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The Strand leads into Fleet Street so it was an easy transition from one location to the next. As I wandered along Fleet Street you enter the City of London just by the Royal Courts of Justice. The move into the City is marked by the Temple Bar boundary dragon statue, standing proud in the middle of the road. This part of the street still feels pretty old, but as you travel east you can see how much it has changed since I arrived in London in the late 1970's. Although the newspapers and printers have all gone, a few of their watering holes remain. If you look you can also see some of the newspaper offices, which were once so busy and powerful. My first image is of the front entrance of the old Express building. Today, the best hint to its past are the letters spelling out Express at the entrance to the building, which you can see at the far right of the image. My second image is of the reflection of people walking down Fleet Street, sandwiched between the buildings and the busses blocking the road. My final image is looking North to a new modern addition to the landscape. I really like the two people in this image, one wasting time (like me, enjoying the view) and a second walking with purpose along the walkway. I also like the Wolff crane in the background, testament to the ever changing skyline.
By the time I had finished photographing in Fleet Street, it was time to wander back to the West. My next location, Trafalgar Square, was about a mile back from where I had come so I decided to drop down Middle Temple Lane to the river so I could walk along the Embankment all the way to Northumberland Avenue and then up to Trafalgar Square.
We just got back from Amsterdam where we had a great post-Christmas break. This reflection image was taken using a lovely old Citroen DS car parked in one of the streets near the Foam gallery (Amsterdam's great photography gallery). Highlights were the Vivian Maier exhibition at Foam and the Cinderella ballet at the Dutch National Opera and Ballet. We also had a great guided tour of the Rijks Museum and enjoyed a visit to the Hague for the Mauritshuis and the Peace Palace.
If you are planning a visit don't forget to buy all of your tickets online in advance to save a lot of time queueing to get in everywhere.
Photographing London, Surrey and beyond. From the top of the Shard to the end of the garden. . .