London at night is pretty impressive. When the sun goes down and the streets get busier the people watching gets…awesome. The street performers, the lights, the patio dining, the tourists and the locals are all out and adding to the hustle and bustle of the city. We took a cab to Leicester Square to do a little people watching and decided to take in a movie. We were thrilled with our choice of Fast Furious 6 as it was mostly filmed in London. After the movie we walked around Covent Gardens and found a great Italian restaurant close by for a really yummy dinner. We headed out to walk to Traflagar Square and the arches leading to Buckingham Palace. After all that walking and people watching we decided to hail a cab back to our hotel for the night.
A dream come true for me. Our final stop on our bus tour.
I opted to go on the after hours tour that would allow us to go off of the path and go into the circle. Well worth it. Had we just had the regular tour we would have been fighting over peoples shoulders to see, and we wouldn’t have gotten much closer than the photo below.
In the lower right hand corner of the image above you can see the small fence that they wouldn’t let us pass. This is where we entered the grounds to walk into the circle so I stopped here to take a quick photo (I may or may not have been first in line)
Going inside the circle with the 30 other people on our tour was really pretty cool. We got the undivided attention of the guards and we were really close enough that we could have touched them or knocked them all over. Luckily everyone followed the rules and didn’t touch the rocks. Except the birds that have decided to nest in some of the crevices of the rocks. Overall, it was a great trip and I am so glad that I have finally been there.
Our dinner stop on our bus tour took us to Salisbury through these amazing rolling hills of green and yellow and huge open blue skies full of white puffy clouds. We were often on the verge of a storm or two, but when that sun peeked out it was pure magic. We ate dinner at a little restaurant where I had some delicious macaroni and cheese and after dinner I walked out to explore the little town before we headed out to our next and final stop – Stonehenge. The scenery shots below were taken from inside the moving bus and although not perfect, I’m happy to have those images to trigger my memory of those brilliant yellow fields.
To finally get to take photographs inside one of these amazing abbeys was amazing for me. After going through the Roman Baths I headed outside and walked across the square to the doors of the Bath Abbey. From the outside, I knew the interior would be so very impressive. When I walked in I didn’t see the typical “no photography” signs and so I asked if it was ok to take photographs. And they said yes. I know that the images don’t do the space justice, but for me to have these images to remind me of the interior made me so happy. Buying postcards of these interiors that I have studied while in school are great – but that isn’t too different from seeing the photos in the text books. These photos remind me that I was there. That I stood there directly in the middle of the nave and stared straight up into the high ceilings and took these photos myself. I kinda love that. I also loved getting a few images that show the grave markers that are right in the middle of the walkways in the churches. That’s something that I’ve always found so interesting, and to capture that with my own camera made me a happy girl.
I have recently had the opportunity to go back to a preschool to take their early summer portraits. I am always so excited to see how much the kids grow between my visits. I remember before this little cutie was born, and when she was so tiny that she couldn’t even sit up on her own for her photos. She’s a cutie, this one, and I’m so glad I’ve gotten to watch her grow into this happy and smiley little girl. And that dress? Those sandals? That flower in her hair? That amazing smile? Adorable.