Saturday, May 22, 2010

Walking the Walls of Londinium

After a morning at the Tower of London, what’s the best way to spend the afternoon? A walk, of course! In this case, a walk along the walls of Londinium, the city the Romans raised on the site of modern London. We were supposed to be walking along its walls, but to be honest, we never actually figured out when we were looking at the wall.

The gate to St. Olave’s Church, where Mother Goose is buried - apparently she’s a real person.

Christ’s Church, a beautiful building created by Nicolas Hawksmoor, one of Christopher Wren’s students.

Chelsea browsing in Spitalfields Market. There wasn’t much to see since we were there on a weekday. For years the market selling fruit and vegetables, but in 1991 the produce market was moved to Stratford. Today vendors mostly sell clothing, jewelry, and craft items.

Playing wizards chess with Kathryn in Exchange Place a little oasis in the middle of the city. Too bad the photo couldn’t quite capture our magical skills.

The Broad Venus, a five-ton statue in Exchange Place that is part of the entire Broad Family collection of statues. Ummm…I really don’t have much else to say about it.

Busy Liverpool Station in the late afternoon. As you can see it’s a shopping place as well as a station.

Headstones in Postman’s Park next to the Guild and Ward Church of St. Botolph-without-Aldersgate (quite the church name). I’m really curious about why the headstones are all stacked up together, but the walks book failed to enlighten me.

Plaques in Postman’s Park honoring people who died heroically.

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