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Let's Tour London!

Well, you are now beginning your brief virtual tour of the British Museum, National Gallery, and lest we forget, "Big Ben" and other interesting London sites. Please don't touch the paintings or artifacts. (grin)
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July, 2001 - I saw this monument daily, since it was outside my hotel in Hyde Park Corner.

July, 2001 - I saw this monument daily, since it was outside my hotel in Hyde Park Corner.

Since it rained on and off all morning, the British museum seemed to be the perfect place to dry off.

Since it rained on and off all morning, the British museum seemed to be the perfect place to dry off.

The British Museum houses many Egyption and Greek artifacts, and of course, the Rosetta Stone!

The British Museum houses many Egyption and Greek artifacts, and of course, the Rosetta Stone!

I couldn't resist taking a photograph of this unique sculpture to the right of the entrance.  Very interesting, don't you think?

I couldn't resist taking a photograph of this unique sculpture to the right of the entrance. Very interesting, don't you think?

Do you agree with this quote by Lord Tennyson?  The juxtoposition of the quote and all of the feet is very creative.  If you can't read the quote, click on the image for an enlarged version.

Do you agree with this quote by Lord Tennyson? The juxtoposition of the quote and all of the feet is very creative. If you can't read the quote, click on the image for an enlarged version.

This cat scupture is on display, and reproductions of it are sold in the gift shop.  The actual cat is NOT on display!

This cat scupture is on display, and reproductions of it are sold in the gift shop. The actual cat is NOT on display!

Another creative sculpture, which includes a human figure and a crocodile.

Another creative sculpture, which includes a human figure and a crocodile.

A simple burial site with actual skeletons.

A simple burial site with actual skeletons.

This Neried Monument from the Lykian Tombs is a bit more elaborate than the previous burial site.  It is of Greek and Persian influence.

This Neried Monument from the Lykian Tombs is a bit more elaborate than the previous burial site. It is of Greek and Persian influence.

A painted terra cotta sarcophagus of Seianti Hanunia Tiesnasa includes a replica of her on its cover. (Etruscan 150-130 B.C.)

A painted terra cotta sarcophagus of Seianti Hanunia Tiesnasa includes a replica of her on its cover. (Etruscan 150-130 B.C.)

The bronze face is on the wall adjacent to the sarcophagus.  Scientists analyzed her skull and believe this is what she looked like upon her death.  They calculated that she would have been about 50 years old.

The bronze face is on the wall adjacent to the sarcophagus. Scientists analyzed her skull and believe this is what she looked like upon her death. They calculated that she would have been about 50 years old.

Something tells me that Seianti would NOT be a happy camper, if she knew that an older version of her has been made public over 2000 years after her death.  Is nothing secret anymore?

Something tells me that Seianti would NOT be a happy camper, if she knew that an older version of her has been made public over 2000 years after her death. Is nothing secret anymore?

Funerary relief(c.100) translation from Latin To Dusumia Soteris set up by Lucius Dasumius Kallistus to the best freedwoman & most revered wife, with whom he lived 35 years with no dispute hoping that she would have outlived him, rather than left him surviving. Quite sweet, would you agree?

Funerary relief(c.100) translation from Latin "To Dusumia Soteris set up by Lucius Dasumius Kallistus to the best freedwoman & most revered wife, with whom he lived 35 years with no dispute hoping that she would have outlived him, rather than left him surviving." Quite sweet, would you agree?

No photography or digital cameras back in the good old days.  This is how people remembered historical figures and family members.  You had to have money to do this, though.

No photography or digital cameras back in the good old days. This is how people remembered historical figures and family members. You had to have money to do this, though.

The famous Rosetta Stone.  When I first saw this in the 1970's, it was displayed in a horizontal manner and was not in a protective case. It is because of this stone that we are able to read hieroglypics in ancient Egyptian tombs.

The famous "Rosetta Stone". When I first saw this in the 1970's, it was displayed in a horizontal manner and was not in a protective case. It is because of this stone that we are able to read hieroglypics in ancient Egyptian tombs.

Remember, it has the same text repeated in 3 different languages, thus breaking the language code.  So, what are the 3 languages?

Remember, it has the same text repeated in 3 different languages, thus breaking the language code. So, what are the 3 languages?

King Idrimi of Alalakh(1570-1500 BC)According to the inscription in cuneiform [not visible, but within the rectangular area], he went into exile.  Why this was necessary, I don't know.

King Idrimi of Alalakh(1570-1500 BC)According to the inscription in cuneiform [not visible, but within the rectangular area], he went into exile. Why this was necessary, I don't know.

Now, for 2 photos of musical instruments. They are both Sumerian lyres.  One is known as the Queen's Lyre(Ur) and the other the Silver Lyre(Ur-Great Death Pit).

Now, for 2 photos of musical instruments. They are both Sumerian lyres. One is known as the "Queen's Lyre"(Ur) and the other the "Silver Lyre"(Ur-Great Death Pit).

Amazing that these 4000 year old instruments survived!  Well, it is time to leave and continue our tour.

Amazing that these 4000 year old instruments survived! Well, it is time to leave and continue our tour.

This is Queen Elizabeth II's mother.  She is known affectionately as the Queen Mum  She turned 101 years old on August 4, 2001.  The photograph was taken when she was 7, and it is in the National Portrait Gallery.  She is beloved in the United Kingdom. She was married to the former king, and I think that this photo is incredibly sweet.

This is Queen Elizabeth II's mother. She is known affectionately as the "Queen Mum" She turned 101 years old on August 4, 2001. The photograph was taken when she was 7, and it is in the National Portrait Gallery. She is beloved in the United Kingdom. She was married to the former king, and I think that this photo is incredibly sweet.

After a quick look through the National Portrait Gallery, I went to the nearby National Gallery to view the Vermeer Exhibit.

After a quick look through the National Portrait Gallery, I went to the nearby National Gallery to view the Vermeer Exhibit.

This is a pretty impressive building. Note the dome, columns, fountain, and of course, the red London buses in front!

This is a pretty impressive building. Note the dome, columns, fountain, and of course, the red London buses in front!

This exhibit of Dutch painters from the Delft School was quite impressive.  Well-known paintings were borrowed from throughout the world. This painting is by Johannes Vermeer The Milkmaid,c.1657-58

This exhibit of Dutch painters from the Delft School was quite impressive. Well-known paintings were borrowed from throughout the world. This painting is by Johannes Vermeer "The Milkmaid,c.1657-58

This is different from the typical still life.  By Harmen Steenwyck, it is titled - Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life., c.1640

This is different from the typical still life. By Harmen Steenwyck, it is titled - "Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life., c.1640

This is quite pretty, and very interesting, if you look at the details.  Can you spot the salamanders? Vase of Flowers by a Window by Balthasar van der Ast, c.1650-57

This is quite pretty, and very interesting, if you look at the details. Can you spot the salamanders? "Vase of Flowers by a Window" by Balthasar van der Ast, c.1650-57

We are now outside in Trafalar Square.  Pigeons, pigeons, pigeons!

We are now outside in Trafalar Square. Pigeons, pigeons, pigeons!

Oh, did I mention pigeons?

Oh, did I mention pigeons?

I did mention the pigeons, right?  I know you are wondering, and yes, one pigeon will be remembered by me for a long time! This was not a souvenir I had planned on! (grin)

I did mention the pigeons, right? I know you are wondering, and yes, one pigeon will be remembered by me for a long time! This was not a souvenir I had planned on! (grin)

This photo was taken in Trafalagar Square sans pigeons.  Notice Big Ben peeking out through the center.  More on Big Ben later...

This photo was taken in Trafalagar Square sans pigeons. Notice "Big Ben" peeking out through the center. More on "Big Ben" later...

There are so many statues in London, and I can't recall who this one depicts. I took this photo due to the shirt that was added.  I think it advertised the bicycle race in France or the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament.  The funny thing is that somebody else, also, stopped to take a picture.  So, I guess, I wasn't the only one to find it amusing.

There are so many statues in London, and I can't recall who this one depicts. I took this photo due to the shirt that was added. I think it advertised the bicycle race in France or the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament. The funny thing is that somebody else, also, stopped to take a picture. So, I guess, I wasn't the only one to find it amusing.

Leicester Square(pronounced Lester) is a fascinating place.  It is in the heart of the theatre district (not movie theatres!). It attracts many people, and on the day I was there one of the people was David Li.

Leicester Square(pronounced "Lester") is a fascinating place. It is in the heart of the theatre district (not movie theatres!). It attracts many people, and on the day I was there one of the people was David Li.

David is playing the Erhu Chinese Fiddle.  I only know this because I bought his CD. (grin)  If you are in my 7th grade class, you will learn to love it or else...

David is playing the Erhu "Chinese Fiddle". I only know this because I bought his CD. (grin) If you are in my 7th grade class, you will learn to love it or else...

A 7 mile walk meandering through the parks of London was dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales.  The outer rim on this plaque explains that from where you are standing you can see a panoramic views of Buckingham Palace and Whitehall.

A 7 mile walk meandering through the parks of London was dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales. The outer rim on this plaque explains that from where you are standing you can see a "panoramic views of Buckingham Palace and Whitehall".

We are going to head toward the palace, but do you notice something?  Well, actually 2 somethings...pigeons, again!

We are going to head toward the palace, but do you notice something? Well, actually 2 somethings...pigeons, again!

This is the view of Buckingham Palace that I saw, when I exited the park.

This is the view of Buckingham Palace that I saw, when I exited the park.

A close-up of the statue directly in front of the palace reveals Queen Victoria.

A close-up of the statue directly in front of the palace reveals Queen Victoria.

This palace photo turned out quite nicely.  The flowers are a nice touch.

This palace photo turned out quite nicely. The flowers are a nice touch.

I was hoping you could see the fence, but it is just too far away.  I should have taken a closer picture, but my feet were telling me to keep moving toward my hotel. It turned out that the hotel was only 10 minutes away.  Unfortunately, I never had a chance to walk back to the palace.  Now, if the queen woud have called...(grin)

I was hoping you could see the fence, but it is just too far away. I should have taken a closer picture, but my feet were telling me to keep moving toward my hotel. It turned out that the hotel was only 10 minutes away. Unfortunately, I never had a chance to walk back to the palace. Now, if the queen woud have called...(grin)

Another day begins...This photo was taken at the bottom of an escalator at a tube station.  I was looking up. It is cropped, so it is actually much longer. The colors you are seeing on both sides are small posters advertising plays, etc.  Sometimes the escalators break down, can you imagine going up the center stairway?  Remember, since this is cropped, there are a lot more stairs!

Another day begins...This photo was taken at the bottom of an escalator at a tube station. I was looking up. It is cropped, so it is actually much longer. The colors you are seeing on both sides are small posters advertising plays, etc. Sometimes the escalators break down, can you imagine going up the center stairway? Remember, since this is cropped, there are a lot more stairs!

I am about to exit the tube station.  You can see the Parliament Building.  This would equate with the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. (The building with the dome)

I am about to exit the tube station. You can see the Parliament Building. This would equate with the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. (The building with the dome)

It is a sad commentary on society, but you can see the razor wire.  This is to discourage the 'naughty' people.  Well, time to leave the London Underground and see the area.

It is a sad commentary on society, but you can see the razor wire. This is to discourage the 'naughty' people. Well, time to leave the London Underground and see the area.

Now, this is the London you have seen before...Parliament, and Big Ben.  The traffic is so loud, I could hardly hear the chimes.  Also, it rained on this day, also.  I decided to pop into Westminster Abbey, but no photos were allowed.

Now, this is the London you have seen before...Parliament, and "Big Ben". The traffic is so loud, I could hardly hear the chimes. Also, it rained on this day, also. I decided to pop into Westminster Abbey, but no photos were allowed.

The London Eye is a huge ferris wheel across the River Thames (pronounced 'tems').  Although I decided not to spend 9 pounds (approx. $13)and wait on an incredibly long line to do this, I did wander over.  The view you are seeing shows the river, bridge, Parliament, Big Ben and no pigeons!

The London Eye is a huge ferris wheel across the River Thames (pronounced 'tems'). Although I decided not to spend 9 pounds (approx. $13)and wait on an incredibly long line to do this, I did wander over. The view you are seeing shows the river, bridge, Parliament, "Big Ben" and no pigeons!

This is the London Eye, the newest tourist attraction in London.  The view must be astounding on a clear day!

This is the "London Eye", the newest tourist attraction in London. The view must be astounding on a clear day!

This section seems to have developed into an amusement area with ice cream, tourist shops, and a museum exhibiting the work of Salvador Dali.  He was a 'different' kind of artist, as you may be able to tell from this sculpture.

This section seems to have developed into an amusement area with ice cream, tourist shops, and a museum exhibiting the work of Salvador Dali. He was a 'different' kind of artist, as you may be able to tell from this sculpture.

A close-up of Dali's work with Big Ben in the background across the River Thames.

A close-up of Dali's work with "Big Ben" in the background across the River Thames.

I am not sure, but I believe this gentleman is a guard St. James Palace.  I spotted him on my way back from Leicester Square on another day, but decided he fit in with the pictures that are next.

I am not sure, but I believe this gentleman is a guard St. James Palace. I spotted him on my way back from Leicester Square on another day, but decided he fit in with the pictures that are next.

These photos should probably be in the 'Tower of London' album, since that is where these uniforms are worn.  I took photos of 3 postcards and they turned out quite well, so I decided to include them here.  This is a 'guardsman'.

These photos should probably be in the 'Tower of London' album, since that is where these uniforms are worn. I took photos of 3 postcards and they turned out quite well, so I decided to include them here. This is a 'guardsman'.

This is a Yeoman Gaoler (jailer)and he looked like such a nice guy, too!

This is a Yeoman Gaoler (jailer)and he looked like such a nice guy, too!

The Raven Master is in charge of, you guessed it, the ravens!

"The Raven Master" is in charge of, you guessed it, the ravens!

This is a bronze bust of Anne Frank with a book.  This bust sits in front of the National Library.  It is a bit deceptive in that this is a pretty small bust, yet the photo gives the illusion that it is life-size.

This is a bronze bust of Anne Frank with a book. This bust sits in front of the National Library. It is a bit deceptive in that this is a pretty small bust, yet the photo gives the illusion that it is life-size.

Throughout London there are remnants of what life may have been like in the medieval time period.  Since most people couldn't read, signs contained pictures.  This business is known as The Blind Beggar.

Throughout London there are remnants of what life may have been like in the medieval time period. Since most people couldn't read, signs contained pictures. This business is known as "The Blind Beggar".

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