being a tourist!.

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today i took myself off to photograph the statues in Westminster Abbey, and decided to hop off and take some photos of the ANZAC memorial at Hyde Park Corner.

**picture heavy post**

i had thought there was one monument to honour the ANZACs, but i discovered there are separate New Zealand and Australian ones. so here are a few photos of the NZ memorial….

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i fell in love with this wee fanfail below and took loads of piccies of her!.

 

 

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then i jumped back on the bus and headed to Westminster Abbey.

i’m afraid i dont have positive reviews of the abbey itself – yes, its full of history and amazing things, but…..you cant take photos inside the abbey itself!. this i did not find out until i had paid £18!! to enter, after queuing for about 20mins!. to say i was unimpressed is an understatement – the whole reason for the trip was to take photos of the amazing effigies and statues inside. after i had walked round, i spoke to someone offical about this and was told it was for H&S blah blah blah and you’ll fall and sue us!. i said that’s fine, but i hadn’t seen any signs until after i had paid my money. i was told its on my ticket – errr…. no its not, i checked my ticket on bus later and there is nothing on it to say you cant take photos. i said i had researched on the website to check the abbey was open today and nowhere on there was there anything about no photos. i was offered my money back and leave now (nicely), but i said no, i will finish the outside cloister areas.

so, i have some photos of the carvings on the outside of the abbey, one from inside before i got told off and informed you cant take photos inside!, and then from the Chapter House and cloisters.

the West Front – this was cleaned a few years back which is why it looks so fresh.

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detail above the West Door

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and on either side of the door

 

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detail above the North Door

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the one and only photo from inside, just before i was told you cant take photos!.

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Original 1400’s paintings on the walls of the Chapter House.

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detail above the door as you leave the Chapter House

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original medieval floor tiles.

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a stunning portrait of the Queen painted inside the Abbey

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billed as Britains oldest door – said to have been made in the 1050s for Edward the Confessors Westminster Abbey. its just outside the Chapter House.

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i was lucky enough to go on one of the 3 days a week the gardens are open to the public. this idea appealed to me – an apple has been espaliered a few feet above the ground and used as an edge for this garden bed.

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a view across the Cloisters to the back of the West front.

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there ends todays tour!.

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