walking London

This morning I met up with a fellow North American, Goldsmiths student, and photographer for a walk around The City (ie: the original City of London – “London” is technically one tiny city and 11 boroughs made up of a lot of little cities). We had caught wind of a bunch of free walking tours that are being run around London in anticipation of the 2012 Olympics. The square mile that encompasses The City is filled with buildings very old and very new, usually right next to each other. Our tour guide was this lovely old Scottish man who knew plenty of history an anecdotes, from moment one we tried to figure out how to convince him out to the pub so we could sit an bask in his storytelling all day.

The City was the original settlement in the London area as it was the easiest place at which to cross the Thames, it was also the most important city in the north of Europe. In 1066, when the French invaded and took over England, London was the only town they didn’t conquer…

and these are some of the things I saw…

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skull & bones = plague dead buried here
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ornate clock
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nature starts reclaiming it’s space
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reflection
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urban repetition, looking skyward

We’re hoping to go on another tour next weekend. They’re free, we get to walk around London, and we get told the history. Perfect hour or two, or entire day.

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Author: Monica

punk rock ballerina. writer. adventurer.

3 thoughts on “walking London”

  1. I really like the “the reflection” photo but overall LOVE this whole collection. It’s inspiring to see that you chose to do a walking tour in your home city to see certain places differently (esp. with a camera!) I personally haven’t been to London, but after seeing this photos, makes me want to visit it even more!

    1. Thanks! It’s a little easier for me to do a walking tour of London and still find it fascinating, I’ve only been here a few months! But I want to do something similar when I visit home. Every place has something special.

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