Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Daytrip to Paris

I stayed in the Saint Pancras hotel which is attached to the train station.

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That’s 166 miles per hour for us Yanks.

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Our photographer was lining up our group of 70 and these gentlemen were bullbaiting the tourist. I figured that they were feeling left out. So I grabbed this shot to make sure that they felt included.

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I walked to a little restaurant with five friends and we walked by this statue of Voltaire.  Below are some snaps of the inside of CafĂ© Procope. Voltaire came here. So did  Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones and Thomas Jefferson. Once again I find myself where Ben Franklin sat.

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Black-headed Gull. I’ve seen one in Colorado, yes and we had an expert birder from London spot it. And they make it to Massachusetts from time to time.

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Every time I looked up, I saw the product of a sculptor.

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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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In the train station in Paris, ready to go back to London.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

House of Parliament

Well, I’ll bet you all thought that I must be pushing up daisies. No, not hardly. It has been one “interesting” year for me. It is very difficult for me to have dust on my cameras. But yes, dust there was. A trip to London gave me just exact motivation to get the spiders evicted from my camera bags and do a little shooting. I was with about 70 friends so doing well thought out, planned photography was not in the game plan, just some grab-and-go stuff.

Well now, if you are in London, you might as well stop by and see Big Ben, right? We did just that! Yes, this is Big Ben. It is getting a well deserved face lift.©2017 Steve Borichevsky

We did get an opportunity to tour the Palace of Westminster, otherwise know as the House of Parliament. I took some snaps whilst waiting to enter the building. Once inside we were not allow to take photos. I decided to comply lest I cause an international incident.

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A gentle rain shower kept everything looing fresh.

©2017 Steve BorichevskyRichard I guarding a Toyota.

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Victoria Tower

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I really enjoyed the tour which included the House of Lords and the House of Commons (which I learned that the Queen is most definitely not allowed to walk into!). There is a lot of art and history here. In America I thought it quite special when I sat in George Washington’s pew and stood where Ben Franklin sat. In London I was able to stand in King Henry VIII’s tennis court, which I think is also a privilege.

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