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The Henley-on-Thames Traditional Boat Festival This is a photo of some of the boats at the Henley-on-Thames Traditional Boat Festival. The boat in the background took part in the rescue of soldiers stranded in Dunkirk during WWII. Today, 30th August is the last day of the annual event. The Royal Regatta Henley-on-Thames is a...

A great day out in London? Visit Hampton Court

There are hardly any overseas visitors in London so I am keeping myself up to date on our tourist sites by becoming a tourist myself. Hampton Court is famous for its combination of Tudor and Baroque buildings and gardens. The featured photo is a Victorian sunken gardens created when the palace was opened to...

Things to see in London this August

This week at Horse Guards in Whitehall, official artist Rob Pointon ROI was painting one of the troopers. Rob only paints from on location from life and the result is really impressive. This month in London you can try your hand at producing some artwork of your own. The Sketch on the Square project...

Lost mittens and foundlings of Coram Fields

This lost looking little mitten hooked on a railing as if by a kind passer-by for the mother to find is actually made of bronze. It was part of an art exhibition in 2010 at the Foundling Museum and it one of a number of items by Tracey Emin called Baby Clothes. Thomas Coram’s...

Is there anything about India in St Pauls Cathedral?

The answer is yes, a lot. I had the pleasure of visiting St Pauls recently and walking around as a tourist, just looking, not giving a guided tour. The number of references to India in the cathedral surprised me as I had not noticed them before. This week’s blog is the result of some...

Announcing a new sister website

A couple of guide friends and I were talking about how we love to delve deep into some subjects that really interest us and how great it would be to share our knowledge with visitors. French-Black-Irish-Londonwalks.com is the result. Staying home more because of Covid 19 has given me time to work on my...

See Canary Wharf in your bikini

One of the things I love about London is how entrepreneurial people are and the surprises a visit can bring. At Canary Wharf for example, you can see floating hot tubs. Hot Tub Skunas is the name of the company that rents them. They are electrically powered and the water is warmed by a...

Norfolk the county of little villages and big churches

I took a couple of days off to visit Norfolk and took lots of pictures. The beaches are lovely but the weather for late June this year was cold a grey. Instead of sunbathing  I explored some beautiful villages with flintstone cottages. Nelson and Vancouver A tiny hamlet in Norfolk was the birthplace of...

Colourful Covent Garden is perfect for photos

Covent Garden is one of the liveliest and most popular destinations for tourists visiting London. It has some great shops, a market where you can buy souvenirs and talented street entertainers dotted around. The Market Buildings The glass-roofed market building dates from 1830s. Walk through the colonnades and you see photos people who worked...

Marble mills and sculptures around Waterloo Station

I took this photo in Waterloo Station. I love the way the sculpture looks down at the shop name and seems to be looking at the people going in. Today’s Waterloo Station built on the site of a previous one, dates from 1922. It took many years to plan and construct because of the...

Pugilists

Pugilists – A short history of boxing in C18th London Maybe you have slaked your thirst here at the Tom Cribb pub near Leicester Square? Tom Cribb (1781-1848) was a pugilist, a bare-knuckle boxer. Born in Bristol he moved to London to find work as a coal porter aged 13. Carrying sacks of coal...

Three Graces

This week my blog is about Bordeaux. I should be there now but with so few tourists this year, another guide looking for work is not what my colleagues there need. This photo is part of a fountain in the Place de la Bourse. The Place is the backdrop reflected by the Mirroir d’Eau,...

Steelyard

Every year I try to learn something new, this year because of Covid 19 I’ve been forced into embracing virtual reality. I am now on Instagram and this is my profile photo. I was in Bryggen, Bergen in Norway in February. I loved Bergen; the fantastic Kode art galleries, the architecture, the wooden buildings...

Wine and beauty

Continuing on from last week’s blog, my favourite example of contrapposto is a little alabaster statue in St André Cathedral, Bordeaux. She is called Notre Dame de la Nef. She dates from 1500s and is made of alabaster. This stone came from Nottinghamshire in England and was used as ballast for the ships travelling...
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