Category Archives: London

Loving the Olympics…

I am soooooooooooo enjoying the Olympics!!! With all the gymnastics on the TV – it almost feels like Christmas & birthday wrapped into one!!! 😉

I found a great photo of the Tower Bridge & Beehive by Luke Agbaimoni!!! Thought I’d share it with you in keeping with the Olympic spirit!!! 😀

& an almost similar one by JP Photography… Which is just stunning!!!!

I’ve posted a great HDR on my facebook page of the Olympic Tower Bridge (also by JP Photography) – so if you would like to see another stunning HDR by JP Photography, please drop in & tell me what you think of it!!! 😀

… & in the meantime – enjoy the Olympic action!!! Really wish I didn’t have to work!!!! 😀 **

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London, UK – Bench note

Walking along the Thames River in 2006, there was this note on a park bench…

” Everybody needs a place to think… “

I thought it very fitting!! 🙂

…& that concludes this week’s Travel Lane memory!!! 😀 **

London, UK – South African Embassy

Oh no, I am not a very patriotic person (don’t get me wrong – I love South Africa, it is a super beautiful country), but…

I felt awfully proud when I noticed the beautiful South African Embassy standing tall and noticeable in (or is it on? or maybe next to? …) Trafalgar Square!!! 😀 I’ll call it my patriotic moment and make it this week’s Travel Lane memory!!! 🙂

“Uit die blou van Onse Hemel…” – December 2006 –

Have you felt a burst of pride for something lately?? 🙂 **

London, UK – Approaching Tower Bridge

Time for a Travel Lane memory (boy, I haven’t done one of these in a while!!!)… Tonight, I am returning to London!!! Rewind to year 2006, I have just purchased my new Samsung Digital camera the weekend before – so let’s call this trip its maiden voyage!!! 😉

Me and my ex-boyfriend had a weekend trip to London when we were working in Brighton… Of course, not having a clue yet how the camera worked, I took this shot… way to slow shutter speed – but in the end – I love this shot!!! It is one of my favourites – It reminds me of a faraway memory!!!

Approaching Tower Bridge – December 2006

London, UK – London Eye

Again I have to apologise for my lack of posts!!! 😦 I’ve been keeping busy (& tried to scale down on the time I spend on my computer!!! – a conscious effort!!! 😉 ) … Have been doing a few DIY’s around the house – which I will share with you soon!!! 😀 I’ve discovered Pinterest – which I am officially addicted to!!! 😀 But it has inspired me to get up & get going!!! Still lots more to do though… only the tippy-tip of the iceberg!!! – – – We have cancelled our satellite tv, exactly for this reason!!! Once I have found my new balance I will hopefully post often again!!! 🙂

But for today (late this week)… my Travel Lane memory!!! 🙂 Again one of those that I’ve seen a few times, but have not actually been on (next time for sure!!!)… The London Eye!!! This place such a big part in the touristy aspect of London, that I cannot believe that I’ve not been up there even once in the 3 times I’ve visited London!!! 😦 Love this structure though… I love the happy memories and gooey feelings these images brings forth when I see it!!! 😀 **

London Eye – December 2006

London, UK – Big Ben

Big Ben 2004

I know… You’ve seen this a million times…. all the photos look the same… from this angle  everyone has seen it…!!! 😦 But it still is a special Travel Memory for me… & will always be one of my favourite attractions of London!!! 😀 It certainly is “engineery” enough to keep my attention!!! 😀

Cindy from ‘Photos from the Loony Bin’ did a post a while back with some VERY interesting facts on Big Ben (also known as the Clock Tower, but whos real name is St. Stephen’s Tower!!! – – – I know, what??? – – – Head on over to Cindy’s post for more info!!!) 🙂 **

I Love you Big Ben!!! 😉 **

1892 London’s Tower Bridge Under Construction

As most of you know I am quite passionate about engineering & structures!!! (Which is probably my main reason for wanting to return to France & the Eiffel Tower!!!! 😉 ) – – – Seeing that I still don’t have internet at home yet, I thought I’d share with you a very interesting & informative post of the Tower Bridge!!! My boss sent me this email this morning… & I’m to excited about it not to share it!!!! 😀 Needless to say, the source is my own personal email – if the facts aren’t quite correct, please let me know & I’ll gladly research it…. this is a copy paste from my email!!! 🙂

When I do eventually have internet again I’ll post some of my personal photos that I took of my visits to the Tower Bridge. Also, for another piece of interesting information/trivia on the Tower Bridge & its history, visit Cindy’s blog, Photos from the Loony Bin!!!

“… Pictures of the Tower Bridge during construction

By Daily Mail  Reporter
Last updated at 5:01 PM on 29th November 2011

This is one of the London’s most beloved landmarks as you’ve never seen her before. stripped down to her underwear, the never before seen pictures of the Tower Bridge — one of the world’s most recognizable structures — have been unveiled after the stash of hundred-year-old prints were found in a skip.

Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the bridge’s foundation, the 50 sepia photos reveal in incredible detail the ingenuity behind one of the British capital’s most popular tourist destinations, which was the first bridge of its kind in the world.

Never seen before: The pictures of London’s Tower Bridge were found in a skip and then wrapped up in brown paper and put in a carrier bag under a bed.

The unique pictures, dating back to 1892, document the construction the iconic bridge, which at the time was a landmark feat of engineering nicknamed “The Wonder Bridge”.   The discarded pictures, which were retrieved by a caretaker who was looking after a building being turned into flats in 2006, have spent the last five years in a carrier bag underneath his bed.

The 59 year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that after the occupants of the Westminster office building moved out, the album and a number of documents were thrown into a skip outside.  He said: “I took the ledgers to the Tower Bridge Museum because I thought they might have some historical value.”

Remarkable find:   The prints reveal in incredible detail the ingenuity behind one of the British capital’s most popular tourist attractions and how it was put together.

A view of the bridge:  The sturdy steel frame of the Tower Bridge can be seen, before it was covered with its distinctive stone-cladding on the orders of architect John Wolfe-Barry.

They included records of the materials and used in the bridge’s construction and what they cost. “I told the man at the museum that I had also found some photos but he told me they already had plenty of those. I didn’t know what to do with them so I wrapped them in some brown paper and put them in a bag under the bed.”

It wasn’t until earlier this month, when the owner of the photos mentioned them to his neighbour, City of Westminster tour guide, Peter Berthoud, that the significance of the find fully emerged. Mr Berthoud, an expert in the history of London, who gives guided tours around famous landmarks including the Tower Bridge, said that he was gobsmacked by the haul.

Stripped down:  The photographs show how the bridge was put together over eight years, revealing why it was nicknamed at the time the “Wonder Bridge”.

Landmark:  The Tower Bridge remains one of the British capital’s most iconic structures and a tourist attraction today, 125 years after building started.

Sepia to silver screen:  The incomplete Tower Bridge features in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, where Holmes battles with his adversary Lord Henry Blackwood.

Contrary to popular misconception, the images reveal the bridge is a sturdy steel frame beneath the instantly recognisable stone cladding.   Mr Berthoud said: “When my neighbour gave me a disk with the ages on I just couldn’t believe it. I spent hours going through my books to see if these pictures were already around but I couldn’t see them anywhere — they are unique. Quite simply London’s Tower Bridge is the world’s most iconic bridge and it’s the only bridge over the Thames which has never needed to be replaced at some point.

Discovery:  Peter Berthoud was gobsmacked when his neighbour showed him the haul of photos. He spent hours going through books to find something similar, only to discover they are unique.

Transformation:  The bridge took eight years to build and at the time was a landmark feat of engineering, combining elements of a suspension and high level bridge and a bascule.

It combines elements of a suspension bridge, a high level bridge and a bascule which allows it to open for ships to pass. Nothing had ever been made like it before and nothing since. People are always surprised when I tell them the the Tower Bridge is a steel bridge, as the stone cladding is so recognizable.

According to the tour guide, the bridge’s original architect, Horace Jones, wanted to clad the bridge in brick but following his death he was succeeded as architect by John Wolfe-Barry, who decreed the bridge should be clad in stone.

Development:   Photographs show the progress in the construction process, from basic structures to something easily recognisable as the Tower Bridge as we know it today.

Unique:  Many of the 50 sepia prints are in good condition, despite dating back to 1892.   Several are even dated, making it possible to trace the progress in construction.

Although many of the century-old pictures are in a state of disrepair, around 20 are in good condition. Many of the 12 by 10 snaps are dated and clearly show how the bridge was put together over a space of eight years. Memorable scenes include turn-of-the-century laborers taking orders from a site foreman in a bowler hat and a shot if the bridge’s original steam-powered engine room, which could open the bridge in less than a minute. In one poignant picture flags decorate the body of the bridge and a hand-written pencil note reads: Note, flags denote Mr Hunter’s wedding day.

Mr Berthoud said: “My favorite pictures are of the simple, humble guys building the bridge, unaware that what they are making will be so historic. People are used to seeing images of the Empire State Building being built but this is part of British history being created 50 years earlier …”

I love this email!!!! It is sooooo awesome & a special piece of history!!! Pretty freaken awesome right??? 😀 Do stay tuned for my soon to come Tower Bridge photos!!! & don’t forget to visit Cindy’s post here!!!

Have a great day everybody!!! 😀 **

London, UK – Marble Arch

I have been super neglecting my blog & posts these last couple of weeks… For all of you who are following my randomness – – – I truly am sorry – – – 😦 It is not due to the fact that I don’t want to, but rather that I seem to be super busy!!! I have a few posts that I am planning to post (& that I need to post), & I’ll make a promise that these will follow on a more regular basis for the next week (at least)…

I usually don’t promise a post (because I never know what tomorrow holds…), BUT…

I promise I’ll be doing my Liebster award post tomorrow!!! 😀 So, please tune in for some serious new/unexplored blogs tomorrow(evening) 🙂 ** Super excited about it!!!

For tonight though…. my weekly Travel Lane post!!! If you have missed the previous posts – just click on the link to have a look!!!! For tonight I am sharing my Marble Arch (London, UK) moment with you!!! I have always loved this shot – It was taken with my (then) brand new Samsung digital compact!!! – – – Handheld!!! 😀

It was taken quite late at night on an evening in December 2006!!! Me & my (ex 😉 ) boyfriend have been exploring London literally the entire day, & the feeling of our extreme tiredness will (I think…) forever be branded in my memory!!! 😀

Marble Arch – Long Exposure!!!

Hope you all had a great weekend!!! Mine was (again) super busy, but as always welcomed!!! Looking forward to ending this week – then it’s off on holiday until after new year!!! Super excited to go to Cape Town & other parts of our beautiful coast…. So stay tuned for some beautiful landscape photographs & more random fun posts!!! 🙂 **

Westminster Abbey – London, UK

Travel Lane memory for the week!! Westminster Abbey!! … I have a huge regret that I have not been inside yet (& I have been in London 3 times!! 😦 ) – – – I know, shame on me!!! (Queue the ‘but’….) 😉 But, every time we were there, there were soooooo many people (or closed?)… we planned to go back (promise), but somehow, once we were gone, we realized that we never did!!

So this is for the next time I am in the vicinity – – – I WILL go in no matter how long the queue!!! 😀 **