Sometimes the hotel has amazing views, but more often you wind up in a room at the back of the hotel overlooking a rather drab outlook. However it always seems there is a window that may prove interesting, or a stairway that seems superfluous.
One thing about shots from a hotel room – you don’t have to go far to take the shot! Lazy photography!
I have been going back through my images from the UK in Jan/Feb. This was taken in Paddington station, London (after the security guard gave permission – trust me!). The temperature was around zero with snow flurries outside. In this image I liked the travellers outside. The man struggling with his luggage (in a hurry) and also the man with the green bag (in no apparent hurry) caught my eye. But I keep keep getting drawn to the warmth (or appearance of warmth!) inside the shops. The magnificent roof towers above and I found the roof of the station incredibly interesting (I posted an earlier image of the roof of Paddington station).
Ok – it was 4.49 Pounds not dollars but I haven’t worked out how to insert a pound sign yet.
In my travels I saw many things. This shop caught my eye. At the size of the image on the web it is probably difficult to make out, but the sign on the mannequin says ‘up to 62″ which doesn’t seem very big (for a gentleman).
On the weekend I went back to London and managed to go inside Westminster Abbey and St Pauls Cathedral. Unfortunately photography isn’t allowed, so I couldn’t get any photos. Last time I was there was 30 years ago and at that time photography was allowed! Both these places are spectacular. The history in Westminster Abbey is almost beyond comprehension, and it is spectacularly beautiful. You have to be careful when you use such extreme descriptions because when you encounter something even better what do you say. And St Paul’s is even more beautiful.
As I couldn’t take any photos I have to show something from outside. Here is St Paul’s and the Millenium Bridge. The sun cooperated and lit up the cathedral at just the right time.
I went to London yesterday and joined all the tourists. Here is a photo from the millenium bridge and another taken from the London Eye. Originally I wasn’t going to go on the Eye because even the queue for fast track tickets was so long I couldn’t work out where the end was. But late in the afternoon it became reasonable.
This place has a superb atmosphere. However I suspect it is probably only a few years old!
I had just arrived in London after 34 hours of travelling and was adjusting to the time difference. So I went down to Paddington Station to fill in time until it was time to sleep. While taking this shot I was interrupted by a station guard who warned me that I should ask for permission to avoid being mistaken for a terrorist! Apparently I looked harmless as he let me continue.
I love the architecture in this station.