walk across Abbey Road
This will probably sound weird, but my fondest memory of London was riding the train into the heart of the city every morning. I guess, after all those years of dreaming of being in England, that was the first and biggest realisation that I had arrived.
Things I'd only dreamt of - The Standard of Ur
A mysterious object with one of the earliest representations of a Sumerian army
This object was found in one of the largest graves in the Royal Cemetery at Ur, lying in the corner of a chamber above the right shoulder of a man. Its original function is still not understood. Leonard Woolley, the excavator at Ur, imagined that it was carried on a pole as a standard, Which is how it arrived at its current title. Another theory suggests that it formed the soundbox of a musical instrument.
When found, the original wooden frame for the mosaic of shell, red limestone and lapis lazuli had decayed, and the two main panels had been crushed together by the weight of the soil. The bitumen acting as glue had disintegrated and the end panels were broken. As a result, the present restoration is only a best guess as to how it originally appeared.
The main panels are known as 'War' and 'Peace'. 'War' shows one of the earliest representations of a Sumerian army. Chariots, each pulled by four donkeys, trample enemies; infantry with cloaks carry spears; enemy soldiers are killed with axes, others are paraded naked and presented to the king who holds a spear.
The 'Peace' panel depicts animals, fish and other goods brought in procession to a banquet. Seated figures, wearing woollen fleeces or fringed skirts, drink to the accompaniment of a musician playing a lyre. Banquet scenes such as this are common on cylinder seals of the period, such as on the seal of the 'Queen' Pu-abi, also in the British Museum.
Height: 21.59 cm
Length: 49.53 cm Just going to see things I'd always heard about: such as the British Museum, National Gallery, War Rooms, changing of the guard, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London.
For those of you who like a tipple, the London Pubs really are a bit special - and that's from a teetotaller!
For cryptic crossword buffs, of whom I have to admit to being one, Ur is the most famous ancient town of all as it is often used as a clue.
Take the metro around the city...
Take the metro around the city to see all the well known sites! There is so much to see so you will have to go back to London again and again! My first trip to London... I went right before Christmas and Oxford street was decorated with a lot of decorations!
And to party in London is also FANTASTIC!
No grapes on NYE...
In Spain, at midnight NYE, many clocks ring 12 bells to announce the hour and the New Year while we eat one grape for each bell. It's an old tradition and most of the Spaniards like doing this. Apart from that, as our timetables are different from the major part of Europe, in those moments we are still at home, with the family and/or friends, ending the "banquet". But we know it's not the same in other places and here, in London they just countdown and celebrate it with fireworks and shouting, and for many people, on some clubs or discos in the middle of their party night.
I don't know where else to put...
I don't know where else to put this so it's going here.
If you're looking for an internet cafe, there are loads, but this one was handy if shopping in Oxford St. It's inside a shopping plaza on the second floor, if it's still there!
120 Oxford St.
London WIN 9DP
Phone 580 5558 (don't know the new area code, sorry!)
Fax 436 0747