Travel Theme; Time

When in London, one of the top places to visit is Big Ben.

The name Big Ben is often used to describe the tower, the clock and the bell but the name was first given to the Great Bell.  The tower is called the Elizabeth Tower, but if looking for directions in London, it would be best to ask for Big Ben!

Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament

Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament

When I first lived in London in 1987 I never visited Big Ben, and only saw it ‘live’ when we moved to a flat in Kennington, and we could see it from our window!  Quite useful to be able to get the correct time by looking out the window (the talking clock would have cost 10p, and there were no home computers or completely reliable clocks then).  My most reliable timepiece was my wristwatch, but that only worked if I remembered to wind it!

Exactly Midday at Big Ben

Exactly Midday at Big Ben

8am Big Ben

8am Big Ben

Big Ben & The Victoria Tower andThe Houses of Parliament from the River Thames through Lambeth Bridge

Big Ben & The Victoria Tower and The Houses of Parliament from the River Thames through Lambeth Bridge

8.01am at Big Ben from the River Thames

8.01am at Big Ben from the River Thames

Big Ben through Lambeth Bridge

Big Ben & the Houses of Parliament through Lambeth Bridge

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This week’s Travel Theme is Time

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About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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20 Responses to Travel Theme; Time

  1. Al says:

    Good post, Barbara. It gives me something to aspire to.

    As for the pictures, they are also very good. And to think, they will be right twice a day forever!

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    • Barbara says:

      I felt so silly when I went home to Ireland after living in London for 6 months and someone asked me what did I think of Big Ben… I hadn’t seen it!! Since then I have been a great tourist and seen most of the sights, but when you live and work in a city it’s something that often gets forgotten. I was lucky having lots of foreign guests over the years (my first husband was Yugoslavian) as they always wanted to ‘see’ London, so I have become quite the tour guide with a good few low cost outings in my repertoire these days 🙂

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      • Al says:

        That’s pretty typical. We rarely take time to appreciate what’s right in front of us when it comes to landmarks.

        I was fortunate to have someone like you give me a personalized tour of London. It was a lovely middle aged couple who came aboard our ship for a tour when we were in Gibraltar. As a junior officer, I was assigned as their guide. We struck up a friendship and when they learned we would be in Portsmouth later in our deployment, they insisted I come up London so they could show me the town. I kept in touch with them for a while but this was in 1966 and I was single free-wheeling dude all full of myself! I really regret it now.

        Sometime (not tonight…go to sleep!) I would love to hear about your trip(s) to the states and where you went and what you saw.

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        • Barbara says:

          I’ve been twice, once in 1989 (one night in NY, a summer in Wildwood New Jersey, and a week with my Aunt & cousins in Boston) and once in 2007 for my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary, a few days in Boston. I have lots of photos from both visits, but the ones first time round are paper & fading! The photos from my visit in 2007 are on Facebook…. somewhere (I have 109 and counting albums!)

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  2. megtraveling says:

    Great pictures of London and Big Ben!

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  3. Jo Bryant says:

    These are all great barbara but WOW the first on is sensational…what a great shot

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  4. I know what you are talking about…It’s not always those great attractions that we find time for immediately .But sooner or later. It’s kind of a must, as you say…

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  5. Oh, I clicked too son! Great shots was supposed to be the last words!

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  6. Great photos of Big Ben – that first ne could be a post card! 😉

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