Friday Flashback #035 …

The Tower Bridge from the Tower of London. This shot (taken in late 2016) is at the exit point for the Tower of London tour and I thought it made a particularly compelling photo. I’ve been to London enough times now that while I’ll probably do a walk-by of some attractions (like the Tower of London, London Eye, and Sky Garden), I won’t pay the money to go into them. The museums, however, are a different story, and there are a few I’m looking forward to seeing again, including Victoria and Albert. True confession: I love museum stores almost as much–if not more–as I love the museums themselves. A good museum store is like a good bookstore for me … heaven.

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Friday Flashback #034 …

Leadenhall Market, London, 2016. If you look closely, you can see the Christmas decorations. I love these old shopping arcades that pepper English towns. London has numerous ones (not all as ornate as Leadenhall), and Leeds had a few, too. I’m anxious to see if both York and Brighton have them, since I’ll be visiting both those locations when I go over in a few weeks. I’m going to be seeing a lot of the middle and southern part of England by train, which I’m excited about. Train travel over there is so much more … civilized and–more importantly–embraced. The United States loss of trains as a viable way of travel is disgraceful in my eyes. But don’t get me started.

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Friday Flashback #033 …

When lions walked the earth … this sunny scene from the Tower of London was captured in November of 2016, my last trip to one of my favorite cities in the world. Okay, let’s qualify that: I haven’t traveled that much. I travel a lot, but I tend to go back to the cities I love: London, New York, Seattle, Portland, etc. I’m basically a one-trick travel pony. This particular time in London, I did do the Tower tour, and I enjoyed it, but I went off on my own, rather than listening to the canned Beefeater guide. Still, it was a wonderful photo opportunity, and that’s what my trips are: photos, books, and entertainment (plays, movies, museums, etc.). And while this upcoming trip to England in a few weeks will take me around the country, all those things will be a part of it.

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Friday Flashback #032 …

I have England on my mind. In a few short weeks, I’ll be traveling to the country of my ancestors for a LONNNNNNNG visit, the longest time I’ve ever been away from home. I can’t hardly wait. The photo above is from the prosaically-named Sky Garden, which looks out over the south end of London, directly across from the giant, sky-rending building known as the Shard (you can see it peeking out there on the left). London has a thing for naming their buildings, and the Sky Garden is in what is fondly known as the “Walkie-Talkie” building. For the next few weeks, I’ll be showcasing photos from my last visit to London in 2016.

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Friday Flashback #021 …

Piccadilly Circus is London’s Times Square, only slightly less obnoxious. Here’s the big display, which is constantly moving and changing, although that Coca-Cola sign seems to dominate, with its own commercials and animations. The Brits love their traffic circles, which to me just means I’ll never (NEVAH!) drive there. It’s hard enough crossing the damn street in one. I love this center point in London (although last time I was there the Underground was impossible to get to from this station). It’s a short walk from here to just about everything (central London to me is actually very small, and you turn a corner and all the sudden you’re here or Covent Garden or Charing Cross Road). But I love the hustle and bustle of this particular spot and always have to stop and watch life go by.

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Friday Flashback #020 …

This is basically my backyard, on a warm and sunny Sunday. I was just sitting there, watching the world go by, which included quite a few bicyclists in their fancy biking outfits, like they’re all on some grand tour de whatnot. It’s a great place to just sit and watch … walkers and riders. I think all of San Diego might pass by here at some point, kind of like the 10,000 monkeys with 10,000 typewriters typing out the complete works of William Shakespeare, given enough time. Given enough time.

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Friday Flashback #019 …

Central Park in New York City on a cool, breezy fall day, where the trees haven’t quite turned yet, but some are already gone, baby, gone. This is one of my favorite parts of the park, the Mall, a long expanse that you can walk or sit a spell and people-watch. It’s sides are festooned with artists (sometimes this term is used loosely) and the occasional street musician, which in NYC is usually pretty good. Central Park is this majestic place to me, this oasis in the middle of one of the world’s busiest cities, a place to treasure, even though I’m sure someone like Trump would love to carve it up into little real estate empires. I can’t imagine a NYC without Central Park, this crown jewel in the center of Manhattan.

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