Wednesday, February 10, 2016

London Calling

Big Ben getting a bit of a facelift.

Classic London

My pass to ride the Tubes

Piccadilly Circus

Westminster Abby

Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square

Big Ben from Trafalgar Square, looking down Parliament Street.

The Tower Bridge

Hard Rock Cafe, the original

If you hadn't noticed yet this week is "Scanweek". Today we are going back to London, July 1985. It was just a quick weekend trip to visit friends of a friend and do a bit of sightseeing. The highlights were... Big Ben; completed in 1858, Big Ben is actually the large bell, the tower it is in is Elizabeth Tower.  The classic double-decker buses of London; this one is a Routemaster, most of these are now retired. My Tube Pass for riding the underground. Piccadilly Circus; a major intersection on London's West Side. Reminds you of Times Square in NYC. Westminster Abby; or the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, construction began in 1245. Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square; the 169' column was constructed between 1840 and 1843, the lions were installed in 1867. Admiral Horatio Nelson died at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The Tower Bridge; an 801' drawbridge over the River Thames, built 1886 to 1894. Hard Rock Cafe, London; this is the original Hard Rock cafe, opened June 14, 1971. By this time, 1985, they were also in Toronto, LA, Roppongi Japan, NYC, San Francisco, and Stockholm.

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