June 30, 2009

From Gerald R. Lucas

London Day 12: Westminster Abbey

Today, my class and I went to Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery. Neither allowed pictures. Booo! However, I did take some of the abbey on the outside (they can’t tell me what to do there, eh?), including the cloister and the gardens.

The abbey is wonderful: the grandeur, the history, the layers of religion, politics, people. I still get choked-up in the Poet’s Corner, seeing and touching the memorials to Shakespeare and the Romantic poets, to Chaucer and T.S. Eliot, to Tennyson and Dr. Johnson, to Blake and Milton always bring a satisfaction that’s hard to explain. I enjoyed my time at the abbey and listening to Jeremy Irons guide me through. They should allow me to take photos, however.

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After having some lunch and seeing some my my favorites in the National Gallery, I headed east back toward the Museum of London. I wanted to purchase a book I saw in there; it was a beautiful day; I had the camera; so off I went. I stopped at St. Paul’s for a couple of snaps and walked toward the Thames and the Millennium Bridge. I added the latter shots to my London gallery (currently photos 136-150) and made a separate gallery for St. Paul’s that I’ll be adding to when my class and I visit. Enjoy and stay tuned for some more.

Canon Camera Information
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT1, Canon EOS 30D, Canon EOS 5D, or Canon EOS 6D • Prime Lenses: Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, or Canon EF f/1.2 85mm L USM • Zoom Lenses: Canon EF f/2.8 16–35mm L, Canon EF 24–70mm L, or Canon EF 70–200mm L IS USM • Processed with Apple Aperture.