London, May 2001

To celebrate my 40th birthday, my sister gave us some airline miles, my mother came up to watch the kids, and Chantal and I went off to London for a long weekend!

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The sunken garden at Kensington Palace. A pleasant sight for the jet-lagged, barely-slept new arrival!
A wonderful facade on Knightsbridge near Hyde Park. (The Mandarin Oriental, which used to be the Hyde Park Hotel, I believe.)
Chantal resting in St. James Park, with Buckingham Palace in the background.
The Thames, looking West from Westminster Bridge, with the London Eye to the right.
London double-decker buses, from the top of one.
The Portobello Road, with facades in all different colors.
A residential terrace in Notting Hill, across the street from our hotel.
A "pillar box", or traditional mail box. This must be a fairly rare one, with the initials of Edward VII Rex (reigned 1901-1910).
Our hotel's "sitting" room, overlooking a private garden. These private gardens are shared among the residents of the surrounding buildings of the block. (This is a panorama built from three portrait-format pictures.)
Market stalls in Portobello Road.
Boats on the Grand Union Canal, near Little Venice.
A panorama looking West from St. Paul's Cathedral's Golden Gallery, 530 steps up.
And one looking East.
Back on ground level, looking up at the dome of St. Paul's.
Ye Olde Cock Tavern in Fleet Street, a favorite of Dr. Johnson, and of T.S. Eliot.
Richard at Greenwich, with the Naval College in the background.
A fun gatehouse in Greenwich Park.
Flowers in Greenwich Park.
Chantal in the herb garden in Greenwich Park.
Greenwich, with the yards of the Cutty Sark in the distance.
A pub in Greenwich.
The Tower Bridge, from a river boat.
The London Eye, the world's largest Ferris wheel (400-odd feet tall).
Houses of Parliament wih Big Ben on the right.
The Chelsea Physic Garden, created by the Apothecaries' Society in 1673 to hold plants related to medicine.
Wisteria on a building facade in Notting Hill, one of many very fine and luxuriant examples.

These pictures were taken with a Canon S100 digital camera. Color balancing, cropping, etc. was done with Adobe PhotoShop LE. Panoramas were built with PanaVue Image Assembler.