In the 17th century The Monument above once was at 62m the highest building in London. The tower had been erected to commemorate the great fire of 1666. 311 steps lead to the top, which we were too lazy to climb up, as the today's view would have been obstructed by higher buildings and construction sites all around. Given The Shard's height at 306m it's time seems long over.
|Construction all over the city|
Another day on the Millennium Bridge - view towards St. Paul's Cathedral.
|Shakespeare's Globe Theatre|
We took a tour of the Shakespeare's Globe, which is a reconstruction of an Elizabethan theatre built in 1599, destroyed, rebuilt and later demolished by the Puritans, who destroyed and abolished everything considered devilish. (They later emigrated to America, took their lifestyle with, in order for England to be able to return to fun and games, culture and theatre.)
We were asked not to take any pictures from the inside, so I had to steal one from the net:
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On our walk along the shore of Thames we came across old and new, which made for an interesting, sometimes clashing contrast in architecture.
|Ruins of a Church|
|The Shard, again|
|Just another pub|
|At St. James Park|
|Buckingham Palace, with loads of tourists|
|More walking in the park to escape the ever present tourists|
(which we are not, obviously)
|The Horse Guards Parade|
|Handsome guard on handsome horse|
With our feet hurting from the long walkabout on the hard pavement we made it back to the hotel after 15kms or so. What a great city this is. But now we must return home, back to the quiet of your Black Forest setting. Our ears started buzzing from the constant traffic and construction noise, and we need a break now. But we'll come back for more another time.