First, a couple of views of the British countryside from the train…
(Reminder, because I think some people forget: These pictures all link to larger versions. I just don’t like to put the larger pictures directly on my blog, breaking up the layout. heh.)
Got off at King’s Cross at about 2 in the afternoon, made my way via the very-convenient London Underground to the student hall where I’d be staying fort he next few days, settled in and then hopped out to start playing tourist.
First stop: Westminster.
The Underground station had several exits so I just picked one and it felt like I was spat out right on the bank of the River Thames. It was a nice bright day – good for outdoor photography (as long as you’re not trying to shoot into the sun).
Turned around and found Big Ben right behind me. Was a bit of a shock, actually. I hadn’t actually thought it’d be right there. hahah.
Now see, this is what happens if it’s a sunny day and you try to photograph something with the sun behind it…
It was almost 5pm when I got there and apparently there was some sort of evening service happening at 5. “Evensong” or something like that – pretty name. I would’ve liked to attend, but given that (1) it was at 5, (2) Wicked was at 7.30 (and I preferred to be at the theatre by 7 to collect my ticket), (3) I wanted to go to St. James’s Park, and (4) I didn’t exactly know my way to Victoria from Westminster, I decided it was wiser not to attend in case I got lost trying to get to Victoria and ended up being late for the show.
Flowers, flowers everywhere. (And bees too. Grrr.)
I’ll have a separate post solely about the summer flowers in London. (Mostly from St. James’s Park and Hampton Court Palace.) Yes, I have that many flower photos.
Caught this little squirrel placidly munching something – it stayed there eating whilst I went snap-happy and got a few good shots. Doesn’t it look like it’s playing the clarinet or something here? lol.
Inside the theatre, before the play began. (I couldn’t help a sensation of I paid almost £40 to sit this far away? D: The theatre was pretty full though, from what I could see. Londoners must have loads of money to spend if they can fill these theatres nearly full every night.)
I should probably review – or rather, give my thoughts on (I don’t think I “review” things in the proper manner anyway) – Wicked (and Phantom and Oliver) sometime soon.
1 For those not in the know, it’s a reference to Dug the friendly dog in Up.
2 Song from Mary Poppins.