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London City and Towns

December 4, 2017

London is the city everyone wants to visit.  Not only that, its surrounding towns make the 

dream even bigger.

We are all in the Christmas spirit and thinking how to decorate, what to do and perhaps we are holding a glass of our favourite wine in one hand while doing something else.  I have found a blog that I love so much, the “blueheroncove” has caught my attention and I love the story behind it.  If you have never known “Blue Heron cove” please click on the link below and take a hot cuppa with you and read about it.

You may remember that some weeks ago I visited Central London with my daughter.  After she went to her event, I sneaked out and around visiting and thought wherever a road leads me, I will find some interesting things that my camera can catch up with them.

You may not want to follow me on my trail, I may be lost, but you will still want to visit the next part of my tour of London.  Enjoy yourselves.  

141Above and below is the church of St Clement Danes. It is the central church of the Royal Air Force.  It was damaged in the blitz and was restored in 1958.    Both St Clement Danes  and St Mary-le-Strand are known as the two ‘Island Churches’, since they look like an island in the middle of an ocean because they are trapped in the middle of lanes filled with traffics every day of the year.142143Below is the picture of the “Australia House201

230Above and below is the statue of Gladstone outside “St Clement Danes Church” which is the church in the background.  William Gladstone became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1868 and ended in 1894.  He served for 12 years, the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  202203ASPIRATION – (picture below)204205BROTHERHOOD (above and below)206EDUCATION (picture below)207210211

214AUSTRALIA HOUSE – is a fascinating building with the beautiful architecture of man and horses on top of the building.216At the main entrance of the AUSTRALIA HOUSE is a clear picture of the art on top of the house217Beautiful piece of work outside the AUSTRALIA HOUSE – magnificent work or art on the right side of building.218220Above and below – on the left side of the building the woman is holding a bird in her hand.  I cannot figure out what the man is holding in his hand.  Amazing pieces of art, very pretty!  I am a fan of statues, there is always a story there or catching up with a piece of history.  221The picture below – depicts the Kangaroo and the bird looks like an Australian Ostrich.  The door has a lot of charms.  222223The Australia House is the Australian Embassy of London!225Above is St Mary Le Strand – is one of the most beautiful architectures standing in The City of Westminster.  On the side you may see the “King’s College” which you will see in Part 3 of my post later in the week.   It is not easy to capture a photo of the church.  This church was build in the days when traffic in London wasn’t born at all.  But today front, back and both sides of the church are traffic lanes.  Let us say that St Mary Le Strand stands in an island of traffics.  I must find more about this church, I want to visit inside and I want to know the opening hours its services if there is any, since I couldn’t even cross the road to find some ideas on the information board due to heavy traffics.  Well, this is the London of the 21st Century for us.  If you want to visit London, face the traffics! 226227Well my beautiful readers, I hope you have enjoyed your time in London today and let’s hope we will go again on another tour in the week!  Until then, I wish you all a very happy week and keep warm.  Love you and leave you!  Big Kisses from Upon the River Thames!






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    Carol Balawyder

    December 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I loved your tour. I spent a summer in London many, many years ago. Although I never got to see these beautiful sites your post brought back some lovely memories of my time in London. I wish I was there! Thank you. 🙂

    1. J

      French Shabby Chic Cabane

      December 11, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you Carol. to be honest, I don’t really go to Central London that often. I just don’t have time, if it weren’t my daughter and her event, I think I wouldn’t have been. But it was a nice day out. I have some more pictures to post. Thank you for your little visit. Have a wonderful week!

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    America On Coffee

    December 10, 2017 at 8:44 am


    1. J

      French Shabby Chic Cabane

      December 10, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Thank you very much

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    Sonia Bellhouse

    December 7, 2017 at 1:08 am

    How delightful to ‘tour’ London with you. You have a wonderful eye, I enjoyed looking at the pictures. I visited Australi House in Manchester-from memory housed in a dull office block. Australia House London is magnificent. I heard that it was used in Harry Potter as Gringotts bank

    1. J

      French Shabby Chic Cabane

      December 7, 2017 at 2:04 am

      Hello Sonia. Thank you for visiting. Yes it is true that Australia House was used as Gringotts Bank in Harry Potter, and I even forgot to mention that in my post. I’ve never known there was an Australia House in Manchester. I don’t know Manchester well. Thank your for visiting. I have some more pictures to post, I had to break them into parts because there were too many pictures. I hope your week and Christmas festivities are keeping you busy. Take care.

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    December 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you for linking my blog and encouraging your readers to visit it! Appreciate it so much! Have a wonderful week!

    1. J

      French Shabby Chic Cabane

      December 4, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you so much and you are very much welcome! And a wonderful week to you too!

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