Loooking for Sunshine 2

Where were we? At the bottom of Cornhill with an engineer.

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An interesting man… http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=J+H+Greathead&btnG=Google+Search

Off we went, along streets and down side streets until we saw this queue:

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What were they queueing for?

It was obvious really…It was this

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at the top of this………

The Monument to the Great Fire of London, 2nd September 1666. Reopened on 16th February 2009 after a £4.5 million refurbishment. Kown as The Monument it is 202ft (61m) high and has 311 steps to take you to the balcony.  The 202 feet represents the distance of the column from the to the position of the King's baker's shop in Pudding Lane where the fire started

The Monument to the Great Fire of London, 2nd September 1666. Reopened on 16th February 2009 after a £4.5 million refurbishment. Kown as The Monument it is 202ft (61m) high and has 311 steps to take you to the balcony. The 202 feet represents the distance of the column from the to the position of the King's baker's shop in Pudding Lane where the fire started

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http://www.themonument.info/history/

Not far away, on Lower Thames Street, we found the sun, hiding behind Britannia who, flanked by a pair of dolphins,  guards Old Billingsgate Market

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Sneaking down an alley way to the side of Billingsgate…we found a magnificent view of Old Father Thames…with a pair of coots swimming by  a barge and cormorants sitting on the old piers. Where there are cormorants there are usually fish. Surely a good sign for London’s River.

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Turning our backs on Tower Bridge we walked to Southwark Bridge, passing on the way the Thames side façade of Billingsgate

( http://www.juerg-mueller.com/london/pictures/buildings/billingsgate/photos/billingate-06-02-2.shtml )

and swimming above it? Another pair of magnificent sea creatures……

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Crossing Southwark Bridge, we made our way to Bankside…home of Sam Wannamaker’s dream..Shakespeare’s Globe (of which more at a later time perhaps).

Looking across the river we saw what we had been looking for…Sunshine  lighting up the river side and St Paul’s Cathedral.

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FIN                                                                                  all pictures copyright JEM 2009

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3 Responses to “Loooking for Sunshine 2”

  1. hdruktenis Says:

    I like this so much.

  2. hdruktenis Says:

    Makes my long to visit London. Somday

  3. magpie11 Says:

    Thnak you Heather.

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