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The National Gallery – London – UK

The Horses of Achilles in the style of Anthony van Dyke

The Horses of Achilles in the style of Anthony van Dyke

The National Gallery (London UK) is adjacent to Trafalgar Square ⇐, St Martin in the Field ⇐ and the National Portrait Gallery ⇐.  Entrance is free and you may photograph (no flash or tripod).  You can also download images but with very limited use.  The website is here ⇒.

Paintings like these provide an insight into past life, attitudes, stories and legends.  Many show the enormous skill of the artists.  All have been brightened a little to compensate for the low lighting and fading/darkening of paint.  You might also like a selection of digitally enhanced versions that try to show their original vibrancy here ⇐.

The National Gallery Entrance (London)

The National Gallery Entrance (London)

 

The Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Mallord William Turner

 

The Virgin and Child with Saints by Lorenzo Costa and Gianfrancesco Maineri

The Virgin and Child with Saints by Lorenzo Costa and Gianfrancesco Maineri

 

Saints Christina and Ottilia by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Saints Christina and Ottilia by Lucas Cranach the Elder

 

Saints Genevieve and Appollonia by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Saints Genevieve and Appollonia by Lucas Cranach the Elder

 

Adriana van Heusden and her Daughter at the New Fish Market in Amsterdam by Emanuel de Witte

Adriana van Heusden and her Daughter at the New Fish Market in Amsterdam by Emanuel de Witte

 

Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba by Claude

Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba by Claude

 

Dutch Vessels Close Inshore at Low Tide and Men Bathing by Wilem van de Velde

Dutch Vessels Close Inshore at Low Tide and Men Bathing by Wilem van de Velde

 

Infant St John with the Lamb by Bartoleme Esteban Murillo

Infant St John with the Lamb by Bartoleme Esteban Murillo

 

London Interior of the Rotunda at Raneleigh by Canaletto

London Interior of the Rotunda at Raneleigh by Canaletto

 

Phillip th IV Hunting Wild Boar by Diego Valazquez

Phillip th IV Hunting Wild Boar by Diego Valazquez

 

Eaton College

Eaton College

 

National Gallery Portico - London

National Gallery Portico – London


Canada Memorial

The Canada Memorial (London) was opened in 1994 and is dedicated to the Canadians who served in the two world wars.   It can found at the bottom of Green Park very near to Buckingham Palace.

When I visited it was a very hot day in July and children were very happily using it as a water slide.  Despite the “keep off” sign, nobody wanted to stop them and everybody was having a great day in the sunshine.

This little pigeon decided to join in and enjoy cool feet.  A lot of wild life around London seem to have become so accustomed to a human presence that they can allow themselves to indulge in curiosity and even participation.  The squirrels of St James Park being a great example.  Here is one cool pigeon.

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Canada Monument and Pigeon

Canada Monument 1

Canada Monument - Closeup

The colours of the opening picture are so intriguing that I couldn’t help tweaking it a bit.

Canada Monument and Pigeon - Enhanced


The Temple Church

Temple Church 116 pics – The Temple Church dates from 1185 and can be found amidst the Temple Court.  More pictures of the Temple Court and how to find it here⇐.

Flowers of the Temple Court here⇐,

Admission to the Temple Church here⇒ (do check for admission dates/times) and its History here.    It has some of the most intricate stained glass that I have ever seen and there are pictures further down.

Temple Church Interior 2

 

Temple Church Interior 4

 

Temple Church Stained Glass 9

 

These are four separate windows.

 

Temple Church Stained Glass 6

 

Temple Church Stained Glass 7

 

Temple Church Stained Glass 5

 

Temple Church Stained Glass 8

 

Temple Church Interior 1

 

Temple Church Effigy 1

 

Temple Church Interior 3

 

Temple Church Interior 5


Kew Gardens Views

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are extensive  enough to spend an entire day there.  Admission to Kew Gardens includes the TemperatHouses,e Houses, Hot  Treetop Walkway and Kew Palace.   And here there are Flowers at Kew and Orchids at Kew

The Pagoda requires a further charge, paid at the main gate.  When I was there it was £4.  I told them that £4 was not enough they’d have to pay me at least 50 quid to go up that.

The  nearest rail station, to the main gates,  is Kew Bridge (South West Trains).  Then turn right out of the station then left over the bridge and first right to the main gates.

Kew Gardens Cottage

Kew Gardens Tree Kew Gardens Monkey Puzzle Tree Kew Gardens Bridge

Kew Gardens Pagoda

Kew Gardens Rockery

Kew Gardens Japanese Gardens Waterfall

Kew Gardens Statue of Gardener