Memories from a trip that I've wanted to take for almost 40 years!
Monday, September 20, 2010
These blue discs appear on the sides of buildings of note. Generally, it's because someone famous lived there, but sometimes it's because a society was started in the building or something similar.
Pub where Charles Dickens used to hang out.
This was at Kensington Palace and the squirrel was just gnawing away at the metal leg of this sign. You could hear his little teeth just grinding.
The entire city of London is monitored by closed circuit cameras. They're at every intersection, on the corners of buildings, in hallways and the subways -- only the bathrooms are spared (I think).
The subway system is really old and most of the stations have no elevators or escalators, so you get used to going up and down a lot of stairs (a real pain with a lot of luggage, by the way). In this case, though, the tracks were so far underground that there were warnings posted against trying to climb up to street level. There is construction beginning for some of the stations to install "lifts" in anticipation of the 2012 Olympics.
Another of those blue discs -- this one commemorating the long-running play by Agatha Christie "'The Mousetrap". It's now in it's 58th year.
Lots of public toilets over here, but it costs 30 pence (about 47 cents) to use them. Pubs, restaurants, etc all have bathrooms available to customers, and I guess it's great that there are so many facilities available but 30p just to pee?!
My first thought, when I read this sign, was "what could have frightened the door?" The English language cracks me up sometimes. As Homer Simpson would say, "Why do I have to learn English? I'm not going to England."
Another favorite pub of Charles Dickens (it's a wonder that he got any writing done at all!). This one is tucked away down an alley in an area that, reportedly, he used as the inspiration for the counting house owned by Ebenezer Scrooge.