A Glimpse of London

April 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

So back in London. I thought I'd be a tourist and snap a few tourist pictures. Somehow I never seem to take those pictures, it's all about being a Londoner and not wanting to look like a tourist. Fact is, I am a tourist, here for three months after a two year absence. For the first week I was wandering around gazing at everything as if it was the first time of seeing. 

So Trafalgar Square, I walk by it every week and would never dream of taking a picture of Nelson's column. 

Horatio Nelson, a British flag officer in the Royal Navy, noted for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics, which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories. He was shot and killed during his final victory during the Battle of Trafalgar. Now he stares down Whitehall towards parliament from Trafalgar Square.

The National Gallery looks out over Trafalgar Square, beautiful cream stone columns outside and inside the gallery houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. Vermeer, Titian, Seurat, Monet and Rembrandt to name a minuscule number of the artists. A must visit for any one who even vaguely likes art. 

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

St Martin in the Fields peeps out over the top of the new spring leaves emerging on the trees. A vibrant and inclusive church, St Martin's supports the homeless and vulnerable through the Connection at St Martin in the Fields. On the steps of this church are tourists and local workers getting lunch. Inside there are world famous concerts and at Christmas they raise money through the St Martin Appeal which goes to members of the community who are experiencing hardship to give them a step up out of poverty. It really is an active church.Have a look at what they do.

 http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/church/

Not really a tourist attraction but more a picturesque smoking spot. Everywhere in London the smokers stand outside offices and buildings. This was a good day for smokers, the sun was shining so pneumonia was not such a risk.  

​And finally, because it's spring and the blossom is out everywhere in London and the daffodils have been beautiful. Here are a handful of blooms to brighten your day.  

I hope you enjoyed the pictures and words, thank you for reading.


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