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|A medieval Westminster Abbey
gargoyle, which is actually an artistic rain spout.
||Riverside view of the Tower of London's Traitor's
Gate. Many came through from the river Thames, but few left alive.
||Sir Walter Raleigh's Walk at Tower
of London. Held in the Bloody Tower for 15 years starting in 1603, he was
allowed to exercise on this small walkway.
|The White Tower, oldest Castle and
begun in 1080 at the Tower of London. The Crown Jewels Treasure House is
on the right.
||Prisoners came by boat on the
Thames River and entered the Tower of London, here, at the Traitor's Gate.
This view is from inside the Tower of London.
||Inside the stone bulwarks of the
Tower of London, we strolled along this spartan lane. Two Beefeaters, or tower guards, walk ahead of us on the right.
|A tomb inside Westminster Abbey,
which is really an indoor cemetery. About 3,300 people are interred at the
||Congregation area in the Great
Nave of Westminster Abbey.
||Famous British personalities are memorialized and
interred inside Westminster Abbey.
|At Westminster Abbey, so many
people are interred that floor crypts are used.
||Strolling down the Nave aisle at
Westminster Abbey, burial crypts are to the left, right, and under foot.
||Mary Queen of Scots burial crypt
at Westminster Abbey. An executioner chopped off her head in 1587.
|London's St. Paul's Cathedral
dates to 1673. The dome is an architectural masterpiece.
||A burial crypt lies beneath St.
Paul's. Here, beautiful statuary marks the crypts of famous personages.
||Double-deck buses queue up in
downtown London, ready to acquire passengers.
|The Hall of Mirrors is one of the
largest rooms at the main Palace at Versailles. It is replete with master
works of art.
||Two statues commune where the Mansard roof line meets a balcony at the main Palace of Versailles.
||Artistic statuary line the large
fountain to the rear of the Palace of Versailles. The main palace is in
|Further away from the main palace
at Versailles, we encountered this salty individual enjoying grapes by the
||The main entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral
in Paris, which dates to 1063. Notice the elaborate medieval carvings on
||Stone carvings over the main
door of Notre Dame's Cathedral. Jesus is portrayed at the center. Religion
ruled everything in medieval life.
|Gargoyles of Notre Dame Cathedral
hanging off the parapets and threatening passersby.
||An ancient, battered gargoyle at
Notre Dame waits for rain to quench his thirst. Good study of beaten lead
||The eastern back side of Notre
Dame Cathedral as seen from a small park. Flying buttresses allowed
Medieval builders to raise tall cathedral walls.
|A Notre Dame Cathedral chapel. Chapels line the nave and were meeting places for medieval guilds,
formal organizations of merchants and craftsmen.
||South facade of Notre Dame
Cathedral on the Seine River showing the south transept's great circular
stained glass window and flying buttresses.
||Rear of Westminster Abbey showing
exterior of Henry VII's Chapel, which was completed in 1519.
Henry's Burial Chapel is a masterpiece of medieval Tudor architecture.
|The Jules Verne Restaurant under
one of the Eiffel Tower's legs. A small sandwich shop is on the left.
||A section of the infamous Berlin
Wall, on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.
||World War I trench signs on
display at London's Imperial War Museum.
|We came across this London Chapel
located on the south bank of the Thames River while walking to the
Imperial War Museum.
||Fountain and Sculpture on the
grounds of Luxembourg Palace, a 17th century chateau and park in central
Paris. It is now home to the French Senate.
||Luxembourg Palace, a 17th century
chateau in central Paris. Parisians enjoy its park-like environs.
|Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa
painting draws a crowd inside the Louvre Museum in Paris.
||Venus de Milo is a world renown
2nd century sculpture of Aphrodite on display at the Louvre Museum in
||Inside the Louvre Museum in
Paris, a serene sculpture court awaits travelers weary from walking
through miles of exhibits.
|An example of high bas relief
sculpture on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
||Inside the dOrsay Museum in Paris,
home of the world's finest repository of Impressionist art.
||An antiquated gazebo of unusual
design in a park west of the British House of Parliament in the
|The Barley Mow Pub in London.
British socialize and take food and drink in many pubs throughout the city.
||A pair of the boxy, ubiquitous London
||A typical London street toilet.
Drop in a coin and enter. I found them convenient and sanitary.
|A fishmonger sets up shop on
Tachbrook Street in London.
||From atop St. Paul's Cathedral's
dome, a view west into central London, which skirts the Thames River.
||The Putney Common double deck bus
is a great way
to see London.
|Burial crypt sculpture of a
medieval man and wife, on display at London's Victoria & Albert
||A marble statue on display at
London's Victoria & Albert Museum.
||British royal insignia on the main
gate of Buckingham Palace in London.
|Ancient Greek sculpture taken from
the Parthenon pediment in Athens, on display at the British Museum in London.
||Sculpture gallery at the Victoria
& Albert Museum. Medieval crypt sculpture are displayed in the
||Another sculpture gallery at the
Victoria & Albert Museum.
|Typical London Row Houses that
have been converted into businesses and apartments.
||Sculpture Gallery in the immense
Victoria & Albert Museum.
||Well to do Medieval Gentlemen and
Ladies had their likenesses sculpted and placed on their graves. Many
appeared to be in a side by side sleeping repose.
|Sculpture of Parthenon at British
Museum depicting Lapith Man fighting a Centaur. Apparently, Lapiths invited
the Centaurs to a party, but they got drunk and began hitting on their
women, which precipitated a fight.
||The British Museum's Lindow Man
was discovered in a peat bog in 1984. He was strangled, hit on the head, and
his throat cut 2,000 years ago. He was mid-20's at his death.
||Part of the famous Elgin Marbles
on display at the British Museum. They were pediment sculptures taken from
Athen's Parthenon by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin.
|London Skyline from the top of St.
||Another view of London to the west
of St. Paul's Cathedral. The River Thames is flowing on the left.
||The Samaritaine Department store
and the Pont Neuf Bridge, built in 1594, in Paris.
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