A Quick Trip to England – Part III

After leaving the Horse Guards Parade,

London Horse Guard Parade
London Horse Guard Parade

I made my way to the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace. The Mall is a road running from Buckingham Palace to Admiralty Arch and onto the Trafalgar Square. I couldn’t help myself; I had to kick the fallen leaves like a little kid.

London Admiralty Arch

London Admiralty Arch

As I approached Buckingham Palace, the first thing that came into sight was the Queen Victoria Memorial.

Queen Victoria Memorial

Queen Victoria Memorial

This white marble monument stands right outside Buckingham Palace is commonly called ‘The Wedding Cake’. It was built in 1911 to honor Queen Victoria who died 10 years earlier. As well as the 13 feet high statue of Victoria there are figures representing Charity, Courage, Truth and Justice. The gold figure at the top of the monument represents Victory.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and principal workplace of the British monarch. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. When the Queen is in residence, there will be four armed guards at the Palace; two armed guards when she is not in residence. The day I was there, only two guards were stationed in front of the Palace.

Palace Guard

Palace Guard

London Green Park
London Green Park

Next I continued walking through the beautiful Green Park to Oxford and Regent Streets to view the famous shopping district.

 

 

 

 

I walked past Piccadilly Circus and its fountain with the statue of Eros on top and saw Carnaby Street. Since it was Christmas shopping season, it was very crowded but still quite nice.

London's Oxford Street

London’s Oxford Street

Oxford Street is a major road in the City of Westminster in the West End of London. It is Europe’s busiest shopping street. Oxford Street is home to a number of major department stores and numerous flagship stores, as well as hundreds of smaller shops. It is the biggest shopping street within Inner London, though not the most expensive or fashionable, and forms part of a larger shopping district with Regent Street, Bond Street and a number of other smaller nearby streets.

London's Regents Street

London’s Regents Street

Regent Street is one of the major shopping streets in London’s West End, well-known to tourists and Londoners alike, and famous for its Christmas illuminations.

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public space of London’s West End in the City of Westminster, built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly. In this context, a circus, from the Latin word meaning “circle”, is a round open space at a street junction. Piccadilly now links directly to the theater district. Its status as a major traffic intersection has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and a tourist attraction in its own right.
When I had experienced enough of the crowds, I rode the tubes to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Across the street from St. Paul’s, I stopped in an Italian Restaurant for very late lunch. After I ate, I decided it was too late to visit another Cathedral and again rode the tubes back to where I thought I had begun my day.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

I walked across a different bridge over the Thames than I walked in the morning passing another Christmas Market. It was getting late and I was tired, so I called it a day.London Christmas Market
Next post – Stonehenge and Salisbury

6 responses to “A Quick Trip to England – Part III

  1. Arlene,
    Your photos are top notch! I mean they look totally professional. Congrats. Job well done. Good for you. Xoxo

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    • Thanks Jill, I’m sure I have a lot to learn about photography though. This was a great trip even though it was quick! I loved England, for sure I will return again.
      Take care,
      Arlene

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  2. Great shots. I agree with Jill. You either have a history book traveling with you or you should be writing one.

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    • Steve,
      I have plenty of time to research my topics.
      Figure a bit of history on these fabulous places can only add to the commentary for the pictures.
      Arlene

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  3. Nice pics Arlene! They are definitely travel brochure worthy. I’ll be visiting my cousin in England in the spring. I look forward to some of those sites. I can hardly wait to see your pics of Stonehenge!

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  4. Arlene, thinking of you as you walk among the stones. Ingrid

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