Natural History Museum, London

London’s National History Museum is an awesome place.  It’s an amazing building, inside and out.  It’s got a huge collection of educational and entertaining exhibits to see.  And admission is free.  Now, we did have to stand for an hour in the rain to get in.  But, that’s our fault for not getting out of bed until late.  Live and learn.

When we entered this room, I said, “I want to get up there!” for a picture.  We went up the stairs and down some hallways to get to this vantage point. Sure enough, it was a great view of the giant interior front room of the museum.

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London Eye

So I got photo-bombed (sort of) … but it turned out well!

Just in case you didn’t know, the London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel that offers great views of the city.  It’s the most popular tourist attraction in the United Kindom.  I was taking lots of pictures – including one of Parliament (  I took this photo of one of the pods and a couple of kids decided to make themselves the focus.  Ok – cool.  The Eye is all about tourism anyway.

(You’ll see a bigger version here – where you can see the two guys giving the peace sign).

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London Parliament

And now on to London!  What an amazing city.  One of the first things we did was see great views from the London Eye.  That’s how I got this picture of the Parliament building with the famous Big Ben clock tower.  The iconic red double decker buses are crossing the Thames river.  The rain even held off – for now.  What a great start to a London Vacation.


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The Mess Deck of The “King’s Star”

At the tall ships festival it was really difficult to get a shot of a ship’s interior.  They were quite dark but too crowded to set up a tripod.  And trying to get one without any tourists in it was a trick.

This is the Étoile du Roy (“King’s Star”).  They had the mess deck looking nice so you can imagine an evening sitting here enjoying a drink after sailing all day.


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Cuauhtémoc’s Grand Exit

Cuauhtémoc is a tall ship from Mexico.  On the last day of the tall ships festival, they had the most amazing and delightful exit.

As one of the biggest tall ships in the festival, it would be impressive just watching it sail.  But, they perched the crew on top of the masts.  And they were singing a happy farewell song to the crowd.  The crowd was wide-eyed and smiling.  They stayed up on those masts for as long as I could see the ship in the distance.

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Here they are close up: