Mick remark. You mean because of this, Mick?
Anyway, here we go into Westminster Abbey. You all might as well know that photos are prohibited there, a rule I flouted every chance I got. If this offendeth thee, just scrolleth on past. The time saved not looking at illegal pictures can be used to peruse this.
This will be woefully short on captions, sorry. Please understand that I got what I could while continuing to move and not obstruct other people, so there won't be much flow.
Near the front is this tomb. Visiting a graveyard recently, I was struck by how women are so often only identified as "wife of". Not in this instance ~
A hero ~
Yes -- things do badly need cleaning!
In one of the chapels ~
These kinds of figures arrayed on the sides of tombs represent the children of the deceased. I don't have an example to show, but when a child predeceased the parent, that child was depicted looking down.
I was so excited to see this tomb, in fact went around twice to get a better look. It is that of Elizabeth I, one of my favorite characters in history. Her half sister, Mary Tudor, aka Bloody Mary, is buried beneath her ~
This is in a little entryway to St. Michael's chapel (I think). I would love to know more about it ~
This remarkable monument is inside St. Michael's chapel. Read its history here.
Thank you, Huckle! It's not over yet -- I have lots more to show. Unfortunately, that is all I have from inside the Abbey.
The place is magnificent and replete with treasures, but also somewhat overwhelming. And there were far too many people inside. I was a little miffed because the museum was closed, as I very much would have like to have seen that.
I wasn't really being cryptic. I've done the Houses of Parliament tour twice and what strikes you is that QV is everywhere. Sculptures, pictures again and again.. And of course the HOP is not as old as it looks.
Some wonderful shots Bixa. I have never been inside the Abbey so you give a nice flavour of it.
As for the H of P, there has been endless debate about refurbishing the dump. It is in a sorry state and in danger of catching fire like its predecessor, but the MPs are reluctant to move out and want the work done piecemeal so they can continue jawing. The sensible thing would be to move them up north somewhere to try and get them out into the real world, demolish the existing crumbling ruin, and build a posh new palace in its place. This would possibly cost less than the billions they are contemplating spending to tart up the existing. Whichever option would take several years.
But when has common sense been a factor in that place??
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
Post by cheerypeabrain on Jun 19, 2017 19:17:49 GMT
Glorious....I TOTALLY got that tingle when I went to see the tomb of QE1...I nagged my Parents into taking me 2 or 3 times (it used to cost 6 pence that's in pre-decimal money!) I've not seen that memorial...if you're going to be remembered for something...the abolition of slavery is about as good as it gets. (altho we all know that slavery still goes on unfortunately)
Everything looks better in other peoples' photographs. The clock tower shots are great...nothing could induce me to go on the wheel by the Thames (terrified of heights)...have you seen Cleopatra's Needle? I seem to remember that being along the embankment near those strange fishy lamp-posts.
Fine praise from the master photographer -- thank you, Mossie! The Houses of Parliament are beloved of tourists as emblematic of London. It's interesting to get these less enthusiastic responses from the people who are actually paying for keeping it and other beloved landmarks in good shape.
Thanks, Cheery! I totally missed Cleopatra's Needle. I haven't been on a ferris wheel in years, not since I sort of freaked out at the top of one when I was a pre-teen. Strangely, when I went in that swinging, dangling cable-car in Sicily I wasn't scared at all. In fact, I'm inspired to go on the Emirates one across the Thames if anyone wants to join me.
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Like Mossie, I have never been inside Westminster Abbey, so I am very happy to have seen these photos. I confess that I have never been attracted to the "shock and awe" architecture of the area, but all of the little details make it more appealing.
One thing that strikes me is how regularly this part of London is destroyed in science fiction movies.
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There is a push here that is all for "Facade-ing historic buildings. Brace the outer walls with scaffolding and ropes, demolish the inner building, rebuild a modern, efficient building that complements the architecture of the remaining exterior. You can have your 19th century building and air-conditioning, too.
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