Tuesday, April 26, 2011

TOUR TODAY ~ THE CITY OF LONDON


YOUR TOUR GUIDE TODAY WILL BE ~ EMILY


London, Windsor and Eaton



Continuing with my travel posts, today we will visit London, Windsor and Eaton, UK. 

With so much excitement about the Royal Wedding I thought it to be the perfect time for me to pull photographs from trips to London, Windsor, and Eaton. Windsor is about twenty miles west of London,  and Eaton, just a walk across the bridge from Windsor over The River Thames.

While on a trip, Jim and I usually visit the popular tourist destinations, and we also venture off the beaten path to see the places important to us. We like to take day trips from our base city, this way we get a feel of cities and country villages. The people we meet along the way are as different as the towns we visit.

Today we'll tour London, then we'll take a day trip traveling by train to Windsor and Eaton.......I hope you enjoy your tour.





click on photographs to enlarge


Sights from London


Victoria Monument across from Buckingham Palace




Changing of the Guards
Buckingham Palace









Trafalgar Square






National Portrait Gallery




Saint Martin in the Fields on Trafalgar Square



London (Tower) Bridge





British Museum




Art students at work






Big Ben and Parliament 







 Our Son and Daughter-in-law
Jay and Catherine joined us for an evening walk
from Big Ben and Parliament
across The Thames


Prince of Wales Theatre to see Mamma Mia



Tower of London

Chapel









The Ritz London


We had High Tea Here
Palm Court



Sandwiches: Ham, Smoked Salmon, Cheddar, Cucumber and Egg
Scones with Clotted Cream and Tea Pastries
not only delicious but a feast for the eyes






Harrods for Shopping



Egyptian Escalator Hall




Food Court



this photograph made from our table while having lunch




And of course a shopping trip to the famous flea market
I came home with two oil rooster paintings for my kitchen





Windsor Royal Station







Parade from Windsor Castle







Windsor Castle
We were able to tour the castle since the Queen was not in residence 










The Town of Eaton
Eaton College
Across the River Thames form Windsor






Loved this shop, stationary, cards and Post









Walking toward the college we catch glimpses of the students wearing their traditional white tie and tailcoat and pinstripe trousers. This is not for special occasions, this is their uniform. It looks like everyone is dressed for the Prom!



Back across the River Thames
All the ducks in a row




Back to London


Westminster Abbey


Westminster Abbey is where Prince William and Katherine Middleton will marry on Friday. Jim and I attended Sunday Service and Evensong here several times on our past trips. We toured the cathedral and visited The Poets' Corner where we saw the burial place of some of the most famous poets; Dryden,  Tennyson, Browning , Dickens, Kipling and many others. If you get to London you don't want to miss this tour.
For more photographs of Westminster Abbey click Westminster Abbey




Westminster Choir Boys
Such angelic little faces




Westminister Boys Choir to Sing at Royal Wedding

I feel very fortunate to have been in the Abbey to hear this beautiful music and boys choir sing.  According to news reports  the Westminster Boys Choir will sing at the wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton. 

Please scroll down and turn off the French Hutch Playlist to listen to Westminster Boys Choir.

Please click Westminster Boys Choir to listen and take a little peek at the Abbey.

There you have it, a few of my favorite places to visit while in London and I've only touched the surface with my photographs. Stay tuned for part two, London.

I hope you enjoyed your tour.
~Emily


Post Card Mosaic from London




Linking Here









Rednesday @ Its a Very Cherry World























45 comments:

  1. What a fabulous post! Makes me wish I was on a post on my way there now! Beauitful in all its pomp and circumstance..they do it like no other!

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  2. Oh fabulous! Yes, I wish I could visit London, but since I can't thanks for taking me there. I will be watching on Friday!
    Sherry

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  3. What a fabulous tour. All of the pics are wonderful. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Oh, I love London, it has such class, the royal kind! Soon it's going to be the city of the wedding of the century, Diana's own prince! I'm all ready to watch this. Thanks for the gorgeous photos!
    Hugs
    Fabby

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  5. What a delightful trip! Fabulous photos...

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  6. This was an absolute delight to read! The Palm Court for Tea!!! What a dream! Thanks for the nice escape today!

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  7. Beautiful post! The Palm tea room is stunningly gorgeous! I love the look of the table all set for tea. The tea cups and tea pot are all beautiful.
    Thank you so much for sharing all this with us.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  8. What a wonderful and interesting post! I loved seeing the Palm Tea Room; beautiful! What an exquisite experience to have tea there! Thank you for sharing your tour with us and thanks for joining Tea Time. Have a lovely week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  9. Loved taking the tour with you Emily! I was only in London for three days and I've longed to go back. Next best thing for now is watching the wedding...I can't wait! *winks* Vanna

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  10. My husband and I have been to London several times. What an exciting place and so many things to see and do. I can see you are having a wonderful time touring this area. Take care. See you next week.
    Joyce M

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  11. Thanks for taking me with you on you trip! I'd love to go in person one day!
    Now following! Hope you'll visit me!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
    www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

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  12. You that was a fun tour. Thank you. (The music is lovely too - just right for strolling along with you.)

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  13. An amazing tour...thank you. I would love to visit there someday but never will. I enjoyed your lovely photos.

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  14. Thank you so much for this tour! I want to visit England so badly, and wouldn't it be so exciting to be there for the royal wedding?!
    Happy REDnesday,
    Carol

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  15. You definitely hit all of the places that I'd love to see if I ever got to England! It's on my bucket list. Thanks for all of the great pictures and thanks for popping over to my blog! :-)

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. Emily, it is such fun to see the photos of your travels. It's been many years since we were in London. Thanks for taking us along today!
    Just sent an email. Hope you are safe! ~ sarah

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  17. Hello lovely new friend!!!!!!!! These photos are awesome!!!!!

    We lived in England a few years ago (about an hour north of London) and got to go to London several times--one stay for a whole week--and we loved it!!!!!

    The BEST hot cocoa of my life was in the little cafe at the Globe Theatre--isn't it funny that I remember that???

    A late Happy Easter to you!!!!

    Hugs/blessings,
    Lana

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  18. I love London ! Great post ! Talking about you on my blog !
    http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com

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  19. So happy to see your lovely memories. I remember London from the early 70's... need to go back, it's been too long. Thank you for dropping in with your kind comments.

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  20. It's been a few years since I was last in London. Thanks for the memories--especially the red ones!

    THE SEEKER OF RUBY AND RED

    The seeker of ruby and red
    Will not let green go to her head;
    Instead she will seek
    Her senses to pique
    With cherry and crimson instead.


    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher


    Stunning Red Rocks

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  21. Oh what a wonderful tour! It was fun to see all the sights of London town -- before the royal wedding!

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  22. This brings back so many wonderful memories. We stayed at the Ritz the 10 days that we were in London. We had checked in late. What we didn't know is the Ritz always sells out of their double rooms early, and if you check in late they bump you up to one of their luxury suites for no extra cost. The suite of rooms was phenomenal, and it made for a trip of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing your marvelous photos. Cherry Kay

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  23. Thanks for taking us along on this photo journey. I have never been to England.

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  24. What a fabulous post. It is hard to 'do' london in a day... much less in one blog post!
    A friday's favorite for sure :-)

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  25. What fun it was to see all of these pictures. I hope that you bought something at Harods! The pictures were spectacular!
    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  26. Thank you for such a wonderful tour. Going to England is on my "Bucket List."
    Happy Pink Saturday!
    Jil

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  27. Hi Emily, Thank you for the tour! I loved everything about London except the weather and the food! I see you got quite a bit of rain on your trips too. My favorite part of England was the Cotswolds. I was in heaven! Thanks for linking to my party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  28. Thank you for sharing your photos. It brings back many happy memories our our travels to London. Happy PS!

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  29. What a wonderful tour! I still remember shopping in the Portobello Road! We're going to London this June to visit our son, and your photos are making me get excited about it now!!

    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  30. Popping in from Lady Blogger.....
    Ooohhh, this is sooooo sweet...I've been to England several times...Hubby is from there, so we go as often as we can.
    I adore your photos. Thank so much for the lovely Tour! :)
    I looooooooooooove Buckingham Palace.

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  31. I truly oved the tour of London. I along with various members of my family have visited this beautiful city many times. My last trip, October 2010, was bittersweet because I was unable to walk the city as I once did. I did make use of public transportation and taxis but it wasn't like walking. I did get to ride the London Eye.
    My favorite experience was many years ago getting to see Pygmalion in 1984 with Peter O'Toole and Jackie Smith-Wood at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
    Sadly the Shaftesbury is now dark after opening in 1911.
    Thanks for the memories.
    Oh, email me your address and I will send you a couple of amaryllis bulbs. Hugs, Ginger

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  32. I meant I Loved the tour. Senior moment. Hugs

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  33. Bonnour Emily,
    Great tour of London, a fab city. Thank you for your visit, now I've found your beautiful blog. I'm a new follower and will be back again soon.
    Mimi

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  34. Thanks for visiting my blog. Love this tour! Makes me want to go. Now!

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  35. Lovely tour!!! Back in the day I visited London and got to see many of these sights live and in person.

    You ought to link this up to Unknown Mami's "Sundays in my City" Linky party.

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  36. What a great tour. It's been three years since I've been there and I sooo miss it. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  37. I enjoyed my trip to London. Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Emily.

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  38. Hi Emily, thanks for taking us through this beautiful picture journey of England. Would love to visit London someday. Great Post! have a great week ahead!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  39. Great tour of the "homeland" for me.

    I'm making my way through Pink Saturday posts. Hope you have a wonderful week.

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  40. Thanks for the tour! London is on the list of my must-see places. I hope I'll get to go there soon. I'm here from Lady Bloggers. Have a great week! :)

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  41. Just beautiful!

    Blue Hyacinth, hope you can come and see. Thanks!

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  42. Hi Emily...

    Ohhh...what a delightful trip that must have been! Thanks for sharing it with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week! I have been to Europe but didn't make it to England. I would love to visit all of these fabulous places that you shared with us through photos!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  43. Very pretty building. Lots to see.
    Would love you to visit my Blue Monday page too.

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  44. Beautiful! I'd love to visit!

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  45. O..M...flippin...G! Here was I just sitting looking at your post, thinking "Oh look at all the familiar places", feeling very homesick when what appears but the house on the bridge. That is the very restaurant where my hubby proposed to me. I haven't been back there for 18 years.

    We have been living in New Zealand for 8 years and to be honest it has never really floated our boat. So all the images on your post are so good to see. We miss london so much. particularly the architecture. i'm so glad to see that nyou enjoyed it. I'm also glad to see that youndidntea at the Ritz...a complusory trip for any visitor to london. I hope you did a red bus tour aswell.

    I can't wait to show this to my darling hubby.

    Thank you so much.

    Jo

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