In Portugal we use to say that "one image speaks more than 1000 words". Having that in mind, and more than 1000 pictures to post, I decided to change my behaviour, posting the pictures as soon as they are ready, and adding the comments later.
Don't get mad on me - I'm glad to share my pictures with you, and the comments will be added soon.
There are so many great things...
There are so many great things to see. Although I'm not usually a fan of big tourist attractions, the ones in London are so rich in history they can't be missed. As a first-time visitor, I found it very helpful to take a bus tour the first day to get an overview of the city. Walking across the Tower Bridge to the Tower of London.
The unmistakeable column rides high over London's most famous square, Trafalgar, yet doesn't dominate it.
Erected in 1842, 14 stonemasons actually held a dinner on the flat top just before the Nelson part was added. The impassive lions, located at its base, were an afterthought 25 years later.
With the National Gallery, the fountain, South Africa House and the Grand Buildings on the south side, there is much to distract the eye.
The area is populated heavily and noted for its pigeons but humans are apt to demonstrate here and, if you want to avoid crowds, don't come here on New Years Eve! Here's a bit of trivia for you. St Martin-in-the-Fields is a fairly well known church at Trafalagar Square though the present one, completed in 1726, was built over an earlier 13th century version. Architecturally speaking, its influence has spread far and wide, particularly in the United States where it became a model for Colonial Style churches. However, should you be waiting to hear the chimes from its historical and melodious bells, you should be listening in Perth, Western Australia, where they were given as a gift and now are housed in a special and unique building by the shores of the Swan River.
Ministry of Defense
In the beginning of the 20th century plans were made to erect a new building at the place of Whitehall Gardens. After a national competition it was architect M. E. Vincent Harris who got assigned.
World Wars and the depression of the 30ties put a halt to the construction works.
The Georgian houses in Whitehall had to be demolished to make room for this new modern building but five rooms got dismantled and obtained a place within the new building serving as conference rooms. Nowadays they are called the “historical rooms” and are situated at the 3rd and 4th floor. They are the rooms who were original in the Pembroke House; the Cromwell House and the Cadogan House.
On request of Queen Mary also the original Wine Cellar of the Whitehall Palace got preserved. It was the only part remaining after a fire in 1698. The whole cellar needed to be relocated some 9 feet westward and 19 feet deeper then originally.
By 1951 the New Government Offices were made available for the Board of Trade.
Sir Charles Wheeler provided them with statues of Earth and Water at the Northern door. Air and Fire statues, meant to be put at the Southern end were never realised because the building got handed over to the Air Ministry late fifties.
In 1964, a supplementary large building got erected because of the merger of the three Service Ministries and the formation of the unified Ministry of Defence.
It soon became the main building of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). In front you can see the golden eagle statue. It is the RAF Monument, dedicated to the Flyers who lost their lives in both World Wars.
A very multicultural city
London has almost every ethnic backround you can imagine living here. Traditional Londoners can be hard to find in some areas such as Brixton. It is partly due to this overcrowding that house prices are astronomical.